Kelly and Lawrence
Celebrate with Evergreen Wins;
Verwys and Lawrence
By: Gene Ostrowski
March 26, 2017
St. Johns, PA-
The third and final
leg of Evergreen’s “Triple Crown Series” for Enduro
competitor concluded Saturday afternoon with the running
of their “March Madness” event. With hopes of winning
the event and with championships on the line, Enduro
racers and fans braved Mother Nature’s cool spring
temperatures. However, that didn’t slow the action one
bit. When it was all said and done, Bryan Kelly of Long
Island claimed the Four Cylinder victory. A strong
second place finish by Pete Verwys of Stroudsburg
propelled him to not only the championship in his
division, but also to the overall Triple Crown. In
different fashion, Woot Lawrence of Long Island, NY
capitalized on Harry O’Neill’s misfortune to not only
claim the 6/8-Cylinder victory, but also the divisional
championship and Triple Crown.
The green flag dropped for the 100-lap Four Cylinder
Enduro portion of the show and Mark Hammer quickly took
command over Jeff Ackerman. With nearly three laps in
the books, Ackerman took his turn at the race lead.
Hammer regained the top spot just before twenty laps
were complete and Ackerman rustled it back on lap 36.
Meanwhile, Carl Altemose cracked the top five and took
his hand at controlling the field on lap 55 before Pete
Verwys, who started deep in the field, made an outside
move to gain the top spot on lap 66. Altemose fought
hard and battled back to the front on lap 70, but he
suffered mechanical issues shortly after and retired
from the event.
Verwys was back in command and appeared to have the win
in the bag. However, with just over a lap remaining,
Bryan Kelly made his move to take the lead and victory
in a nail biter. Verwys settled for second, followed by
Hammer, Tony Rispin and Ackerman.
After starting from the pole, Dennis Kurras led the
first lap of the 6/8-Cylinder Enduro over Harry O’Neill,
Joey Helberg, Scott Adams and Mike Asdahl.
After winning the first two events, O’Neill didn’t waste
any time and grabbed the race lead. Woot Lawrence
climbed into the second spot and with 31 laps complete,
Kurras held third, followed by Kevin Nowak and Adams.
Trouble struck O’Neill on lap 59 when his right front
wheel left his racecar. Although it attempted to
complete another circuit, O’Neill’s car did not and his
day came to an end.
The change of events handed the lead to Lawrence, who
drove away with the victory over Nowak, Kurras, Asdahl
and minivan driver Kenny Hejna.
Evergreen management would like to extend their thanks
to all of the drivers and fans that helped make the
Triple Crown Series a success. The speedway will be
hosting a Triple Awards Ceremony, which is
tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 20. More details
will follow on the speedway website and Facebook page.
In just two weeks, the
speedway will is hosting an event called “Four Banger
Sunday”. The Sunday, April 9 show will feature
non-points events for the Evan’s Roadhouse Four
Cylinders and the Wheel’s Bar & Grill Junior Four
Cylinders. The regular Four Cylinder feature will be 40
laps and thanks to
Thanks to J & K Auto Service and Race Fab,
Big Al's Subpar Sandwich Shop,
Lehigh Valley Grand Prix and
Talk Shirty to Me,
the winner will take home $400. A 40-lap “Soccer Mom 40”
minivan Enduro is slated to cap off the events for that
Those who wish to compete in the Soccer Mom 40 event
will be charged a $40 registration fee on race day.
Drivers are to follow the regular Enduro event rules for
the event. The payout will be based on the speedway’s
standard Enduro payout sheet, based on car count.
The pit gates on Sunday, April 9 will swing open at
10:30 AM. Four Cylinder practice will kick off at 12:30
PM and racing will begin at 2 PM. The grandstands will
open at 11 AM. Grandstand admission is just $5 for
adults and free for kids 12 years of age and younger.
Pit admission is $35 and transponder rental fee is $10.
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
and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.
Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Harry’s
U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK
Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s
Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs, Piechota’s Service Center,
Barbush Automotive, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge, Tito
Juice & RockAuto.com.
Four Cylinder Enduro (100-laps) 1. BRYAN KELLY 2. Pete
Verwys 3. Mark Hammer 4. Tony Rispin 5. Jeff Ackerman 6.
Jimmy Ayre 7. Don Rogers 8. Bob Wink 9. Joey Helberg 10.
Mitch Sponenberg 11. Jake Jones 12. Eric Germuth 13. Ray
Kennedy 14. James Prestly 15. Paul Mercante 16. Mark
Morgan 17.Ray Kochin 18. Scott Adams 19. Evan Gregory
20. Matt Hauck 21. Kyle Laubach 22.Kody Welsh 23. Mitch
Patern 24. Larry Spencer III 25. Randy Parsons 26. Tom
Stevens 27. PJ Thomas 28. Hunter Iatalese 29. Ray Downs
30. Randy Boston 31. Joe Russell 32. Matt Lloyd 33. Carl
Altemose 34. Kevin Nowak 35. David Sponenberg 36. Cody
Fronk 37. John Rose 38. Dave Imler Jr 39. Jeff
Statkiewicz 40. Anthony Patti 41.Nate Henry 42. Victor
Vega 43. Chris Small 44. Dave Imler 45. Harry O'Neill
46.Robert Jakubowski 47. Brian Brian 48. Pete Verwys 49.
Frank Shetler 50. Ed Spencer 51. Scott Sipe
6/8-Cylinder Enduro (100-laps)
1. WOOT LAWRENCE 2. Kevin Nowak 3. Dennis Kurras 4.
Michael Asdahl 5. Kenny Hejna 6. Brandon Esposito 7. Ray
Kennedy 8. Shawn Galluci 9. Hunter Iatalese 10. Kyle
Lilick 11. Erick Knapp 12. Carl Altemose 13. Joe Russell
14. Pete Verwys 15. Lauren Gimbi 16. Matt Hauck 17.Harry
O'Neill 18. Kris Dane 19. Scott Adams 20. Bryan Kelly
21. Jeff Stansky