Jimmy Zacharias the Top Gun in Shangri-La II Shootout
June 2, 2012 - The guns were locked and loaded on Saturday night for the "Shootout", but a full moon in the sky reared its ugly side on a wild and crazy night at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway. Jimmy Zacharias (Sportsman Modified), Jeff Goodwin (Street Stock), Travis Fisher (Late Model) and Brandon Ameigh (4 Cyl) brought their big guns and celebrated victories. Many others left wondering what the heck had happened. Despite the damage to several cars, fans appreciated some really good side-by-side racing.
Jimmy Zacharias (Candor, NY) only led for a few feet in the 25-lap Sportsman Modified feature, but it was enough to snag his 2nd Sportsman Modified feature of the year. Tony Hanbury led the lion's share of the race; however, he received a severe penalty following a close loss. The race itself was slowed by 4 cautions, 2 of which left several cars battered and eliminated from the event. Just past the halfway point Dave Catalano spun in turn 4 but, in slowing down, heat winner Tyler Rypkema and Jody Buckley got together coming off turn 2 and both cars were damaged and done. When racing resumed Hanbury was able to hold off Zacharias in their drag race to turn 1. Three laps later Mikayla Rypkema got together with Paul Johnson on the front stretch. Both cars were damaged with a very upset Johnson getting the worst of the deal. Again Hanbury held off Zacharias on the restart, but the defending champ was relentless in his pursuit of the top spot. As they came off turn 4 on the final lap, Zacharias was on the outside and he edged Hanbury at the stripe. What happened next was a pile-up in turn 1 that sent John Wilber airborne and collected at least 3 other cars. Deemed retaliation by track officials, Hanbury was scored as the last car on the lead lap (11th). Wilber finished 2nd, followed by Jeff Frisbee, Zach Curren and Tom Catalano.
Hot Memorial Day Weekend Racing Kicks Off Summer
May 26, 2012 - The Late Models ran their first race of the 2012 season at the ASA member Track, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Jim Lamoreaux dominated the event collecting the opening night checkered for the third time in the track's four seasons. Tony Hanbury moved around the outside of rookie teammate, Tyler Rypkema for his first win of the young season in the Sportsman ranks. Lee Sharpsteen and Jeff Ameigh each scored their second wins of the year with dominating performances in the Street Stocks and Pudgie's Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks.
May 20 - RoC -N- Concrete Rumble
Kyle Ebersole ran a full afternoon of practice laps at a Saturday afternoon practice session at the ASA member Track, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. The practice was worthwhile in a big way as the Hummelstown, Pa driver led all 75 laps in the season opener for the Race of Champions Modified Pavement Series. Jimmy Zacharias remained the dominant driver in Sportsman competition as the two-time and defending champion collected his second consecutive win on the young season. Two-time and defending Street Stock Champion, Lee Sharpsteen dominated the field as he collected his first win of the season. Jeff Ameigh collected the win in the Pudgie's GoodTime Pizza, Pasta and Subs Four Cylinder Stocks.
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