Brown, Zacharias and Sharpsteen Claim Shangri-La II Titles

sl2_champ_night2011 championships were decided on Saturday night as Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards presented Season Championship Night at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, the ASA member track in Tioga Center, NY. Tunchannock, PA native, Joe Brown claimed his first ever ASA Latemodel Championship. Brown clinched the title one week earlier when his next closest contender, Jim Lamoreaux was disqualified. Josh Lloyd led the first four laps in the 25 lap ASA Latemodel feature. Brown took over the top spot on lap five, and led for two laps until Jim Lamoreaux took the lead for good. Lamoreaux claimed his third victory of the season by one car length over Brown. Lee Sharpsteen clinched his second consecutive Street Stock title one week prior to season championship night becoming the first repeat Street Stock champion at the track. Gil Sharpsteen claimed his second feature win of the season and second place in the final points following a caution filled feature. Gil Sharpsteen took the lead from his brother, Charlie with three laps remaining. Jimmy Zacharias took home his second consecutive Sportsman championship with a fourth place finish in the feature. Tony Hanbury dominated the Sportsman feature, taking the lead from teammate, Bryan Sherwood on lap three in the 25 lap feature.

With Hurricane Irene threatening the skies over "The Concrete Castle", heat races were completed quickly, and features got underway following a brief intermission. The Sportsman feature was run first as the title was still up for grabs. Just seven points separated the top three contenders. Jimmy Zacharias was the points leader with John Wilber trailing by six points and T-J Zacharias one point behind Wilber in third. Bryan Sherwood led from the pole position, leading the first two laps. Tony Hanbury moved past Sherwood with a pass coming off turn two. The first of two cautions flew when Tommy Zacharias spun in turn four on lap four. Jimmy Zacharias started fifth and quickly moved forward to third place, while John Wilber started second and slid back to sixth. Matt Kurzejewski started eighth, and moved up to challenge Zacharias on the lap four restart. Hanbury held off Sherwood on the restart and would lead a five car pack around the half mile for the next five laps. The second and final caution flew when Kurzejewski and Zacharias got together on lap fourteen. Hanbury's dominance continued on the restart with Sherwood following two carlengths back in second for the final eleven laps. While this action was going on, Jimmy Zacharias and Kurzejewski worked back through the pack. John Wilber and T-J Zacharias swapped fifth and sixth place spots back and forth. Hanbury claimed his second win of the season, Sherwood was second. Kurzejewski was third, Jimmy Zacharias finished fourth and T-J Zacharias completed the top five. Wilber, driving the J.R. Kent machine finished sixth. The fourth place finish by Jimmy Zacharias coupled with his heat race win gave him the Sportsman title for the second year in a row by eleven points over John Wilber. Wilber finished second in his heat race and T-J Zacharias finished fourth in his heat race. Those finishes coupled with their feature finishes have Wilber finishing second in the final points standings with T-J Zacharias claiming third, one point out of second place. Bryan Sherwood was fourth in the final points with Hanbury claiming fifth in the final points, ten behind Sherwood.

The Street Stocks were the second feature on the track with Chris Zacharias taking the early race lead from the pole position. He would hold the lead until the first of seven cautions when Charlie Lohmeyer and Charlie Sharpsteen got together in turn two. The restart was held off as the preliminary rain bands from Hurricane Irene brought a light shower over the track. The cars were brought down pit lane and most were covered. A 38 minute red flag for the shower and track drying was withdrawn and the racing resumed. Chris Zacharias took the lead on the restart, but was clipped in the left rear by Gil Sharpsteen in turn two claiming Hank Buchanan, Lee Sharpsteen, Billy Coyle and Charlie Lohmeyer. Sharpsteen and Buchanan pitted to have sheet metal damage removed and restarted at the end of the pack. The lap five restart saw rookie Brad Knapp take the lead, but caution would fly shortly after the green flag for the spinning Chris Bennett in turn one. Restart would have Knapp take the lead again, and holding the top spot for two laps until caution flew on lap seven when Matt Visingard and Bennett spun together in turn one. Charlie Sharpsteen would take the lead on the restart and would remain out front until another caution flag was displayed when Knapp and Lohmeyer spun in turn three. Lohmeyer's car wound up on top of the hood of Knapp's number 26. Charlie Sharpsteen would lead on the restart, but a three car challenge for the top spot would bring out the final caution of the race. Chris Zacharias and Lee Sharpsteen would create a three wide challenge for the lead when Lee Sharpsteen clipped the rear of the Zacharias spinning the Zacharias number 98 around. Sharpsteen was parked for the final five laps for rough driving. Charlie Sharpsteen would resume the lead on the lap 20 restart, but would surrender the lead on lap 23 to Gil Sharpsteen who would hold on for his second win of the year. Charlie Sharpsteen would finish second, Chris Zacharias rebounded to finish third. Matt Visingard was fourth and Danielle Buchek finished fifth in her first start of the season and her first ever start in a Street Stock. She was driving in a car prepared by McDonald Motorsports.

The ASA Latemodels were the final feature of the night. Josh Lloyd would lead the first three laps until the only caution flag flew for the spin by Dave Silvernail in turn three. Joe Brown would lead on the restart and lead through lap six when he was passed by Jim Lamoreaux. Brown would challenge Lamoreaux, but could only close to within three feet of the rear bumper of Lamoreaux's number 37. Lamoreaux would claim his third win of the season with Brown finishing second and claiming his first ever ASA Latemodel championship. Josh Lloyd ran a strong third, and was running with the lead pair the final four laps. Brad Smales was driving the Dave Schneider number 29 for the night, and he had 2010 ASA Latemodel champion, Travis Fisher consulting on the car for the night. Smales would finish fourth and Dave Schneider would drive his brother, Joe's number 26 to a fifth place finish. Dave Silvernail would have his engine let go on lap 15, but would finish sixth. Billy Coyle brought out his ASA Latemodel for the first time since the early 2009 season. He ran a handful of laps before retiring for the night in seventh place.


CONCRETE HOT LAPS:

It was reported last week that Jim Lamoreaux was disqualified for an illegal spacer under the carburetor, but his disqualification was for an unapproved tire change following the heat race. Lamoreaux took responsibility for the change, and accepted the penalty.

Jim Lamoreaux took over the All Time Wins leader for the ASA Latemodels with eight wins at the track since it's opening on July 4th, 2009. He was tied with 2010 ASA Latemodel champion Travis Fisher for the most wins.

Two time Sportsman champion, Jimmy Zacharias leads the All Time winners list in the Sportsman division with twelve wins. Tony Hanbury is second on the list with six wins.

Two time Street Stock champion, Lee Sharpsteen leads all drivers in all divisions with wins at "The Concrete Castle" with fourteen wins. Five wins coming in 2010, and nine wins in 2011.

Congratulations to all competitors for an exciting 2011 season. Thank You to all competitors, teams, officials, sponsors and especially our race fans for a great 2011 racing season.

Shangri-La II Motorspeedway will be dark until the third annual Fall Brawl scheduled for September 22 – 24. There will be Open Practice for all divisions competing in the Fall Brawl on Thursday September 22. Practice begins at 5:00 pm with free grandstand admission. Pit admission for practice is $ 15.00. The Sportsman, Street Stocks and EST Trucks will be in action on Friday September 23. Pit Gates open at 4:00pm, Grandstand Gates open and Practice begins at 5:30 pm. Racing gets the green flag at 7:00 pm. Saturday September 24 will see Modifieds, Latemodels, Legends and Four Cylinders in action. Pit Gates on Saturday will open at 2:00pm, Grandstand Gates open and Practice begins at 3:30 pm and racing getting underway at 5:00 pm.




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8/27/11

Season Championship Night

 
ASA Latemodels
25 laps

Sportsman
25 laps


2011 ASA Late Model Champion:

Joe Brown
(1st ASA Late Model Championship)


Heat:

Jim Lamoreaux


2011 ASA Late Model Champion:

Jimmy Zacharias
(2nd Consecutive Sportsman Championship)


Heat:

Matt Kurzejewski
Jimmy Zacharias

Feature:
Feature:
1. 37 Jim Lamoreaux

2. 15 Joe Brown

3. 84 Josh Lloyd

4. 29 Brad Smales

5. 26 Dave Schneider

6. 91 Dave Silvernail

7. 94 Billy Coyle

DNS:

06 J.R. Swansborough
56 George Swansborough
1. 4 T-J Zacharias

2. 32 Tony Hanbury

3. 21 Matt Kurzejewski

4. 35 Tom Shiner

5. 95 Bryan Sherwood

6. 16 John Wilber

7. 94 Zach Curren

8. 2 Jeff Frisbee

9. 99 Glenn Lippolis

10. 71 Jimmy Zacharias

12. 1 Tommy Zacharias

11. 12 Zach Trusdail

13. 17 Frank Morich

DNS:
99 Glenn Lippolis
2 Jeff Frisbee 





Street Stocks
25 Laps 

2011 ASA Late Model Champion: 

Lee Sharpsteen
(2nd Consecutive Street Stock Championship)


Heat:

Cricket Clonch, Gil Sharpsteen

Feature:
1. 6 7/8 Gil Sharpsteen

2. 34 Charlie Sharpsteen

3. 98 Chris Zacharias

4. 61 Matt Visingard

5. 7 Danielle Buchek

6. 4 Mikayla Rypkema

7. 26 Brad Knapp

8. 8 Lee Sharpsteen

9. 59 Chris Bennett

10. 99 Bob Ripley

11. 94 Billy Coyle

12. 5 Charlie Lohmeyer

13. 51 Hank Buchanan

14. 05 Jeff Goodwin


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