SHANGRI-LA II LOSES SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT TO WEATHER
September 15, 2013
By Tom Cummings
SHANGRI-LA II LOSES SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT TO WEATHER
(Tioga Center, NY) It has been a see-saw battle with the elements the past few weeks, After just sliding in the race one week ago before the rains started, The Concrete Castle fell victim to unfavorable weather conditions once again. “Five rainouts in one year is a lot” said track and event manager, Amy Culver. “We lost opening day to rain, and then two of the last three weeks – we are hoping we have paid our dues, and we have a beautiful weekend for The Fall Brawl”. With Season Championship night raining out, the points ended as of the last event on September 7th. Gene Purvis had clinched the Four Cylinder Stock title on September 7th, his first at the ASA Member facility after amassing nine feature wins. Young rookie, Nick Morich finished second in the Four Cylinder Stock points and Jeremiah Clonch finished third.
The Pudgies Pizza Street Stock points ended as of August 24thafter the drivers agreed to end the points when the track opened up the rules packages for the remaining races of the year. 2012 champion, Jeff Goodwin defended his title, but now shares the 2013 championship with Chris Zacharias. Jason Duke, Sr. finished third in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stock points, Charlie Sharpsteen was fourth in the points and Billy Coyle completed the top five. There were six different winners in the twelve completed events. Tyler Rypkema claimed his first ever Sportsman title in just his second season of competition in the division, collecting five wins in the process. Rypkema claimed the top spot by just 37 points over Paul Johnson, who had his best season ever at Shangri-La II. Completing the top five in Sportsman points were Mikayla Rypkema, T.J.Zacharias and Matt Clemens.
The final event for 2013 season at Shangri-La II is the fifth annual Fall Brawl. This traditional season ending event will be held on September 27-29, 2013. Friday September 27th is practice for the teams competing in The Fall Brawl from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. Saturday September 28th, the Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models, Four Cylinder Stocks and the Big 10 New York Street Stock Series will all see action beginning with the Pits opening at 1:30 pm, Grandstand Gates open and Hot Laps begin at 3:00 pm and racing gets underway at 5:00 pm. For the Big 10 series, this event will be their season championship. Sunday September 29th will feature the RoC Modifieds in their season championship event. The RoC Modifieds will be joined by the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks and for the first time ever at Shangri-La II, the IMCA Modifieds will be in competition. Pit Gates open at 10:00 am on Sunday, Grandstand gates open and Hot Laps begin at 12:30pm. Racing gets the green flag at 3:00 pm.
Teams are encouraged to pre-enter The Fifth annual Fall Brawl. The pre-registration deadline for The Fall Brawl is Friday September 20th. The pre-registration prices are for the car only. Pre-registration can not only save the team money on the race day pricing, but will allow the speedway management evaluate the expected field and possibly increase the purse in each class.
Car Entry Fees are as follows: RoC Modifieds - $45.00 up to September 20th, $80.00 after September 20th. Late Models - $ 45.00 up to September 20th, $80.00 after September 20th. Sportsman Modifieds - $ 35.00 up to September 20th, $60.00 after September 20th. Street Stocks - $ 30.00 up to September 20th, $50.00 after September 20th. IMCA Modifieds - $ 20.00 before September 20th, $30.00 after September 20th. Four Cylinder Stocks - $20.00 before September 20th, $30.00 after September 20th. To pre-register, call the speedway office at 607-330-2622
Lap money is collected as an additional bonus to the drivers and race teams on top of the purse they will be racing for. This year, there will be lap money available for four divisions racing in The Fall Brawl. The Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models, Four Cylinder Stocks and Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks will be racing for the lap money being collected. Lora Kresge is coordinating the lap money collection, and is being assisted by Betty Sherwood. Lora has planned to keep a current listing of laps sponsored and the dollar amount and donor on the Race NY website. The Shangri-La II website will also provide periodic updates. Betty Sherwood will collect the lap money donations. Lap sponsorships for the 60 lap Sportsman Modified feature and the 40 lap Latemodel feature will start at $ 25.00/lap. Lap sponsorships for the 50 lap Pudgies Pizza Street Stock feature and the 20 lap Four Cylinder Stock feature will start at $20.00/lap. Race teams must pre-register the car in order to be eligible for the lap money. Taking advantage of pre-registering the car will not only allow the driver to collect the lap money, but it will also save the team money as there is a discount available until September 20th on pre-entries. The track can also raise the purse based upon the number of cars pre-entered in a class. Teams who do not pre-enter may opt in to be eligible to participate in collecting lap money by paying an additional fee on the day of the event. Lap money will be spread throughout the field unless a particular position is specified by the donor. Donors will be recognized on the public address system throughout the event. For more details on donating lap money for “The Fall Brawl”, contact Lora Kresge by phone at 540-771-7849. Checks can be made out to: Betty Sherwood/ The Fall Brawl. Checks can be mailed to: Betty Sherwood/Fall Brawl. 1074 Sulpher Springs Road. Owego, N.Y. 13827
Continue to show your Shangri-La II 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.
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