PERSISTENT SHOWERS FORCE SHANGRI-LA II TO POSTPONE SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT ONE WEEK
For Immediate Release
August 23, 2014
By Tom Cummings
PERSISTENT SHOWERS FORCE SHANGRI-LA II TO POSTPONE SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT ONE WEEKTioga Center, NY For the first time in the 2014 racing season, Shangri-La II lost a night to Mother Nature. "These little pesky showers keep popping up" said track and event director Jerry Sinsabaugh. "We just beat out the showers last week, but we weren't so lucky tonight. We will move Championship night back one week, and hope the good weather comes our way once again". August 30th was the scheduled rain date for Season Championship night when the schedule was revised seven weeks ago. The championship for the Four Cylinder Stocks has been clinched by Gene Purvis. The Lowman, NY driver is undefeated in competition around the concrete highbanks this season, but there is a Bounty still out on him. The Bounty is now worth $200.00 to the 4 Cylinder stock driver who can defeat Purvis, but Purvis must be running and on the lead lap for someone to claim the bounty. If Purvis wins, then the bonus money is his.
Points Double Checked Going Into Championship Night
The points standings were double checked and the title battles have changed from what was originally reported. In the Sportsman division, T.J. Zacharias holds a 15 point advantage over Paul Johnson. The title for the Street Stock champion has Jason Duke, Sr. holding a 7 point lead over Bill Frisbee, Jr.
Should be a great night at "The Concrete Castle" on Saturday night.
DUKE, JOHNSON AND PURVIS WINNERS AS SEASON ENTERS FINAL WEEKS
August 17, 2014
By Tom Cummings
Tioga Center, NY Drama becomes a player as the season winds down in sports, and there was plenty of drama Saturday night at Shangri-La II. Gene Purvis entered the night undefeated in feature wins in 2014. A 100 dollar bounty was up for grabs in the four cylinder stocks for a driver who could defeat Purvis. The bounty went unclaimed, however, as Purvis held on to claim win number twelve for 2014. Paul Johnson struggled with his set-up during hotlaps and his heat race, but made the right adjustments before the feature to claim his second Sportsman Modified win of the season. Gary Noe crossed the finish line first in the Street Stock division for what appeared to be his second win of the year, but an illegal carburetor discovered in post-race technical inspection resulted in a disqualification for Noe. Jason Duke, Sr. was credited with the win, his fourth in 2014.
The racing program opened with Mother Nature threatening to open up the skies with showers, so the decision was made to move the program along and move the driver appreciation activities to next week. The excitement meter was ratcheted up on the opening lap in the Four Cylinder Stock feature. Duane and Devon Bailey led the field to the green flag. Nick Morich and Gene Purvis started in row three, and were quickly moving forward as the field entered the first turn. Alan Blackwell and Joe Lane started third and fourth respectively. Lane and Purvis hooked up and worked the outside lane to the front. Duane Bailey's ride washed up the track in turn two, making contact with Purvis. Purvis had a flat left rear tire which was changed by his crew. Duane Bailey retired from the event, and Purvis restarted from the tail of the field. Alan Blackwell took the lead on the first completed lap and was leading when the second and final caution flew on lap three when Ryan Purvis spun in turn two. Blackwell, Lane and Morich contended for the lead on the restart and that gave Purvis the opening he needed. Purvis was running second on lap four and worked the traffic to take the lead from Blackwell on lap six. At this point, Lane was running fourth, locked in a battle with Morich for third. With two laps remaining in the fifteen lap feature, Lane caught Purvis, and the chase was on. Purvis and Lane have challenged each other for wins at many tracks over the years. Purvis held off a last lap, last turn pass attempt by Lane to win by a half a car length over Lane. Blackwell finished third, Morich was fourth and Devon Bailey finished fifth and was the first finishing Front Wheel Drive competitor for the fourth straight event.
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