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."
NAPA AUTO PARTS PRESENTS MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES TO FEATURE WINNERS
July 11, 2015
by Morgan Colegrove
(Tiogs Center, NY) The weather has played havoc with Shangri-La 2's schedule this season, but for this Saturday, Mother Nature relented. The competitors responded to the near perfect weather with exciting races in each of the four divisions of competition. NAPA Auto Parts Sport Mod point leader Paul Johnson padded his advantage with a win, and even though A.J. Lane took home the trophy in the Four Cylinder feature, Dad Joe Lane hung onto the points lead by a slim margin. For the second time in two weeks, Coach's Pizza Street Stock points leader Billy Coyle had the fastest car on the speedway by transponder times, but had to settle for second as Gary Noe recorded the Mid- Season Championship win. Chuck Lohmeyer led the INEX Legend feature from green to checker.
Nick Morich paced the field to green at the start of the NAPA Auto Parts Sport Mod feature, and proved once again that he is one of the toughest cars to pass. After Johnson moved past Tommy Rought to take over the runner up spot, he quickly went after the young gun on the point, but it took nearly a full lap of side by side racing to close the deal. Scott Reagan, in only his second start of the season at SL2 had his mount dialed in and by the midpoint of the race he was solidly in third and trying to reel in Morich. John Barber had made the three hour tow to Shangri-La 2 and he was determined to make the trip successful. After patiently and methodically racing forward from deep in the starting field, he caught Regan with 10 laps remaining. He challenged high and low over the next few laps, but Reagan was able to keep him at bay. With two to go, Paul Monkowski did a lazy spin in turn four, setting up a "green, white, checker" charge to the finish. Barber went to work at the green, getting by Reagan and setting his sights on Morich for the second position. A lap and a half wasn't enough, as Morich held on to follow Johnson across the line. Barber settled for third, Reagan was fourth and Tommy Rought rounded out the top five.
Jimmy Zacharias, Gary Noe and Joe Lane Victorious in Midstate Basement Authority July 4th Special
July 6, 2015
by Morgan Colegrove
JIMMY ZACHARIAS MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO SHANGRI-LA 2 NAPA AUTO PARTS SPORT MOD VICTORY LANE, JOE LANE TIGHTENS UP THE POINT BATTLE IN THE FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS, AND GARY NOE IS NUMBER ONE IN A SPECIAL HIGH DOLLAR COACH'S PIZZA STREET STOCK FEATURE AS MIDSTATE BASEMENT AUTHORITY PRESENTED A CELEBRATION OF OUR NATION'S BIRTHDAY.
(Tioga Center, NY) Jimmy Zacharias stood in Victory lane with a big grin and the checkered flag in hand and told the crowd "It's nice to be able to come back home." Zacharias took over the controls of the "Golden Boy' number 17 in Shangri-La 2's rain delayed Independence Day special and proved that he hadn't forgotten the fast way around the half mile concrete oval. Rookie of the year contender Nick Morich sailed into the lead on the initial green, and set the pace for the first few circuits. Tommy Rought, Patti Pruitt, Paul Johnson, Tony Hanbury, and Zacharias provided the excitement as they ran in a tight pack debating spots second through sixth. Zacharias moved into the lead of that tight knit group and put the pressure on Morich for two laps, finally moving into the top spot with an outside move on the ninth circuit. Morich fought back, but couldn't pull back alongside and within a couple laps had to contend with a challenge for second from Tony Hanbury. Hanbury did an uncharacteristic single car spin on turn two just after taking over the runner-up spot, and brought his mount to the attention of his pit crew. After a couple of quick adjustments, the red number 21 returned to the rear of the field for the restart. Paul Johnson kept the pressure on Zacharias over the final laps but had to settle for second, and Hanbury powered back through the pack to take over third in the closing laps. Morich finished a solid fourth with Patti Pruitt rounding out the top five.
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