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July 05, 2014
By Tom Cummings


Tioga Center, NY Jason Duke, Sr. was a marathon man on Saturday night at Shangri-La II, competing in three different divisions ( Street Stock, Sportsman Modified and Legends) and claimed his third Street Stock win of the season as Midstate Basement Authorities sponsored the night's racing activities, and the $1,000 winners share of the Street Stock feature. T.J. Zacharias survived a mid-race incident with Tony Hanbury to collect his fifth Sportsman Modified feature win. Gene Purvis was the overall 4 Cylinder Stock winner for the eighth time in 2014, and remains undefeated. Dave Cooke collected the trophy for the first Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder across the line. Chuck Lohmeyer picked up the Legends Car feature win.

Fireworks flew on and off track on Independence Day weekend at "The Concrete Castle". The track was also celebrating their sixth season of competition having opened for their first event (a 2 day show) on July 4th and 5th, 2009. Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder Stocks have been added to the Rear Wheel Drive cars for the remainder of 2014. Alan Blackwell and Gene Purvis paced the field to the green flag in the ten lap feature. Purvis quickly grabbed the lead in turn one, and began extending his advantage over Blackwell, Joe Lane, Ryan Purvis and Nick Morich. G.Purvis opened a half straightaway by lap three and Lane got by Blackwell for second. Lane set his sights on the orange #88 of G.Purvis, and by lap eight had closed the gap to two carlengths. Lane drove hard into turn one on lap nine attempting a pass for the lead. His car broke free eventually spinning to the infield in turn two. The restart saw Purvis pull away from Blackwell for the win. Blackwell finished second, Morich finished third despite heavy smoke from the right rear of the car. Lane crossed the finish line in fourth and Ryan Purvis completed the top five in his first ever feature start at Shangri-La II. Dave Cooke finished sixth, but was the Front Wheel Drive winner.



Midstate Basement Authorities presents The Independence Day Special at Shangri-La II

June 22, 2014

by Tom Cummings

Saturday July 5th, Midstate Basement Authorities will present the Independence Day Special at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, N.Y.  The Street Stocks, Sportsman, 4 Cylinder Stocks and INEX Legends Cars will all be in action.

The Street Stocks will run a 25 lap feature with $1,000 going to the winner courtesy of Midstate Basement Authorities.  The Street Stocks will be legal for this event if they are legal under Shangri-La II, Chemung, RoC or Big 10 Series rules.  Sportsman Modifieds will run a 25 lap feature following Shangri-La II or RoC rules. Four Cylinder Stock Teams will run a 10 lap event with Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive cars competing together for the remainder of 2014. There will be a Front Wheel Drive and a Rear wheel driver crowned each week.  The INEX Legends cars will be making their first start at The Concrete Castle since September 2012 in a 15 lap event.

There will be a FREE Post Race Pig Roast/Pit Party open to fans and competitors. A huge Fireworks display will cap off the night as the track celebrates its 6th anniversary of operation.  A special Honor/Tribute to the late engine builder, Gail Clark will take place prior to the start of racing action.

Grandstand Admission is $10.00 for ages 16 and above. Under age 16 are admitted Free. Fans bringing back their wristbands from June 21st will receive a $2.00 discount on their grandstand admission price.

Pit Gate Opens at 4:30 pm. Grandstand Gate Opens and Hotlaps begin at 5:30 pm. Race Time is 7:00 pm.  

There is always plenty of free camping at “The Concrete Castle”.



Paul Johnson Claims First Win AT Shangri-La II

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June 22, 2014

By Tom Cummings

Tioga Center, NY It took six seasons of hard work, dedication and perseverance for Wyalusing, Pa's Paul Johnson to finally tame "The Concrete Castle" on Saturday night claiming his first Sportsman Modified victory. Billy Coyle used a squeeze play move with four laps to go in the Street Stock feature, taking the top spot from teammate Bill Frisbee, Jr. claiming his second consecutive win. Gene Purvis remained undefeated in 2014 as he claimed his seventh win in Four Cylinder Stock competition.


Gene Purvis has continued to tinker with the set-up in his potent number 88 ride. His work has shown he has not gone in the wrong direction as he started fourth in the Four Cylinder Stock feature and quickly weaved his way to the front by the time lap one was counted. Nick Morich started on the pole with Alan Blackwell to his outside. Morich tried to hold off Purvis, but had to settle in to a position he is getting all too familiar with. Morich kept Purvis within six car lengths, but Purvis would prevail once again with Morich finishing second for the third consecutive race. Blackwell was third, Shannon Gresham finished fourth and Devon Bailey completed the top five.

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