TJ Zacharias Powers His Way to 2nd Consecutive Shang 2 Sportsman Modified Win
by Carol Houssock
Tioga Center, NY - The Saturday Night Shootout/Drivers Appreciation Night at Shangri-la 2 Motor Speedway lived up to its billing in every respect. Fans in attendance also witnessed the first of several “cone races” on the 2014 schedule, a special twist that puts lane choice in the hands of the drivers on any restarts during their features. T.J. Zacharias (Sportsman), Jason Duke, Sr. (Street Stock) and Gene Purvis (4 Cylinder) picked up feature wins and impressive hardware under perfect racing conditions. It was win #2 in a row for Zacharias, first of the year for Duke, and Purvis remains undefeated.
T.J. Zacharias and point leader Tony Hanbury got things going in the Sportsman Modified division by winning their qualifying races. The pair started in the front row, with Jimmy Zacharias and Paul Johnson in row 2. The first caution came when Hanbury slowed in turn 3 with an electrical problem. He pitted, and the leaders were faced with “the cone”. TJ was the leader and his brother Jimmy had moved up to 2nd. To the surprise of many, TJ opted for the outside lane while his brother chose the inside. It was a decision that paid off, as TJ prevailed.
ZACHARIAS and FRISBEE, JR. FIRST TIME WINNERS. PURVIS STAYS UNDEFEATED
May 24, 2014
By Tom Cummings
Tioga Center, NY - Gene Purvis remained undefeated in Four Cylinder Stock competition as Shangri-La II Motorspeedway paid tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country on Memorial Day weekend. T.J. Zacharias took advantage of a late race caution to get by Tony Hanbury and held him off the final five laps for his first win of 2014. Bill Frisbee, Jr took the lead with eleven laps to go and held on to win over last week’s winner, Gary Noe and teammate Billy Coyle.
A patriotic opening ceremony preceded the racing on Saturday night, complete with a moment of silence for the fallen heros. A moment of silence was also held in memory of engine builder, Gail Clark who passed away earlier in the week. Gene Purvis has a perfect win percentage this season at Shangri-La II. Purvis has won the three features he has started and the two features he has run. Purvis started outside front row with Jeremiah Clonch on the pole. Clonch would lead the first lap, but Purvis put the throttle down entering turn one, and had the top spot on lap two. Purvis would win by six carlengths. Clonch remained locked in a battle with Alan Blackwell and Nick Morich. Morich would get by Blackwell with two laps to go, but ran out of laps to catch Clonch. Purvis collected win number three of 2014 with Clonch, Morich, Blackwell and Cody Jackson completing the top five.
HIRSCHMAN HOLDS OFF HOSSFELD IN CLOSE RoC MODIFIED FINISH AT “THE CONCRETE CASTLE”
May 18, 2014
By Tom Cummings
Tioga Center, NY - Matt Hirschman found victory lane for the second time in the in the first two events of the 2014 Race of Champions Pavement Modified series, holding off the close challenges of Chuck Hossfeld for final fifty four laps. Gene Purvis was a late arrival at the speedway, but jumped into his 4 Cylinder Stock for the feature and collected his second consecutive feature win. Gary Noe used a late race restart to get by Bill Frisbee, Jr to claim his first checkered flag of the season.
The skies were overcast as the teams arrived at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Sunday afternoon, with intermittent rain showers causing the teams to keep the tarps covering their cars. The time for hotlaps arrived, and the showers subsided. The teams practiced in overcast conditions, but by the time the first Green Flag flew, the sun was peeking out, and started to have the teams scramble to make adjustments.
Nick Morich brought out his Four Cylinder Stock, and established himself as a contender for the win by winning the heat race. Gene Purvis arrived at the facility minutes before the Four Cylinder feature. Purvis would pass polesitter Nick Morich in turn two for the lead on lap 2. Morich kept the potent Purvis ride within striking distance, but the defending series champion was too strong and held on for his second win in a row. Duane Bailey made his first start at the track and finished third. John Maynard crossed the line fourth. Alan Blackwell was fifth, and Shannon Gresham finished sixth in his first race of the season.
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