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Evergreen Raceway Makes Move back To Sunday’s.

Rules Changes and Race day switch for 2020.

After three years of Friday Night’s under the lights, Evergreen management has decided that what’s best for the future of the Speedway is switching back to Sunday afternoon’s. Opening day 2020 is set for April 26th. Tour Modifieds, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Jr 4 Cylinders will compete.

“Friday night’s worked on occasion, we had some great night’s and some not so great night’s. Statistically Sunday shows drew more fans and more competition.” stated track promoter Jason Makarewicz.
Going into his fifth consecutive season at the helm, some fairly significant changes have already gone into effect for 2020. 
One of those changes was the introduction of Thomas Vitale who will take over race director duties once the season gets underway in March.

The addition of Vitale has brought some rule changes which can be found on our website at:
Vitale noted it is the driver’s sole responsibility to make sure their race cars comply with some of the new changes. He made things very clear, ” It is time to level the playing field in some of these divisions.” 

The 2020 racing season will also see two brand new tech inspectors, both inspectors have twenty plus years of racing experience behind them along with Vitale.

When asked, Makarewicz stated “Having two tech inspectors will now give us the opportunity to be more effective and thorough in our job to make sure everyone is playing by OUR rules.”

After a year sitting out of the booth, Ted Grow will return in 2020.  “It is such an honor to return back up as the eye in the sky for the fans, I missed being “The Mouth” that people are used to hearing.” stated Grow. Grow who also is the face of social media for the Speedway.

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Thomas Vitale Takes Over as New Race Director AT EVERGREEN Raceway

Years of experience pay dividends in the racing community. As with anything in life, knowledge is power and Thomas Vitale certainly brings that to the table and the Evergreen Raceway facility.

Vitale has been involved in motorsports for more than thirty years. He has experience racing from the Super Speedways of Daytona Beach all the way to the local short tracks of America. He has been a crew member for multiple teams and divisions such as the ARCA Menards Series, Nascar Whelen Modifieds, ROC Modifieds, Street Stocks and Late Models.

Tom has seen a wide variety of changes through his thirty years of experience and is looking to bring that knowledge to the forefront of Evergreen Raceway. He has some big plans for Evergreen Raceway by bringing back a fan and driver friendly atmosphere which seems to be missing these days at local short tracks. Tom is in the process of doing what he can to bring door to door, bumper to bumper racing lap after lap. Thomas is excited to now work with car owners, drivers and crew on what they believe will bring continued success to Evergreen Raceway.

Thomas is doing what he can to bridge the competition at the track bringing all back to a level playing field. Vitale is excited for the opportunity and looks forward to working not only with Makarewicz and his staff, but all the fans, drivers and owners alike.

Shultz Remains Perfect; Evan Rygielski Earns first ever win; Pollack and Zeigafuse also grace victory lane

Steve Shultz continues to dominate at Evergreen Raceway in the Plum Air late model division as he cruised to yet another victory his 7th of the season. Shultz would start the race in the 3rd position and would make easy work of Roger Maynor and Brian Romig Jr. Only one caution would slow the event when Roger Maynor would come to a stop on the backstretch with an apparent mechanical failure. Shultz would never falter picking up his 7th consecutive win.

The future of racing is bright at Evergreen Raceway as for the 2nd week in a row a 12 year old would visit victory lane. Ryan Burkett found success last week and this week it was Evan Rygielski who would lead every single in the 25 lap non stop contest. It would not be easy however as point leader Jay Kanor and TJ Kapish would hound the 12 year old for the last 15 laps. In veteran fashion the rookie would hold his line and finally break through for his first career victory.

Mike Pollack make no mistakes about it can wheel a race car, however being a little under powered using a crate motor has held this driver out of victory lane in 2019. That all ended Friday night as Pollack had to fend off Jason Harman in a barn burner of a feature in the street stocks. Multiple attempts by Harman to pass the leader would prove to be ineffective as Pollack held his ground for win number one.

Jasper Zeigafuse in his first Jr 4 Cylinder start found checkers in the Scott Adams, Himmer Graphics ride.


Jr 4 Cylinders (15 Laps) 1. Jasper Zeigafuse. 2. Elia Tito. 3. Savannah Romig. 4. Zach Ayre.

4 Cylinders: (25 Laps) 1. Evan Rygielski. 2. Jay Kanor. 3. TJ Kapish. 4. Scott Adams. 5. Jimmy Ayre. 6. Zeb Farber. 7. Steve Kreitzer. 8. Bob Doknovitch. 9. Ryan Burkett. 10. Brian Romig.

Late Models (30 Laps) 1. Steve Shultz. 2. Brian Romig Jr. 3. Rick Smith. 4. Roger Maynor.

Street Stocks (25 Laps) 1. Mike Pollack. 2. Jason Harman. 3. Ken Erney. 4. Todd Ahner. 5. Broc Brown. 6. Brian Sones. 7. Bobby Kibler Jr. 8. Bob Hunsicker. 9. Brian Halecki. 10. Anthony Tombasco. 11. Kevin Makarewicz.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Chevrolet, American Property Solutions, Wanick Construction, Franzosa Trucking, Harry’s U-Pull It, Barbush Auto Sales, S&D Bodyline, CK Auto Service and Race Fab, Rock Auto, Evans Roadhouse, Himmer Graphics, Evergreen Lawn Care, A&R Building Supplies and Morans Funeral Home and Triple Clear Water Solutions, Plum Air and Tito Juice.