Emotional Roller Coaster at Shangri-La II

The proverbial emotional rollercoaster which envelops drivers and crews as the points battle winds down made it's stop at the ASA memberShangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Family Fun night saw ASA Latemodel points leader, Joe Brown battle with his closest challenger for the championship, Jim Lamoreaux. Brown crossed the Start/Finish line first, but a penalty sent him back one spot. Jim Lamoreaux celebrated his third win of the season, but for just the second time in his 42 year racing career was disqualified in post-race inspection. Joe Brown was declared the winner for the third time this year. Jimmy Zacharias had the field well into his rear view mirror in the Sportsman division, that is until his motor blew coming out of turn two with three laps to go. The restart following the caution to clean up the oil from the Zacharias car had a three car challenge for the closing three laps. T-J Zacharias took home his second win of the season holding off Tony Hanbury by less than a car length. Just seven points separate the top three in the Sportsman division going into season championship night. Lee Sharpsteen returned to Victory Lane in the Street Stock division to virtually lock up the 2011 championship. He just needs to start next week to claim back to back titles.

The night was all about family as there were plenty of activities for the kids. The Kids Club had a Bounce House, Ice Cream Truck and Penny Drop while Sharpsteen Racing along with S&M Racing and McDonald Motorsports gave away two bicycles.  On track, the Street Stock feature began at twilight. The drivers agreed to start as the track worked to get the lights turned on. A failure with a generator caused a red flag on lap 21. Billy Coyle took the lead from his outside front row starting spot and paced the field for the first four laps. Chris Zacharias took the lead from Coyle on lap five  and pulled away until the caution flew for Gil Sharpsteen who spun in turn two. Zacharias held the lead through lap eight, but entering turn three was challenged Cricket Clonch and Lee Sharpsteen. Clonch went low while Sharpsteen went high putting Zacharias in the middle of a three wide pass. Zacharias and Clonch touched door to door, Zacharias spun high into the turn four wall. Sharpsteen went to the lead and Clonch was second. Clonch would be sent to the tail of the field for the contact with Zacharias. Sharpsteen took over the lead for good on the restart to claim his eighth win of the year. He needs to only start on season championship night to claim his second consecutive Street Stock title. Gil Sharpsteen recovered from his early race spin to hold off Jeff Goodwin for second. Goodwin finished third with Coyle finishing fourth Charlie Sharpsteen completed the top five.

John Wilber has been chasing down Jimmy Zacharias for the Sportsman title for the last four weeks. He has teamed up with JR Kent in that title hunt after selling his equipment two weeks ago. Wilber started from the pole position in the 25 lap feature. He led through the first caution of the race when Glenn Lippolis spun in turn two. Jimmy Zacharias took the lead from Wilber on the restart. Wilber would be the second caution of the race as he was tagged in the rear bumper by Tony Hanbury in turn three. Hanbury was sent to the rear of the field for his participation in causing the caution. The restart had T-J Zacharias take the lead for the next two laps until he was passed by his older brother, Jimmy. Caution flew again on lap 14 when Lippolis spun for the second time in turn two. Jimmy would make quick work of T-J on the restart by taking the outside line into turn one. Jimmy would pull away for the next four laps until Zach Trusdail brought out the caution after going high exiting turn four. Jimmy Zacharias was the final caution of the event as he blew his motor coming out of turn two. T-J Zacharias held off the challenges of Hanbury and Matt Kurzejewski on the restart. Hanbury made several challenges during the final three laps, but T-J held on for his second win of the season. Hanbury was second, Kurzejewski finished third, Tom Shiner and Bryan Sherwood completed the top five. Wilber finished sixth, and set-up what will be an exciting title show-down as Jimmy Zacharias leads Wilber by six points and T-J Zacharias by seven points.

2009 ASA Latemodel Champion, Jim Lamoreaux has spent the past four weeks trying to recover from his first ever career disqualification to be able and challenge for the 2011 title. Joe Brown bought a car from Lamoreaux following 2010, and has gone to work. He credits the car, but he is more confident than ever. Lamoreaux led the first nine laps in the 25 lap feature. He opened up the lower lane in turn three on the 9th lap. Brown made the pass and took over the lead. Unfortunately, his pass was made too low on the track as he passed with his tires off the concrete surface and on the asphalt apron. He would be assessed a one spot penalty for the pass. Unfortunately for Brown, the race ran caution free so the penalty was assessed after the checkered flag. Lamoreaux celebrated his third win of the season, and said he wasn’t giving up in his search for the championship. That hope was most likely extinguished as his potent number 37 Chevrolet was disqualified for the second time in 2011. Brown brought his car to victory lane and claimed the trophy, his third win of the year and only needs to start the night next week to claim his first ever ASA Latemodel Championship. Josh Lloyd finished second, Dave Schneider had his seasons best finish in third and Scott Nurmi finished fourth. J.R. Swansborough and Dave Silvernail were unable to start due to mechanical problems.

CONCRETE HOT LAPS:

The starter for the generator which powers the majority of the track lighting blew apart as it was being started during the Street Stock feature. Track officials continuously polled the drivers under caution to determine when it was too dark to race. A red flag for driver safety was thrown on lap 21 and lasted for 32 minutes. Track management thanked the fans for their patience and understanding by increasing the discount for returning next week with their wristbands. Wristbands from the August 20th program will be worth $ 5.00 off the regular admission price for grandstand admission.

Lee Sharpsteen could become the first repeat champion at the facility just by starting the Street Stock feature.

Jimmy Zacharias, John Wilber and T-J Zacharias are locked in the tightest points battle in the three season history of the track. Just seven points separate the drivers. Jimmy Zacharias is the defending champion in the Sportsman division.

Following the rollercoaster of events on Saturday night, Joe Brown needs only to start the ASA Latemodel feature in order to claim his first ASA title.

The Kids Club sponsors for Family Fun night were Race Parts Plus, Schneider Motorsports and S&W Awards. The Kids club thanks all of the sponsors from the 2011 season.

Saturday night, August 27th will be Season Championship Night presented by Hazlitt1852 Vineyards located in Hector, NY. Hazlitt will have a wine tasting available for those 21 years old and over. The 2011 Champions will be crowned and the Kids Club will create Kiddie Mixed Drinks with the activity sponsored by D.E.Silvernail.

MAKE SURE TO BRING BACK YOUR WRISTBANDS FROM August 20TH FOR $5.00 OFF GRANDSTAND ADMISSION.

The show will crown the 2011 champions with the ASA Latemodels running a 30 lap feature, the Sportsman and Street Stocks running 25 lap events.

Pit Gates open at 4:30pm, Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 pm and practice begins at 6:00 pm. Racing gets the green flag at 7:00 pm.

Grandstand Admission is just $ 10.00 ($ 5.00 with last race’s wristband discount) with youths under the age of 16 admitted free.

ASA and Shangri-La II Motorspeedway…We Crown Champions !!!





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8/20/11

Family Fun Night

 
ASA Latemodels
25 laps

Sportsman
25 laps


Heat:
Joe Brown


Heat:

Tony Hanbury, Tom Shiner

Feature:
Feature:
1. 15 Joe Brown

2. 84 Josh Lloyd

3. 29 Dave Schneider

4. 20 Scott Nurmi

5. 84 Josh Lloyd

DQ: 37 Jim Lamoreaux


DNS:

06 J.R. Swansborough
91 Dave Silvernail

1. 4 T-J Zacharias

2. 32 Tony Hanbury

3. 21 Matt Kurzejewski

4. 35 Tom Shiner

5. 95 Bryan Sherwood

6. 16 John Wilber

7. 94 Zach Curren

8. 2 Jeff Frisbee

9. 99 Glenn Lippolis

10. 71 Jimmy Zacharias

12. 1 Tommy Zacharias

11. 12 Zach Trusdail

13. 17 Frank Morich





Street Stocks
25 Laps 


Heat:

Cricket Clonch, Gil Sharpsteen

Feature:
1. 8 Lee Sharpsteen

2. 6 7/8 Gil Sharpsteen

3. 05 Jeff Goodwin

4. 94 Billy Coyle

5. 34 Charlie Sharpsteen

6. 26 Brad Knapp

7. 61 Matt Visingard

8. 4 Mikayla Rypkema

9. 99 Bob Ripley

10. 98 Chris Zacharias

11. 32 Cricket Clonch

12. 51 Hank Buchanan


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