Markovic Wins Wild Modified Race, Brown Gets First Sportsman Victory, Clonch, Lamoreaux Also Visit Victory Lane At Shangri-La II Saturday


The closing laps of Saturday's "Rubbin' Is Racin' Night Presented by Redneck Barbequers" Modified feature race at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway certainly illustrated the night's theme. Maybe it illustrated the rubbin' part a little too well. After the first stock car flip in the track's two-year history and a heavy crash in turn 2 that took out the top two contenders, defending champion John Markovic came through to score his first win of the season.

In contrast to the Modified main event, the other three features on the ASA Member Track program went green-to-checker without a caution flag after a lap was scored. Flag-to-flag winners were Russ Brown (Sportsman Modified), Cricket Clonch (Street Stock), and Jim Lamoreaux (ASA Late Model).

The Modified race ran smoothly most of the way as Scott Conover led from the front row and Jimmy Zacharias, looking for his third win in a row, chased him down. Just short of the halfway mark of the 35-lapper Conover slipped out of the groove and was freight-trained back to seventh place. It looked like J. Zacharias' hat trick was in reach until a harmless spin by John Ramsey on lap 25 turned the race upside down.

On a flurry of restarts, Zacharias was challenged on all sides by Jim Storace, his rival for the point lead, Markovic, Dean Rypkema, and a newcomer making his second start at the Concrete Castle, Zack Shove. On one restart Dave Silvernail chose the outside lane and bounced off the wall back into traffic. There he hopped a wheel and got airborne, riding along the front straight wall before toppling over on his roof and sliding down into turn 1 where he came to rest. While the incident was spectacular, Silvernail walked away and his car appeared to suffer only moderate damage.

On a lap 30 restart, Rochester-area youngster Shove picked the outside lane took the lead from J. Zacharias, who fought back with all he had. After Shove astonished the crowd by leading two laps, the cars touched in turn 2 while battling for the top spot and both drivers lost control. Zacharias made a hard right turn into the outer wall, while Shove backed it in, with apparent heavy damage to both. Zacharias was out of the race, but the continuing plague of yellow fever allowed Shove's crew to make repairs and he rejoined still on the lead lap.

Markovic had just enough clearance to avoid getting involved in the Zacharias-Shove tangle, and he took the lead for the last three laps to defeat Storace, Rypkema, Chris Ostrowsky, Conover, and TJ Zacharias. Ken Canestrari was the eighth and final survivor from a field of 16. J.R. Kent, driving the team car to Jimmy Zacharias, hit the turn 1 wall hard in his heat race, removing the right front corner. Like the other accident victims, he was uninjured.

Russ Brown and veteran car owner/builder Ray Hedger dominated the limited super class at Oswego Speedway for several years, but their record in the Sportsman division at Shangri-La II had been unspectacular. All that changed Saturday as Brown executed a brilliant three-wide pass to take the lead off turn 4 on lap 1 and never let go to score his first Concrete Castle win. J.R. Kent and Jimmy Zacharias battled for second throughout and closed the gap to Brown during the final circuits, but Brown made no mistakes. Bryan Sherwood was fourth and T.J. Zacharias fifth.

Cricket Clonch won the twin Street Stock features on opening day but hadn't seen victory lane since May 1. Saturday the Canton, Pa. veteran drove a flawless race, leading all the way from the pole and holding off the combined threats of point leader Lee Sharpsteen and defending champion Chad McDonald. McDonald got the nod over Shapsteen for second with Blly Coyle and Tom Cundy completing the top five.

For the second week in row the ASA Late Model feature was shortened due to the small field. Lamoreaux stayed just out of the reach of Jerry Dineen with point leader Scott Nurmi third. D.J. King, a mainstay at the original Shangri-La Speedway, made his first start at the new track and took fourth place.

Next Saturday, Shangri-La II will take a scheduled night off. The next event is the return of the Race of Champions Tour under the lights on Sunday night, August 1, with a 6:00 p.m. starting time. As part of the RoC Championship Series, the distance will be 100 laps. ASA Late Models and Street Stocks are also on the card. The next Saturday night race is the "Stars of NASCAR Night" on August 7. For more information, visit shangrila-2. com or call 607-330-2622.

Rubbin' Is Racin' Night presented by Redneck Barbequers 

Redneck Barbequers
35 Laps

Redneck Barbequers
Sportsmen Modifieds
25 Laps

Scherer, J. Zacharias

Lap Leaders: 
Conover 1-16, J. Zacharias 17-30, Shove 31-32, Markovic 33-35

J. Zacharias, JR Kent

Lap Leaders: 
Brown 1-25

Feature: Feature:
1. 95 John Markovic
2. 47 Jim Storace
3. 24 Dean Rypkema
4. 7 Chris Ostrowsky
5. 26 Scott Conover
6. 71x TJ Zacharias
7. 2 Zack Shove
8. 17 Ken Canestrari
9. 71 Jimmy Zacharias
10.74 John Ramsey
11.92 Terry Markovic
12.91 Dave Sikvernail
13 9x Matt Clemens
14. 3 Daren Scherer
15.56 Rick Coyle
dns - J.R. Kent
1. 13 Russ Brown
2. 16 J.R. Kent
3. 71 Jimmy Zacharias
4. 95 Bryan Sherwood
5. 23 TJ Zacharias
6. 95m John Markovic
7. 21 Al Chapman
8. 77 Paul Johnson
10. 9 Don Wilson
11. 99 Glenn Lippolis
12. 99zChris Zacharias
13. 67 Dave Silvernail
14. 17. Jesse Kent

Redneck Barbequers
ASA Late Models
20 laps
Redneck Barbequers
Street Stocks
20 laps


Lap Leaders: 
Lamoreaux 1-30

L. Sharpsteen, McDonald

Lap Leaders:
Clonch 1-20

1. 37 Jim Lamoreaux
2. 11 Jerry Dineen
3. 20 Scott Nurmi
4. 5 D.J. King
5. 7 Chris Zacharias
6. 8 Travis Fisher
1. 32 Cricket Clonch
2. 24 Chad McDonald
3. 8 Lee Sharpsteen
4. 84 Billy Coyle
5. 07 Tom Cundy
6. 61 Scott Reagan
7. 4 Mikayla Rypkema
8. 12 Bill Davey
9. 3 Charlie Sharpsteen
10.110 Gil Sharpsteen