June 16 - Hoosier Daddy Night
June 16, 2012 - Jerry Dineen broke a two year drought from victory lane on Saturday night at the ASA Member Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, narrowly defeating a hard charging Jim Lamoreaux in Late Model action. The Sportsman feature was a nail biter as the top four changed positions multiple times over the closing five laps, but Tony Hanbury was up to the challenge collecting his second win of the season. Lee Sharpsteen faced some very stout competition, but prevailed for his third win of the year in Street Stock action. Jeff Ameigh kept the car together and held off the challenge from brother Brandon for his third win in the Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks.
A beautiful early summer night was enjoyed by the fans and competitors as Hoosier Tire East presented Hoosier Daddy Night on Fathers Day eve at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. Heat racing gave everyone a glimpse of what was in store for the night as every heat was full of close racing. The only problem in the heats was in the Sportsman division when Zach Curren spun coming off of turn four and collected the outside wall with both ends of his ride. Curren came into the night just two points out of the lead. Corey Mosher was driving a car out of the Zacharias Racing shop, but when Curren's car was wrecked beyond repair at the track, Curren became the driver in the Zacharias car.The Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks were first on track with Jeff Ameigh leading flag to flag for his third win of the season. His brother, Brandon challenged late, but finished a car length behind. Frank Morich finished third. Joe Lane was behind the wheel of his son, Anthony's car, but retired the ride following the heat race. Many in attendance were surprised that Jeff Ameigh made the distance as his car was smoking heavily in the pace laps and while sitting on pit road.
Sportsman were the second race of the night, and the event saw Jody Buckley and Tyler Rypkema take the green flag from Gary Folk, Jr. The first of two cautions came out on lap four when Buckley and Kyle Ebersole got together coming off turn four. Buckley was able to re-fire the car and continue, but Ebersole was hit by a spinning Tyler Rypkema who spun to avoid the first pair of cars. Also spinning with Rypkema were Tom Shiner and Daren Scherer. The cars of Ebersole, Rypkema and Scherer were out for the night. Shiner was able to continue on and rallied for a seventh place finish. The second caution was for a false start when Tony Hanbury was a little quick on the gas coming to the green. Hanbury and Jimmy Zacharias nailed the restart, and the excitement began with Zacharias, John Wilber, Dylan Terry and Jeff Frisbee all positioning themselves for a run at Hanbury. Jimmy Zacharias had the outside line working, holding off John Wilber. Wilber got underneath Zacharias in turn three and pulled up to and into Hanbury's rear bumper. The "Chrome Horn" shot Hanbury clear of the side by side battle of Wilber and Zacharias. Wilber followed Hanbury through for second. At the checkers, Tony Hanbury collected his second win of the season and his eighth career Sportsman win at Shangri-La II. John Wilber finished second for the fourth time in five events. Jimmy Zacharias was third followed by Dylan Terry and Jeff Frisbee. Polesitter, Jody Buckley rallied to finish sixth following the lap four spin. Zach Curren brought the Zacharias racing ride with overheating problems on lap seventeen, but it was good enough for Curren to claim tenth place points.
The Late Models ran a two flag race with Jerry Dineen dominating the event. Dineen had his beautiful 2012 Ford Mustang tuned up and took no prisoners as he led all twenty five laps. Dineen had a full straightaway lead for the first half of the feature, but Jim Lamoreaux and Joe Brown hooked up and ran down Dineen. Lamoreaux ran out of laps, however and settled for second. Brown was third with Scott Nurmi and Billy Coyle completing the top five. Rick Smith and Dave Schneider made their first Late Model starts of the season.
The final feature was the Street Stocks, and the fans got treated to some of the best Street Stock racing in the history of the track. Rookie Guy Somers and Joe Snell brought the field to the green flag. Somers was trapped in a middle lane in turn one and two and rapidly fell through the field to eleventh spot. Joe Snell was the leader on lap two, but was pressured by Gil Sharpsteen for three laps until Gil took over the lead on lap five. Gil and Chris Zacharias battled side by side until Zacharias was able to make the outside lane work to his advantage and was the leader at lap seven. Jeff Goodwin, Lee and Charlie Sharpsteen were exchanging almost corner after corner, but they never let the lead pair get too far away. Chris Zacharias was the leader at half way, but the first caution of the event came out on lap fourteen when George Swansborough had rear end and rear brake problems. The restart had Lee Sharpsteen in third place, but by the time lap fifteen was complete he was the leader. The second caution flew when Chris Bennett broke in turn three. The restart had Gil Sharpsteen take the lead back from Lee. Chris Zacharias drove hard into turn four and pushed up the track and moved Lee Sharpsteen out of the outside groove. Lap twenty one saw Chris Zacharias put on a power move outside pass in turn two and wrestle the lead away from Gil Sharpsteen. Lap twenty two saw Lee Sharpsteen with a power move of his own, going low in turn four and grabbed the top spot. The final caution flew when Gil Sharpsteen and Chris Zacharias got together. Also involved were the cars of Jeff Goodwin, Bob Ripley and Robert Fink. Ripley and Fink could not continue. The final restart had Charlie Sharpsteen and Lee Sharpsteen on the front row with Joe Snell in third. Lee swept around Charlie in turn one and held on for his third win of the season and his seventeenth career win at Shangri-La II. Charlie Sharpsteen was second, Joe Snell was third, Chris Zacharias finished fourth and Jeff Goodwin completed the top five.
Shangri-La II will be dark this week (June 23rd). The Modifieds which were originally scheduled for the June 23rd have been rescheduled to July 14th.
Up Next at Shangri-La II is Family Fun Night on Saturday, June 30th. The Late Models will headline a program which includes Sportsman, Street Stocks and Pudgie's Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm. Grandstand Gates open and Hot Laps begin at 5:30 pm. Racing gets underway at 7:00 pm. Wristbands from last race which was held on Saturday June 16th which are brought back will receive a $2.00 discount at the Shangri-La II ticket window on Saturday night. Regular Adult admission is $ 10.00 for ages 16 and up. Youth under the age of 16 are free.
Race Recap by Tom Cummings
Photos Courtesy of MoJo Photos
Sportsman Modifieds (25 Laps):
1.) Tony Hanbury 2.) John Wilber 3.) Jimmy Zacharias 4.) Dylan Terry 5.) Jeff Frisbee 6.) Jody Buckley 7.) Tom Shiner 8.) Curtis Cowles 9.) Matt Clemens 10.) Zach Curren 11.) Chris Clemens 12.) Kyle Ebersole 13.) Daren Scherer 14.) Tyler Rypkema
Heats: Hanbury, Frisbee
Street Stocks (25 Laps):
1.) Lee Sharpsteen 2.) Charlie Sharpsteen 3.) Joe Snell 4.) Chris Zacharias 5.) Jeff Goodwin 6.) Gil Sharpsteen 7.) R.J. Zacharias 8.) Danielle Buchak 9.) Jake Snell 10.) Robert Fink 11.) Bob Ripley 12.) Brad Knapp 13.) Chris Bennett 14.) Guy Somers 15.) Chris Conrad 16.) George Swansborough 17.) Dusty Snell
Heats: Snell, L. Sharpsteen
ASA Late Models (25 Laps):
1.) Jerry Dineen 2.) Jim Lamoreaux 3.) Joe Brown 4.) Scott Nurmi 5.) Billy Coyle 6.) Rick Smith 7.) Dave Schneider
Pudgies GoodTime Pizza, Pasta and Subs 4 Cylinders (10 Laps):
1.) Jeff Ameigh, 2.) Brandon Ameigh, 3.) Frank Morich, DNS Joe Lane
Heat: J. Ameigh