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Jeff Ackerman Takes First Evergreen Victories in Season Finale

By: Gene OstrowskiNovember 11, 2017

St. Johns, PA (11/11/2017)- Presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust, the season ending “Enduro Finale” at Evergreen Raceway kicked off on Saturday afternoon. The cold temperatures didn’t matter much to the diehard Enduro racers and fans, as many supported the season ending show, which produced a new Evergreen victor. After coming close to victory so many times, Jeff Ackerman took the 100-lap Four Cylinder verdict. Ackerman then bought his way into the 6/8-Cylinder Enduro event and doubled down by taking the checkers in that event as well.

From the pole position, Zeb Farber led the Four Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag, Ed Wildes quickly grabbed the lead and led the opening circuit over Don Rogers, Farber, Jeff Ackerman and John Rose.

Ackerman began to pick off more positions and moved by Rogers for second on lap three. Three laps later he took the race lead. However, Wildes fought back to lead lap seven.

The action stopped for a red flag on lap 19 when Emily Doughtery got turned and went head on into the turn two fence. Luckily, she was not seriously injured. Green flag racing resumed and Wildes continued to lead over Roger, Ackerman, Brandon Espisito and Paul Mercante.

With 24 laps complete, Ackerman moved back into the race lead. Meanwhile, Harry O’Neill, who started the race in the 27th spot, began to reel in the leader. With 36 laps in the books, O’Neill overtook Espisito for third.

Ackerman headed pit side on lap 40 and Wildes regained the lead. Just one lap later, O’Neill claimed the top spot.

O’Neill set a torrid pace and held the lead to the lap 50 halfway break. At that time the top 25 cars were inverted for the second 50 laps, which put Kevin Wachter on the pole.

Green flag racing resumed and Darrian Cascioli took command. Just two laps later Jake Jones took his turn at the lead. With 70 laps in the books, Jones continued to show the way. Ackerman made his way up to second, followed by Jason Bentzoni, Rogers and Wildes.

O’Neill appeared to be faster than the leaders. He caught and then overtook Jones for second on lap 89 and then challenged Ackerman for the lead. The pair got into heavy lapped traffic and with nine laps remaining, O’Neill suffered a flat tire.

Ackerman stayed smooth over the rest of the distance to take his first Evergreen victory over Jones and Bentzoni.

Four Cylinder drivers were allowed to compete with the 6/8-Cylinder drivers in the 50-lap contest. Elmar Kennedy started from the pole position but Darren Lenhardt led the opening circuit over Gary Landis and Luke Hoffner.

Mark Spencer cracked the top five and then took his turn at the lead just past lap 10. He held the spot until the competition red flag flew at halfway. Hoffner held second, followed by Tony Collinsworth.

Following the invert, Kris Dane sat on the pole for the restart. He was quickly overtaken by Ackerman for the spot.

As the event progressed, O’Neill climbed into the second spot but wasn’t able to reel in the leader. In dominating fashion, Ackerman went on to take his second victory of the afternoon. O’Neill settled for second, followed by Woot Lawrence.

The 2017 racing season has come to a close at Evergreen raceway. Track management would like to thank all of the drivers and fans that have supported the speedway through thick and thin over the last two years.

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.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Motors, Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs & Pizza, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.

Four Cylinder (100-laps) 1. JEFF ACKERMAN 2. Jake Jones 3. Jason Bentzoni 4. Ed Wildes 5.  Mark Spencer 6. Don Rogers 7. Chris Elixon 8. Mike Mujsce, Sr 9. Brandon Espisito 10. Eric Germuth 11. Evan Gregory 12. Andrew Farnhan 13. Russ Jansen 14. Kevin Wachter 15. PJ Thomas 16. Kevin Brown 17. Paul Mercante 18. Darrian Cascioli 19. Harry O’Neill 20. Luke Hoffner 21. Kody Welsh 22. Kevin Kruczek 23. Mike Mujsce, Jr 24. Kris Dane 25. Zeb Farber 26. Tony Collinsworth 27. John Rose 28. Brad Milotto 29. William Cascioli 30. Emily Doughtery 31. Dave Imler

6/8-Cylinder (50-laps) 1. JEFF ACKERMAN 2. Harry O’Neill 3. Woot Lawrence 4. Mark Spencer 5. Bruce Long 6. Luke Hoffner 7. Don Rogers 8. Conklin 9. Brandon Espisito 10. Darren Lenhardt 11. Eric Germuth 12. Steve Brooks 13. Ray Kennedy 14. Gary Landis 15. Tripler 16. Pete Verwys 17. Andrew Farnhan

Evergreen Changes up “Enduro Finale”

By: Gene OstrowskiOctober 27, 2017

St. Johns, PA (10/27/2017)- In an effort to make their upcoming “Enduro Finale” show a bit more exciting for both, the fans and the drivers, Evergreen Raceway has decided to make a few changes to their upcoming non-points Enduro program, presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust. First, track management has revamped the payout schedule and plans to pay further back through the field. Based on the number of cars that take the green flag, drivers that finish as far back as 20th will have the opportunity to take home some hardware, if at least 71 cars take the green. If 51 or more take the green, it’s 15th place. The updated payout structure is listed on the speedway website.

Other changes for the special Enduro include the track getting rid of their tread wear rule for tires. For this show, any DOT tire is allowed for competition. Furthermore, each of the 100-lap events will be red flagged at the halfway mark and the top 25 cars/positions in the field will be inverted. The actual finish of the events at 100-laps will determine the winner.

The only other change is the cost at the back gate, which increased to $30 for this event because of rising operational costs.

The Enduro events will take place, rain or shine. The event will only be postponed if the weather simply too miserable on race day.

Enduro drivers can save $10 by pre-registering. The pre-registration fee is $40 per event. If drivers are not pre-registered on race day, the fee to compete is $50. Pre registration is non-refundable if a driver pre registers and is unable to make the event. Enduro pre registration will only be refunded if the speedway postpones the event.

Upon arrival at the track, pre-registered drivers will pull pills for their starting positions. All pre-registered drivers will start ahead of those who were not pre-registered. All drivers must visit the track office to sign in upon arrival to the track. Each driver will receive a slip with their starting position. A random roll call will take place at the drivers meeting. If a driver’s name is called and they are not present, they will be forced to start in the rear of the field. No exceptions.

Earlier in the season, the speedway had implemented a new rule, which states that the last Enduro event winner of the previously held show will start from dead last, regardless if he or she is pre-registered or not. Furthermore, due to repeated observations of targeting specific cars, officials will be watching closely to monitor all on track situations. Drivers will be subject to being black flagged for such issues and without a doubt, obvious intentional attempts to disable a car in a reckless manor, such as pushing them head on into the wall, will result in fines and suspension.

The pit gates will swing open for all of the series events at 10:30 AM. The drivers meeting will take place at 12 PM and the racing will kick off at 1:00 PM. The grandstands will open at noon.

Grandstand admission for each event is just $5. Pit admission is $30 and the transponder rental fee is $10.

The rules, payout and pre-registration list are listed at EvergreenRacewayPark.com. The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, November 7.

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.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Motors, Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs & Pizza, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.

Matt Hirschman Caps off Huge Weekend with $4,000 Evergreen Payday

By: Gene Ostrowski
October 22, 2017

St. Johns, PA (10/22/2017)- The second and final day of Evergreen Raceway’s
second annual “King of the Green” (KOTG) weekend kicked off Sunday
afternoon. With $4,000 on the line for the winner of the 100-lap American
Rental Equipment Modified main event, it was destined to be a show that
would draw cars from the tri state area, which it did for all three
divisions on Sunday’s card. Despite a slow start to the Modified main, which
eliminated some of the stout runners, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA took
the checkers over Zane Zeiner to claim the big check and the division
championship. It was no surprise to see Randy Schlenker of Whitehall running
up front in the Barbush Automotive Street Stock division. In what he calls
his career best season, Schlenker not only took the victory, but also
claimed another Evergreen championship. After crossing the stripe second in
the Factory Stock feature, mixed with the disqualification of the feature
winner, Gerard Lawrence of Long Island, NY was honored with the victory.

Twenty eight tour type Modifieds lined the pit area. Each and every driver
had their first goal in mind- to finish well in the heat or consi to make
the 20 car starting field. Three drivers were well on their way with heat
race wins, including John Mandatto, Brian DeFebo and Scott Adams. Thirteen
cars started the consi and Blake Barney took that victory.

With a heads up start from qualifying, Mandatto led the field to the drop of
the green in the 100-lap contest. He led the opening circuit over DeFebo,
Adams, Matt Hirschman and Roger Coss. The top five settled in and quickly
ran off some quick laps before a quick yellow waved on lap 11.

Green flag racing resumed and then a pileup occurred at the exit of turn
two. Many drivers were involved, including DeFebo, Coss, Earl Paules, Buddy
Miller, Lou Strohl, Gene Bowers, Barry Callavini , Zane Zeiner and Randall
Richard. Nearly turning over, Zeiner rode the backstretch wall before
landing back on all four wheels. Amazingly, after some quick crew work,
Zeiner rejoined the field without losing a lap. DeFebo on the other hand was
not as lucky and the day came to a close for the 2016 event winner.

With the green back out and with Mandatto still showing the way, a quick
caution waved on lap 14. Hirschman held second on the restart and got the
jump on Mandatto to take the lead.

A red flag stopped the show for minutes on lap 17 when Callavini’s car
appeared to have a part break while entering turn one. He shot up the track
and collected John Fortin, Jr. Fortin’s car slammed into the Styrofoam
blocks and then rode the fence prior to flipping on its roof. Thankfully,
Fortin was uninjured both the hopes of winning for both drivers came to an
end.

More green flag laps clicked off following the restart and Adams found
himself on Hirschman’s back bumper at the halfway mark. Mandatto, Paules and
Coss were in tow.

Within the next 20 laps, Brandon Oltra made his presence known and moved
into the third behind the two front runners. Amazingly, Zeiner had moved
into fourth after the incident early in the show.

The show slowed on lap 74 and Adams gave up second and hit the pits for a
tire. The only problem was; the pits were closed. Realizing the mistake, it
forced him to restart as the last car on the lead lap. When the pits were
finally open, many of the top ten runners pitted, including Paules, Coss,
Barney, John Markovic and Mandatto. With a very strategic call, Hirschman
did not pit and held the lead over Oltra and Zeiner for the restart.

Once the green flag came back out, Hirschman focused on the lead and Zeiner
focused on overtaking Oltra for second. He succeeded on lap 75 but didn’t
have anything left for the leader by the event’s end. Hirschman went on to
score his fifth King of the Green victory over Zeiner, Coss, Oltra and
Markovic.

Eric Kocher, Rich Paciotti and Randy Schlenker notched Street Stock heat
wins to secure excellent starting spots in the 50-lap feature. Kocher led
the field to the green and Schlenker got the edge to lead lap one by a
bumper over Kocher, Mike Pollack, Paciotti and John Moser.

Paciotti climbed to second and the remainder of the top five remained the
same until lap 28 when Pollack moved by Kocher for the fourth spot. All the
while, Paciotti, who appeared to have a faster car than the leader, tried
Schlenker high and low for position. Each time, the leader shut the door.

Only four short yellow flags slowed the show and Schlenker went on to claim
the checkers over Paciotti, Moser, Pollack and Kevin Kromer.

Eric Zeh and Tom Casagrande scored Factory Stock heat race wins and then
shared the front row for the start of the 40-lap feature. Zeh led the
opening circuit over Casagrande, Scott Sipe, Gerald Lawrence and Elliott
Wohl. The top five battled hard in the early going and then settled into
line. With 10 laps complete, Zeh still showed the way over Casagrande and
Sipe.

The first of three yellows waved when Stephanie Moyer broke and lost a right
rear wheel on lap 22. She pitted for repair and rejoined the competition.

Sipe worked on Casagrande for second and then made the pass on lap 24.
Shortly after, Casagrande headed to the infield with mechanical issues.
Green flag racing resumed and with 26 laps complete, Zeh held the point over
Sipe, Wohl, Mark Tyson and Lawrence.

Lawrence’s car came to life in the closing laps and he climbed into the
second spot. The pair took the checkers in the same order over Wohl, Sipe
and Tyson. However, Zeh failed to pass post race inspection and Lawrence was
awarded the crown.

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
<http://www.evergreenracewaypark.comwww.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t
forget to like their Facebook page as well.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Motors, Harry’s U
Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK
Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs &
Pizza, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales,
Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.

Modified (100-laps) 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN 2. Zane Zeiner 3. Roger Coss 4.
Brandon Oltra 5. John Markovic 6. Earl Paules 7. Blake Barney  8. Todd Baer
9. Scott Adams 10. Alan Creveling  11. Randall Richard  12. Gene Bowers 13.
Lou Strohl 14. Jon Mandato  15. Joey Jarowicz 16. Barry Callavini 17.John
Fortin  18. Justin Gumley 19. Brian DeFebo  20. Buddy Miller  DNQ: Paul
Frantz, Mitch Dowd, James Pritchard, Wayne Szerencsits, Joe DeGracia, Scott
Miller, Paul Monkoski

Street Stock (50-laps) 1. RANDY SCHLENKER  2. Rich Paciotti  3. John Moser
4. Mike Pollack  5. Kevin Kromer 6. Josh Mooney  7. Todd Ahner 8. Broc Brown
9. Eric Kocher  10. Steve Shultz 11. Steve Hoffman  12. Mark Martini 13.
Jillian Long  14. Corey Edelman  15. Rick Reichenbach 16. Dan Pawlicki
17.Brian Halecki 18. TJ Gursky 19. Mark Deysher 20. Bobby Kibler Jr DNQ:
Corey Swartz, Stacey Brown, Sam Danaher, Steve Tito, Zach Biros, Paul Morgan
Jr

Factory Stock (40-laps) 1. GERALD LAWRENCE  2. Elliot Whol 3. Scott Sipe 4.
Mark Tyson  5. Jerry Koenig 6. Andrew Monkoski 7. Steph Moyer  8. Frank
Katona 9. Bob Wink  10. Mike Montano  11. Tom Casagrande 12. Bryan O’Shea
13. Jake Jones DQ: Eric Zeh