Jacob Gustafson Earns $400 Four Cylinder Victory at
By: Gene Ostrowski
April 9, 2017
St. Johns, PA- With $400 at stake for the Evan’s
Roadhouse Four Cylinder feature event winner, Evergreen
Raceway’s exhibition “Four Banger Sunday” event kicked
off on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The fans that
flocked to the track witnessed 16-year old Jacob
Gustafson of NY come from the back twice to earn the big
prize. Pete Verwys of Stroudsburg took the checkers in
the “Soccer Mom 20” Minivan Enduro and Jennifer Adams of
Lake Ariel easily cruised to the checkers in the Open
TJ Kapish started from the pole position in the 4-lap
Four Cylinder feature. However, Jacob Gustafson, who
started third, grabbed the lead before a lap was
complete. Kapish tucked in to second, followed by Devin
Schmidt, Brayden Spencer and Carl Altemose.
The yellow flag waved on lap seven and Gustafson gave up
the lead when he hit the pits to repair a leak. That
handed the top spot to Kapish. Following the restart,
Spencer overtook Schmidt for second and set his sights
on the leader. The two battled intensely for a number of
laps before Schmidt regained the runner up spot on lap
With all of the side by side racing up front, Altemose
quietly worked his way into the mix and eventually got
his shot to lead following a tangle involving Scott
Adams, Gustafson and Harry O’Neill. His lead however was
short-lived, as Gustafson, who had to pit for repair,
rejoined the field and shot into the race lead on lap
Gustafson was unchallenged to the checkers and took his
first Evergreen win over Kapish, Altemose, Spencer and
TJ Kapish and Jacob Gustafson scored heat race
Joe Russell started from the pole position in the
“Soccer Mom 20” Minivan Enduro event. Before a single
lap was scored, Pete Verwys grabbed the race lead and
Mitch Sponenberg moved into second. Verwys was untouched
over the distance and went on to take the win over
Several drivers opted to compete in a 20-lap Open Comp
show, including Sponenberg, Russell and Jennifer Adams.
While the pair of minivans traded paint for a fabulous
fan reaction, Adams lapped the field to take the
Evergreen Raceway would like to thank the sponsors who
have supported Four Banger Sunday, which include J&K
Auto Service & Race Fab, Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, Talk
Shirty to Me and Big Al’s Subpar Sub Shop.
Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA,
in between routes 93 and 309. For more information
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Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway
Motors, 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, American Rental
Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s
Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.
Four Cylinder (40-laps) 1. JACOB GUSTAFSON 2. TJ Kapish
3. Carl Altemose 4. Brayden Spencer 5. Kevin Behler 6.
Taylor Schmidt 7. Mike Snyder 8. Emily Dougherty 9.
Danny Cascioli 10. Devin Schmidt 11. Scott Adams 12.
Soccer Mom 20 Minivan Enduro (20-laps) 1. PETE VERWYS 2.
Mitch Sponenberg 3. Joe Russell
Open Comp (20-laps) 1. JENNIFER ADAMS 2. Mitch
Sponenberg 3. Joe Russell