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”.



Paul Johnson Claims First Win AT Shangri-La II

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June 22, 2014

By Tom Cummings

Tioga Center, NY It took six seasons of hard work, dedication and perseverance for Wyalusing, Pa's Paul Johnson to finally tame "The Concrete Castle" on Saturday night claiming his first Sportsman Modified victory. Billy Coyle used a squeeze play move with four laps to go in the Street Stock feature, taking the top spot from teammate Bill Frisbee, Jr. claiming his second consecutive win. Gene Purvis remained undefeated in 2014 as he claimed his seventh win in Four Cylinder Stock competition.


Gene Purvis has continued to tinker with the set-up in his potent number 88 ride. His work has shown he has not gone in the wrong direction as he started fourth in the Four Cylinder Stock feature and quickly weaved his way to the front by the time lap one was counted. Nick Morich started on the pole with Alan Blackwell to his outside. Morich tried to hold off Purvis, but had to settle in to a position he is getting all too familiar with. Morich kept Purvis within six car lengths, but Purvis would prevail once again with Morich finishing second for the third consecutive race. Blackwell was third, Shannon Gresham finished fourth and Devon Bailey completed the top five.

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June 15, 2014

By Tom Cummings

Tioga Center, NY    Billy Coyle had the dominant Street Stock on Saturday night, leading twenty of the twenty five laps on his way to his first win of the season. Gene Purvis continued the winning streak in Four Cylinder Stock competition, despite making changes to the car during the week.  T. J. Zacharias took the lead just past the halfway point of the twenty five lap Sportsman Modified feature and held off a strong run by Paul Johnson to claim his fourth consecutive victory.

The Mid State Vintage Stock Car Club made their annual visit to Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Tim Janes took the checkers first after fifteen laps in his number 50 metallic blue coupe. Tom Guiler and Al Weaver ran their red and gold Pinto bodied modifieds. Bob Ripley brought out his number 99 "Bodine" replica Valiant. Weaver led the first five laps, but was passed by Ripley coming off turn two on lap six. Ripley led the next three laps until being passed by Janes coming off of turn four. Janes led the final six laps.

There were only two Four Cylinder Stocks in competition on Saturday. Points leader Gene Purvis took the lead from Nick Morich on lap two and held the top spot the remaining six laps to collect his sixth win of the year. Morich stayed within four carlengths of Purvis and moved up into second place in the points with his runner-up finish.


Nick Morich finished the four cylinder stock feature, and immediately strapped into his Sportsman car. He started on the pole, and was flanked to his outside by Paul Johnson. On the green flag, Morich had the better line entering turn one and pulled away from Johnson by two car lengths. With the move, Morich opened the door for T.J. Zacharias to follow him through into turn two. Jimmy Zacharias started outside of his younger brother in fourth position, but turned under Johnson exiting turn two for the third spot. Johnson ran in fourth and Connor Sellars moved to fifth from his sixth starting spot after the first lap.  T.J. Zacharias kept Morich within striking distance, and was finally able to make the pass for the lead at the halfway point of the feature. Sellars was able to get by Jimmy Zacharias for fourth position on lap nineteen. Morich was the only caution of the event when his car spun by itself coming off of turn two. He made some contact with a large truck tire which protects one of the light poles, but did not damage the car and was able to continue. T.J. Zacharias collected his eighth career Sportsman feature win at Shangri-La II. Johnson collected his highest finish of the year in second. Sellars was third, his highest career finish in this his rookie season. Jimmy Zacharias finished fourth, and Tommy Rought finished fifth for the second week in a row.



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