June 8, 2014
By Tom Cummings
Tioga Center, NY - Repeat winners was the theme at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Gene Purvis continued his dominance in the Four Cylinder Stock division by collecting his fifth consecutive win. T.J. Zacharias is re-writing the record book in the Sportsman division by making sure his name will be prominently displayed as a Sportsman Modified winner. The Candor, NY third generation driver collected his third consecutive win in the Sportsman, elevating him to third on the all-time winners list at the track with seven wins. He trails his brother, Jimmy who has twenty two wins and Tony Hanbury with eleven victories at “The Concrete Castle”. Jason Duke, Sr. survived an opening lap melee in the first turn to collect his second consecutive win of 2014, and moved into second place in the points, trailing Gary Noe by seven points.
Nick Morich took the lead on the opening green flag and led the four cylinder stocks for the first five laps. Morich was able to hold off Gene Purvis exiting the corners, but drifted a little high exiting turn four on lap five, opening the door for Purvis to charge through. The veteran showed the way for the final five laps to claim his fifth consecutive win of 2014. Morich finished second and Alan Blackwell fought an underpowered car to a third place finish.Nick Morich and Paul Johnson led the Sportsman field to the green flag, but Morich would spin in front of the field in turn two on the opening lap. There was no damage to any of the competitors. On the restart, Johnson took the top spot with Hanbury and Zacharias a close second and third. The second caution came out when Morich spun in turn four on lap four. The restart was wild with Johnson and Hanbury making slight contact between turns one and two. Zacharias stayed on the throttle and passed both Johnson and Hanbury on the outside. Zazharias would move out to a comfortable lead while Connor Sellars caught Hanbury and Johnson. The trio fought each other for position allowing Tim Gullo the opportunity to bring his fifth place car up into the battle. Gullo and Sellars would make slight contact in turn four, sending both cars spinning down the homestretch but both were able to refire the cars and continue, however they were the third caution of the event. Zacharias would resume the lead on the restart and pull away for his third consecutive win. Coincidentally, the top four finishers have been the same the past three events with Hanbury finishing second, Johnson was third and Sellars finished fourth. Tommy Rought completed the top five.
The Street Stock feature had a start in which the entire field scattered in turn one. They scattered when the front row of Jason Duke, Sr. and Brad Knapp made contact when Duke’s car got loose and got up into Knapp. Knapp, in turn, got into Chris Zacharias who was moving around the front two from his fourth place start. Zacharias and Knapp went to the pits, and could not return. The caution did not fly in the Street Stock feature, and Duke was able to move out to a 2 second lead over Gary Noe and Bill Frisbee, Jr. who were slowed by the lap one incident. By lap seventeen, Frisbee and his teammate, Billy Coyle ran side by side in a battle for third, while Tim Gullo closed in from fifth. Coyle claimed third on lap eighteen. Gullo would take fourth from Frisbee on lap twenty one. Duke claimed the win by sixteen carlengths over Noe. Coyle finished third with Gullo and Frisbee completing the top five. Duke was the first repeat Street Stock feature winner of the season.
Concrete Nuggets: Troy McDonald filled in on then flag stand as head flagger Ray Robbins was away for the night. Shangri-La II Motorspeedway will now honor track licenses from the Evergreen Speedway for discount pit admission. Prayers and best wishes go out to track announcer, Carol Houssock as she undergoes hip replacement surgery this week.
Racing continues at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway this Saturday, June 14th for Hoosier Daddy Night featuring an appearance by the Mid-State Vintage Stock Car Club. The grandstand admission price is $15.00 for adults and $ 5.00 for ages 10-15 this week due to a special appearance David "Big Daddy" Comstock from Discovery Channel’s STREET OUTLAWS who will be running his truck on Rumble Ridge. There will be a "Meet & Greet" for all of the fans. "The Sonoma Crew" merchandise will be available for purchase. As always, the grandstand admission is good for both facilities. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing beginning at 7:00 pm. There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway.
Four Cylinder Stocks (10 Laps) 1) Gene Purvis, 2) Nick Morich 3) Alan Blackwell
Heat Winner: Gene Purvis
Sportsman Modifieds ( 25 Laps) 1) T.J. Zacharias, 2) Tony Hanbury, 3) Paul Johnson, 4) Connor Sellars, 5) Tommy Rought, 6) Nick Morich, 7) Tim Gullo, 8) Chris Clemens
Heat Winners: Nick Morich, Paul Johnson
Pudgies Pizza Street Stock (25 Laps) 1) Jason Duke, Sr 2) Gary Noe, 3) Billy Coyle, 4) Tim. Gullo, 5) Bill Frisbee, Jr., 6) Robert Fink, 7) Tom Sunderland, 8) Brad Knapp, 9) Chris Zacharias DNS: R.J. Zacharias
Heat Winners: Jason Duke, Sr. Chris Zacharias