HOSSFELD HOLDS OFF HIRSCHMAN ON GAIL CLARK DAY
July 27, 2014
By Tom Cummings
HOSSFELD HOLDS OFF HIRSCHMAN FOR SECOND WIN ON THE 2014 RoC PAVEMENT MODIFIED TOUR
Tioga Center, NY The Race of Champions Pavement Modified Tour made their second stop of the 2014 season at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Sunday afternoon. The forecast was for thunderstorms, but the skies were sunny and the temperatures were hot as Chuck Hossfeld led from the pole position and held off Andy Jankowiak for the majority of the race. Matt Hirschman got past Jankowiak on a late race restart to challenge Hossfeld. A final caution bunched up the field and Hossfeld held off Hirschman the final five laps to collect his second RoC Tour win of the season. Gene Purvis kept his winning streak alive in Four Cylinder Stock competition. The Lowman, NY driver has collected eleven checkered flags so far in 2014. Devon Bailey was the first finishing Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder for the third week in a row. Steve Shultz last competed at the 2013 Fall Brawl in the Street Stock Division. Shultz withstood light contact in a lap two caution and worked his way to the front, winning his first Street Stock start of 2014 at The Concrete Castle.
The day was dedicated to the memory of the late engine builder, Gail Clark. Shangri-La II along with Gail's son, Brian unveiled the permanent sign dedicating a section of the track's frontstretch grandstand in memory of the popular engine builder whose passing has affected many who knew him. There were three special awards presented to the modified teams. The Gail Clark pole award was presented to the driver with the fastest lap turned during the heat races. Matt Hirschman won the award with his fourth lap the fastest in qualifying at 17.784 sec, 101.215 mph around the half mile concrete oval. The Gail Clark Hard Charger award was presented to Brian DeFebo who started 22nd and finished sixth. Rod Spalding was on hand and presented a Rod Spalding Sportsmanship award to Erick Rudolph for his performance on Sunday.
BILL FRISBEE, JR HOLDS OFF R.J. ZACHARIAS FOR SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON
July 19, 2014
By Tom Cummings
BILL FRISBEE, JR HOLDS OFF R.J. ZACHARIAS FOR SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON. T.J. ZACHARIAS AND PURVIS KEEP THEIR WIN STREAKS ALIVE
Tioga Center, NY Bill Frisbee, Jr., piloting a street stock which is a rolling tribute to his late father Bill Frisbee, Sr., held off a fast closing R.J. Zacharias to collect his second Street Stock win of the season at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, and is now in sole possession of the points lead. T.J. Zacharias started sixth in the Sportsman feature, and took over the top spot on lap four with an inside pass on Paul Johnson in turn one. Zacharias would withstand one restart as the leader and crossed the finish line claiming his seventh victory of 2014. His first four wins were consecutive, interrupted by Paul Johnson's win three weeks ago. Zacharias has his sights set on becoming the first Sportsman driver to collect five consecutive feature wins at Shangri-La II. Gene Purvis is still tinkering with his Four Cylinder Stock. He is making adjustments in the right direction, keeping a step in front of his fellow competitors. Purvis collected win number ten on Saturday night, and is still undefeated in 2014.
Zacharias Family Dominates Victory Lane
July 12, 2014
By Tom Cummings
ZACHARIAS FAMILY DOMINATES VICTORY LANE ON SHIRLEY ZACHARIAS MEMORIAL NIGHT
Tioga Center, NY The Zacharias family honored the memory of the late Shirley Zacharias by dominating Shangri-La II's victory lane at the 2nd annual Shirley Zacharias Memorial on Saturday night. T.J. Zacharias charged from his fourth place starting spot to the front to take the lead on the opening lap and completed a dream he has carried for a year – winning his grandmother's memorial race. He finished second one year ago to his brother, Jimmy who was driving the same gold number 71 Sportsman Modified T.J. has now driven to six wins in 2014. Out of respect for Shirley and the Zacharias family, Chris Pozzi turned his Street Stock over to Tommy Zacharias for the night. Tommy, Chris and R.J., three of Shirley and Jim's six sons were racing in Street Stock competition. R.J has been close to victory many times at Shangri-La II, and he finally broke through the barrier and found Victory Lane for the first time at The Concrete Castle holding off Bill Frisbee, Jr. Gene Purvis started fifth, but had the lead in the Four Cylinder Stock feature in turn two of the first lap and cruised to his ninth win of the year. Devon Bailey collected the trophy for being the first Front Wheel Drive across the line.
The Four Cylinder Stock competitors are trying to figure out how to beat Gene Purvis at Shangri-La II, but none have accomplished that task in 2014. Perhaps that is because Purvis is constantly tinkering with the orange number 88 as he feels there is still a better set-up and more speed in the car. Purvis started mid pack on Saturday night and weaved through the combination of front and rear wheel drive rides in turns one and two and found himself at the front of the pack as they hit the backstretch for the first time. Pole sitter, Alan Blackwell fell in to second spot as the field entered turn three. Nick Morich used the outside groove to move past Blackwell for second on lap four. The lone caution of the night fell on lap three with the 117 of Josh Bailey pulled down to a stop on the inside of the frontstretch. The remainder of the racing Baily trio had Devon in fifth spot and Duane in seventh on lap five. Joe Lane started ninth and was up to fourth by lap five passing Devon Bailey. Purvis extended the lead to a full straightaway by lap ten. Joe Lane got wide exiting turn two with five laps to go, and was passed by Devon and Duane Bailey. At the end, Purvis collected win number nine of 2014. Morich was second, Blackwell finished third and The Bailey's, Devon and Duane, completed the top five. Devon was the first finishing front wheel drive car.
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