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Steve Shultz Returns to Victory Lane at Evergreen
By: Gene Ostrowski
July 7, 2017
St. Johns, PA (7/7/2017)- Somehow storms in northeastern
Pennsylvania Friday evening spared Evergreen Raceway and their
regularly scheduled Friday night show went off without a hitch. When
it was all said and done, Steve Shultz of Drums picked up his first
Himmer Graphics Late Model win of the season, In an all out battle
to the checkers, Randy Schlenker of Walnutport held off Mike Pollock
to score his third Barbush Automotive Street Stock win of the year.
Just past halfway, TJ Kapish of Mountaintop made a three wide move
to take the lead and the checkered flag for his first career Evan’s
Roadhouse Four Cylinder victory and Gene Drew of West Milford, NJ
held off a late race challenge by Sean Verwys to score his first
Evergreen Legends Victory. Evan Rygielski of Wilkes-Barre stayed
smooth throughout and went on to notch his first Bandolero victory.
Francis Gross III led the Late Model field to the drop of the green
flag. He led the opening circuit over Steve Shultz and Jacob
With nine laps complete, Shultz made a bid for the lead stick. Over
the remaining laps the former Street Stock and Late Model champion
opened up a gap between himself and second place finisher, Gross.
In his rookie Street Stock season and after winning his first career
heat race, Mike Pollock started from the pole and then led the first
circuit of the 30-lap Street Stock feature over Randy Schlenker,
Todd Ahner, Frank Petroski and Eric Kocher.
Without any yellow flags in the first half of the event, the top
three contenders remained in the same order on track, closely
watching on another and hoping for the opportunity to capitalize on
Following a yellow on lap 17, Schlenker drove side by side with the
leader and then edged Pollock to lead the lap. He eventually cleared
Pollock. Meanwhile, Ahner still sat third, taking it all in.
Schlenker held off several pass attempts by Pollock in the latter
stages of the show to take his third win of the season. Pollock
earned a career best second, followed by Ahner. Kocher rebounded
from an earlier incident to finish fourth, followed by Pawlicki, who
ran in the top five the entire evening.
Pollock and Schlenker were heat race winners.
From the pole, Josh Oswald led the Four Cylinder field to the drop
of the green flag in the 20-lap contest. Shawn Kistler took the top
spot to lead lap one, followed by Oswald, Devin Schmidt, Austin
Beers and Corey Edelman.
The entire event was action packed, especially near the front. With
Kistler still showing the way on lap five, Schmidt overtook Beers
for third. He moved by Oswald a lap later to take second and then TJ
Kapish slipped his way into third.
Just past halfway, Kapish attempted several three wide moves to
overtake the leads. He cleared Schmidt on lap 10 and then got by
Kistler and moved into the lead on lap 11.
Without a yellow flag to slow the show, Kapish managed to hold off
his competition in the action packed six minute feature. He took the
checkers for his first victory in the division over Schmidt. Jimmy
Ayre made a late race charge to finish third, followed by Edelman
and Harry O’Neill.
Beers, Edelman and Brayden Spencer were heat race winners.
There are several night time events coming up at Evergreen Raceway,
including the speedway’s Independence Enduros on Saturday, July 8
with 100-laps of action for 4-Cylinder and 6/8-Cylinder Enduros,
PLUS the Outlaw Stocks and Atlantic Coast Old Timers are also on the
The pit gates will swing open on Saturday for all of the series
events at 4 PM. The drivers meeting will take place at 5 PM and the
Outlaw Stocks will have practice at 5:15 PM. Racing will kick off at
6:00 PM. The grandstands will open at 5 PM. Grandstand admission for
the event is just $5 and pit admission is $25
Friday, July 14 will feature round no. 3 of the American Rental
Equipment Modified Series, plus the Street Stocks and Four
Grandstand admission for the July 14 event is just $15. Children 12
years of age and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult.
The pit gates 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 &
Late Models (25-laps) 1. STEVE SHULTZ 2. Francis Gross III 3. Jacob
Street Stocks (30-laps) 1. 1. RANDY SCHLENKER 2. Mike Pollock 3.
Todd Ahner 4. Eric Kocher 5. Dan Pawlicki 6. Sam Danaher 7. Scott
Adams 8. Cory Swartz 9. Bob Kibler 10. Frank Petroski Jr 11. Paul
Morgan Jr 12. Rich Paciotti
Four Cylinders (20-laps) 1. TJ KAPISH 2. Devin Schmidt 3. Jimmy Ayer
4. Corey Edelman 5. Harry O'Neill 6. Brayden Spencer 7. Bob
Azarowicz 8. Shawn Kistler 9. Shane Troutman 10. Austin Beers 11.
Josh Oswald 12. Carl Altemose 13. Travis Solomon 14. Jay Skupski 15.
Mark Schwalm 16. Ed Wildes 17.Steve Kreitzer 18. Jen Adams DNS: Kyle
Legends (15-laps) 1. 1. GENE DREW 2. Sean Verwys 3. Brian Choch 4.
Noah Youngcourt 5. Bryan Hayberger
Bandoleros (10-laps) 1. 1. EVAN RYGIELSKI 2. Katie Verwys 3. Brian