Racing Community Rallies for Al Robinson

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Sometime fate brings people together by Carol Houssock

(Waverly, NY) 

Two years ago longtime motorsports announcer and journalist, Al Robinson, suffered a massive stroke.  Since May of 2011 he was been residing in a Tioga County, NY nursing home, but proving every day that the human spirit can work wonders in one’s recovery.  Al has come a long way. And his hopes of a return to his own home are more of reality, thanks to some great friends….and a bunch of people he doesn’t know.

Case managers at the nursing home conducted a home visit and developed a list of modifications that would have to be completed at his home before he could safely return there.  Al’s longtime friend and fellow motorsports veteran, Jim Burleigh, installed grab bars and made many other required changes. 


Carol Houssock, who has been filling in for Robinson as co-announcer at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway, is also the Director of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps.  When she and Burleigh spoke recently about  Al and his possible return home, he told her there were a couple major items still on the “to do” list and beyond his capability. One of those would have to be done by a plumber while the other was the construction of a ramp at Al’s house.

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June 8: Purvis Stays Perfect in 2013. Goodwin & Tyler Rypkema Claim First Wins of Season

June 8, 2013 - Dark, dreary conditions welcomed the competitors and fans to Shangri-La II Motorspeedway for Burning Rubber Night. The action on the high banked ASA Member track saw the teenage youth movement flex their muscles as Tyler Rypkema captured his first win of the season in the Sportsman division leading flag to flag. Defending Pudgies Pizza Street Stock Champion, Jeff Goodwin claimed his first win of the season. Gene Purvis has a perfect record for 2013 at “The Concrete Castle” as he captured his fourth feature win and fourth heat win in the first four weeks of the season in the Four Cylinder Stocks.

Jeremiah Clonch and Nick Morich led the field to Gary Folk, Jr’s green flag in the Four Cylinder Stock division. Gene Purvis started third, bypassed early race leader Clonch on the completion of lap 2. The pair rode side by side with Purvis taking sole possession of the top spot exiting turn two. Clonch drifted to the high side of the track, and encountered the two car tandem of Morich and Joe Lane. Morich and Clonch rode wheel to wheel for a lap and a half with Morich moving into second. Joe Lane got by Clonch to take over third on lap five. Purvis kept his perfect streak alive claiming his fourth win in four events. He has also won four heat races in the same four events. Nick Morich drove the defending championship car to a second place. Frank Morich was the Four Cylinder Stock champion in 2012. Lane was third across the line with Clonch fourth. Newcomer, Dustin Hall was a late arrival to the speedway, but managed a fifth place finish in the twelve lap feature. Jeff Noe finished sixth in his first event at The Concrete Castle.

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June 1 - Saturday Night Shootout Wins for Zacharias' & Purvis

Chris Zacharias

June 1, 2013 - Sometimes you get your wish - just ask TJ Zacharias, winner of the 25-lap Sportsman Modified feature at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway on Saturday night. TJ's uncle, Chris Zacharias, also tasted victory in the Street Stocks and celebrated in unusual fashion, while Gene Purvis continues his domination in the 4 Cylinder division.

TJ Zacharias and Tony Hanbury got things going in the Sportsman Modified division by winning their respective heat races. After the feature, however, one experienced joy and the other disappointment.

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