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Eric Kocher Takes over Evergreen Race Director Duties

Fresh Perspective for Evergreen Raceway in 2019 finds Eric Kocher as the new race director.
It was announced at the Evergreen Raceway banquet that race director Jeff Owler would be stepping away from those duties for the 2019 season to focus on building the Karting program that was previously announced for  Evergreen Raceway in 2019. Owler has helped build and maintain the existence of Evergreen Raceway since 2016 when promoter and life long fan of the speedway Jason Makarewicz took over promoter duties.
It would not take long for Makarewicz to fill the shoes left empty by Owler.  Eric Kocher will now fill that same position for the 2019 racing season.
Kocher throughout his racing career has raced in 4 Cylinders, Street Stocks, Late Models and Modifieds. Kocher believes his experience will open up lines of communication between drivers, owners and crew. “Communication is important in this sport and it’s even more important at the local level in order to keep these tracks alive. Coming from the “driver-side” of things it is also equally important to be there for both the drivers and the track. I am fully dedicated to Jason and Evergreen Raceway. Our goal is to continue to improve on bringing our great fans the best possible entertainment in short track racing.”
Kocher has noticed that Evergreen Raceway has steadily improved year after year since the re-opening of the speedway in 2016 with 2018 being its most successful. The track saw a steady increase in all divisions in 2018, along with more fans coming through the front gate. “ I believe by  tightening up a few things  here and there on race day and putting responsibility back into the drivers hands is going to make a big difference.”
Kocher has already had an opportunity to speak with some of the enduro drivers as he filled in for Owler on November 3rd for the Scaredy Cat 100 enduro. Kocher’s points emphasized in his very first drivers meeting, that safety and driver responsibility is non-negotiable. “ Drivers are responsible for themselves while they are out there on the track and we are responsible for making sure their cars meet our safety standards along with providing a great show! I have noticed a few things that are going to be addressed and I’ve already began setting a solid plan in place to hold drivers accountable for their actions or lack there of.”
Written by Ted Grow

Evergreen Raceway 9/15/18

40 lap 4 cylinder race ends with Barbush III leading the field to the checkered flag; Wozniak returns to victory lane in the second annual New York Super Stocks Sleepy’s Street Stock Shootout.

At the start of the day, the skies had been overcast; the air was warm and humid. If your like me, you are a little gun shy when it comes to the weather and how often it has ruined our summer plans to race our hearts out. Luckily, the weather cleared out and we had sunny skies with the occasional overcast clouds in sight for the entire day.

Joe Barbush III. would take the lead early on and maintain the top spot all the way to the lap that counts, number 40. This would mark Joe Jr’s second win of the season with running a limited racing schedule. Joe is sponsored by Barbush Auto Sales, Electric Frog, and his families love and support for racing.

Even with this shortened season due to so many rainouts, our four cylinder division has always been full of new and experienced talent that has never left us without having a great and exciting race. One car that seems to always be in the front is our 2018 4 cylinder track Champion Harry O’Neil  who clinched his championship at the end of this race. Harry is sponsored by Tito Juice among others. He will only need to show up at King of The Green, turn a green lap, and pass tech to collect his points and he will be the Champion.

The 75 lap NYSS Sleepy’s Street Stock Shoot out was also full of excitement. A majority of these drivers traveled from many different area of the North Eastern US but it would be the driver with the 20 minute drive who would take home the top prize of $1500. Brian Wozniack would make a last lap pass to obtain the top spot. He also had to work his way up through the field a second time after an early race pit to fix lose sheet metal. Evergreen would like to thank the New York Super Stock’s for once again coming to the track and providing an excellent show. We also would like to thank all the drivers and teams for making the trip to the track which is the most southern race for the year on their schedule.

4 cyl finish

Joe Barbush III, TJ Kapish, Harry O’Neill, Jay Kanor, Jimmy Ayre, Josh Oswald, Rebecca Barbush, Zeb Farber, Lee Glowatch, Bo Doknovitch, Steve Kreitzer.

NYSS finish

Brian Wozniak, Mike Pollack, Robert Fink, Zack Willis, Joel Gleason, Nate Peckham, Brian Halecki, Frank Petroski, John Bennett, Shaun Frarey, Scott Adams, Jason Dinzler, Bill Frisbie Jr, Amber Vanorden, Nick Robinson, Aaron Higgins, Ron Underwood, Jum Lamoreaux, Jim Halt, Zak Petrie, Scott Dinzler, Matt Larriuee.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Chevrolet, American Rental Equipment, Wanick Construction, Franzosa Trucking, Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Harry’s U-Pull It, Barbush Auto Sales, S&D Bodyline, CK Auto Service and Race Fab, Rock Auto, Electric Frog Designs and Evans Roadhouse, Himmer Graphics, Scott Adams Designs, and Steamtown Crossfit, Sonny’s Landscaping and Morans Funeral Home

As always you can visit us on online at www.evergreenracewaypark.com. Facebook at Evergreen Raceway and on twitter @EvergreenRacePa

Evergreen Raceway prepares for the 2018 King of The Green event slated for October 5th, 6th, 7th.

Year three at Evergreen Raceway under the current management has proven to be a frustrating one. After multiple rainouts, racers and fans alike have spent an abundant amount of time idle, just waiting for the racing God’s to allow the fierce competitors to hit the track and give the fans some excitement. “The weather has effected every track in the area and we just can’t catch a break” says Promotor Jason Makarewicz. Makarewicz guarantee’s us that he remains focused and committed to making year three even better than the last.

There are great things in the works for King of The Green. We have an unprecedented $5000 added to the modified purse through a sponsorship from Franzosa Trucking and Wanick Construction. This has allowed us to commit $500 to take the green flag with a full field of ground pounding Modifieds. 22 Modifieds will start the race that day. 20 cars will qualify through the day with an additional two spots for sponsor Provisionals. All other divisions will also see an increase in payouts with full fields. It doesn’t stop there. Race Director Jeff Owler has committed $100 to the best victory lane celebration of each day (after declared safe).

In an effort to keep the cost down for both Tour Type Modified competitors, a six tire rule will be in effect for the weekend, meaning that the Tour Type Modified driver must qualify and race in the feature on the same set of Hoosier track tires (four tire minimum). Drivers will be allowed to change a maximum of two tires during the 150 lap Tour Type Modified main event sponsored by Franzosa Trucking and Wanick Construciton. Specifics too the procedure of the race will be released as we get closer to the event.

All purses are based on a full field of 20 cars taking the green flag in the feature. If less than 20 cars take the green, the purse will be prorated.

Pit admission for Saturday or Sunday is $50.

Grandstand admission is $20 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. Fans can purchase a special two day event grandstand pass for $40. As always, children 12 years of age and younger will be admitted into the grandstand area for free.

All entrants will draw for heat race starting positions on race day. Twenty cars will start feature events (20 plus 2 sponsor provisionals for the Tour Modifieds), and if needed, consi races will be run.

Drivers can take advantage of savings by pre-registering for the event. The pre-registration form is on the speedway website (www.evergreenracewaypark.com). In order to receive the discounted registration, it must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2018. If received afterward, the full registration fee must be paid.

FREE CAMPING ALL WEEKEND!

CAMPING RULES:

-NO Open ground fires-Please bring a burn barrel or other suitable container.

-NO excessively loud noise-Be respectful of our neighbors!

-Campers: Park in designated areas only. Campers should park to the far right of main parking area. Port-a-potties will be located by Grandstand admission booth.

-Haulers: Oversize haulers are urged to park in the field on right side of driveway as you enter main parking area. (Backed-in only and no excessive idling)

Haulers may only enter pit area on Friday evening (after practice)-if racing on Saturday, and Saturday evening (after Evergreen/Sport Modified feature)-if racing on Sunday. All haulers must be removed from pit area on Saturday-after the program is completed.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.

The weekend will start off with open practice on Friday October 5th.

-The Pit gates will open at 12:00pm. $20 per person.

-Practice will be 2:00pm till 9:00pm

-The grandstands will be free for the fans to come and watch.

-The Kitchen will be open.

Saturday October 6th will start our racing for the weekend. The divisions will include, Street Stock, Late Model, and Evergreen Modifieds.

-Pits Open at 8:00am $50 per person.

-Grandstands open at 10:00am. The price for admission will be $20.

-Practice will start at 10:00am till two rounds are completed.

-Racing starts at 12:00pm.

Sunday October 7th will round out the weekend of events with the 4 cylinders, Factory Stocks, and Tour Type Modifieds.

-Pits open at 10:00am. $50 per person.

-Grandstands open at 12:30pm. Admission of $25 per person.

-Practice will start at 12:30pm as well. Two rounds of practice.

-Racing starts at 2:00pm.

**Note. Pit stalls sales for the 2018 season are not applicable for King of The Green weekend. What this means is, there is no guarantee you will have your spot. Parking is a first come first serve format with modified row reserved for Late Model and Evergreen Modifieds on Saturday and Tour type Modifieds on Sunday.**

**NO free passes will be accepted**

Registration is as follows. KOTG Registration can be sent in the mail, handed in at the office, or dropped off at the track (when possible). The mailing address is 49 Charlwood Dr. Freeland, PA 18224.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Chevrolet, American Rental Equipment, Wanick Construction, Franzosa Trucking, Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Harry’s U-Pull It, Barbush Auto Sales, S&D Bodyline, CK Auto Service and Race Fab, Rock Auto, Electric Frog Designs and Evans Roadhouse, Himmer Graphics, Scott Adams Designs, and Steamtown Crossfit, Sonny’s Landscaping and Morans Funeral Home