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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

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

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

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
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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 &

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

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

Zane Zeiner Victorious Saturday at Evergreen’s “King of the Green”

By: Gene Ostrowski

October21, 2017 St. Johns, PA

(10/21/2017)- Evergreen Raceway’s second annual “King of the Green” (KOTG) weekends kicked off Saturday afternoon. The pits were filled with racecars and anxious drivers that couldn’t wait to his the 1/3-mile asphalt oval for the last event of the season at the track.

Once the dust settled following some intense action, Zane Zeiner of Bath, PA went to victory lane in the Sport Modified division.

The Himmer Graphics Late Models took to the track and after a slow start, they clicked off a long green flag run. Although he was pressured in the early going by Kyle Harvell, Mike Sweeney of Nesquehoning picked up his first ever  KOTG victory.

Harry O’Neill of Mountaintop took the early lead in the Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder feature and never looked back en route to victory.

Also from Mountaintop, TJ Kapish held off numerous charges from his competition to notch the Strictly Stock feature win.

Paul Hartwig, Jr. led the Sport Modified field to the drop of the green flag in the 50-lap main event. He led the opening circuit over Paul Morgan, Jr, Connor Sellers, Paul Monkoski and Nick Baer.

The first yellow flag waved for a spin on lap 10 and Morgan was forced to the pits with a fuel leak. Great flag racing resumed and with Hartwig still showing the way, Zane Zeiner moved into the third spot.

Two laps later he got underneath Sellers for second and drove to Hartwig’s rear bumper. Zeiner gave the leader a little shot and then moved into the lead on lap 18. Hartwig tried to return the favor, but spun out in the process. Racing resumed and following a few sporadic yellow flags and multiple restarts, Zeiner took the checkers over Baer. Joe DeGracia crossed the stripe in third but was penalized two positions for passing under the pink lined in turns one and two. The change moved Joey Jarowicz and Sellers to third and fourth respectively. Hartwig and Morgan were heat race winners.

Steve Shultz and Mike Sweeney shared the front row for the start of the 50-lap Late Model feature. Following two attempts to get one lap in the books, Shultz crossed the stripe to lead lap one over Sweeney, Frank Batista, Jr, Kyle Harvell and Jerick Johnson of North Carolina. Sweeney didn’t waste any time and pulled alongside Shultz to lead the following circuit.

A handful of yellows slowed the show in the early going, one of which involved a spin by Shultz in turns one and two. Rich Cooper took the high side to avoid Shulz, but then pounded the foam barriers. Luckily, Cooper was uninjured but unable to continue. Sweeney remained on point following the restart and continued to show the way over Harvell and Travis Fisher at the halfway mark.

Unfortunately, Harvell’s stellar run came to an end when he was tagged by a lap car in turn three. The lap 35 incident forced the former champion to retire from the show. Sweeney was flawless o the restarts and eventually went on to take the big victory over Fisher, Johnson, Batista and Shultz. With his sixth place finish, Francis Gross III took the division championship, which was his first ever after many seasons of competition. Shultz, Batista and Sweeney were heat race winners.

Jake Jones led the Four Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag in the 40-lap feature. Harry O’Neill kept his car glued to the outside and led the first circuit by a bumper over Jones, John Ayre, Scott Adams and TJ Kapish.

A yellow slowed the show for the first time on lap nine and then another flew following the restart when Kapish and Shawn Kistler tangled in turn four. Neither driver was able to continue. With the green back in the air, Joe Barbush III began to advance. He moved into third on lap 14 and then overtook J. Ayre for second two laps later. There were several opportunities for J. Barbush to have a shot at the leader, but O’Neill pulled on each and every restart. O’Neill went on to take the victory, followed by J. Barbush, Adams, Tony Rispin and J. Ayre. Jones, O’Neill and J. Ayre were heat race winners. Kyle Krempasky was the consi winner.

Although he wasn’t in action for the event, Brayden Spencer won the Four Cylinder championship.

Mitch Sponenberg led the Strictly Stock field to the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap feature. Kapish led the first lap and O’Neill slipped through for second. Despite heavy pressure from O’Neill, Kapish pulled off the victory. O’Neill settled for second, followed by Jarrett Campbell and Sponenberg. O’Neill won the divisional championship.

The Modifieds will compete for the $4,000 prize on Sunday, October 22, plus the Street Stocks and Factory Stocks will also be in action for extended lap main events.

The pit gates will swing open at 10 AM and practice will kick off at12:30 PM. Qualifying will start at 2 PM. The grandstands will open at 12:30 PM. Free admission passes are for regular events only and will not be honored for Sunday’s King of the Green events.

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 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. Free admission passes are for regular events only and will not be honored for the speedway’s King of the Green events.

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 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 &

Sport Modifieds (50-laps) 1. Zane Zeiner 2. Nick Baer  3. Joey Jarowicz 4. Connor Sellers  5. Joe DeGracia 6. Mike Albasini 7. Rich Lapolt  8. Damon Frutchey  9. Paul Monkoski 10. Peter Lattanzio  11. Paul Morgan, Jr DQ: Paul Hartwig, Jr.

Late Models (50-laps) 1. MIKE SWEENEY 2. Travis Fisher  3. Jerick Johnson  4. Frank Batista Jr 5. Steve Shultz 6. Francis Gross III 7. Daryn Miller  8. Mike Snyder 9. Kyle Harvell  10. Brian Romig 11. Rob Kutz 12. Geno Steigerwalt 13. Eric Kocher 14. Broc Brown  15. Ricky Collins  16. Dan Casciolli 17.Frank Hughes DQ: Todd Cooper DQ: Rich Cooper

Four Cylinders (40-laps) 1. HARRY O’NEILL 2. Joe Barbush III 3. Scott Adams 4. Tony Rispin 5. John Ayre 6. Jeff Biegley  7. Ray Kochin  8. Austin Beers  9. Rebecca Barbush  10. Ed Wildes 11. Chris Elixson 12. Jay Skupski 13. Beau Drobot 14. Jake Jones  15. Kyle Krempasky 16. Jimmy Ayre 17. TJ Kapish  18. Shawn Kistler  19. Keith St Clair DQ: Joe Warren DNQ: Jesse Ehert, Don Rodgers, Peter Maier, Charles Zukowski, Preston Prydatko, Justin Hughes

Strictly Stocks (20-laps) 1. TJ KAPISH 2. Harry O’Neill 3. Jarrett Campbell 4. Mitch Sponenberg

Evergreen’ Enduro Finale Slated for November 11

By: Gene Ostrowski

October 17, 2017

St. Johns, PA (10/17/2017) Due to the limited amount of pre-registered teams for Evergreen’s 4 hour Enduro that was scheduled for Saturday, November 11th, track management has made the decision to change the show to a regular Enduro event (one driver/one car per driver). For all of those that did pre-register for the 4 hour event, the speedway will destroy your check, or mail them back to you. Please email or call the speedway office to let them know which.

As mentioned, presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust, a regular Evergreen Raceway Enduro Series event will be held on Saturday, November 11. The “Evergreen Finale” Enduros will feature bone stock Enduro racing for both the Four Cylinder and 6/8-Cylinder divisions.

This is a non-points show, which means that it’s for strictly fun and of course the hardware and race winnings.

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 $25 and the transponder rental fee is $10.

The rules, payout and pre-registration list are listed at 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 and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.