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Evergreen Raceway Honors 2017 Track Champions

By: Gene OstrowskiNovember 19, 2017

Drums, PA (11/19/2017)- The second annual Evergreen Raceway Awards Ceremony was held Saturday evening at Carmen’s Country Inn in Drums, PA. Over 180 racers, family, friends and fans came out to enjoy an evening of celebration together after a successful 2017 season at the speedway. Track champions were honored, along with those who were in the running for the points title all season long.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA claimed his second straight American Equipment Modified Series title. Hirschman, who was not present because he was racing in Myrtle Beach, scored all but one win in the division this season. His father, Tony accepted the award on his son’s behalf. He thanked everyone that had helped them claim the title, including car owner, Bob Horn, who has fallen ill this season.

Francis Gross III of Allentown, PA accepted the trophy and paycheck for earning his first ever Himmer Graphics Late Model crown. Winless in the division for almost 20 years, Gross not only visited victory lane this season, but also held bested former division champion, Steve Shultz to take top honors.

After dominating the season in the Barbush Automotive Street Stock division, Randy Schlenker of Whitehall, PA earned his second divisional championship. He thanked all of his family, crew and sponsors for their hard work and support throughout the entire year.

Thirteen year old Brayden Spencer of Shickshinny, PA earned his first Evergreen championship in the Evans’ Roadhouse Four Cylinder division. Spencer thanked all of his family and additional supporters. He also made mention that his great grandfather won the first Spencer Evergreen track title 60 years ago.

Harry O’Neill of Mountaintop, PA earned a pair of divisional accomplishments. O’Neill gave an emotional acceptance speech for being the Strictly Stock and 6/8-Cylinder Enduro champion. O’Neill’s words were focused around the help that he received from his wife, Wendy, following a devastating motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life several years ago.

Don Rogers of Furlong, PA accepted his award for earning the crown in the Four Cylinder Evergreen Enduro Series, presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust.

Many others were honored, including Stephanie Moyer, for being tied with Tom Casagrande for having the best overall finish in the Factory Stock division.

Kaden Ayres of Mountaintop, PA was recognized for being the Junior Four Cylinder “Front Runner” and Miss Evergreen’s (Emily Schadder, Angela Fisher and Mikayla Saccetti) were given awards for their help and dedication to the track throughout the season.

Sponsored by BRE Racing Tire, the “Rookie of the Year” honorees were: Gene Bowers (Modified), Brian Romig, Jr. (Late Model), Mike Pollack (Street Stock) and Shawn Kistler (Four Cylinder).

The “Most Improved Driver” awards went to: John Fortin, Jr. (Modified), Francis Gross III (Late Model) and Dan Pawlicki (Street Stock).

Himmer Graphics and Kyle Williams Photography presented the champions with additional plaques and BRE Racing Tire presented them with Hoosier Racing Tire jackets.

After announcing that he would not be returning to the speedway next season, Gene Ostrowski was recognized for the effort and dedication that put forth throughout the years.

Along with track announcer, Ted Grow, promoter Jason Makarewicz and Jeff Owler, the director of racing operations, gave a few closing words before music and dancing was provided by Richie Green.

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.

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.