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 David Sponenberg.
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 points.
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: Nick Brajuka
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