BILL FRISBEE, JR HOLDS OFF R.J. ZACHARIAS FOR SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON
July 19, 2014
By Tom Cummings
BILL FRISBEE, JR HOLDS OFF R.J. ZACHARIAS FOR SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON. T.J. ZACHARIAS AND PURVIS KEEP THEIR WIN STREAKS ALIVE
Tioga Center, NY Bill Frisbee, Jr., piloting a street stock which is a rolling tribute to his late father Bill Frisbee, Sr., held off a fast closing R.J. Zacharias to collect his second Street Stock win of the season at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, and is now in sole possession of the points lead. T.J. Zacharias started sixth in the Sportsman feature, and took over the top spot on lap four with an inside pass on Paul Johnson in turn one. Zacharias would withstand one restart as the leader and crossed the finish line claiming his seventh victory of 2014. His first four wins were consecutive, interrupted by Paul Johnson's win three weeks ago. Zacharias has his sights set on becoming the first Sportsman driver to collect five consecutive feature wins at Shangri-La II. Gene Purvis is still tinkering with his Four Cylinder Stock. He is making adjustments in the right direction, keeping a step in front of his fellow competitors. Purvis collected win number ten on Saturday night, and is still undefeated in 2014.
Zacharias Family Dominates Victory Lane
July 12, 2014
By Tom Cummings
ZACHARIAS FAMILY DOMINATES VICTORY LANE ON SHIRLEY ZACHARIAS MEMORIAL NIGHT
Tioga Center, NY The Zacharias family honored the memory of the late Shirley Zacharias by dominating Shangri-La II's victory lane at the 2nd annual Shirley Zacharias Memorial on Saturday night. T.J. Zacharias charged from his fourth place starting spot to the front to take the lead on the opening lap and completed a dream he has carried for a year – winning his grandmother's memorial race. He finished second one year ago to his brother, Jimmy who was driving the same gold number 71 Sportsman Modified T.J. has now driven to six wins in 2014. Out of respect for Shirley and the Zacharias family, Chris Pozzi turned his Street Stock over to Tommy Zacharias for the night. Tommy, Chris and R.J., three of Shirley and Jim's six sons were racing in Street Stock competition. R.J has been close to victory many times at Shangri-La II, and he finally broke through the barrier and found Victory Lane for the first time at The Concrete Castle holding off Bill Frisbee, Jr. Gene Purvis started fifth, but had the lead in the Four Cylinder Stock feature in turn two of the first lap and cruised to his ninth win of the year. Devon Bailey collected the trophy for being the first Front Wheel Drive across the line.
The Four Cylinder Stock competitors are trying to figure out how to beat Gene Purvis at Shangri-La II, but none have accomplished that task in 2014. Perhaps that is because Purvis is constantly tinkering with the orange number 88 as he feels there is still a better set-up and more speed in the car. Purvis started mid pack on Saturday night and weaved through the combination of front and rear wheel drive rides in turns one and two and found himself at the front of the pack as they hit the backstretch for the first time. Pole sitter, Alan Blackwell fell in to second spot as the field entered turn three. Nick Morich used the outside groove to move past Blackwell for second on lap four. The lone caution of the night fell on lap three with the 117 of Josh Bailey pulled down to a stop on the inside of the frontstretch. The remainder of the racing Baily trio had Devon in fifth spot and Duane in seventh on lap five. Joe Lane started ninth and was up to fourth by lap five passing Devon Bailey. Purvis extended the lead to a full straightaway by lap ten. Joe Lane got wide exiting turn two with five laps to go, and was passed by Devon and Duane Bailey. At the end, Purvis collected win number nine of 2014. Morich was second, Blackwell finished third and The Bailey's, Devon and Duane, completed the top five. Devon was the first finishing front wheel drive car.
JASON DUKE, SR. COLLECTS BIG PAYDAY
July 05, 2014
By Tom Cummings
JASON DUKE, SR. COLLECTS BIG PAYDAY. T.J.ZACHARIAS, GENE PURVIS, DAVE COOKE AND CHUCK LOHMEYER ALSO CLAIM VICTORIES
Tioga Center, NY Jason Duke, Sr. was a marathon man on Saturday night at Shangri-La II, competing in three different divisions ( Street Stock, Sportsman Modified and Legends) and claimed his third Street Stock win of the season as Midstate Basement Authorities sponsored the night's racing activities, and the $1,000 winners share of the Street Stock feature. T.J. Zacharias survived a mid-race incident with Tony Hanbury to collect his fifth Sportsman Modified feature win. Gene Purvis was the overall 4 Cylinder Stock winner for the eighth time in 2014, and remains undefeated. Dave Cooke collected the trophy for the first Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder across the line. Chuck Lohmeyer picked up the Legends Car feature win.
Fireworks flew on and off track on Independence Day weekend at "The Concrete Castle". The track was also celebrating their sixth season of competition having opened for their first event (a 2 day show) on July 4th and 5th, 2009. Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder Stocks have been added to the Rear Wheel Drive cars for the remainder of 2014. Alan Blackwell and Gene Purvis paced the field to the green flag in the ten lap feature. Purvis quickly grabbed the lead in turn one, and began extending his advantage over Blackwell, Joe Lane, Ryan Purvis and Nick Morich. G.Purvis opened a half straightaway by lap three and Lane got by Blackwell for second. Lane set his sights on the orange #88 of G.Purvis, and by lap eight had closed the gap to two carlengths. Lane drove hard into turn one on lap nine attempting a pass for the lead. His car broke free eventually spinning to the infield in turn two. The restart saw Purvis pull away from Blackwell for the win. Blackwell finished second, Morich finished third despite heavy smoke from the right rear of the car. Lane crossed the finish line in fourth and Ryan Purvis completed the top five in his first ever feature start at Shangri-La II. Dave Cooke finished sixth, but was the Front Wheel Drive winner.
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