Zacharias Family Dominates Victory Lane

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July 12, 2014

By Tom Cummings


Tioga Center, NY The Zacharias family honored the memory of the late Shirley Zacharias by dominating Shangri-La II's victory lane at the 2nd annual Shirley Zacharias Memorial on Saturday night. T.J. Zacharias charged from his fourth place starting spot to the front to take the lead on the opening lap and completed a dream he has carried for a year – winning his grandmother's memorial race. He finished second one year ago to his brother, Jimmy who was driving the same gold number 71 Sportsman Modified T.J. has now driven to six wins in 2014. Out of respect for Shirley and the Zacharias family, Chris Pozzi turned his Street Stock over to Tommy Zacharias for the night. Tommy, Chris and R.J., three of Shirley and Jim's six sons were racing in Street Stock competition. R.J has been close to victory many times at Shangri-La II, and he finally broke through the barrier and found Victory Lane for the first time at The Concrete Castle holding off Bill Frisbee, Jr. Gene Purvis started fifth, but had the lead in the Four Cylinder Stock feature in turn two of the first lap and cruised to his ninth win of the year. Devon Bailey collected the trophy for being the first Front Wheel Drive across the line.


The Four Cylinder Stock competitors are trying to figure out how to beat Gene Purvis at Shangri-La II, but none have accomplished that task in 2014. Perhaps that is because Purvis is constantly tinkering with the orange number 88 as he feels there is still a better set-up and more speed in the car. Purvis started mid pack on Saturday night and weaved through the combination of front and rear wheel drive rides in turns one and two and found himself at the front of the pack as they hit the backstretch for the first time. Pole sitter, Alan Blackwell fell in to second spot as the field entered turn three. Nick Morich used the outside groove to move past Blackwell for second on lap four. The lone caution of the night fell on lap three with the 117 of Josh Bailey pulled down to a stop on the inside of the frontstretch. The remainder of the racing Baily trio had Devon in fifth spot and Duane in seventh on lap five. Joe Lane started ninth and was up to fourth by lap five passing Devon Bailey. Purvis extended the lead to a full straightaway by lap ten. Joe Lane got wide exiting turn two with five laps to go, and was passed by Devon and Duane Bailey. At the end, Purvis collected win number nine of 2014. Morich was second, Blackwell finished third and The Bailey's, Devon and Duane, completed the top five. Devon was the first finishing front wheel drive car.

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July 05, 2014
By Tom Cummings


Tioga Center, NY Jason Duke, Sr. was a marathon man on Saturday night at Shangri-La II, competing in three different divisions ( Street Stock, Sportsman Modified and Legends) and claimed his third Street Stock win of the season as Midstate Basement Authorities sponsored the night's racing activities, and the $1,000 winners share of the Street Stock feature. T.J. Zacharias survived a mid-race incident with Tony Hanbury to collect his fifth Sportsman Modified feature win. Gene Purvis was the overall 4 Cylinder Stock winner for the eighth time in 2014, and remains undefeated. Dave Cooke collected the trophy for the first Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder across the line. Chuck Lohmeyer picked up the Legends Car feature win.

Fireworks flew on and off track on Independence Day weekend at "The Concrete Castle". The track was also celebrating their sixth season of competition having opened for their first event (a 2 day show) on July 4th and 5th, 2009. Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder Stocks have been added to the Rear Wheel Drive cars for the remainder of 2014. Alan Blackwell and Gene Purvis paced the field to the green flag in the ten lap feature. Purvis quickly grabbed the lead in turn one, and began extending his advantage over Blackwell, Joe Lane, Ryan Purvis and Nick Morich. G.Purvis opened a half straightaway by lap three and Lane got by Blackwell for second. Lane set his sights on the orange #88 of G.Purvis, and by lap eight had closed the gap to two carlengths. Lane drove hard into turn one on lap nine attempting a pass for the lead. His car broke free eventually spinning to the infield in turn two. The restart saw Purvis pull away from Blackwell for the win. Blackwell finished second, Morich finished third despite heavy smoke from the right rear of the car. Lane crossed the finish line in fourth and Ryan Purvis completed the top five in his first ever feature start at Shangri-La II. Dave Cooke finished sixth, but was the Front Wheel Drive winner.



Midstate Basement Authorities presents The Independence Day Special at Shangri-La II

June 22, 2014

by Tom Cummings

Saturday July 5th, Midstate Basement Authorities will present the Independence Day Special at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, N.Y.  The Street Stocks, Sportsman, 4 Cylinder Stocks and INEX Legends Cars will all be in action.

The Street Stocks will run a 25 lap feature with $1,000 going to the winner courtesy of Midstate Basement Authorities.  The Street Stocks will be legal for this event if they are legal under Shangri-La II, Chemung, RoC or Big 10 Series rules.  Sportsman Modifieds will run a 25 lap feature following Shangri-La II or RoC rules. Four Cylinder Stock Teams will run a 10 lap event with Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive cars competing together for the remainder of 2014. There will be a Front Wheel Drive and a Rear wheel driver crowned each week.  The INEX Legends cars will be making their first start at The Concrete Castle since September 2012 in a 15 lap event.

There will be a FREE Post Race Pig Roast/Pit Party open to fans and competitors. A huge Fireworks display will cap off the night as the track celebrates its 6th anniversary of operation.  A special Honor/Tribute to the late engine builder, Gail Clark will take place prior to the start of racing action.

Grandstand Admission is $10.00 for ages 16 and above. Under age 16 are admitted Free. Fans bringing back their wristbands from June 21st will receive a $2.00 discount on their grandstand admission price.

Pit Gate Opens at 4:30 pm. Grandstand Gate Opens and Hotlaps begin at 5:30 pm. Race Time is 7:00 pm.  

There is always plenty of free camping at “The Concrete Castle”.



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