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Jason Makarewicz and Gene Ostrowski Named Co-Promoters at Evergreen Raceway Jeff Owler Named Race Director for 2016

 St. Johns, PA (3/14/16)- There’s an ‘unwritten rule’ to promoting in motorsports. Well, as we know there are many and there’s no need for any of them to be written. One of the obvious is to be as fair as possible and go the extra mile to make as many people, as possible, happy with your facility. Also, to make them aware about it and in turn, they make others aware of it as well, knowing that it’ll help pave the way for success. With that said and with a number of management adjustments that are in place for the 2016 season. Jason Makarewicz and long time announcer and PR representative, Gene Ostrowski, have been named Co-Promoters of Evergreen Raceway in St. Johns, PA and former racer, Jeff Owler, will be the speedway’s Race Director.

Makarewicz took over the lease to the track late in 2015. Ostrowski has been a fixture at the track as an employee since 2005. They were both fans there, along with being crewmembers, drivers and owners, which helps with the experience in regards to what the drivers would like to see moving forward. Of course everyone cannot be pleased, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Along with help from other track employees and with driver input, the two put together a great start to the new season and are looking forward to expanding that insight and feedback though 2016 and into 2017.

“I’m very happy to see how 2016 began at Evergreen and we have a great team of officials in place for continuous improvement”, noted Ostrowski, who will continue his role as the track announcer, PR representative and webmaster.

“In my eyes, if anyone helps support any track and spreads the word, they’re a promoter. Some people don’t necessarily see it that way, but I swear by it.”

Owler is a former competitor in the Factory Stock division. He was asked to fill in as the speedway’s Race Director for the last Enduro event and did a wonderful job.

“Jeff is fair and sensitive, yet he stands by his word”, noted Makarewicz.

“He did an excellent job and will fit that position well.”

More information regarding Evergreen Raceway can be viewed by visiting www.evergreenracewaypark.com. Please like their Facebook page as well.

Evergreen’s Four-Banger Sunday to Kick Off This Weekend

By: Gene Ostrowski

March 14, 2016

St. Johns, PA (3/14/2016)- Following a stellar Enduro event last weekend, Evergreen Raceway is in full force and gearing up for their next show- “Four Banger Sunday”.

The speedway has decided to host a non-track points pre-season event for their regular Four Cylinder and INEX Legends divisions on Sunday, March 20. The INEX Bandoleros are also on the card. Both INEX divisions will receive INEX points.

Both, the Four Cylinders and INEX Legends drivers will draw for starting positions prior to eight lap heat races. Their heat race finish, mixed with a redraw will determine the starting lineup for their 30-lap main event. The number of feature laps for the INEX Bandoleros will be decided on race day, based on car count.

There is no driver registration fee to compete, as the pit admission fee covers that cost. The speedway utilizes a Westhold scoring system. If needed, scoring transponders will be available for rental for the cost of $10.

It was recently announced that if 30 or more INEX Legends are on hand, the track will pay out $500 to the winner. The same will apply to the Four Cylinder division. The remainder of the purse is listed under the ‘payout’ tab on the speedway website.

Pit admission is set at $35 per person for the ‘Four-Banger Sunday’ show on March 20th and grandstand admission will be $7. Kids 10 years of age and younger are always admitted for free and there is a $2 discount for veterans, handicapped and active military members.

The pit gates will open at 10:30 AM and practice will start at 12:30 PM. The grandstands will be open at 12:30 PM and heat races will kick off at 2 PM.

The concession stand will be open for business the day of the event.

The Easter holiday and then practice weekends will follow this much anticipated event and many drivers and fans are still excited over the recent ‘March Enduro Madness’ show that had record car and fan counts.

Those Enduro shows will continue, as the speedway is currently in the works of planning the next Enduro shows.

“We’re working on more Enduros”, noted Track Manager, Jason Makarewicz.

“Gene Ostrowski and I are coming up with a better payout, based on the number of cars and we’re adding a few minor safety related rules.

“All of that info will be released soon and we’re planning to host our bone stock Enduros in May, July, September and October. After that the plan is to have three or four race wintertime Enduro Series.”

The speedway is seeking billboard and divisional sponsors for the entire season. If interested, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com for contact information and directions. Please like their Facebook page as well.

IMPRESSIONS AND PREVIEWING EVERGREEN RACEWAY’s SEASON

by Mike Fields
March 13, 2016, Drums, PA— “I’m speechless,” Evergreen Raceway Public Address Announcer stated. “I’m absolutely speechless!” Such was the understandable reaction when he realized that the car counts for the 4-cylinder Enduro race was going to demolish the previous decade-old record of 103 cars for an Enduro event when 130 cars took the green.
Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny Spring day as we drove out from Long Island to Evergreen Raceway (nee Mountain Speedway). Located in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, it’s a beautiful drive from my home in Long Beach, Long Island, where the driving time is about 2 hours and 45 minutes when there is no traffic. In a decade and a half, however, I’m still waiting for the day when there is no traffic!
The track has reopened under new management after closing for a couple of years. Former driver Jason Makarewicz (J-Mac) is the new track lease holder, promoter, track manager, and jack-of-all-trades. Also, for those planning on attending for the first time, the address location to input into your GPS is 183 Mill Mountain Road, Drums, PA 18222.
For yesterday’s March Enduro Madness, the plan called for running a 30-lap open competition race, 100-lap 6/8-cylinder race, and a 100-lap 4-cylinder race. This is actually the second event to be held in 2016 after the January 10th season opening Snowball Enduro.
One of the companies that the track has picked up is CK Auto Service and Race Fab of Quakertown, PA as the 2016 Victory Lane sponsor. Three other track sponsors that have been picked up are DeFebo Graphics (a long-time sponsor of Evergreen and Mountain), Cargill Meats, and Hazle Brand Meats.
Race fans and teams will have plenty of chances to see the sponsor logos as the track has planned an aggressive slate of racing for the 2016 season which has already started, and lasts through their final October 29th Halloween Enduro. In between, the track will have their Evergreen Modifieds, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, Pro Stocks, Late Models, Dirt Modifieds, Tour-type Modifieds, 4-cylinder, Big Wheels races, Powder Puffs, INEX Legends, Bandolleros, Atlantic Coast Old Timers, American Three Quarter Midget Association, and Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club. The full schedule is available on their website at www.EvergreenRacewayPark.com and click on ‘Schedule’. It’s much too large to print and dissect here. The divisions listed on the website are still a bit of a work in progress, dependent upon how many cars support the track, how often, etc.
When we got to the track at 10:20am, about 40 minutes before the announced opening of the pit entrance, we found the pits had been opened at 9:00am, and the pits were absolutely packed. By 11:30, with cars still coming, they had to be parked out front, near the front gate.
“It’s a great problem to have,” J-Mac told us with a big smile.
A race report from Gene Ostrowsks’s Press Release from Evergreen Raceway is elsewhere on www.MyRaceNews.com.
It was another interesting drivers’ meeting that we attended. Normally, these can be very dry affairs, where everyone attempts to hide the yawns. Still, somebody does need to explain that when the RED flag is displayed, it means that you stop, and do it just as if there is a state trooper behind you. ‘Ya know, just like the big boys and girls do! Unfortunately, there were several drivers (yes, I’m trying NOT to use the word ‘idiots’ so that I can tell everyone I’m turning over a new leaf) that if anything, sped up, flying a full half a track (that’s at least two turns) past every other stopped car. It’s unfortunate that a few people decided to put the safety of many at risk. To them, it didn’t matter at all that cars had flipped, and safety crews were rushing to their aid.
Numerous announcements to the drivers over the radio were made during the race (and simply ignored). A firm policy must be put in place, announced at the drivers’ meetings, and enforced! If they can’t play under track rules, let them go back to their kindergarten playground and play on the swing set there. It was a situation that ticked off many.
Another subject that should be raised, you wouldn’t think would need to. We were amazed at how many drivers came out on the track without window nets, gloves, etc. Even some of the cars with nets looked like window screens designed to keep flies out of your home’s front door. Do people really need to be told they need the published safety equipment? Obviously, the officials looked for these problems, and drivers were immediately sent off the track until corrections were made.
We can definitely see INEX Legend drivers whose seasons haven’t yet started, coming out from Long Island, Connecticut, and wherever Legends cars are run for next week’s race on the 20th. Their website boasts only a SEVEN-dollar grandstand admission for the day. If you are a military member, senior or handicapped, check the site for discounts on that price that would make the admission even less! The show will also include 4-cylinder Enduros and INEX Bandoleros.
Front gate admission for the general public for Evergreen’s regular shows will be only $10 bucks. Kids 10 and under are free. You’ve just got to love the pricing away from major metropolitan areas! The official track tire for 2016 will be Hoosiers supplied by Mid Atlantic. Race Fuel will be by Insinger Race Fuels. A parts supplier will still need to be decided. “Nobody has contacted us yet,” J-Mac said.
What’s great about the facility is the improvements that have been made, and still going on throughout the facility. There is a new PA system, Scoring System, scoreboard that is hooked up to the transponders, new siding on the scorer’s booth and the tech booth in the first corner, and new electrical wiring throughout the facility. Ongoing work which has already commenced is remodeling in the kitchen and new toilet facilities in the pit area (which hopefully will be open at the beginning of the regular season).
Besides J-Mac being the new head honcho, Heyle Fisher is the Head Scorer, Chris Walk is the Head Starter, Kris Fisher is the Office Manager, and former racer Jeff Owler the Race Director.
Of course, with new management, there are problems that will need to be ironed out. There was the problem of pit crew members, drivers, etc. that crowded along the backstretch wall to watch the racing action, which was scary. Debris could easily be launched from any point and go over the wall unobstructed to strike one of the people. Another problem was when one driver was disqualified for numerous unsafe actions while under the red flag despite repeated warnings, the promotor overruled (Race Director) Jeff Owler, and allowed the offending driver to come back out on the track.
J-Mac has to show support for the people that he hires to a job, and let them to actually DO their jobs. Sure, mistakes will be made, and you chew them out after the races in private; not over a radio heard by everyone. When Jeff heard that he was overruled, he took it with good grace, and just went forward.
It was soon evident that another mistake was that there was no Speedy Dry to soak up oil and fuel spills. It was commented over the officials’ radio that the fans were getting restless waiting over an hour for the cars to get on the track, do transponder checks and finally get the race started for the 130 4-cylinders. That was an understandably lengthy process.
We understand that a new sign is on order, as there was no signage viewable to let drivers, crews, spectators, etc. know where the track entrance was.
Workers were talking about holding a staff-wide meeting after the event to go over everything that worked well, and anything that didn’t to make future corrections. That is what any successful organization does to insure its future success, and this should work well for Evergreen.
In many ways, the track staff was overwhelmed, but had a successful day. The drivers on the most part, had fun, a great day, left happy, and will be back for future events. With experience, repetitiveness, and good old fashioned ‘stick-to-it-ivness’, this facility could very easily become the gold mine we’ve always thought it could be. We will Jason, Jeff, Geno and the rest of the staff a great initial season.
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