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Evergreen Raceway is a 1/3 mile asphalt oval located in the beautiful mountains of northeast Pennsylvania. The speedway hosts exciting stock car racing every weekend from April to November, making it one of NEPA's premier entertainment attractions.


Evergreen Raceway
Mill Mountain Road
St Johns, PA 18247
(570) 956-6347
 

Evergreen Raceway is available to rent
to any team interested in testing their cars. To schedule a date and time please call
the track office at (570) 956-6347.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Hirschman Caps off Huge Weekend with $4,000 Evergreen Payday
 
By: Gene Ostrowski
October 22, 2017
 
St. Johns, PA (10/22/2017)- The second and final day of Evergreen Raceway’s second annual “King of the Green” (KOTG) weekend kicked off Sunday afternoon. With $4,000 on the line for the winner of the 100-lap American Rental Equipment Modified main event, it was destined to be a show that would draw cars from the tri state area, which it did for all three divisions on Sunday’s card. Despite a slow start to the Modified main, which eliminated some of the stout runners, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA took the checkers over Zane Zeiner to claim the big check and the division championship. It was no surprise to see Randy Schlenker of Whitehall running up front in the Barbush Automotive Street Stock division. In what he calls his career best season, Schlenker not only took the victory, but also claimed another Evergreen championship. After crossing the stripe second in the Factory Stock feature, mixed with the disqualification of the feature winner, Gerard Lawrence of Long Island, NY was honored with the victory.
 
Twenty eight tour type Modifieds lined the pit area. Each and every driver had their first goal in mind- to finish well in the heat or consi to make the 20 car starting field. Three drivers were well on their way with heat race wins, including John Mandatto, Brian DeFebo and Scott Adams. Thirteen cars started the consi and Blake Barney took that victory.
 
With a heads up start from qualifying, Mandatto led the field to the drop of the green in the 100-lap contest. He led the opening circuit over DeFebo, Adams, Matt Hirschman and Roger Coss. The top five settled in and quickly ran off some quick laps before a quick yellow waved on lap 11.
 
Green flag racing resumed and then a pileup occurred at the exit of turn two. Many drivers were involved, including DeFebo, Coss, Earl Paules, Buddy Miller, Lou Strohl, Gene Bowers, Barry Callavini , Zane Zeiner and Randall Richard. Nearly turning over, Zeiner rode the backstretch wall before landing back on all four wheels. Amazingly, after some quick crew work, Zeiner rejoined the field without losing a lap. DeFebo on the other hand was not as lucky and the day came to a close for the 2016 event winner.
 
With the green back out and with Mandatto still showing the way, a quick caution waved on lap 14. Hirschman held second on the restart and got the jump on Mandatto to take the lead.   
 
A red flag stopped the show for minutes on lap 17 when Callavini’s car appeared to have a part break while entering turn one. He shot up the track and collected John Fortin, Jr. Fortin’s car slammed into the Styrofoam blocks and then rode the fence prior to flipping on its roof. Thankfully, Fortin was uninjured both the hopes of winning for both drivers came to an end.
 
More green flag laps clicked off following the restart and Adams found himself on Hirschman’s back bumper at the halfway mark. Mandatto, Paules and Coss were in tow.
 
Within the next 20 laps, Brandon Oltra made his presence known and moved into the third behind the two front runners. Amazingly, Zeiner had moved into fourth after the incident early in the show.
 
The show slowed on lap 74 and Adams gave up second and hit the pits for a tire. The only problem was; the pits were closed. Realizing the mistake, it forced him to restart as the last car on the lead lap. When the pits were finally open, many of the top ten runners pitted, including Paules, Coss, Barney, John Markovic and Mandatto. With a very strategic call, Hirschman did not pit and held the lead over Oltra and Zeiner for the restart. 
 
Once the green flag came back out, Hirschman focused on the lead and Zeiner focused on overtaking Oltra for second. He succeeded on lap 75 but didn’t have anything left for the leader by the event’s end. Hirschman went on to score his fifth King of the Green victory over Zeiner, Coss, Oltra and Markovic.
 
Eric Kocher, Rich Paciotti and Randy Schlenker notched Street Stock heat wins to secure excellent starting spots in the 50-lap feature. Kocher led the field to the green and Schlenker got the edge to lead lap one by a bumper over Kocher, Mike Pollack, Paciotti and John Moser.
 
Paciotti climbed to second and the remainder of the top five remained the same until lap 28 when Pollack moved by Kocher for the fourth spot. All the while, Paciotti, who appeared to have a faster car than the leader, tried Schlenker high and low for position. Each time, the leader shut the door.
 
Only four short yellow flags slowed the show and Schlenker went on to claim the checkers over Paciotti, Moser, Pollack and Kevin Kromer.
 
Eric Zeh and Tom Casagrande scored Factory Stock heat race wins and then shared the front row for the start of the 40-lap feature. Zeh led the opening circuit over Casagrande, Scott Sipe, Gerald Lawrence and Elliott Wohl. The top five battled hard in the early going and then settled into line. With 10 laps complete, Zeh still showed the way over Casagrande and Sipe.   
 
The first of three yellows waved when Stephanie Moyer broke and lost a right rear wheel on lap 22. She pitted for repair and rejoined the competition.
   
Sipe worked on Casagrande for second and then made the pass on lap 24. Shortly after, Casagrande headed to the infield with mechanical issues. Green flag racing resumed and with 26 laps complete, Zeh held the point over Sipe, Wohl, Mark Tyson and Lawrence.
 
Lawrence’s car came to life in the closing laps and he climbed into the second spot. The pair took the checkers in the same order over Wohl, Sipe and Tyson. However, Zeh failed to pass post race inspection and Lawrence was awarded the crown. 
   
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 www.evergreenracewaypark.com 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 & RockAuto.com.
 
Modified (100-laps) 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN 2. Zane Zeiner 3. Roger Coss 4. Brandon Oltra 5. John Markovic 6. Earl Paules 7. Blake Barney  8. Todd Baer 9. Scott Adams 10. Alan Creveling  11. Randall Richard  12. Gene Bowers 13. Lou Strohl 14. Jon Mandato  15. Joey Jarowicz 16. Barry Callavini 17.John Fortin  18. Justin Gumley 19. Brian DeFebo  20. Buddy Miller  DNQ: Paul Frantz, Mitch Dowd, James Pritchard, Wayne Szerencsits, Joe DeGracia, Scott Miller, Paul Monkoski
 
Street Stock (50-laps) 1. RANDY SCHLENKER  2. Rich Paciotti  3. John Moser 4. Mike Pollack  5. Kevin Kromer 6. Josh Mooney  7. Todd Ahner 8. Broc Brown  9. Eric Kocher  10. Steve Shultz 11. Steve Hoffman  12. Mark Martini 13. Jillian Long  14. Corey Edelman  15. Rick Reichenbach 16. Dan Pawlicki 17.Brian Halecki 18. TJ Gursky 19. Mark Deysher 20. Bobby Kibler Jr DNQ: Corey Swartz, Stacey Brown, Sam Danaher, Steve Tito, Zach Biros, Paul Morgan Jr
 
Factory Stock (40-laps) 1. GERALD LAWRENCE  2. Elliot Whol 3. Scott Sipe 4. Mark Tyson  5. Jerry Koenig 6. Andrew Monkoski 7. Steph Moyer  8. Frank Katona 9. Bob Wink  10. Mike Montano  11. Tom Casagrande 12. Bryan O'Shea  13. Jake Jones DQ: Eric Zeh
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