Matt Hirschman Wins Big
Money at Evergreen Raceway
By: Gene Ostrowski
June 25, 2017
St. Johns, PA (6/25/2017)- Following a rain delay on
Sunday at Evergreen Raceway, Matt Hirschman of
Northampton, PA started from the ninth spot in the
50-lap American Equipment Rental Modified Series event.
The seasoned veteran remained smooth and consistent
throughout the show and then with 14 laps remaining,
took the lead from Bobby Jones. It was his second $2,000
Evergreen payday in as many starts at the track this
season. TJ Gursky of Palmerton, PA worked by Rich
Paciotti just past the halfway point of the Barbush
Automotive Street Stock feature to score his first win
of the season and Ron Heeter overtook Scott Adams with
ten laps remaining to take the Evan’s Roadhouse Four
Cylinder Feature win. In his first career start, Carter
Smith was the Wheels Bar & Grill Junior Four Cylinder
Following heat races and then a redraw, Brian Sones led
the Modified field to the drop of the green flag in the
50-lap main event. He was overtaken by Brian DeFebo and
Bobby Jones before a lap was scored and then settled
into the third spot.
DeFebo continued to lead following a handful of quick
caution periods early on and Jones remained in tow. With
three laps complete, Matt Hirschman, who had started
ninth, cracked the top five. Meanwhile, Roger Coss had
climbed into the second spot.
With seven laps complete, Jones retook second and while
fighting a very loose car, tried to reel in the leader.
With 16 laps complete, DeFebo continued to show the way
over Jones, Hirschman, Coss and Blake Barney.
Following a quick lap 16 yellow flag, Jones jumped into
the race lead and Coss followed through for second
shortly after. The top two remained the same until lap
30 when Hirschman bided his time and worked by Coss. Six
laps later he overtook Jones before going the distance
for his second Evergreen win of the season.
Coss crossed the strip in second, followed by Barney,
Jones and John Fortin, Jr. However, Jones and Fortin
were credited with third and fourth respectively after
Barney was penalized two positions for need heeding the
race director over the radio in that latter part of the
Paul Frantz, Barney and Fortin were heat race winners.
From the pole, Rich Paciotti led the Street Stock field
to the drop of the green flag in the 30-lap feature.
However, he was overtaken by Randy Schlenker, who went
on to lead the first lap. Josh Mooney held second,
followed by TJ Gursky, Paciotti and Todd Ahner.
With a flat right front tire, Schlenker slowed on the
speedway on lap 14. He headed into the pits shortly
after and Paciotti, who was in second at the time, moved
to the race lead.
Gursky lined up in the second spot for a lap 16 restart.
After battling side by side with Paciotti, he grabbed
the top spot. The crafty veteran went on to take his
first win of the season over Paciotti and Ahner.
Schlenker rebounded to finish fourth, followed by
Paciotti and Schlenker were heat race winners.
Scott Adams started on the pole position in the 20-lap
Four Cylinder feature. He led the opening lap over
Austin Beers, Cody Geist, Ron Heeter and Kyle Krempasky.
Following a pair of lap eight yellow flags, Heeter, who
had been riding in second, made a move on Adams stick
and he took the lead. Meanwhile, Spencer moved into
third and got past Adams for second on lap 13.
Heeter held the lead to the finish and was able to pull
of the victory over Spencer, Adams, Krempasky and Cody
Adams, Beers and Geist were heat race winners.
It’s been since the 2005
season when Evergreen last raced on Friday nights. That
has changed for this season and beginning this Friday,
June 30, the speedway is hosting the majority of their
summer events under the lights on Friday nights.
A cone race format will set the stage for the Himmer
Graphics Late Model, Barbush Automotive Street Stocks,
Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder and Wheel’s Bar & Grill
Junior Four Cylinder on Friday, June 30.
Grandstand admission for the event is just $8. Children
12 years of age and younger are admitted for free with a
The pit gate will swing open at 5:30 PM and the pit
entrance fee is $35. Practice will kick off at 6:30 PM
and heat races will begin at 8 PM. The grandstand gates
will open at 6 PM.
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
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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, American Rental Equipment, Barbush
Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge
Modified (50-laps) 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN 2. Roger Coss 3.
Bobby Jones 4. John Fortin, Jr 5. Blake Barney 6. Brian
DeFebo 7. Gene Bowers 8. Mitch Dowd 9. Eric Lane 10.
Tommy Wanick III 11. Paul Frantz 12. Chris Ridsdale 13.
Brian Sones 14. Calvin Caroll 15. Alan Creveling 16. Joe
King, Jr 17. Paul Monkoski DQ: John Markovic
Street Stock (30-laps) 1. TJ GURSKY 2. Rich Paciotti 3.
Todd Ahner 4. Randy Schlenker 5. Josh Mooney 6. Mike
Pollock 7. Shayne Geist 8. Bob Kibler 9. Brian Halecki
10. Dan Pawlicki 11. Cory Swartz 12. Joe Mooney
Four Cylinder (20-laps) 1. RON HEETER 2. Brayden Spencer
3. Scott Adams 4. Kyle Krempasky 5. Cody Geist 6. Austin
Beers 7. Frank Hughes 8. Danny Cascioli 9. Shawn Kistler
10. Shane Troutman 11. Josh Oswald 12. Jay Kanor 13.
Carl Smith 14. Chris Trumbauer DQ: Mark Schwalm DQ: Carl Altemose