Tony Hanbury, Jake Wylie and Dylan Swirnik Dominate Day One of Fall Brawl
by Carol Houssock
(Tioga Center, NY) Day One of Shangri-la 2 Motor Speedway's annual Fall Brawl went off without a hitch under clear blue skies on a rather rare summer-like weekend in New York's Southern Tier. Trophies went home with Tony Hanbury (Sportsman Modified), Jake Wylie (Big 10 Super Stock), and Dylan Swirnik (4 Cylinder).A strong field of Sportsman Modifieds signed in to compete in their 50-lap feature. Jody Buckley, Tony Hanbury and Zack Curren won the three heats and it was Curren who drew pole for the start of the feature with John Barber beside him. At the drop of the green Curren powered his #94 down the back stretch and led the first laps. The only caution came as the field was starting lap three. TJ Zacharias, the track's 2014 champion, slid off the track in turn two. Hanbury had passed Barber and restarted alongside Curren. As the race resumed Hanbury took the lead and began what was one incredible performance in the Dan Kurzejewski-owned #21. Jimmy Zacharias, who had started seventh, worked his way up to second after getting around Curren's #94. From lap 10 on this one was pretty much a battle for fourth, between Paul Johnson and Jody Buckley. The pair frequently ran nose-to-tail, with Johnson able to maintain his position. Up front Hanbury's powerful machine put more and more distance between himself and the rest of the field, lapping cars almost at will. When it was over Hanbury had capped off a fabulous month of September with another win. Zacharias finished second, ahead of Curren, Johnson and Buckley. "This Morgantini motor is unreal," he said from victory lane. "I have to thank Dan for giving us whatever we need to go fast, also Tom and Paul Gush, Bob Stranger and everyone who helps out for all they do. This car was on a rail."
THE FALL BRAWL IS HERE
The 6th annual Fall Brawl is here. "We have a beautiful weekend for racing, and the Fall Brawl is always packed with excitement" said Race Track Manager, Jerry Sinsabaugh. The Saturday racing features the Sportsman Modifieds in a 50 lap feature. The Big 10 Street Stocks join the Fall Brawl for the second year in a row, competing in a 35 lap feature. The Front and Rear Wheel Drive Four Cylinder Stocks combine their efforts in a 20 lap feature. Sunday September 28th has the Street Stocks running a 40 lap feature. The INEX Legends will be in competition in a 20 lap feature. The RoC Modifieds close out the Fall Brawl and the 2014 Racing Season at "The Concrete Castle" with their traditional 100 lap feature. Pit Gates open on Sarturday at 1:30 pm. Grandstand Gate Opens and Hot Laps begin at 3:00. Racing takes the green flag at 5:00. Sunday has the Pit Gate opening at 10:00 am. Grandstand Gate opens and Hot Laps begin at 12:30. Racing gets underway at 3:00.
PURVIS DEFENDS FOUR CYLINDER TITLE. DUKE AND T.J.ZACHARIAS CLAIM FIRST CHAMPIONSHIPS
August 30, 2014
By Tom CummingsTioga Center, NY Nervous tension sweeps over athletes as they anticipate a big contest. Add to that equation a rain out the previous week and that led to several teams anxiously awaiting the features. For Gene Purvis, he had already clinched the title in the Four Cylinder Stock division, but his nervous tension was an even bigger honor. He was attempting to become the first driver in track history to win every event they competed in for the regular points season. For T.J. Zacharias, the pressures of racing in a family with a tradition of winning championships and him collecting his first at Shangri-La II weighed on his mind. Paul Johnson was chasing Zacharias all season and having himself the best season of his racing career. He was the most recent winner and was curious if the same set-up would carry him to a title. Jason Duke, Sr. had held the point lead three times during the season and held a slim lead going into the night. He knew that he had to have everything just right as the Bill Frisbee, Jr. was close behind. For Frisbee, he had a strong car out of the Coyle Racing stables, but a crash two weeks ago caused a huge amount of damage to the front suspension of the car, and also a broken right wrist for the West Danby, NY driver.
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