August 10, 2013

By Tom Cummings

 (Tioga Center, NY)      The ASA Member track, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, eudured two days of torrential downpours leaving several areas of the track flooded as of Friday afternoon; but the track crews had the facility ready for the racers and fans on Saturday night. Jason Duke, Sr edged out his teammate to collect his first career Shangri-La II feature win in the Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks. Tyler Rypkema and Brandon Ameigh each collected their third wins of the season in the Sportsman Modifieds and Four Cylinder Stocks respectively.

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            The Four Cylinder Stock division saw three wide racing at the front of the field for the first two laps of their heat race with Nick Morich in the middle of Jeremiah Clonch and Gene Purvis. Brandon Ameigh could not get by the three wide line until Morich and Purvis pulled ahead of Clonch. Ameigh seized the opening and claimed the heat win. Come feature time, Ameigh would not wait as long to get to the front. Morich and Purvis started on the front row and as they entered turn one on the green flag, Purvis drifted high enough for Ameigh to thread the needle into turn two, and taking the lead down the backstretch. Morich and Purvis battled side by side for six laps as did Clonch and Devon Bailey. Clonch caught Morich and Purvis on lap eight as the trio ran three wide foe one lap, but no one had anything for Ameigh as he collected his third consecutive win. Purvis got by Morich for second and Clonch held off Bailey for fourth.

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            T.J.Zacharias had the keys to the gold 71 on Saturday night and appeared on his way to claiming his second win in the car which has carried brother, Jimmy, to so many victories at “The Concrete Castle”. T.J. won his heat race, and started outside of Jody Buckley on the front row in the Sportsman feature. Zacharias quickly snatched the lead from Buckley on lap one. Tyler Rypkema had also bypassed Buckley to trail Zacharias after lap one was completed. Rypkema stayed with Zacharias until lap ten when Zacharias drifted high exiting turn two. Rypkema turned left and darted past for the lead. Once out front, the Rypkema drove a steady line to claim his third win of the season, Zacharias finished second, Buckley was third. Paul Johnson and Tom Shiner tested each other throughout the feature with Johnson finishing fourth and Shiner fifth.

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            Jason Duke, Sr. came close to his first ever feature wins at Shangri-La II one month ago when he was passed on the final lap by his teammate, Chris Zacharias. That experience was not forgotten by the driver from Berkshire, NY on Saturday night. Duke sat on the pole for the Pudgies Pizza Street Stock feature with defending track champion Jeff Goodwin starting to his outside. Duke quickly grabbed the lead entering turn two with Goodwin following closely in second. Chris Zacharias started fourth, outside of Latemodel driver Jim Lamoreaux who was making his first ever Shangri-La II Street Stock start in the George Swansbrough owner 56 car. Zacharias got by Lamoreaux in turn three to take third position. Duke began pulling away from Goodwin by lap ten, but Goodwin had Zacharias challenging for second. Gary Noe made his way up to fourth on lap five, and was also looking to join the challenge for second. Zacharias made the pass on Goodwin on lap twenty, setting up a deja’vu moment for Duke. Zacharias made his way alongside Duke in a dead heat at the white flag. Zacharias pulled ahead by a half carlength exiting turn two, but Duke had a better entry into turn three once again even with Zacharias. Zacharias got ever so slightly loose exiting turn four heading for the checkers, and that was enough for Duke to win by one foot at the line. Goodwin held off Noe for fourth and Charlie Sharpsteen claimed fifth after having issues with the read end of the car in the heat race. Lamoreaux finished sixth and Bob Ripley was seventh. Tom Sunderland had motor problems during hotlaps and would put the car on the trailer for the night.

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            Concrete Nuggets: For the second time in 2013, all events for the night were run caution free. In a fan appreciation gesture, owner, George Swansbrough announced that the fans who paid grandstand admission for Saturday night August 10 will receive grandstand admission on August 17th for just $5.00 if they bring their wristband from August 10th with them to the ticket window.

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            Racing continues at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday August 17th for Concrete Kicks Asphalt Night. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing beginning at 7:00 pm. Show your wristbands at Pudgie’s Pizza in Binghamton or Waverly and receive a discount on your food purchase. There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. Keep current with information from the track on the web at: www.shangrila-2.com

Sportsman Modifieds (25 Laps) 1) Tyler Rypkema, 2) T.J. Zacharias, 3) Jody Buckley, 4) Paul Johnson, 5) Tom Shiner, 6) Tommy Rought Heat Winner: T.J. Zacharias   (3rd win of the season for Tyler Rypkema)

Pudgies Pizza Street Stocks (25 Laps) 1) Jason Duke, Sr., 2) Chris Zacharias, 3) Jeff Goodwin, 4) Gary Noe, 5) Charlie Sharpsteen, 6) Jim Lamoreaux, 7) Bob Ripley     DNS: Tom Sunderland   Heat Winner: Jason Duke, Sr. (1st career Shangri-La II Win for Jason Duke, Sr.)

Four Cylinder Stocks (10 Laps) 1) Brandon Ameigh, 2) Gene Purvis, 3) Nick Morich, 4) Jeremiah Clonch, 5) Devon Bailey   Heat Winner: Brandon Ameigh (3rd win of the season in 3 consecutive starts for Brandon Ameigh)

At Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, ASA Sanctioned action is coming at you…LIVE!!!!