August 10, 2013

By Tom Cummings

 (Tioga Center, NY)      The ASA Member track, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, eudured two days of torrential downpours leaving several areas of the track flooded as of Friday afternoon; but the track crews had the facility ready for the racers and fans on Saturday night. Jason Duke, Sr edged out his teammate to collect his first career Shangri-La II feature win in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks. Tyler Rypkema and Brandon Ameigh each collected their third wins of the season in the Sportsman Modifieds and Four Cylinder Stocks respectively.

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            The Four Cylinder Stock division saw three wide racing at the front of the field for the first two laps of their heat race with Nick Morich in the middle of Jeremiah Clonch and Gene Purvis. Brandon Ameigh could not get by the three wide line until Morich and Purvis pulled ahead of Clonch. Ameigh seized the opening and claimed the heat win. Come feature time, Ameigh would not wait as long to get to the front. Morich and Purvis started on the front row and as they entered turn one on the green flag, Purvis drifted high enough for Ameigh to thread the needle into turn two, and taking the lead down the backstretch. Morich and Purvis battled side by side for six laps as did Clonch and Devon Bailey. Clonch caught Morich and Purvis on lap eight as the trio ran three wide foe one lap, but no one had anything for Ameigh as he collected his third consecutive win. Purvis got by Morich for second and Clonch held off Bailey for fourth.

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Hirschman Riding the Wave – Wins ROC Tour Event at Shangri-la II; Coyle Ends Winless Streak

August 4, 2013

by Carol Houssock


(Tioga Center, NY)     Shangri-la II Motor Speedway had to postpone by one week their second of three Race of Champions Modified Tour events. That postponement kept some of the top cars away as a few of the competitors were on vacation. Matt Hirschman didn’t take a vacation, even though he said ‘wave riding’ was involved. The all-time leader in ROC race wins grabbed yet another with his methodical driving style. Billy Coyle ended a 5-year winless streak at the Concrete Castle and claimed the Street Stock feature, while Brandon Ameigh went 2-for-2 in the 4 Cylinder


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Matt Hirschman had to work for this one. But a little hard work never hurt anyone, especially a young man who’s on top of his game. The second generation driver from Northampton, PA prevailed in the 75-lap Race of Champions Modified Tour event, the 2nd of 3 this season at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway.

The top 4 finishers from the 3 heat races (Brian Defebo, Daren Scherer and Bobby Holmes) drew for starting positions 1-12. Hirschman wasn’t among them. Tommy Cloce drew the pole and Defebo started beside him. Based on his finishing position in qualifying, Hirschman started 15th.

Defebo got a good run off turn 2 and led the field into turn 3. Cloce had his hands full with Holmes, who took over 2nd early on. On the 19th lap Hirschman made an inside pass on Jim Storace and an outside pass on Austin Kochenash and he was up to 7th. The first caution came out for a tangle involving Matt Kurzejewski, Dean Rypkema and TJ Potrzebowski in turn 3. Top 4 on the restart were Defebo, Holmes, Scherer and Cloce, but 2 laps later the caution came out again when Storace slid into the infield on the back stretch.

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On the lap 22 restart Defebo led the way while Holmes lost 2nd to Scherer. Three laps later Hirschman, who was running 6th, got to the inside of Patrick Emerling’s #07 and the #69 of Cloce and he was up to 4th. While Defebo pulled away from those behind him, Hirschman wasn’t done. On lap 34 he took over 3rd with an inside move on Holmes; 3 laps later he passed Scherer on the outside for 2nd.

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July 13, 2013

By Tom Cummings


            The first Shirley Zacharias Memorial event was hosted by the ASA Member Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Racers and fans turned out to honor and show respect to the late matriarch of a local racing family which, over the course of the past six decades, has become synonymous with pavement racing throughout the northeast. Four generations of the Zacharias family were on hand to greet fans, thank them for their support through difficult times and to pass out items to the fans which were generously donated by a host of contributors as well as hand out over $7,000 in bonus lap money to the racers in the speedway’s three regular divisions. Bill Fitzsimmons claimed his second victory in the MidState Vintage Stock Car Club feature as the club made their annual visit to “The Concrete Castle”. Brandon Ameigh, in just his second start of the season at the track, had the set-up just right to snap the perfect streak of Gene Purvis claiming the win in the Four Cylinder Stocks. Bill Frisbee, Jr brought a new car to the track, and dominated the Pudgies Pizza Street Stock feature leading all thirty laps for his first ever win in any type of motorsports. Current point leader, Chris Zacharias (one of Shirley’s sons) made his way up from an eight place start to finish second. Shirley Zacharias’ grandson, Jimmy, was back behind the wheel of his gold colored Sportsman. He was driven by desire and emotion as he led every lap in the Sportsman feature for his second win of the year. Jimmy’s brother, T.J. finished second after battling “The Duke”, George Kent for the second spot for the first twenty one laps of the thirty lap feature.

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             Overcast skies cleared just before the grandstand gates opened on Saturday night resulting in a beautiful, hot summer night for racing. The first Shirley Zacharias Memorial night was coordinated by Tracy Zacharias Ferris and Jerry Sinsabaugh. Sinsabaugh, the pit steward at Shangri-La II, said “Tonight is all about family and fun. There is something for everybody here tonight”. “We are a racing family” said Tracy Ferris. “The best way to honor Mom is being at the track. We can’t thank those who donated money, prizes and contingency awards enough. We especially want to thank George Swansbrough and Shangri-La II for making this night possible”. An honor which the Zacharias family did not know about was unveiled just prior to the start of the evening’s activities. Track owner George Swansbrough, Sinsabaugh and Jim Zacharias unveiled a banner at the top of the grandstands naming the section as the Shirley Zacharias Memorial section. This is the first time a section of grandstand has been dedicated at the speedway.

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