FIVE FEATURES, FIVE DIFFERENT WINNERS ON FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT
August 24, 2013
By Tom Cummings
(Tioga Center, NY) Racing resumed where it left off the previous week at the ASA Member Track, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. The starter in the main track generator failed, forcing the postponement of the Sportsman and Pudgies Pizza Street Stock features to this past Saturday. Matt Kurzejewski claimed his first win of the season in the held over Sportsman feature. Defending street stock champion, Jeff Goodwin was dialed in and dominated the held over Pudgies Pizza Street Stock event. Gene Purvis wrestled the lead away from Jeremiah Clonch in the closing laps to take the win in the Four Cylinder Stocks. Tyler Rypkema went to victory lane for the fourth time this season in the Sportsman division, and Chris Zacharias led flag to flag in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks for his fourth win of the season.
The evening started with the Sportsman featuring resuming racing on lap ten. The race had been red flagged for a crash involving T.J. Zacharias and Tyler Rypkema on the front stretch. Rypkema was treated at a local hospital for a fractured wrist. At the green flag, Matt Kurzejewski and Paul Johnson challenged for the lead in turn one with Kurzejewski claiming the top spot entering turn three. Johnson would keep Kurzejewski within two car lengths until caution flew on lap fifteen when Tommy Rought spun in turn two. Kurzejewski reclaimed the lead on the restart and held off Johnson for his first win of the season, and fourth overall at the track. Johnson was second. Tom Shiner and Mikayla Rypkema races hard and finished third and fourth respectively, Tommy Rought finished fifth.
SHANGRI-LA II SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS BATTLE COULD CHANGE FOLLOWING HARD CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT
August 18, 2013
By Tom Cummings
(Tioga Center, NY) The top two drivers in Sportsman points at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway crashed hard on Saturday night as they battled for the lead just shy of halfway in the twenty five lap feature. Following the clean-up from the accident, the generator which controls the majority of the on-track lighting would not start forcing postponement of the remainder of the evening’s activities. The remainder of the Sportsman feature and the Pudgies Pizza Street Stock feature will be run at the beginning of the night on Saturday August 24th. The ASA member track did have one completed feature however as Gene Purvis returned to victory lane in the Four Cylinder Stock feature.
The program got underway with Brandon Ameigh having engine failure in his Four Cylinder Stock on the opening lap of the heat race. A rod went through the block in the car which has won the three previous features scattering parts, pieces and fluids throughout the turn three area. Nick Morich went on to win the heat, his first heat race win in his rookie season in the Four Cylinder Stocks. Morich carried the momentum of the heat race win to the feature as he led the first lap. Gene Purvis challenged the leader in turn two. Purvis completed the pass in turn three and went on to claim his seventh feature win of the season. Morich finished second and Wayne, Oklahoma driver Alan Blackwell finished third.
T.J. Zacharias entered the night leading the Sportsman points by eight over Tyler Rypkema. Rypkema won the heat race, and closed to within six points when the green flag flew for the feature. Paul Johnson and Mikayla Rypkema led the field to the green flag. Zacharias started third, and T.Rypkema started fifth. The inside line moved quickly through turn one, and Zacharias passed Johnson entering turn three for the lead.
FAN APPRECIATION ADDED TO RESCHEDULED FAMILY FUN NIGHT
August 14, 2013
By Tom Cummings
(Tioga Center, NY) Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, the ASA Member track in Tioga Center is announcing the rescheduling of their Family Fun Night. The annual event, which has activities with a family flair, has been rescheduled to Saturday night, August 24, 2013. The activities were postponed when the Mid-Season Championships were moved to June 27th. Planned are water balloon fights, Penny Drop, Penny Candy, Bicycle Give-aways and more. Added to Family Fun Night is a Fan Appreciation night. Drivers will be asked to bring their rides out to the track’s frontstretch following hot laps. The crossover gate will be opened and the fans will be invited to come out and meet their favorite drivers and teams, get pictures, autographs and thank the drivers for all they do each and every week. The Sportsman Modifieds, Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks will be in action. The management of Shangri-La II has also just announced that the grandstand admission on August 24th will be just $5.00. “We want to thank the fans, and with the $5.00 gate price. We are hoping everyone spreads the word and we Pack The Track” says track and event manager, Amy Culver.
The Kids Club is looking for additional financial support for Family Fun Night as they have many activities planned for the kids to make the night special. Please contact the speedway for more information and/or support for Family Fun Night. Call the speedway at 607-687-9392 or 607-330-2622 or on the web at: www.shangrila-2.com
The one admission price gives access to Shangri-La II and Skyview Drags. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing getting underway at 7:00 pm. Grandstand admission for this special night is a low $5.00 for ages 12 and above. Youth under the age of 12 are admitted free. The wristband discount is not available for this event. Show your wristbands at Pudgie’s Pizza in Binghamton or Waverly and receive a discount on your food purchase. There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway.
ASA and Shangri-La II Motorspeedway - We Build Champions!!!
- JASON DUKE, SR CLAIMS FIRST FEATURE WIN; T.RYPKEMA AND B.AMEIGH EACH CAPTURE THE THREE-PEAT
- Hirschman Riding the Wave – Wins ROC Tour Event at Shangri-la II; Coyle Ends Winless Streak
- GRANDSONS SWEEP TOP TWO SPORTSMAN FINISHING POSITIONS AT SHIRLEY ZACHARIAS MEMORIAL
- CHRIS ZACHARIAS, T.J.ZACHARIAS AND GENE PURVIS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY FROM VICTORY LANE
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