RACING CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT
“Shangri-la II Falls to Mother Nature…Again”
(Tioga Center, NY) Heavy rains soaked the grounds on Friday at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway. Overnight rain and more thunderstorms predicted for Saturday afternoon into the evening have forced track management to cancel the Mid-Season Championship program scheduled for June 29th.
Race fans and teams are reminded that the next event on the schedule is Celebrate our Independence Night, this Thursday, July 4th. Shangri-la II welcomes the NYS Big 10 Super Stock Series for a 40-lap feature event. The Sportsman Modifieds were added to the card for a 25-lap feature, and fans will again enjoy taking a step back in time with the Atlantic Coast Older Timers in action. Skyview Drags will also be running, with the Jet Jam and Monster Truck Show at the adjacent facility.
Pits open at Shangri-la II at 4:30 PM on Thursday, with grandstand gates opening and hot laps getting underway at 5:30 PM. The first heat race hits the track at 7 PM.
JUNE 15 : GOODWIN, PURVIS AND T.RYPKEMA ARE BACK TO BACK WINNERS AT “THE CONCRETE CASTLE”
By Tom Cummings
Gene Purvis continued his winning ways in the Four Cylinder Stocks at the ASA Member track, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Purvis collected win number five in the fifth week of competition. Jeff Goodwin out-dueled Charlie Sharpsteen on the final restart to repeat as winner in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks. Tyler Rypkema went wheel to wheel with the winningest driver at the track to claim back to back wins in the Sportsman division.
The green flag dropped for the Four Cylinder Stock feature and immediately Gene Purvis created a three wide challenge for the lead as he charged up from his fourth place starting spot. Joe Lane and Jeremiah Clonch held off Purvis as they continued two wide through the second turn. Clonch would claim the lead heading down the backstretch. Clonch crossed the line leading the first two laps, but would be overtaken by Purvis entering turn two on the third lap. Purvis checked out on the field leaving a three way battle behind him as Clonch, Lane and Nick Morich fought for second. At the checkered flag, Purvis claimed his fifth consecutive win of 2013. Lane finished second; Clonch was third and the driver who ended the Purvis Perfect streak by winning the heat race, Nick Morich, finished fourth. Devon Bailey finished fifth in his first ever Shangri-La II start.
Racing Community Rallies for Al Robinson
Sometime fate brings people together by Carol Houssock
Two years ago longtime motorsports announcer and journalist, Al Robinson, suffered a massive stroke. Since May of 2011 he was been residing in a Tioga County, NY nursing home, but proving every day that the human spirit can work wonders in one’s recovery. Al has come a long way. And his hopes of a return to his own home are more of reality, thanks to some great friends….and a bunch of people he doesn’t know.
Case managers at the nursing home conducted a home visit and developed a list of modifications that would have to be completed at his home before he could safely return there. Al’s longtime friend and fellow motorsports veteran, Jim Burleigh, installed grab bars and made many other required changes.
Carol Houssock, who has been filling in for Robinson as co-announcer at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway, is also the Director of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps. When she and Burleigh spoke recently about Al and his possible return home, he told her there were a couple major items still on the “to do” list and beyond his capability. One of those would have to be done by a plumber while the other was the construction of a ramp at Al’s house.
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