Danny Cascioli and Harry O’Neil “Springduro” Victors
By: Gene Ostrowski
April 23, 2017
St. Johns, PA (4/23/2017) It’s been over ten years since Evergreen Raceway held a regular Enduro event under the lights, but that all changed Saturday, when the speedway hosted “Springduro”, which was the first event of the 2017 Evergreen Enduro Series, presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust. Following a wild Four Cylinder event, which featured eleven lead changes and a slew of action, “Dynamite” Danny Cascioli took the checkered for his first career Enduro victory. After a torrid battle with TJ Kapish, Harry O’Neill of Mountaintop went on to take the checkered flag in the 6\8-Cylinder Enduro show.
David Sponenberg started from the pole position in the 100-lap Four Cylinder Enduro and was overtaken by Cody Welsh, Geno Snyder and Carl Altemose before a lap was complete. Then, with two laps in the books, Altemose took the lead.
Following a quick red flag on lap seven, Don Rogers, Pete Verwys cracked the top five and set sail for Altemose and Welsh.
Welsh regained the top spot on lap 10 but Altemose motored back into the lead two circuits later. Meanwhile, Verwys grabbed second.
The red flag waved on lap 21 when Jesse Sanchez took a shot and then when up on two wheels before barrel rolling on the front stretch. Luckily, Sanchez was not injured and was forced to retire from the event.
Green flag racing resumed and Verwys jumped into the lead. Altemose stuck right with him and cleared Verwys four laps later to retake the lead. Two more circuits passed and Verwys moved back to the front.
With 41 laps complete, Altemose had his turn at the lead once more but just like on previous occasions, Verwys came back to win the challenge.
With 50 laps complete, Altemose led over Verwys, Danny Cascioli, Harry O’Neill and Kody Welsh.
With 52 laps in the books, Verwys retook the top spot again, but his hopes of winning came to a close when he headed into the pits on lap 67. Just when Altemose though that he had the win in the bag, his share of bad luck struck when he encountered lapped traffic that had tangled on lap 74. With nowhere to go and no time to slow up, Altemose sustained heavy front damage, which gave the lead to Cascioli.
Cascioli, who had been to victory lane in a Street Stock in years past had never won an Enduro. However, that came to an end as he crossed the strip for his first division win in the 100-lap contest. Rogers finished as the runner up, followed by Kyle Laubach, Dave Imler, Jr. and Jake Jones.
TJ Kapish started from the pole position and was overtaken by Harry O’Neill before a lap was scored in the 100-lap 6/8-Cylinder Enduro event. With two laps complete, Kapish came back to retake the top spot.
Woot Lawrence sat back in third, taking in the side by side racing amongst the leaders, while Scott Sipe and Cody Webster battled within the top five.
O’Neill fought back into the race lead on lap five and Kapish hung right in and the pair began to pull away from the rest of the field.
With 20 laps complete, O’Neill got out of shape in turns three and four, which gave Kapish the opportunity to grab the top spot. Thirty laps later the top two remained the same and Lawrence, Sipe and Webster all sat within the top five.
The red flag waved on lap 61 when Lawrence was tagged by a lapped car that was trying to get back on track. Shortly after, Lawrence’s car caught fire, which ended his day.
The racing up front was intense, but that all came to a close for Kapish, as he headed pit side with a flat tire on lap 82.
Without missing a beat, O’Neill took the checkers over Webster, Kapish, Jimmy Ayre and Frank Katona.
The management at Evergreen Raceway, extends their thanks to everyone for supporting “Springduro” under the lights. Also, congrats to all of the Triple Crown Series awards winners, especially Pete Verwys, who pocketed $1,000 for the Four Cylinder championship and to Woot Lawrence, who picked up a cool $650 for his 6/8-Cylinder crown. The series awards presentation took place following the races on Saturday. Also thank you to the Triple Crown Series sponsors, including Wheels Bar & Grill, Piechota Towing and also April & Kevin Makarewicz.
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. 
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4-Cylinder Enduro (100-laps) 1. DANNY CASCIOLI 2. Don Rogers 3. Kyle Laubaugh 4. Dave Imler Jr 5. Jake Jones 6. Mark Hammer 7. Mitch Patern 8. Drew Atchison 9. Bob Wink 10. Eric Germuth 11. Even Gregory 12. Randy Parsons 13. Chris Trumbauer 14. Erick Knopp 15. Harry O'Neill 16. Kevin Macarewicz 17.PJ Thomas 18. Ray Kochin 19. Kevin Kruczek 20. Kody Welsh 21. Emily Dougherty 22.Carl Altemose 23. Brian Halecki 24. Ray Downs 25. Pete Verwys 26. Ray Kennedy 27. Matt Hauck 28. David Sponenberg 29. Dave Imler 30. Vic Vega 31. Matt Lloyd 32. Jamie Presley 33. Paul Mercante 34. Darrian Casciloi 35. Jesse Sanchez 36. Mark Rittenhouse 37. Mitch Sponenberg 38. Steve Tito 39. Tony Rispin 40. Geno Snyder 41.Paul Morgan 42. Jimmy Ayre
6/8-Cylinder Enduro (100-laps) 1. HARRY O’NEILL 2. Cody Webster 3. TJ Kapish 4. Jimmy Ayre 5. Frank Katona 6. Scott Sipe 7. Daniel Sharpe 8. Woot Lawerance 9. Adam Kraus 10. Ray Kochin 11. Paul Morgan 12. Pete Verwys 13. Alan Underhill 14. William Cascioli