Evergreen Planning to Host Pre-Season Four-Banger Sunday

By: Gene Ostrowski

February 1, 2016

St. Johns, PA (2/1/2016)- Thus far the 2016 racing season for the new management of Evergreen Raceway in St. Johns, PA has been a success. From their first Enduro in January to pre-registrations pouring in for their next Enduro, tagged ‘March Enduro Madness’, the year is off to a great start. And, it’s only getting better.

After recent discussions amongst key track officials, Evergreen has decided to host a non-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, the Four Cylinders and INEX Legends drivers will draw for starting positions in an eight lap heat race, 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.

“Although the track officials have run one race day together so far, this show will be a great opportunity for the officials of a regular Sunday show to work together, prior to the start of the points season”, noted track manager, Jason Makarewicz.

“It just makes perfect sense and by then, many people will have their cars done and as long as the weather cooperates for us, it should be a great show and test for the drivers and also for the officials.”

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.

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

With the exception of the Tour Type Modifieds, the speedway recently released divisional payouts. The divisions racing on March 20th will be paid based on those pay scales, which can be viewed at the track website. The INEX Bandolero will receive a trophy.

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.

Even before this much anticipated event, many drivers and fans are very excited for the ‘March Enduro Madness’ event that is slated for Saturday, March 12. The track is hosting a $10 discount for pre-registration for the Enduro. The pre-registration form is on the speedway website and must be mailed in, along with the $40 pre-registration fee. Drivers may also register at the track the day of the event for $50. The transponder rental fee is $10 and pit admission is set at $25. The pit gates will swing open at 9:00 AM.

The grandstands are slated to open at 12 noon and grandstand admission is just $5. Children 10 years of age and younger will be admitted for FREE.

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

THE CRAFTSMAN® BRAND RETURNS TO MOTORSPORTS AS TITLE SPONSOR OF THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS

Sears® and Craftsman® Brand Sign Three-year Agreement That Renames the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Feb. 1, 2016 – Sears® and the Craftsman® brand, America’s most trusted tool brand, announced today the return of Craftsman tools as a major presence in motorsports, becoming the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws®.

The three-year agreement, which begins immediately, renames the two premier series in dirt track racing to the “World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series” and “World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.” This is the first time the two top series in grassroots motorsports have shared a title sponsor.

“The Craftsman brand has been trusted for generations by those who take pride in working on their car,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings. “Our Craftsman Club members are passionate about building, improving and even racing their own cars. That’s why we’re excited for the Craftsman brand and Sears to team up with the World of Outlaws, which has over one million fans who are working on their cars every week and reaches tens of thousands of racers who are competing at dirt tracks across the country. These individuals exemplify what it means to be a craftsman and we are honored to be part of their lives as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws.”

“Sears offers a true one stop shop for World of Outlaws racers, fans and auto enthusiasts all over the country to unleash the potential of their own cars,” said Dean Schwartz, vice president of tools, lawn and garden at Sears Holdings. “That’s because Sears offers an unsurpassed selection of accessible, quality mechanics tools and storage, and the Craftsman brand delivers innovative products like our new Extreme Grip Series of hand tools. With their know-how and Craftsman tools, local racers may even compete against the best dirt track drivers in the country when the World of Outlaws comes to town. Craftsman hand tools at Sears are guaranteed to perform with our full lifetime warranty on hand tools or we’ll replace them.”

Through its relationship with the World of Outlaws, the Craftsman brand will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Craftsman Club by giving its members the chance to earn free tickets to series events, as well as Craftsman gear and other great prizes.

The relationship with the Craftsman brand is a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the World of Outlaws. The deal is one of the largest agreements in grassroots racing and connects the Craftsman brand with both sprint car and late model fans at nearly 140 events across the United States and Canada.

“We are beyond excited to begin 2016 with an incredible partner like the Craftsman brand,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “For 87 years, the Craftsman brand has built a reputation as solid as the products it sells. To bring together the Craftsman brand and the World of Outlaws is a phenomenal opportunity. We look forward to showcasing the Craftsman brand and tools to our dedicated fans all across the country.”

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series enters 2016 with one of the busiest schedules ever which kicks off during DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The series will travel coast-to-coast to more than 90 events. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competes nearly 50 times at 30 different venues including the season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga.

“The World of Outlaws is one of the most recognizable and enduring brands in all of motorsports with a fan base that is unsurpassed in their dedication,” said World of Outlaws Chief Marketing Officer Ben Geisler. “Every year, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series deliver edge-of-your-seat racing to every corner of the country. It is a natural fit to bring together one of the largest concentrations of DIY’ers in all of sports, with America’s most trusted tool brand. The Craftsman brand makes a statement and we are thrilled they have chosen the World of Outlaws as the platform for their return to motorsports.”

To learn more about the World of Outlaws, visit http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com. Follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws and on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, #WoOCraftSCS. Follow the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries and on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/WoOLateModels, #WoOCraftLMS.

To learn more about Craftsman, visit http://www.Craftsman.com. Follow Craftsman on Facebook athttp://www.Facebook.com/Craftsman, on Twitter athttp://www.Twitter.com/Craftsman and on Instagram at http://www.Instagram.com/Craftsman.

About Craftsman
The Craftsman brand is America’s most trusted tool brand. For 87 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability, trusted for generations. The Craftsman brand offers a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user to the demanding professional. In addition, the Craftsman brand also offers lawn and garden products and tool storage.
The Craftsman brand also has a free membership program called Craftsman Club which gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, members-only projects, expert tips and news on the latest tool innovations from the brand. Craftsman Club® is part of the Shop Your Way ® network, so points can be redeemed for purchases at Sears and Kmart and online at Craftsman.com. For more information, visit www.CraftsmanClub.com.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com .

About World of Outlaws
Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws ® , based in Concord, N.C., is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws® Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series(SM). Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision.com ® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws ® events over the Internet to fans around the world. To learn more about the World of Outlaws, visit WorldofOutlaws.com .

Riverhead Raceway Celebrates it 2015 Champions

The last event for the 2015  Riverhead Raceway season was today’s Champions Luncheon.  All track  champions, their family and friends celebrated the season at the Knights of Columbus in Center Moriches. A full house were greeted by master of ceremonies and long time Riverhead track announcer Bob Finan. Bob always does a great job presenting the awards, recapping the previous year telling a story or 2 along the way.IMG_9615 (2)

After everyone finished a great meal provided by TJ Halpins,  a ton of trophy’s from Barbara and Jim Cromarty were handed to the top 5 points finishers in all the regular Saturday night divisions.  A big announcement was made prior to the awards by Bob Finan, this was the last Champions Luncheon. Next year a full  banquet will return on  January 7th 2017 at Giorgio’s of Baiting Hollow, an  announcement  that was well received by all in attendance. 

IMG_9616 (2)In addition to Bob Finan, Mike Cappiello, John Ellwood and TK Tom Kraft helped hand out the hardware to all the winners and champions today and there was a lot of it. Champions received the largest cache of awards with a plaque, a trophy and a champions bag with lots of goodies from Hoosier provided by new track owners Ed and Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz.

The 2016 Riverhead Raceway champions were Tom Pickerell in the Blunderbusts, Lou Maestri in the Super Pro Trucks, John Baker in the Chargers,  Dylan Slepian in the INEX Legends, Jeremy McDermott in the Late Models and Tom Rogers who pulled the double by winning the Figure 8 and IMG_9676 (2)Modified titles in the same year. Tom is the first driver to win 2 championships in the same year since 1959. Tom also moved up to the number 3 spot in all time wins last season and almost tied a season record for wins by winning 9 races,  1 shy of Charlie Jarzombek’s record of 10 wins in a season. All in all a great year for Tom who early on did not even commit to running the entire season. As with all of the champions Tom thanked the many people that work on his car, provide sponsorship and the support their families and friends provide throughout the year.

Additional awards handed out today were “Best Appearing Car” to Bill & Barbara Park -NASCAR Modified, Roger Oxee – Late Models, Tom Ferrara- Figure Eights, John Baker- Chargers, Jim Laird Jr. -Blunderbusts, Jimmy Rennick Jr. -Super Pro Trucks and Greg Harris -Legend Race Cars.  “Rookie of the Year” honors went to  Kyle Soper , who finished second in points in his rookie year -NASCAR Modifieds, Kaitlyn Schober- Late Models, Artie Pedersen III-Figure Eights and Steve Mastro- Chargers.

Congratulations to all today’s award winners and champions from Myracenews.

The 2016 Riverhead Raceway season is only about 4 months away with  2 practices  scheduled April 23rd and April 30th. The 2016 season swings into gear on Sunday May 1st with a big afternoon of Enduro’s.  The Saturday NASCAR Whelen All American Series  schedule begins  on May 7th with a 7 division show capped off with a huge fireworks display.

Myracenews.com will be at Riverhead Raceway every week in 2016  providing great stories and photos plus news leading up to opening day, I hope you all join us.

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