CHRIS ZACHARIAS, T.J.ZACHARIAS AND GENE PURVIS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY FROM VICTORY LANE
July 5, 2013
By Tom Cummings
Chris Zacharias utilized a late race caution to get by team mate, Jason Duke, Sr. and claim his third Pudgies Pizza Street Stock feature of the season at the ASA member Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. With the win, Zacharias reclaims the points lead in the division. T.J. Zacharias took the lead entering turn one from his outside pole position and dominated the Sportsman feature for his second win of the year. Gene Purvis continued his undefeated streak in the Four Cylinder Stocks collecting his sixth feature and heat wins.
A hot sun filled day turned into a warm and dry summer night as Shangri-La II Motorspeedway celebrated Independence Day, and their fifth anniversary of the opening of the high banked concrete oval. The only mid-week program of the season was part of a massive program shared with Skyview Drags. Monster Trucks and a Motorcycle Stunt Jumper entertained the crowd at Shangri-La II while Jet Cars and Jet Trains thrilled fans up at the IHRA member Drag Strip. A huge fireworks display lit up the sky following the on track activities at both facilities. “We really put together a huge event and had a very large crowd” said George Swansbrough who owns and promotes both facilities. “I think everybody enjoyed themselves. I saw groups of people reuniting, talking, telling stories and enjoying the competition on track at both places. The tracks worked together so the fans could watch the added attractions at both tracks”.
Billy Coyle and Jason Duke, Sr. led the field of Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks to Ray Robins’ green flag. Duke quickly snatched the top spot away from Coyle, who was immediately challenged by Charlie Sharpsteen. Chris Zacharias started seventh, and made his way up to fourth by the time the first of two cautions slowed the pace of the race at lap three. The caution flew when Bill Frisbee, Jr spun in turn two. On the restart, Zacharias grabbed third away from Coyle, and began his challenge of Sharpsteen. With Zacharias and Sharpsteen battling for second, Duke escaped to a six car length lead. Once Zacharias got by Sharpsteen, he quickly ran down Duke. Zacharias could not get by his teammate, and it appeared Duke would make his first trip to victory lane at Shangri-La II. The final caution flew on lap nineteen when Coyle spun in turn two following contact with Chris Conrad while the pair battled for fifth place. Zacharias worked the high side on the restart, and claimed the lead for good as he and Duke exited turn four on lap twenty. It was win number three for Zacharias in 2013. Charlie Sharpsteen got by Duke on lap twenty two to finish second. Duke was third followed by Jeff Goodwin and Gary Noe.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY JULY 4TH
June 29, 2013
By Tom Cummings
MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS RESCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY, JULY 4TH
(Tioga Center, NY) The management of Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY has just announced that the Mid-Season Championships which were rained out for June 29th have been rescheduled to this Thursday evening, July 4th. The program will feature the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, the 4 Cylinder Stocks and The Atlantic Coast Old Timers. The New York State Big 10 Super Stock Series race which was scheduled for July 4th will be rescheduled for a later date. This sets up a huge night of racing on Rumble Ridge as the annual Jet and Monster Truck show will also be running at Skyview Drags. “ The 4th of July Holiday is very special to Shangri-La II as it celebrates its 5th anniversary of hosting racing events on the concrete high banks” said event manager, Amy Culver. “There will be competition going strong at both facilities, Jet Trucks lighting the Skyview Drags Tower ablaze and Monster Trucks at both tracks, not to mention the close points battles in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks and the Sportsman Modifieds being contested at The Concrete Castle”.
One admission price gives access to both tracks. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing beginning at 7:00 pm. The wristband discount is not available for this event. Grandstand admission is $20.00 for ages 16 and above which gives access to both facilities. Youth under the age of 16 are admitted free. Show your wristbands at Pudgie’s Pizza in Binghamton or Waverly and receive a discount on your food purchase. The regular weekly Saturday night racing program will return on Saturday July 13th as the speedway hosts the Shirley Zacharias Memorial race. This is a non-points, open show for the Sportsman, Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks and the Four Cylinder Stocks honoring the memory of racing family matriarch Shirley Zacharias who passed away in January. The Mid-State Vintage Stock Car Club will make their annual appearance at the speedway. There is a lot of bonus money on the line with every car in the feature eligible in collecting bonus cash, along with special giveaway’s. There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway.
WEATHER CLAIMS SHANGRI-LA II ACTION FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 2013
June 29, 2013
By Tom Cummings
(Tioga Center, NY) For the second time in the 2013 racing season, foul weather has forced the cancellation of the racing program at the ASA Member Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. “We have really had a lot of severe storms park themselves right over the speedway the past few days” said track event coordinator, Amy Culver. “Sitting up as high as we do, right on top of the mountain, the rain intensity and wind is just incredible. We had ponds and mini lakes in our infield and our parking areas. We really had no choice but to cancel this week”.The racing action has heated up on the track, just as much as the temperatures of summer. The Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks continue to have fast cars, close competition and a revolving door on who will be leading the points. Defending track champion, Jeff Goodwin reclaimed the top spot from Chris Zacharias on June 15th , but by only eight points. Both drivers have two wins apiece. Early season points leader, Charlie Sharpsteen remains strong in the third position, twenty eight points out of the lead. Jake Snell and Jason Duke, Sr. complete the top five in points respectively, the highest they have either been in points at Shangri-La II.
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