Pocono Raceway Night Race Report
June 2, 2017
Hunter returned to the race track for the second time in 2017 on Friday, June 2 as Snydersville Raceway hosted their annual "Pocono Raceway Night". The night would mark the first time since 2015 that Hunter Smith Racing competed in their own car. Chassis 'HSR-1' went into the race with a successful history at Snydersville Raceway. The car had seen victory lane 27 times and won the 2009 track championship, all with Hunter driving. The June 2 return was much anticipated.
A practice session would kick off the night's event. Hunter battled a lack of front end grip which made him struggle getting through the turns. Adjustments were made and Hunter would start the heat race in the 3rd position. The car's performance improved for the heat race, but Hunter would settle for a 4th place finish.
After finishing 4th in his qualifying heat race, Hunter would start the feature race from the 4th position. Early in the race it was easy to see that Hunter would be a contender for the win. Smith would fall back as far as 6th in the event, but quickly made up ground and came under the checkered flag in the 3rd position.
"That was so fun. It's been just about 2 years since this car has even seen a racetrack, and to come out and take a podium finish with it is pretty special. I am always so proud to drive our own team's cars. My dad prepares some amazing equipment and I have so much faith in him and his ability to put a car up front. Huge thanks to EM Signs, PowerMist Racing Fuels, and Notes to Self Socks for their support!"
Eddie Marzigliano Memorial Race Race Report
On Friday, May 26, Hunter climbed behind the wheel of the no. 14 car for DeMott Motorsports at Snydersville Raceway for the Eddie Marzigliano Memorial Race. The event would be Hunter's second race driving for the Wantage, NJ based team. In October of 2016, Hunter drove to a 2nd place finish at Oakland Valley Speedway driving the no. 14 car.
The night began with a practice session where Hunter showed speed, but fought through a bit of a loose setup. Qualifying was next on the schedule. Each driver was given a 2-lap time trial run. Hunter would end up rounding out the top-5 and qualifying 5th.
When the field was set and the sun went down, it was finally race time. Smith began working his way through the field quickly. Moving into 4th by the second lap and mounting a charge for 3rd. Unfortunately, Hunter would be the first caution of the race as his left rear wheel came loose and came off the hub. He would be forced to settle for a DNF and a 8th place finish.
"I can't say I am happy with the result. The car had a lot of speed and we certainly could have finished in the top-3. But, in order to finish we have to have 4 wheels on the car, Racecars work better with 4 wheels, as opposed to 3. I am really thankful for the opportunity DeMott Motorsports gave me, and hopefully I'll be back soon!"
Smith to drive for DeMott Motorsports
May 18, 2017
Memorial Day weekend is, without a doubt, the biggest weekend in the sport of auto racing. Formula 1 heads to Monaco, NASCAR goes home to Charlotte, and IndyCar runs the race of all races at Indy. For any driver, it's an honor to be in a racecar on Memorial Day weekend. Hunter Smith is no exception. In 2016, Hunter made a trip to North Carolina to run with premier karting team, Caleb Clinard Racing, at Woodleaf Speedway. In 2017, Hunter will be staying closer to home and jumping behind the wheel of the no. 14 car for DeMott Motorsports at Snydersville Raceway for the Eddie Marzigliano Memorial race.
"I'm honored to have been asked by Paul and Ben to come wheel their car for this race. Racing on Memorial Day weekend is so special to me for many reasons. It gives me a chance to compete on the biggest weekend in motorsports, but also a chance to publicly honor the brave men and women who we celebrate this holiday for. Looking forward to having some fun and seeing what we can do on the track!"
Hunter is a former champion at Snydersville Raceway (2009) and this will be his second career start with DeMott Motorsports. Ben DeMott, the team's full-time driver, currently leads the championship standings at the track and has 2 wins on the season.
PowerMist Racing Fuels returns to HSR
May 17, 2017
For the 9th consecutive season, PowerMist Racing Fuels will be a partner of Hunter Smith Racing. PowerMist has been with HSR since 2009 and the Newton, NJ based company will continue to be the official fuel supplier of HSR.
"I am really happy to have PowerMist back with us in 2017. I was not 100% sure I would even get to race anything this year, but to know that I will be in a car and will continue to have the support from Rick and the whole PowerMist family is extremely important to me. All of HSR's cars have always run on their fuels and it's no question we will continue that trend."
HSR has yet to announce their official 2017 racing plans but have subtly been dropping hints through social media. More details are set to be released in the coming weeks. You can check out PowerMist Racing Fuels on their website and Facebook.
Hunter to Serve as Guest Announcer at Snydersville Raceway
March 28, 2017
It's finally Spring. That means it's officially time for a new racing season to start throughout the country. Right now your local racetrack is gearing up for fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and all those who have a simple love and passion for the sport. A new season is always full of new opportunity for teams and drivers. Sometimes those new opportunities involve going back to your roots and the place where an entire career started.
On Friday, March 31, Snydersville Raceway in Stroudsburg, PA will host it's official opening night of the 2017 racing season. Snydersville Raceway is the venue where 13 year-old Hunter Smith began his career in motorsports. For their 2017 season opener, Hunter will serve as a guest announcer at the 1/8 mile dirt oval.
"This is a really cool opportunity. I've never worked in the announcer booth before! Hopefully I can channel my inner Jeff Gordon and make a smooth transition from driver's seat to broadcast. As long as I pronounce everyone's name correctly, I'll feel it was a success. I can't thank Alex Greenzweig and the entire Snydersvile Raceway staff enough for the opportunity!"
Gates open at 4 PM ET on Friday, March 31 with racing beginning at 7 PM ET. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for continued Hunter Smith and HSR updates! You can also check out the Snydersville Raceway website!
HSR Coaches DeMott to Motorama Win
March 20, 2017
It's always exciting to kick off a new racing season. In the racing world, we sometimes like to come out of the gate with a big race. DeMott Motorsports decided to do just that to kick off their 2017 campaign.
DeMott Motorsports is a family owned team from Sussex County, New Jersey with their cars being driven primarily by 14 year old Ben DeMott. Hunter Smith has served as the driver and marketing coach for Ben and the team since the 2015 season. Hunter has also driven for the team on multiple occasions; most recently in October of 2016 at Oakland Valley Speedway where he would finish 2nd in their no. 14 car.
The team, owned by Paul DeMott, decided to begin their season at Motorama. Motorama is the nation's largest, all-indoor motorsports event run at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The two-day event consisted of 2 practice sessions and heat races on day one, and 1 practice session and features on day two.
Day one's heat races would land Ben DeMott with 3rd place starting positions in both his Jr. Champ Lite and Jr. Champ Heavy feature races. Day two would become a dream day for Ben, DeMott Motorsports, and HSR. After starting 3rd in his Jr. Champ Lite race, Ben was able to drive his no. 14 car to a win in the class. The win would be "the biggest of his career". A very emotional victory lane celebration followed. Ben would later rack up a 4th place finish in the Jr. Champ Heavy race. A win, plus a pair of top-5 finishes, was a very proud result for the team, driver, and coach.
"I am so proud of Ben. He has come such a long way since we started working together. We won some races together last year, including his first ever, but this one tops the list. How can you not get excited about a win at Motorama? Personally, this is one of the biggest wins of MY career, too; and I wasn't even driving the car!"
DeMott Motorsports plans to continue working closely with HSR. They will primarily be competing at Snydersville Raceway in 2017 with Ben DeMott competing for a championship.
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