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.
"LIGHTNING" STRIKES AT THE CONCRETE CASTLE’S SEASON OPENER.
May 11, 2014
By Tom Cummings
PURVIS AND LIPPOLIS ALSO COLLECT OPENING DAY WINS
Tioga Center, NY - On a beautiful early spring Sunday, "Lightning," Tony Hanbury that is, had to fend off a strong challenge from Paul Johnson to collect the Sportsman Modified win in the season opener at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. 2013 Four Cylinder Stock champion, Gene Purvis collected the season opening day win for the second year in a row. Glenn Lippolis survived several lead changes in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks, driving a car that most thought was totally destroyed just one year ago, and claimed victory.
The traditional season lid lifter has been held on Mothers Day the past four seasons and was treated to a refreshing early spring day with loads of sunshine. Alan Blackwell, from Waynton, Oklahoma is back at Shangri-La II for the second year in a row. Blackwell works hard on the multiple natural gas projects in the region, and likes to play harder. He took the lead on the drop of the green flag by chief starter Ray Robbins. Blackwell used the inside lane to remain out front of Purvis for the first six laps, until Purvis was able to capitalize on a small handling problem for Blackwell. The Blackwell number 3 pushed up off of the bottom lane just enough coming out of turn four for Purvis to sneak by. Purvis held off Blackwell by a carlength at the checkers. Pole sitter, John Maynard fell to third at the end of lap one, and finished third. For Gene Purvis, it was career win number eleven at the track.
Paul Johnson has come a long way in gaining experience in the Sportsman ranks at Shangri-La II. Johnson led the Sportsman field to the green flag, flanked to his outside by Tony Hanbury. The first of two cautions came on lap one as rookie Nick Morich spun his new ride coming off turn four. Morich acquired the former Tom Shiner car. As the field was coming to the green flag, T.J. Zacharias spun in turn four. Both cars were able to continue. Johnson and Hanbury ran wheel to wheel for a lap until Hanbury grabbed the front spot coming off of turn two.
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