Verwys and O’Neill in
Tune with Winter Blues Victories
By: Gene Ostrowski
February 11, 2017
St. Johns, PA (2/11/2017)- With snow and slush covering
the racing surface at Evergreen Raceway, Seventy six
entrants took part in the second leg of the speedway’s
‘Triple Crown Series’. Spring like temperatures helped
bring fans to the track for the action, which was
intense in the early going. When it was all said and
done, Pete Verwys of Stroudsburg came home with the
‘Winter Blues’ Four Cylinder Enduro victory. After
starting fifth on the grid in the 6/8-Cylinder portion
of the show, Harry O’Neill of Mountaintop grabbed the
lead and never looked back for his second straight
Bob Wink started from the pole and led the first circuit
of the 100-lap Four Cylinder Enduro. Dave Imler, Jr.
held second, followed by Frank Shetler, Chris Rose and
With four laps complete, Pete Verwys grabbed second and
set his sights on the leader. Three laps later Verwys
made a bid for the lead, which was a success. Meanwhile,
Scott Adams cracked the top five and later challenged
Wink for second.
Wink got back by Verwys for the lead on lap 21 and Adams
battled for second. Verwys fought back and regained the
top spot on lap 25. With 30 laps in the books, Verwys
remained on point with Wink in tow. Adams was forced to
pit with a flat tire, which brought Brian Rehbein to
Wink got back to the lead on lap 33 and led for two laps
before Rehbein showed his muscle and grabbed the top
spot on lap 35.
It appeared that Rehbein was on his way to his first win
at the speedway. However, lapped traffic slowed him up
and Verwys climbed back to the point on lap 51. At that
point in the event, Wink ran third with Rose and Mitch
Sponenberg in tow.
Verwys began to pull away in the closing laps, which
helped secure his victory. Rose crossed the stripe in
second, followed by Wink, Mitch Patern and Tony Rispin.
Elliott Wohl started from the pole and led the
6/8-Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag. His
lead was short lived and Harry O’Neill took the spot.
Scott Sipe ran in third, followed by Woot Lawrence and
Lawrence then climbed into second and settled in behind
With O’Neill still showing the way, the second and final
red flag of the show flew when Scott Sipe rear ended an
unoccupied car on the speedway. The ambulance was
brought out to the track for the lap 37 incident and
luckily, Sipe climbed from his car under his own power
after a very hard hit.
Green flag racing resumed and O’Neill began to drive off
into his own zip code. He took the checkers over
Lawrence, Mike Mujsce, Jr, Wohl and Mike Asdahl.
The third and final Triple Crown Series event at
Evergreen Raceway is slated for Saturday, March 18. The
‘March Madness’ Enduro info, including registration,
rules and purse will be posted on the speedway website
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
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Four Cylinder (100-laps) 1. PETE VERWYS 2. Chris Rose 3.
Bob Wink 4. Mitch Patern 5. Tony Rispin 6. Ed Spencer
III 7. Kyle Laybauch 8. Don Rogers 9. Joey Helberg Jr
10. Mitch Sponenburg 11. Evan Gregory 12. Scott Adams
13. Bryan Kelly 14. Ray Kennedy 15. Eric Germuch 16. Ray
Kochin 17.Anthony Patti 18. Chris Elixon 19. Dave Imler
Jr 20. Randy Boston 21. Frank Shetler 22.Mark Morgan 23.
John Rose 24. Kris Dane 25. Brenden Hires 26. Brian
Rehbein 27. Dale Fey 28. Doug Dickson 29. Luke Hoffner
30. Broc Brown 31. Vic Vega 32. Adam Smizaski 33. Jeff
Stapkicwicz 34. Mark Truszkowski 35. Zach Fitzgerald 36.
Dave Malys 37. Scott Sipe 38. Jake Jones 39. Dave Imler
40. Kevin Nowak 41.Carl Altemose 42. Jimmy Ayre 43.
Brian Halecki 44. Jason Bentzoni 45. Tom Stevens
46.Kevin Kruczek 47. Jeff Ackerman 48. Ryan Underaoffler
49. Dustin Pietrak 50. Mark Hammer
6/8-Cylinder (100-laps) 1. HARRY O’NEILL 2. Woot
Lawrence 3. Mike Mujsce, Jr 4. Elliott Wohl 5. Mike
Asdahl 6. Kenny Hejna 7. Erick Knopp 8. Dennis Kurras 9.
Lauren Gimbi 10. John Rose 11. Steve Brooks 12. Scott
Adams 13. Shawn Gallucci 14. Brian Rehbein 15. Ray
Kennedy 16. Chris Rose 17.Brent Shaddock 18. Steph Moyer
19. Jeff Stanski 20. Dave Imler 21. Scott Sipe 22.Tony
Rispin 23. Luke Hoffner 24. Johnny Schmidt III 25. Jesse
Earhart 26. Pete Verwys