June 8: Purvis Stays Perfect in 2013. Goodwin & Tyler Rypkema Claim First Wins of Season

June 8, 2013 - Dark, dreary conditions welcomed the competitors and fans to Shangri-La II Motorspeedway for Burning Rubber Night. The action on the high banked ASA Member track saw the teenage youth movement flex their muscles as Tyler Rypkema captured his first win of the season in the Sportsman division leading flag to flag. Defending Pudgies Pizza Street Stock Champion, Jeff Goodwin claimed his first win of the season. Gene Purvis has a perfect record for 2013 at “The Concrete Castle” as he captured his fourth feature win and fourth heat win in the first four weeks of the season in the Four Cylinder Stocks.

Jeremiah Clonch and Nick Morich led the field to Gary Folk, Jr’s green flag in the Four Cylinder Stock division. Gene Purvis started third, bypassed early race leader Clonch on the completion of lap 2. The pair rode side by side with Purvis taking sole possession of the top spot exiting turn two. Clonch drifted to the high side of the track, and encountered the two car tandem of Morich and Joe Lane. Morich and Clonch rode wheel to wheel for a lap and a half with Morich moving into second. Joe Lane got by Clonch to take over third on lap five. Purvis kept his perfect streak alive claiming his fourth win in four events. He has also won four heat races in the same four events. Nick Morich drove the defending championship car to a second place. Frank Morich was the Four Cylinder Stock champion in 2012. Lane was third across the line with Clonch fourth. Newcomer, Dustin Hall was a late arrival to the speedway, but managed a fifth place finish in the twelve lap feature. Jeff Noe finished sixth in his first event at The Concrete Castle.

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June 1 - Saturday Night Shootout Wins for Zacharias' & Purvis

Chris Zacharias

June 1, 2013 - Sometimes you get your wish - just ask TJ Zacharias, winner of the 25-lap Sportsman Modified feature at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway on Saturday night. TJ's uncle, Chris Zacharias, also tasted victory in the Street Stocks and celebrated in unusual fashion, while Gene Purvis continues his domination in the 4 Cylinder division.

TJ Zacharias and Tony Hanbury got things going in the Sportsman Modified division by winning their respective heat races. After the feature, however, one experienced joy and the other disappointment.

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John Wilbur, Chris Zacharias, Gene Purvis Heat Things Up at Shangri-la II


By Carol Houssock

(Tioga Center, NY)   Fans at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway dressed for, and may have expected, off-road snowmobile races on a cold and windy Saturday night. What they got instead were 3 rapidly-run events on the ½-mile concrete. Trophies went home with John Wilbur (Sportsman Modified), Chris Zacharias (Street Stocks), and Gene Purvis (4 Cylinders).

The 25-lap Pudgie’s Pizza Street Stock event was a runaway for Chris Zacharias, who had the field covered on this night. He and fellow heat race winner, Charlie Sharpsteen, drew positions 1 and 2 for the 25-lap feature. At the drop of the green the pair ran side-by-side into turn 3, when Zacharias emerged as the leader. Jake Snell brought out the first caution with 2 laps in when he spun in 3. That set up a Zacharias/Sharpsteen restart. Again Chris Z prevailed, but just a lap later JR Swansborough spun in turn 4. As the field was slowing down for the caution a left rear trailing arm broke on Lee Sharpsteen’s car, and when it snapped it also broke a rear shock. He slammed on the brakes but hit the turn 1 foam head on. He was ok but the car was not. 

On the lap 3 restart C Sharpsteen again watched the Zacharias #71 take control coming off turn 2. As the laps clicked off, the margin between them increased. But behind Sharpsteen another battle developed for 3rd between Glenn Lippolis and Jeff Goodwin. Caution came out for the 3rd and final time for spins by Brad Knapp and Dusty Snell. The final run to the checkered flag encompassed 15 laps, during which Zacharias’ car was a rocket ship. With less than 5 to go Goodwin got around Lippolis, pretty much the only action on the track in the late stages. Zacharias cruised to the win, followed by Sharpsteen, Goodwin, Lippolis and Billy Coyle.

Chris Zacharias custom detailed his winning car in memory of his mother, the late Shirley Zacharias. “Every race I ever won was dedicated to my mother,” he said from Victory Lane. “This one is for Dad, he’s still here with us.” A large contingent of the Zacharias family gathered for his first win since losing the family matriarch in January of this year.

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