Pete Verwys Dominated
Junelopy Event at Evergreen Raceway
By: Gene Ostrowski
June 4, 2017
St. Johns, PA (6/4/2017)- It’s no secret that Pete
Verwys of Stroudsburg is the ultimate wheelman when it
comes to Enduro racing. Despite racing on a rain and oil
soaked racing surface, Verwys proved that statement
further Sunday at Evergreen Raceway by not only taking
the Four Cylinder victory, but also the 6/8-Cylinder win
in the Evergreen Enduro Series, presented by
Sponenberg’s Exhaust. It wasn’t only a day that
showcased well known talent, but also well known people,
such as Mark Spencer of Nanticoke, PA, who passed on the
week prior. Sunday’s events were held in his memory.
From the pole position, Paul Mercante led the Four
Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag in the
100-lap event. However, Chris Elixon led the first
circuit over Mercante, Pete Verwys, Markie Spencer and
Just after a lap was complete, the red flag waved for a
pile up in turn one, involving Don Bolten, Jr, Erick
Germuth, Mitch Charpe, and Tony Rispin. Once green flag
racing resumed, Verwys took the lead.
With six laps complete and racing with a heavy heart,
Spencer climbed to second and began to reel in the
leader. Following another yellow flag on lap 23, Spencer
ran side by side with Verwys through lapped traffic and
then moved into the top spot on lap 27.
He remained in that spot until lap 43 when Verwys took
the lead by a half car length and then Spencer grabbed
it back to lead lap 44. With 45 laps complete he
continued to hold the lead over Verwys, Don Rogers,
Richard Wolfe and Elixon.
Verwys moved back to the point on lap 47 and as the laps
wound down, he began to pull away from Spencer,
eventually taking the checkers and the $500 prize.
Spencer crossed the stripe in second, followed by Wolfe,
Rogers and Nick Brajuka. However, Wolfe and Brajuka
failed post race tech inspection, which moved Elixon and
Brian Halecki into the top five.
The 6/8-Cylinder cars took to the track for their
100-lap event and the Four Cylinder cars were invited to
buy in to compete for the win but not for championship
Harry O’Neill led the field to the drop of the green
flag. He led the opening lap over Carl Altemose, Matt
Wentz, Dave Imler, Jr. and Drew Atchison.
With two laps complete, Altemose made a bid for the lead
and grabbed the spot. Meanwhile, Verwys, who had just
cracked the top five, climbed into second.
The red flag waved when the hood on Altemose’s car flew
up. He was forced to stop and pit under the lap 18
incident, which put Verwys into the lead.
From that point forward,
Verwys put on a clinic and went on to take the checkered
flag over Altemose, O’Neill, Halecki and Wentz.
On Sunday, June 11, Evergreen Raceway is hosting a
“Drift Evergreen” show, entitled “6/11/62
Escape From Evergreen”.
Spectator admission is just $10. Fans are
urged to come out to experience some of the best
drifting drivers on the east coast in action. All of the
action will begin at 10 AM.
The next regular Evergreen Raceway event is slated for
Sunday, June 18. The American Rental Equipment Modified
Series will be in action for their second round of the
season, plus the Barbush Automotive Street Stocks and
Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinders are on the card.
Grandstand admission for the show is just $15 and
children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for
free with a paying adult.
The pit gate will swing open at 10 AM and the pit
entrance fee is $35. On track events will kick off at 2
PM. The grandstand gates will open at noon.
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
and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.
Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway
Motors, Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio,
Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto
Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse,
Bob’s Subs & Pizza, American Rental Equipment, Barbush
Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge
Four Cylinder (100-laps) 1.
PETE VERWYS 2. Markie Spencer 3. Don Rogers 4. Chris
Elixson 5. Brian Halecki 6. Ray Kennedy 7. Geno Snyder
8. Mitch Patern 9. Jake Jones 10. Randy Parsons 11. Paul
Mercante 12. Matt Llyod 13. Evan Gregory 14. Tony Rispin
15. Erick Knopp 16.
Kevin Kruczek 17.Tony Hubler 18. Hunter Iatalese 19.
David Sponenberg 20. Shane Troutman 21. Ray Downs
22.Danny Casciloi 23. Don Bolton 24. Shane Bly 25. Mitch
Sponenberg 26. Matt Hauk 27. Scott Adams 28. David Imler
Jr 29. Ray Kochin 30. Mary Rittenhouse 31. Kyle Laubaugh
32. William Casciloi 33. Mallory Kutz 34. Drew Atchison
35. Joe Malt 36. Erick Germuth
37. Mitch Sharpe 38.
Robert Jakubowski 39. Mark Schwalm DQ: Richard Wolfe DQ:
6/8-Cylinder (100-laps) 1. PETE VERWYS 2. Carl Altemose
3. Harry O'Neill 4. Brian Halecki 5. Matt Wentz 6. Drew
Atchison 7. Frank Katona 8. Justin Nesbitt 9. Ray
Kennedy 10. Mark Schwalm 11. Dave Imler 12. Vic Vega 13.
Hunter Iatalese 14. Dave Imler Jr