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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By Tom Cummings

Tioga Center, NY - Repeat winners was the theme at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Gene Purvis continued his dominance in the Four Cylinder Stock division by collecting his fifth consecutive win. T.J. Zacharias is re-writing the record book in the Sportsman division by making sure his name will be prominently displayed as a Sportsman Modified winner. The Candor, NY third generation driver collected his third consecutive win in the Sportsman, elevating him to third on the all-time winners list at the track with seven wins. He trails his brother, Jimmy who has twenty two wins and Tony Hanbury with eleven victories at “The Concrete Castle”. Jason Duke, Sr. survived an opening lap melee in the first turn to collect his second consecutive win of 2014, and moved into second place in the points, trailing Gary Noe by seven points.

Nick Morich took the lead on the opening green flag and led the four cylinder stocks for the first five laps. Morich was able to hold off Gene Purvis exiting the corners, but drifted a little high exiting turn four on lap five, opening the door for Purvis to charge through. The veteran showed the way for the final five laps to claim his fifth consecutive win of 2014. Morich finished second and Alan Blackwell fought an underpowered car to a third place finish.

Nick Morich and Paul Johnson led the Sportsman field to the green flag, but Morich would spin in front of the field in turn two on the opening lap. There was no damage to any of the competitors. On the restart, Johnson took the top spot with Hanbury and Zacharias a close second and third. The second caution came out when Morich spun in turn four on lap four. The restart was wild with Johnson and Hanbury making slight contact between turns one and two. Zacharias stayed on the throttle and passed both Johnson and Hanbury on the outside. Zazharias would move out to a comfortable lead while Connor Sellars caught Hanbury and Johnson. The trio fought each other for position allowing Tim Gullo the opportunity to bring his fifth place car up into the battle. Gullo and Sellars would make slight contact in turn four, sending both cars spinning down the homestretch but both were able to refire the cars and continue, however they were the third caution of the event. Zacharias would resume the lead on the restart and pull away for his third consecutive win. Coincidentally, the top four finishers have been the same the past three events with Hanbury finishing second, Johnson was third and Sellars finished fourth. Tommy Rought completed the top five.



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