PURVIS, ZACHARIAS AND DUKE ALL REPEAT AS WINNERS ON BURNING RUBBER NIGHT
June 8, 2014
By Tom Cummings
Tioga Center, NY - Repeat winners was the theme at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Gene Purvis continued his dominance in the Four Cylinder Stock division by collecting his fifth consecutive win. T.J. Zacharias is re-writing the record book in the Sportsman division by making sure his name will be prominently displayed as a Sportsman Modified winner. The Candor, NY third generation driver collected his third consecutive win in the Sportsman, elevating him to third on the all-time winners list at the track with seven wins. He trails his brother, Jimmy who has twenty two wins and Tony Hanbury with eleven victories at “The Concrete Castle”. Jason Duke, Sr. survived an opening lap melee in the first turn to collect his second consecutive win of 2014, and moved into second place in the points, trailing Gary Noe by seven points.
Nick Morich took the lead on the opening green flag and led the four cylinder stocks for the first five laps. Morich was able to hold off Gene Purvis exiting the corners, but drifted a little high exiting turn four on lap five, opening the door for Purvis to charge through. The veteran showed the way for the final five laps to claim his fifth consecutive win of 2014. Morich finished second and Alan Blackwell fought an underpowered car to a third place finish.Nick Morich and Paul Johnson led the Sportsman field to the green flag, but Morich would spin in front of the field in turn two on the opening lap. There was no damage to any of the competitors. On the restart, Johnson took the top spot with Hanbury and Zacharias a close second and third. The second caution came out when Morich spun in turn four on lap four. The restart was wild with Johnson and Hanbury making slight contact between turns one and two. Zacharias stayed on the throttle and passed both Johnson and Hanbury on the outside. Zazharias would move out to a comfortable lead while Connor Sellars caught Hanbury and Johnson. The trio fought each other for position allowing Tim Gullo the opportunity to bring his fifth place car up into the battle. Gullo and Sellars would make slight contact in turn four, sending both cars spinning down the homestretch but both were able to refire the cars and continue, however they were the third caution of the event. Zacharias would resume the lead on the restart and pull away for his third consecutive win. Coincidentally, the top four finishers have been the same the past three events with Hanbury finishing second, Johnson was third and Sellars finished fourth. Tommy Rought completed the top five.
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.
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