DUKE, JOHNSON AND PURVIS WINNERS AS SEASON ENTERS FINAL WEEKS
August 17, 2014
By Tom Cummings
Tioga Center, NY Drama becomes a player as the season winds down in sports, and there was plenty of drama Saturday night at Shangri-La II. Gene Purvis entered the night undefeated in feature wins in 2014. A 100 dollar bounty was up for grabs in the four cylinder stocks for a driver who could defeat Purvis. The bounty went unclaimed, however, as Purvis held on to claim win number twelve for 2014. Paul Johnson struggled with his set-up during hotlaps and his heat race, but made the right adjustments before the feature to claim his second Sportsman Modified win of the season. Gary Noe crossed the finish line first in the Street Stock division for what appeared to be his second win of the year, but an illegal carburetor discovered in post-race technical inspection resulted in a disqualification for Noe. Jason Duke, Sr. was credited with the win, his fourth in 2014.
The racing program opened with Mother Nature threatening to open up the skies with showers, so the decision was made to move the program along and move the driver appreciation activities to next week. The excitement meter was ratcheted up on the opening lap in the Four Cylinder Stock feature. Duane and Devon Bailey led the field to the green flag. Nick Morich and Gene Purvis started in row three, and were quickly moving forward as the field entered the first turn. Alan Blackwell and Joe Lane started third and fourth respectively. Lane and Purvis hooked up and worked the outside lane to the front. Duane Bailey's ride washed up the track in turn two, making contact with Purvis. Purvis had a flat left rear tire which was changed by his crew. Duane Bailey retired from the event, and Purvis restarted from the tail of the field. Alan Blackwell took the lead on the first completed lap and was leading when the second and final caution flew on lap three when Ryan Purvis spun in turn two. Blackwell, Lane and Morich contended for the lead on the restart and that gave Purvis the opening he needed. Purvis was running second on lap four and worked the traffic to take the lead from Blackwell on lap six. At this point, Lane was running fourth, locked in a battle with Morich for third. With two laps remaining in the fifteen lap feature, Lane caught Purvis, and the chase was on. Purvis and Lane have challenged each other for wins at many tracks over the years. Purvis held off a last lap, last turn pass attempt by Lane to win by a half a car length over Lane. Blackwell finished third, Morich was fourth and Devon Bailey finished fifth and was the first finishing Front Wheel Drive competitor for the fourth straight event.
HOSSFELD HOLDS OFF HIRSCHMAN ON GAIL CLARK DAY
July 27, 2014
By Tom Cummings
HOSSFELD HOLDS OFF HIRSCHMAN FOR SECOND WIN ON THE 2014 RoC PAVEMENT MODIFIED TOUR
Tioga Center, NY The Race of Champions Pavement Modified Tour made their second stop of the 2014 season at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Sunday afternoon. The forecast was for thunderstorms, but the skies were sunny and the temperatures were hot as Chuck Hossfeld led from the pole position and held off Andy Jankowiak for the majority of the race. Matt Hirschman got past Jankowiak on a late race restart to challenge Hossfeld. A final caution bunched up the field and Hossfeld held off Hirschman the final five laps to collect his second RoC Tour win of the season. Gene Purvis kept his winning streak alive in Four Cylinder Stock competition. The Lowman, NY driver has collected eleven checkered flags so far in 2014. Devon Bailey was the first finishing Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder for the third week in a row. Steve Shultz last competed at the 2013 Fall Brawl in the Street Stock Division. Shultz withstood light contact in a lap two caution and worked his way to the front, winning his first Street Stock start of 2014 at The Concrete Castle.
The day was dedicated to the memory of the late engine builder, Gail Clark. Shangri-La II along with Gail's son, Brian unveiled the permanent sign dedicating a section of the track's frontstretch grandstand in memory of the popular engine builder whose passing has affected many who knew him. There were three special awards presented to the modified teams. The Gail Clark pole award was presented to the driver with the fastest lap turned during the heat races. Matt Hirschman won the award with his fourth lap the fastest in qualifying at 17.784 sec, 101.215 mph around the half mile concrete oval. The Gail Clark Hard Charger award was presented to Brian DeFebo who started 22nd and finished sixth. Rod Spalding was on hand and presented a Rod Spalding Sportsmanship award to Erick Rudolph for his performance on Sunday.
BILL FRISBEE, JR HOLDS OFF R.J. ZACHARIAS FOR SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON
July 19, 2014
By Tom Cummings
BILL FRISBEE, JR HOLDS OFF R.J. ZACHARIAS FOR SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON. T.J. ZACHARIAS AND PURVIS KEEP THEIR WIN STREAKS ALIVE
Tioga Center, NY Bill Frisbee, Jr., piloting a street stock which is a rolling tribute to his late father Bill Frisbee, Sr., held off a fast closing R.J. Zacharias to collect his second Street Stock win of the season at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, and is now in sole possession of the points lead. T.J. Zacharias started sixth in the Sportsman feature, and took over the top spot on lap four with an inside pass on Paul Johnson in turn one. Zacharias would withstand one restart as the leader and crossed the finish line claiming his seventh victory of 2014. His first four wins were consecutive, interrupted by Paul Johnson's win three weeks ago. Zacharias has his sights set on becoming the first Sportsman driver to collect five consecutive feature wins at Shangri-La II. Gene Purvis is still tinkering with his Four Cylinder Stock. He is making adjustments in the right direction, keeping a step in front of his fellow competitors. Purvis collected win number ten on Saturday night, and is still undefeated in 2014.
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