Bryan Kelly and Harry O’Neill Snowball to Success at Evergreen
By: Gene Ostrowski
 
St. Johns, PA (1/7/2017)- The 2017 racing season officially kicked off Saturday at Evergreen Raceway with their “Snowball 100” Enduros. The event is the first leg of the speedway’s “Triple Crown Series”, which will run through the winter months of this season. Nearly 50 Four Cylinders took the green for the 100-lap show and when it was all said and done, Bryan Kelly of Long Island, NY passed post race tech to back into victory. Following a torrid battle with TJ Kapish, Harry O’Neill of Mountaintop, PA pulled off his first win in the 6/8-Cylinder division.
 
Don Rogers led the Four Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag but his lead was short-lived when Carl Altemose took the lead. Ray Kochin climbed to second, with Danny Cascioli, Ken Matlach and Frank Petroski, Jr. in tow.
 
Cascioli took the race lead on lap five but Altemose fought back to retake the spot one circuit later. Once again, Cascioli drove to the point, this time on lap eight. However, nine laps later Altemose regained the position.
 
With 50 laps complete, Altemose led over Cascioli, Ray Kennedy, Mitchel Sponenburg and Rogers. With lap 60 approaching, Cascioli took the top spot again, but his day came to an abrupt end when he suffered a mechanical failure approximately 10 laps later.
 
With Altemose back in command, Bryan Kelly began to make a move toward the front. Meanwhile, Kyle Laubach overtook M. Sponenburg for second. Kelly was scored in the fourth spot, with Rogers just behind. With a handful of laps remaining, M. Sponenburg grabbed second but then lost that spot to Kelly in the closing laps.
 
Altemose crossed the stripe first but was later disqualified in post race tech inspection.
 
Kelly was declared the event winner, followed by Sponenburg, Laubach, Joe Helberg and Kevin Nowak.
 
Altemose started from the pole position in the 6/8-Cylinder event. He led the first lap over Woot Lawrence, Scott Sipe, Ed Brown, Jr. and TJ Kapish.
 
With just seven laps in the books, Kapish moved into second. One lap later, Harry O’Neill took that spot away and set his sights on the leader.
 
O’Neill didn’t waste any time and grabbed the lead. Kapish followed through for second and then mounted a charge on O’Neill. The two fought hard for the lead, which Kapish came out with on lap 12.
 
With 50 laps complete, Kapish was overtaken by O’Neill. Meanwhile, Altemose held third, followed by Anthony Pizzo and Lawrence.
 
The second half of the event featured Kapish doing everything that he could to reel in the leader, but O’Neill had none of it. He went on to take his first victory in the division over Kapish, Pizzo, Pete Verwys and Lawrence.
 
The speedway invited nine year old Tyler Thomas and his family from Wilkes-Barre to spend the afternoon at the track. Tyler was recently diagnosed with cancer and starts chemo on Monday. As a small token to the family, Evergreen management presented his father, Bobby, with a 2017 season pass to the track. Tyler is in all of our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery!
 
Kevin and April Makarewicz presented the 6/8-Cylinder division driver with the longest tow a $100 gift card and Piechota Towing added a $100 bonus to the winner of the Four Cylinder winner.   
 
The next event for the Triple Crown Series is slated for Saturday, February 11. The Winter Blues 100 Enduros is round two of the three race series. Information, including pre-registration, rules and driver points standings will be on the track website with a few days.
 
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 Wheel’s Bar & Grill, Evan’s Roadhouse, Barbush Automotive, Piechota Towing, Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge, Tito Juice & RockAuto.com.

 

Four Cylinder (100-laps)

Place

Car No.

Name

1

1

Bryan Kelly

2

60

Mitchel Sponenburg

3

69

Kyle Laubaugh

4

20

Mark Hammer

5

72

Joe Helberg

6

53

Kevin Nowak

7

41

Bob Wink

8

12

Pete Verwys

9

8

Jeff Ackerman

10

38

David Sponenburg

11

88x

Scott Sipe

12

69

Ray Kennedy

13

6x

Randy Boston

14

34NY

Ken Matlach

15

42

Brian Halecki

16

8

Frank Petroski JR

17

50

Don Rogers

18

14k

Ken Kruczek

19

4

Jason Bentzoni

20

410

Steve Tito

21

1

Mark Morgan

22

8

Jeff S.

23

303

John Rose

24

33

Jimmy Ayre

25

41R

Ken Reeder

26

42x

Danny Cascioli

27

24

Fred Gimbi

28

520

Thomas Stevens

29

18

Frank Shetler

30

28

PJ Thomas

31

15

Jacob Kersetter

32

B00

Dave Imler

33

2

Brian Bugh

34

14

Broc Brown

35

1

Dale Fey

36

74

James Presley

37

352

Victor Vega

38

88

Devin Schmidt

39

34

Tony Rispin

40

3

Mitchell Patern

41

22

Matt Llyod

42

55

Brian Rehbien

43

01R

Ray Kochin

44

46

Patrick McGay

45

181

TJ Kemmerer

46

11

Dave Imler Jr

DQ

58

Carl Altemose

6/8-Cylinder (100-laps)

Place

Car No.

Last Name

1

126

Harry O'Neil

2

33

TJ Kapish

3

81

Anthony Pizzo

4

74

Pete Verwys

5

34

Woot Lawrence

6

74x

Lee Allen

7

88x

Scott Sipe

8

29k

Dennis Kurras

9

11:58

Johnny Schmidt

10

16

Walt Lemmon

11

91

BJ Wombold

12

30

Ed Brown, Jr

13

06K

Erick Knapp

14

9

Lyndsey Buss

15

21JR

Joel Murns

16

42

Brain Halecki

17

68

Scott Adams

18

21

Paul Morgan

19

23G

Shawn Gallucci

20

78

James Muench

21

069

Ray Kennedy

22

88

Devin Schmidt

DQ

58

Carl Altemose