GRANDSONS SWEEP TOP TWO SPORTSMAN FINISHING POSITIONS AT SHIRLEY ZACHARIAS MEMORIAL
July 13, 2013
By Tom Cummings
The first Shirley Zacharias Memorial event was hosted by the ASA Member Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Racers and fans turned out to honor and show respect to the late matriarch of a local racing family which, over the course of the past six decades, has become synonymous with pavement racing throughout the northeast. Four generations of the Zacharias family were on hand to greet fans, thank them for their support through difficult times and to pass out items to the fans which were generously donated by a host of contributors as well as hand out over $7,000 in bonus lap money to the racers in the speedway’s three regular divisions. Bill Fitzsimmons claimed his second victory in the MidState Vintage Stock Car Club feature as the club made their annual visit to “The Concrete Castle”. Brandon Ameigh, in just his second start of the season at the track, had the set-up just right to snap the perfect streak of Gene Purvis claiming the win in the Four Cylinder Stocks. Bill Frisbee, Jr brought a new car to the track, and dominated the Pudgies Pizza Street Stock feature leading all thirty laps for his first ever win in any type of motorsports. Current point leader, Chris Zacharias (one of Shirley’s sons) made his way up from an eight place start to finish second. Shirley Zacharias’ grandson, Jimmy, was back behind the wheel of his gold colored Sportsman. He was driven by desire and emotion as he led every lap in the Sportsman feature for his second win of the year. Jimmy’s brother, T.J. finished second after battling “The Duke”, George Kent for the second spot for the first twenty one laps of the thirty lap feature.
Overcast skies cleared just before the grandstand gates opened on Saturday night resulting in a beautiful, hot summer night for racing. The first Shirley Zacharias Memorial night was coordinated by Tracy Zacharias Ferris and Jerry Sinsabaugh. Sinsabaugh, the pit steward at Shangri-La II, said “Tonight is all about family and fun. There is something for everybody here tonight”. “We are a racing family” said Tracy Ferris. “The best way to honor Mom is being at the track. We can’t thank those who donated money, prizes and contingency awards enough. We especially want to thank George Swansbrough and Shangri-La II for making this night possible”. An honor which the Zacharias family did not know about was unveiled just prior to the start of the evening’s activities. Track owner George Swansbrough, Sinsabaugh and Jim Zacharias unveiled a banner at the top of the grandstands naming the section as the Shirley Zacharias Memorial section. This is the first time a section of grandstand has been dedicated at the speedway.
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.
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