Danny Cascioli and Harry O’Neil
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
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
Evergreen Raceway is located
minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309.
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including the entire season schedule, directions and
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Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway
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Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto
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Bob’s Subs, American Rental Equipment, Barbush
Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge
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
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