Results: RoC-N-Concrete Rumble - July 29
July 29, 2012 - Matt Hirschman extended his hot streak in the Race of Champions Pavement Modified Series Sunday afternoon by winning the 75 lap event at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY. The second generation driver from Northampton, Pa collected his third consecutive RoC win in 2012, and his second win at the speedway. His previous win at "The Concrete Castle" came on July 9, 2011 in a 100 lap RoC event. Candor, NY's Jimmy Zacharias had a good day, winning the Sportsman race for the fifth time this year, and collected his third consecutive third place finish in RoC Modified competition. Jeff Goodwin won for the third time this season in the Street Stocks, one of only two drivers in the division to make it to victory lane in 2012. Brandon Ameigh outlasted brother, Jeff for the Pudgies Pizza 4 Cylinder feature.
A beautiful summer afternoon greeted the competitors and fans at the ASA member Shangri-La II Motorspeedway as the facility hosted the second of three Race of Champions Pavement Modified Series events in 2012. Twenty Three Modifieds, 12 Sportsman, 22 Street Stocks and 6 Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks were in the pits for a Sunday afternoon drive.
The Race of Champions Pavement Modified Series was the featured event of the afternoon. With the top four finishers from the three heats re-drawing for starting position, T.J. Potrzebowski and Jim Storace led the field to the green flag. The first of only two cautions flew on lap one as Kyle Ebersole (starting sixth) and Erick Rudolph (starting eighth) got together in turn two. Ebersole brushed the turn two wall, while Rudolph spun to the infield. Both were able to continue. Potrzebowski, Storace, Andy Walko, J.R.Kent and Hirschman set out to distance themselves from the field by pulling away from the main pack of cars. Hirschman moved by Walko, who had slipped to fourth on lap three, for fourth on lap six. On lap thirteen, Hirschman passed Kent for third and went to work on Storace. Meanwhile, Jimmy Zacharias, who had advanced from his tenth place start to the sixth spot began to make his charge passing Walko for fifth. A power move to the inside of turn three moved Hirschman past Storace who did not see it coming. Hirschman took the lead two laps later passing Potrzebowski in turn four. The caution flew later in lap nineteen when Ebersole and Daren Scherer made slight contact. Scherer spun the car and had to pit to replace his right rear tire. Zacharias was up to third on the restart and focused on the front, eventually taking second from Potrzebowski on lap 25. Zacharias, whose home track is Shangri-La II used every bit of the experience he has gained at the concrete high banks to try and run down Hirschman,. Zacharias had narrowed the gap from 1.8 seconds to just three tenths of a second, but in doing so he used up his left rear tire. Ebersole, closed the gap between himself and Zacharias in traffic, passed Zacharias on lap sixty two. Try as he might, Zacharias had used up his gear, and had nothing much left to challenge the drivers with. Hirschman collected his second career Shangri-La II Modified feature win with Ebersole second. Jimmy Zacharias was third with Andy Walko finishing fourth and T.J. Potrzebowski completing the top five.
Cautions Fill Sportsman and Street Stock Features
Seven cautions filled the 25 lap Sportsman event. Tyler Rypkema and Zack Curren are both a couple of the young lions at the speedway and they paced the field to Gary Folk, Jr's green flag. The first caution flew when Mikayla Rypkema's car spun in turn three following contact on lap three. The second caution was for a spin in turn three by Jody Buckley. Buckley was hoping to escape unscathed, but was collected by Brittany Jack, in her first event at the speedway. Buckley was treated at the track by EMT's. Jimmy Zacharias and Tony Hanbury started 4th and 6th. Zacharias grabbed the lead on lap six, and held on through the numerous restarts. John Wilber picked back up with the runner-up finishes after collecting the win two weeks ago. Hanbury was third, Tom Shiner was fourth Zack Curren completes the top five.
Cautions also plagued the 25 lap Street Stock race and there were three legitimate red flag periods. The Street Stock division is high energy action coupled with a brewing rivalry which keeps getting more and more competitive each and every week. Jake Snell and Guy Somers led the field to green. Chris Zacharias started fifth, but is a driver determined to win, and moved to the front by lap three. Jeff Goodwin followed Zacharias to the front and Lee Sharpsteen who started thirteenth, was challenging for the top three by lap five. Goodwin had the lead on lap ten, and was being challenged by a side by side battle with Sharpsteen and Zacharias. The pair got together and spun, relegating both to the tail of the field. At the midway point of the race, Goodwin was leading with Terry Potrzebowski in second and Tim Gullo, making just his second start of the season at the track, in third. Zacharias and Sharpsteen were working up through the pack, and made their way to Goodwin who held them off at the checkers, following a one lap shootout after the races final caution flew on lap twenty four. No finish is ever final until post race tech has been completed. Goodwin collected his third win of the season, Lee Sharpsteen and Chris Zacharias were both disqualified in post race tech. Sharpsteen for an illegal hub and Zacharias for an illegal shock. Terry Potrzebowski was credited for the second place finish, Tim Gullo credited for finishing third. Bob Ripley and Charlie Sharpsteen completed the top five.
Brandon Ameigh continued his winning ways in the Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks, his fifth of the year. Brandon's brother, Jeff finished second and Gene Purvis brought out his "play car" and was third. Kevin Bertolone made his first ever start at Shangri-La II and finished fourth. Dayton Cote completed the top five. Frank Morich, second in the points, expired an engine in his ride.
Up Next at Shangri-La II is a Night of Thunder on Saturday August 4th. The four division program will feature the Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Pudgies 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. Bring back your wristbands from Sunday afternoon's program to the Shangri-La II Motorspeedway ticket window and receive a $2.00 discount off of your grandstand admission. Your paid admission is good for both Shangri-La II and Skyview Drags. There is always plenty of free camping.
RoC Modified Finish (75 Laps) :
1) Matt Hirschman, 2) Kyle Ebersole, 3) Jimmy Zacharias, 4) Andy Walko, 5) T.J. Potrzebowski, 6) Chuck Hossfeld, 7) Erick Rudolph, 8) Patrick Emerling, 9) Dean Rypkema, 10) Daren Scherer, 11) Brian DeFebo, 12) Billy Putney, 13) Jim Storace, 14) John Ramsey, 15) Tommy Cloce, 16) Doug Reaume, 17) T.J. Zacharias, 18) J. R. Kent, 19) Matt Wentz, 20) Chris Whitenight, 21) Mike Odwazny, 22) Matt Clemens DNS: Jody Buckley
Heat Winners: Jimmy Zacharias, Andy Walko, Kyle Ebersole
Sportsman Finish (25 Laps):
1) Jimmy Zacharias, 2) John Wilber, 3) Tony Hanbury, 4) Tom Shiner, 5) Zack Curren, 6) Tyler Rypkema, 7) Ron Babula, 8) Matt Clemens, 9) Brittany Jack, 10) Bob Mosher, 11) Mikayla Rypkema, 12) Jody Buckley
Heat Winners: Jimmy Zacharias, Tony Hanbury
Street Stock Finish ( 25 Laps):
1) Jeff Goodwin, 2) Terry Potrzebowski, 3) Tim Gullo, 4) Bob Ripley, 5) Charlie Sharpsteen, 6) Chris Conrad, 7) Gil Sharpsteen, 8) Hank Buchanan, 9) Brad Knapp, 10) Jake Snell, 11) John Whitmore, 12) Joe Snell, 13) J.R. Swansborough, 14) Billy Coyle, 15) Guy Somers, 16) Chris Bennett, 17) R.J. Zacharias, 18) Bill Frisbee, Jr., 19) Jason Duke, Sr. DNS: Dusty Snell
DQ: Lee Sharpsteen (Hub), Chris Zacharias (Shock)
Heat Winners: Lee Sharpsteen, Gil Sharpsteen, R.J. Zacharias
Pudgies Goodtime Pizza, Pasta and Subs 4 Cylinders (12 Laps):
1) Brandon Ameigh, 2) Jeff Ameigh, 3) Gene Purvis, 4) Kevin Bertolone, 5) Dayton Cote, 6) Frank Morich