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Mike Sweeney Adds Evergreen Raceway to 2017 Win List

By: Gene Ostrowski

July 1, 2017

St. Johns, PA (7/1/2017)- The first Friday night event of racing since the 2005 racing season kicked off this past Friday at Evergreen Raceway. In his first start at the track this season, Mike Sweeney of Nesquehoning edged Kyle Harvell for the Himmer Graphics Late Model victory. After leading a number of laps last week, Rich Paciotti of Kunkletown fended off Randy Schlenker to take the checkers in the Barbush Automotive Street Stock division and thirteen year old Brayden Spencer of Shickshinny bested a healthy Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder field for his second victory of the season.

Following one yellow flag on the opening lap, TJ Kapish of Mountaintop cruised to the checkers in his first ever Wheels Bar & Grill Strictly Stock start.   Brock Brown led the Late Model field to the drop of the green flag in the 30-lap main event. However, Mike Sweeney edged Brown to lead the first circuit. Meanwhile, Kyle Harvell worked into third.   With a lap in the books, Harvell got by Brown and pulled up to within a car length of Sweeney. The top two rode nose to tail for the first 10 laps and the order remained the same at the halfway mark. Brown rode in third, followed by Steve Shultz and Francis Gross III.   Harvell ramped up his pace during the second half of the show, as did Sweeney, and it was obvious that both drivers were hungry for the victory. When it was all said and done, Sweeney, who has already visited victory lane on several occasions at Mahoning Valley Speedway, took the checkers over Harvell. Steve Shultz worked his way up to finish third, followed by Brown and Gross.

Sammy Danahar led the Street Stock field to the drop of the green flag in the 30-lap contest. He was overtaken by Dan Pawlicki before the first lap was scored and then tucked into the second spot. Todd Ahner rode in third, followed by Rich Paciotti and Scott Adams.   Following a lap one restart, Ahner took his turn at the lead and with nine laps in the books, Randy Schlenker, who had already cracked the top five, overtook Adams for third.   A pair of yellow flags slowed the action on lap nine and then Paciotti got by Ahner for the lead following the restart. Schlenker had worked into the second spot and fought the leader to take control of the show.   The battle up front raged on and when the checkers flew, it was Paciotti who celebrated his first victory of the season. Schlenker was the runner up, with Ahner, Mike Pollock and Steve Hoffman in tow,   Schlenker and Ahner were heat race winners.

Led to the line by Jay Kanor, twenty Four Cylinders took the green flag. Josh Oswald led the first lap, followed by Austin Beers, Jay Skupski, Shawn Kistler and Bob Azarowicz.   Beers worked by Oswald for the lead on lap two and Devin Schmidt cracked the top five on the following circuit. Schmidt continued to go forward and overtook Oswald for fourth three laps later.   Meanwhile, Brayden Spencer climbed to second and drove up to challenge Beers for the top spot. Shortly after, a pair of yellows waved. First, for a Skupski spin in turn three and then another for a tangle in the same turn involving Taylor Schmidt, Cody Geist and Kevin Behler. Green flag racing resumed and Spencer made his move on Beers for the lead stick. The action slowed for the final time just past halfway when the engine on Jake Jones’ mount expired in a big way. A quick fire erupted and then quickly extinguished itself. Jones exited his ride unscathed.   Spencer retained the lead following the restart. Shortly after, D. Schmidt shot by Beers for second and Harry O’Neill followed through to take third.   D. Schmidt worked his to the back bumper of Spencer and then gave him a shot in the final corned on the last lap. In exciting fashion, Spencer retained the lead and both O’Neill and Ron Heeter slipped by D. Schmidt for second and third respectively. D. Schmidt crossed the line in fourth, followed by Beers. Heeter was later disqualified in post race tech inspection, which moved Schmidt and Beers up one position and Jimmy Ayre advanced to fifth.   Beers, TJ Kapish and O’Neill were heat race winners.

Justin Nesbitt led the Strictly Stock field to the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap feature, but then spun from his spot after taking the green. When green flag racing resumed, Becca Barbush found herself at the point. Her lead was short-lived, as she was overtaken by TJ Kapish.   With two laps complete, Harry O’Neill climbed to second. However, Kapish had already begun to check out.   Without any further yellows to slow the action, Kapish cruised to the win over O’Neill. Chris Angstadt finished in the third spot, followed by Barbush and Nesbitt.

A jammed packed weekend of action is planned for next weekend at Evergreen Raceway. The Late Models, Street Stocks, Four Cylinders, Jr. Four Cylinders, plus INEX Legends and Bandoleros will be in action on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 will feature the speedway’s Independence Enduros with 100-laps of action for 4-Cylinder and 6/8-Cylinder Enduros, PLUS the Outlaw Stocks and Atlantic Coast Old Timers are also on the card.

Grandstand admission for Friday’s event is just $8. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult.   The pit gates will swing open at 5:30 PM on Friday and the pit entrance fee is $35. Practice will kick off at 6:30 PM and heat races will begin at 8 PM. The grandstand gates will open at 6 PM.   The pit gates will swing open on Saturday for all of the series events at 4 PM. The drivers meeting will take place at 5 PM and the Outlaw Stocks will have practice at 5:15 PM. Racing will kick off at 6:00 PM. The grandstands will open at 5 PM. Grandstand admission for the event is just $5 and pit admission is $25

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, Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.

Late Models (30-laps) 1. MIKE SWEENEY 2. Kyle Harvell 3. Steve Shultz 4. Broc Brown 5. Francis Gross III

Street Stocks (30-laps) 1. RICH PACIOTTI 2. Randy Schlenker 3. Todd Ahner 4. Mike Pollock 5. Steve Hoffman 6. Dan Pawlicki 7. Frank Petroski Jr 8. Sammy Danaher 9. Scott Adams 10. Paul Morgan Jr 11. Cory Swartz 12. Anthony Tombasco

Four Cylinders (20-laps) 1. BRAYDEN SPENCER 2. Harry O’Neill 3. Devin Schmidt 4. Austin Beers 5. Jimmy Ayer 6. Bob Azarowicz 7. TJ Kapish 8. Corey Edelman 9. Josh Oswald 10. Ray Kochin 11. Shawn Kistler 12. Taylor Schmidt 13. Cody Geist 14. Jay Skupski 15. Shane Troutman 16. Kevin Behler 17.Jay Kanor 18. Ed Wildes 19. Jake Jones DNQ: Kyle Laubach DNQ: DQ: Ron Heeter

Strictly Stocks (20-laps) 1. TJ KAPISH 2. Harry O’Neill 3. Christ Angstadt 4. Becca Barbush 5. Justin Nesbitt

More 1 of 2,206 Friday Nights Under the Lights Returns To Evergreen Raceway

By: Gene Ostrowski

June 27, 2017

St. Johns, PA (6/27/2017)- For the first time since the end of summer in 2005 racing under the lights on Friday nights will return to Evergreen Raceway. Beginning this Friday, June 30, the speedway is hosting the majority of their summer events under the lights on Friday nights.

Sticking to a three to four division show on Friday nights, fans will definitely get their monies worth with adult admission for regular shows set at just $8.   Coming this Friday, a cone race format will set the stage for the Himmer Graphics Late Models, Barbush Automotive Street Stocks, Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder and Wheel’s Bar & Grill Junior Four Cylinders and Strictly Stocks.

The cone format is basic, yet entertaining for the fans. It also gives drivers the chance to advance, if they take a risk. The entire field goes single file under yellow flags. At that time, a cone is placed in the middle of the start/finish line. Prior to coming to the cone, drivers must choose the line where they want to restart from (inside or outside). So, if the top three cars choose the inside and the fourth place driver chooses the outside, the fourth place driver will restart on the outside pole.   Big wheel races will also take place at intermission this Friday. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted into the grandstand area for free with a paying adult.   The pit gate will swing open at 5:30 PM and the pit entrance fee is $35. Practice will kick off at 6:30 PM and heat races will begin at 8 PM. The grandstand gates will open at 6 PM.

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, Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.

 

Matt Hirschman Wins Big Money at Evergreen Raceway

By: Gene Ostrowski

June 25, 2017

St. Johns, PA (6/25/2017)- Following a rain delay on Sunday at Evergreen Raceway, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA started from the ninth spot in the 50-lap American Equipment Rental Modified Series event. The seasoned veteran remained smooth and consistent throughout the show and then with 14 laps remaining, took the lead from Bobby Jones. It was his second $2,000 Evergreen payday in as many starts at the track this season. TJ Gursky of Lehighton, PA worked by Rich Paciotti just past the halfway point of the Barbush Automotive Street Stock feature to score his first win of the season and Ron Heeter overtook Scott Adams with ten laps remaining to take the Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder Feature win. In his first career start, Carter Smith was the Wheels Bar & Grill Junior Four Cylinder victor.

Following heat races and then a redraw, Brian Sones led the Modified field to the drop of the green flag in the 50-lap main event. He was overtaken by Brian DeFebo and Bobby Jones before a lap was scored and then settled into the third spot.

DeFebo continued to lead following a handful of quick caution periods early on and Jones remained in tow. With three laps complete, Matt Hirschman, who had started ninth, cracked the top five.

Meanwhile, Roger Coss had climbed into the second spot.   With seven laps complete, Jones retook second and while fighting a very loose car, tried to reel in the leader. With 16 laps complete, DeFebo continued to show the way over Jones, Hirschman, Coss and Blake Barney.   Following a quick lap 16 yellow flag, Jones jumped into the race lead and Coss followed through for second shortly after. The top two remained the same until lap 30 when Hirschman bided his time and worked by Coss.

Six laps later he overtook Jones before going the distance for his second Evergreen win of the season.   Coss crossed the strip in second, followed by Barney, Jones and John Fortin, Jr. However, Jones and Fortin were credited with third and fourth respectively after Barney was penalized two positions for need heeding the race director over the radio in that latter part of the show.   Paul Frantz, Barney and Fortin were heat race winners.

From the pole, Rich Paciotti led the Street Stock field to the drop of the green flag in the 30-lap feature. However, he was overtaken by Randy Schlenker, who went on to lead the first lap. Josh Mooney held second, followed by TJ Gursky, Paciotti and Todd Ahner.   With a flat right front tire, Schlenker slowed on the speedway on lap 14. He headed into the pits shortly after and Paciotti, who was in second at the time, moved to the race lead.   Gursky lined up in the second spot for a lap 16 restart. After battling side by side with Paciotti, he grabbed the top spot. The crafty veteran went on to take his first win of the season over Paciotti and Ahner. Schlenker rebounded to finish fourth, followed by Mooney.   Paciotti and Schlenker were heat race winners.

Scott Adams started on the pole position in the 20-lap Four Cylinder feature. He led the opening lap over Austin Beers, Cody Geist, Ron Heeter and Kyle Krempasky.   Following a pair of lap eight yellow flags, Heeter, who had been riding in second, made a move on Adams stick and he took the lead. Meanwhile, Spencer moved into third and got past Adams for second on lap 13.   Heeter held the lead to the finish and was able to pull of the victory over Spencer, Adams, Krempasky and Cody Geist.   Adams, Beers and Geist were heat race winners.

It’s been since the 2005 season when Evergreen last raced on Friday nights. That has changed for this season and beginning this Friday, June 30, the speedway is hosting the majority of their summer events under the lights on Friday nights.   A cone race format will set the stage for the Himmer Graphics Late Model, Barbush Automotive Street Stocks, Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder and Wheel’s Bar & Grill Junior Four Cylinder on Friday, June 30.

Grandstand admission for the event is just $8. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult.   The pit gate will swing open at 5:30 PM and the pit entrance fee is $35. Practice will kick off at 6:30 PM and heat races will begin at 8 PM. The grandstand gates will open at 6 PM.

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, Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.

Modified (50-laps) 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN 2. Roger Coss 3. Bobby Jones 4. John Fortin, Jr 5. Blake Barney 6. Brian DeFebo 7. Gene Bowers 8. Mitch Dowd 9. Eric Lane 10. Tommy Wanick III 11. Paul Frantz 12. Chris Ridsdale 13. Brian Sones 14. Calvin Caroll 15. Alan Creveling 16. Joe King, Jr 17. Paul Monkoski DQ: John Markovic

Street Stock (30-laps) 1. TJ GURSKY 2. Rich Paciotti 3. Todd Ahner 4. Randy Schlenker 5. Josh Mooney 6. Mike Pollock 7. Shayne Geist 8. Bob Kibler 9. Brian Halecki 10. Dan Pawlicki 11. Cory Swartz 12. Joe Mooney

Four Cylinder (20-laps) 1. RON HEETER 2. Brayden Spencer 3. Scott Adams 4. Kyle Krempasky 5. Cody Geist 6. Austin Beers 7. Frank Hughes 8. Danny Cascioli 9. Shawn Kistler 10. Shane Troutman 11. Josh Oswald 12. Jay Kanor 13. Carl Smith 14. Chris Trumbauer 15. Carl Smith 16. Chris Trumbauer DQ: Mark Schwalm DQ: Carl Altemose