August 14, 2013

By Tom Cummings


(Tioga Center, NY) Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, the ASA Member track in Tioga Center is announcing the rescheduling of their Family Fun Night. The annual event, which has activities with a family flair, has been rescheduled to Saturday night, August 24, 2013. The activities were postponed when the Mid-Season Championships were moved to June 27th. Planned are water balloon fights, Penny Drop, Penny Candy, Bicycle Give-aways and more. Added to Family Fun Night is a Fan Appreciation night. Drivers will be asked to bring their rides out to the track’s frontstretch following hot laps. The crossover gate will be opened and the fans will be invited to come out and meet their favorite drivers and teams, get pictures, autographs and thank the drivers for all they do each and every week. The Sportsman Modifieds, Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks and Four Cylinder Stocks will be in action. The management of Shangri-La II has also just announced that the grandstand admission on August 24th will be just $5.00. “We want to thank the fans, and with the $5.00 gate price. We are hoping everyone spreads the word and we Pack The Track” says track and event manager, Amy Culver.

                The Kids Club is looking for additional financial support for Family Fun Night as they have many activities planned for the kids to make the night special. Please contact the speedway for more information and/or support for Family Fun Night. Call the speedway at 607-687-9392 or 607-330-2622 or on the web at:

                The one admission price gives access to Shangri-La II and Skyview Drags. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing getting underway at 7:00 pm. Grandstand admission for this special night is a low $5.00 for ages 12 and above. Youth under the age of 12 are admitted free. The wristband discount is not available for this event. Show your wristbands at Pudgie’s Pizza in Binghamton or Waverly and receive a discount on your food purchase. There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway.

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August 10, 2013

By Tom Cummings

 (Tioga Center, NY)      The ASA Member track, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, eudured two days of torrential downpours leaving several areas of the track flooded as of Friday afternoon; but the track crews had the facility ready for the racers and fans on Saturday night. Jason Duke, Sr edged out his teammate to collect his first career Shangri-La II feature win in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks. Tyler Rypkema and Brandon Ameigh each collected their third wins of the season in the Sportsman Modifieds and Four Cylinder Stocks respectively.

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            The Four Cylinder Stock division saw three wide racing at the front of the field for the first two laps of their heat race with Nick Morich in the middle of Jeremiah Clonch and Gene Purvis. Brandon Ameigh could not get by the three wide line until Morich and Purvis pulled ahead of Clonch. Ameigh seized the opening and claimed the heat win. Come feature time, Ameigh would not wait as long to get to the front. Morich and Purvis started on the front row and as they entered turn one on the green flag, Purvis drifted high enough for Ameigh to thread the needle into turn two, and taking the lead down the backstretch. Morich and Purvis battled side by side for six laps as did Clonch and Devon Bailey. Clonch caught Morich and Purvis on lap eight as the trio ran three wide foe one lap, but no one had anything for Ameigh as he collected his third consecutive win. Purvis got by Morich for second and Clonch held off Bailey for fourth.

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Hirschman Riding the Wave – Wins ROC Tour Event at Shangri-la II; Coyle Ends Winless Streak

August 4, 2013

by Carol Houssock


(Tioga Center, NY)     Shangri-la II Motor Speedway had to postpone by one week their second of three Race of Champions Modified Tour events. That postponement kept some of the top cars away as a few of the competitors were on vacation. Matt Hirschman didn’t take a vacation, even though he said ‘wave riding’ was involved. The all-time leader in ROC race wins grabbed yet another with his methodical driving style. Billy Coyle ended a 5-year winless streak at the Concrete Castle and claimed the Street Stock feature, while Brandon Ameigh went 2-for-2 in the 4 Cylinder


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Matt Hirschman had to work for this one. But a little hard work never hurt anyone, especially a young man who’s on top of his game. The second generation driver from Northampton, PA prevailed in the 75-lap Race of Champions Modified Tour event, the 2nd of 3 this season at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway.

The top 4 finishers from the 3 heat races (Brian Defebo, Daren Scherer and Bobby Holmes) drew for starting positions 1-12. Hirschman wasn’t among them. Tommy Cloce drew the pole and Defebo started beside him. Based on his finishing position in qualifying, Hirschman started 15th.

Defebo got a good run off turn 2 and led the field into turn 3. Cloce had his hands full with Holmes, who took over 2nd early on. On the 19th lap Hirschman made an inside pass on Jim Storace and an outside pass on Austin Kochenash and he was up to 7th. The first caution came out for a tangle involving Matt Kurzejewski, Dean Rypkema and TJ Potrzebowski in turn 3. Top 4 on the restart were Defebo, Holmes, Scherer and Cloce, but 2 laps later the caution came out again when Storace slid into the infield on the back stretch.

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On the lap 22 restart Defebo led the way while Holmes lost 2nd to Scherer. Three laps later Hirschman, who was running 6th, got to the inside of Patrick Emerling’s #07 and the #69 of Cloce and he was up to 4th. While Defebo pulled away from those behind him, Hirschman wasn’t done. On lap 34 he took over 3rd with an inside move on Holmes; 3 laps later he passed Scherer on the outside for 2nd.

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