Patrick Emerling Claims First Shangri-La II Modified Win
by: Morgan Colegrove
(Tioga Center, NY) Near perfect racing weather greeted fans and competitors at the "Concrete Castle" Sunday afternoon, and even a couple of passing rain drops in the middle of the show couldn't cool off the on track action. Patrick Emerling took home the gold in the "Richie Evans Memorial 61 lap Modified feature, and Travis Fisher led the way to the checkered flag in the Late Models. Jimmy Zacharias returned to Victory Lane in the Sportsman, Darren Scherer topped the INEX Legend field, and Tim Gullo was the leader of the pack at the end of the Street Stock main. Alan Blackwell took the overall win in the Mini Stocks, with Harry O'Neil recording the Front Wheel Drive win.
Jimmy Zacharias led the early going in the Modified main, with Tyler Rypkema keeping the pressure on, but by the time the feature was one third of the way complete, Emerling had taken over. Zacharias and Rypkema put on a spirited battle for the runner-up spot, and stayed with striking distance of the leader throughout, but we're unable to overcome Emerlng's dominance. Rypkema led Zacharias on a couple of occasions, but had to settle for third at the finish. Mike Leaty had a steady run in fourth, with Austn Koshenach rounding out the top five. The remainder of the finishing order was Calvin Carroll, Brian DeFebo, Jody Buckley, John Ramsley, Darren Scherer, TJ Zacharias, Jimmy Dolan, Lee Sharpsteen, and Ken Canasteri. Heat wins went to Jimmy Zacharias, and Tyler Rypkema.
Racing Returns To The Concrete Castle
The 2016 Racing Season to begin May 29th with six classes of racing
By Morgan Colegrove
April 29, 2016(Tioga Center, NY) The fast concrete half mile on top of the hill just east of Tioga Center, New York will once again play host to the popular tour type Modifieds this summer. On Sunday, May 29, the ground pounding machines will be the highlight division in a very special 2016 racing season kickoff, competing in a 61 lap feature in memory of the late, great modified legend, Richie Evans. Also on the schedule will be the popular Sportsman Modifieds, the always exciting Street Stocks, and the INEX Legend cars.The sleek Late Models will return to action after being absent from the Speedway for a few years, and the Mini Stocks will add the exclamation point to a great afternoon of auto racing action.
Local entrepreneur George Swansbrough constructed the oval, adjacent to his popular eighth mile drag strip, Skyview Drags, and hosted a few years worth of weekly racing action, temporarily shutting down operation in early 2015. Enter veteran racer and diehard race fan Gilbert "Buck" Sharpsteen Sr. of Waverly. He, and his wife Cathy, stepped in and made a deal to promote a special season ending event in October of last year, "The Haunting on the Hill" The race was successful enough that the first time promotional team made the decision over the winter that they wanted to do more. "That place was designed with the full bore Modifieds in mind," said Sharpsteen, "and the track has been very good to my family. This is about giving back to the racing community and keeping a great facility active."
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