Pit Strategy + Power + Talent = Shang 2 RoC Win for Jimmy Zacharias. Noe and Kurzejewski Also Win
by Carol Houssock
(Tioga Center, NY) Shangri-la II Motor Speedway closed out the 2014 season with a trio of Sunday races under perfect racing conditions. Scents wafting in the air ran the gamut from suntan lotion to french fries to race fuel on day two of the track's annual Fall Brawl. When it was over the sharp looking S&W Awards trophies went home with Jimmy Zacharias (ROC Modifieds), Gary Noe (Street Stocks) and Matt Kurzejewski (INEX Legends).
Shangri-la II hosted its third Race of Champions event this season. This one, 100 laps, had no mandatory pit stops. It was pit strategy, however, that ultimately determined the outcome. Winner Jimmy Zacharias opted to stay out and ran the distance on the same tires. Runner-up Matt Hirschman pitted on lap 54 while Chuck Hossfeld, third, took tires on lap 21.
The top three in RoC points – Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman and Daren Scherer – won the three heat races, earning each five championship points. The top 12 then drew for starting positions, a task that earned Jimmy Zacharias the pole position and Brian DeFebo number two.
The cars lined up on the front stretch for a short and popular fan appreciation visit, during which the Zacharias crew detected and fixed a minor problem. Once the race went green Zacharias took off and left DeFebo behind with Austin Kochenash, Mike Leaty and Hirschman.
Tony Hanbury, Jake Wylie and Dylan Swirnik Dominate Day One of Fall Brawl
by Carol Houssock
(Tioga Center, NY) Day One of Shangri-la 2 Motor Speedway's annual Fall Brawl went off without a hitch under clear blue skies on a rather rare summer-like weekend in New York's Southern Tier. Trophies went home with Tony Hanbury (Sportsman Modified), Jake Wylie (Big 10 Super Stock), and Dylan Swirnik (4 Cylinder).A strong field of Sportsman Modifieds signed in to compete in their 50-lap feature. Jody Buckley, Tony Hanbury and Zack Curren won the three heats and it was Curren who drew pole for the start of the feature with John Barber beside him. At the drop of the green Curren powered his #94 down the back stretch and led the first laps. The only caution came as the field was starting lap three. TJ Zacharias, the track's 2014 champion, slid off the track in turn two. Hanbury had passed Barber and restarted alongside Curren. As the race resumed Hanbury took the lead and began what was one incredible performance in the Dan Kurzejewski-owned #21. Jimmy Zacharias, who had started seventh, worked his way up to second after getting around Curren's #94. From lap 10 on this one was pretty much a battle for fourth, between Paul Johnson and Jody Buckley. The pair frequently ran nose-to-tail, with Johnson able to maintain his position. Up front Hanbury's powerful machine put more and more distance between himself and the rest of the field, lapping cars almost at will. When it was over Hanbury had capped off a fabulous month of September with another win. Zacharias finished second, ahead of Curren, Johnson and Buckley. "This Morgantini motor is unreal," he said from victory lane. "I have to thank Dan for giving us whatever we need to go fast, also Tom and Paul Gush, Bob Stranger and everyone who helps out for all they do. This car was on a rail."
THE FALL BRAWL IS HERE
The 6th annual Fall Brawl is here. "We have a beautiful weekend for racing, and the Fall Brawl is always packed with excitement" said Race Track Manager, Jerry Sinsabaugh. The Saturday racing features the Sportsman Modifieds in a 50 lap feature. The Big 10 Street Stocks join the Fall Brawl for the second year in a row, competing in a 35 lap feature. The Front and Rear Wheel Drive Four Cylinder Stocks combine their efforts in a 20 lap feature. Sunday September 28th has the Street Stocks running a 40 lap feature. The INEX Legends will be in competition in a 20 lap feature. The RoC Modifieds close out the Fall Brawl and the 2014 Racing Season at "The Concrete Castle" with their traditional 100 lap feature. Pit Gates open on Sarturday at 1:30 pm. Grandstand Gate Opens and Hot Laps begin at 3:00. Racing takes the green flag at 5:00. Sunday has the Pit Gate opening at 10:00 am. Grandstand Gate opens and Hot Laps begin at 12:30. Racing gets underway at 3:00.
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