SHANGRI-LA II BEATS MOTHER NATURE ON SATURDAY NIGHT. CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE COMES INTO FOCUS.
September 8, 2013
By Tom Cummings
(Tioga Center, NY) After losing out one week ago to Mother Nature, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, the ASA Member track in Tioga Center, NY completed their program just before a light rain descended on the concrete half mile. Gene Purvis claimed his ninth win of the season in the Four Cylinder Stocks, and has clinched the championship – his first at Shangri-La II. Tyler Rypkema took home win number five in the Sportsman, and holds on to the point lead over Paul Johnson, who led the first fifteen laps in the twenty five lap feature. Johnson would finish second. Bill Frisbee, Jr and the Coyle Racing team exorcised the demons which have plagued them for the past seven weeks and picked up his second win in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks, leading flag to flag.
Devon Bailey started on the pole for the Four Cylinder Stock feature, and led the first three laps in the ten lap event. Gene Purvis started fifth, and passed Bailey entering turn three to claim the top spot as the field completed lap four. Purvis would pull away from a four car battle between Bailey, Jeremiah Clonch, Nick Morich and Dave Carpenter. Carpenter made his first ever start at “The Concrete Castle” in the car that Morich has driven most of the season. Morich, on the other hand, was behind the wheel of his number 9 car, the third car he has piloted at S-2 this year. The lone caution came out on lap nine as Carpenter spun in turn two. Purvis and Bailey would restart side by side. Purvis chose the inside lane. Bailey stayed right with Purvis through turn two, but Purvis would take the advantage in turn three to go on for his ninth win of the season, and clinch the Four Cylinder Stock championship with one week remaining in competition. Devon Bailey held on for second, his best finish of the year, Clonch finished third; Morich and Alan Blackwell completed the top five. John Maynard made his first ever start at Shangri-La II and finished seventh. In victory lane, Purvis stated he had driven for his current car owner for six years and followed up with, “Maybe they’ll keep me around for a while”.
Paul Johnson is chasing Tyler Rypkema in the Sportsman division for the championship. The Wyalusing, Pa driver won his heat race, and started on the pole for the twenty five lap feature. Mikayla Rypkema started outside front row. As the green flag flew, Johnson got by Mikayla entering turn one, and as the field exited turn two, Jody Buckley and Tyler Rypkema followed him through.
Tom Shiner started fourth, and move down to follow T.Rypkema as lap one was recorded. Johnson, Buckley and T.Rypkema were locked in a tremendous battle for the lead. All three cars were never separated by more than a carlength. As the field worked lap fourteen, second place runner, Buckley spun as he exited turn two bringing out the caution. As the field restarted, caution flew for the second time as debris was spotted exiting turn four. Johnson and T.Rypkema would restart side by side with T.Rypkema claiming the top spot as the duo hit the backstretch coming off of turn two.
Barr Terry made his open wheel debut driving the car normally driven by his son, Dylan. The Conklin, NY native ran in the fourth spot, challenging Shiner for third as lap fifteen was completed. Once out front, T.Rypkema would extend his lead to ten carlengths at the checkers. Johnson would hold on to second with Shiner a close third. Buckley would recover to finish fourth and Terry would finish fifth.
The Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks were the final feature of the night, and they did not disappoint. Gary Noe and Bill Frisbee, Jr led the field of fifteen to the green flag. Frisbee quickly took the lead from Noe entering the first turn with Jason Duke, Sr, Chris Zacharias and Jeff Goodwin the top five runners at lap one. Duke would climb to second at lap three, Zacharias would claim third at lap four and Goodwin would move up to fourth at lap five. The top four would separate themselves from the mid pack cars which included Lee Sharpsteen, Tim Gullo, Mike Nichols and Billy Coyle. On lap eleven, Brad Knapp made contact with the turn two wall, and would pull into the pits with damage to the right front of the car, but no caution flag was displayed. No one would catch Frisbee as he went on to claim his second win of the year in a two flag race. Incidentally, his win on Shirley Zacharias Memorial Night was also a dominating performance in a two flag race. Chris Zacharias would finish second, Jason Duke, Sr. was third, Jeff Goodwin finished fourth and Mike Nichols completed the top five.
Prior to the start of racing for the night, there were concerns raised by the track regulars. With opening up the rules, several were concerned that the points battles could be interfered with by having an influx of cars running RoC Super Stock rules. The points regulars agreed to end the points and run for fun. 2012 Champion, Jeff Goodwin and Chris Zacharias were declared co-champions for 2013. Jason Duke, Sr. will finish third in the points, Charlie Sharpsteen – fourth and Billy Coyle will complete the top five in the final points. Of note on the night was Billy Coyle had sold his car, but will continue to run it for the remaining two races at the track. Coyle knew he was fast on August 24th, but did not realize that he set the track record in a Street Stock. On lap seven of that event, he turned a lap of 19.485 seconds, 92.379 mph average lap speed. The previous track record was set by Chris Zacharias on May 25, 2013. His time was 20.424 seconds, 88.132 mph average lap speed. Coyle and his race team are building a new car for the 2014 campaign.
The IMCA Modifieds are invited to come out on Saturday September 14th for a practice night. This will give teams the opportunity to test out the concrete high banks prior to the Fall Brawl weekend on September 27-29. The cars will have two rounds of practice during the track’s hot lap sessions, and two additional hot lap sessions during the program. The teams will need to purchase pit passes to participate in the hot lap sessions.
The regular season at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway winds down Saturday night as the track hosts Season Championship Night. The rules package remains Shangri-La II or RoC rules. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing beginning at 7:00 pm. Grandstand Admission is just $5.00 for ages 12 and above. Admission is free for ages under 12. Pit admission is $ 30.00 with a Shangri-La II, RoC or IMCA license or $35.00 without a Shangri-La II or RoC license. The Wristband Discount is not available for this event. Show your wristbands at Pudgie’s Pizza in Binghamton or Waverly and receive a discount on your food purchase. There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway.
Sportsman (25 Laps) 1) Tyler Rypkema, 2) Paul Johnson, 3) Tom Shiner, 4) Jody Buckley, 5) Barr Terry, 6) Mikayla Rypkema, 7) Tommy Rought, 8) Matt Clemens, 9) Dave Silvernail Heat Winners: Paul Johnson, Jody Buckley
Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks (25 Laps) 1) Bill Frisbee, Jr, 2) Chris Zacharias, 3) Jason Duke, Sr., 4) Jeff Goodwin, 5) Mike Nichols, 6) Lee Sharpsteen, 7) Tim Gullo, 8) Billy Coyle, 9) Jeff Frisbee, 10) Gary Noe, 11) Bob Ripley, 12) Charlie Sharpsteen, 13) Brad Knapp, 14) Randy Brokaw, 15) Rich Talada DNS: Terry Potrzebowski Heat Winners: Chris Zacharias, Bill Frisbee, Jr.
2013 Co-Champions – Chris Zacharias, Jeff Goodwin
Four Cylinder Stocks (10 Laps) 1) Gene Purvis, 2) Devon Bailey, 3) Jeremiah Clonch, 4) Nick Morich, 5) Alan Blackwell, 6) Dave Carpenter, 7) John Maynard DNS: Justin Hall, Shannon Gresham Heat Winners: Gene Purvis, Jeremiah Clonch
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