August 18, 2013

By Tom Cummings 


(Tioga Center, NY)      The top two drivers in Sportsman points at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway crashed hard on Saturday night as they battled for the lead just shy of halfway in the twenty five lap feature. Following the clean-up from the accident, the generator which controls the majority of the on-track lighting would not start forcing postponement of the remainder of the evening’s activities. The remainder of the Sportsman feature and the Pudgies Pizza Street Stock feature will be run at the beginning of the night on Saturday August 24th. The ASA member track did have one completed feature however as Gene Purvis returned to victory lane in the Four Cylinder Stock feature.

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            The program got underway with Brandon Ameigh having engine failure in his Four Cylinder Stock on the opening lap of the heat race. A rod went through the block in the car which has won the three previous features scattering parts, pieces and fluids throughout the turn three area. Nick Morich went on to win the heat, his first heat race win in his rookie season in the Four Cylinder Stocks. Morich carried the momentum of the heat race win to the feature as he led the first lap. Gene Purvis challenged the leader in turn two. Purvis completed the pass in turn three and went on to claim his seventh feature win of the season. Morich finished second and Wayne, Oklahoma driver Alan Blackwell finished third.

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            T.J. Zacharias entered the night leading the Sportsman points by eight over Tyler Rypkema. Rypkema won the heat race, and closed to within six points when the green flag flew for the feature. Paul Johnson and Mikayla Rypkema led the field to the green flag. Zacharias started third, and T.Rypkema started fifth. The inside line moved quickly through turn one, and Zacharias passed Johnson entering turn three for the lead.

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           T.Rypkema passed Johnson one lap later and set his sights on the gold #71 of Zacharias. The race unfolded in much the same manner as the heat race with Rypkema staying within a half car length of Zacharias’ rear bumper. As lap ten was completed Zacharias, T.Rypkema and Matt Kurzejewski were running in a tight pack, separating them from Johnson. Zacharias left the bottom lane open just enough for T.Rypkema to cut underneath and take them side by side into turn three. The pair got together and drifted high in turn four. Sparks flew from both cars. They remained together and appeared to slow their forward momentum enough for Kurzejewski and Johnson to get by. Zacharias and T.Rypkema were still carrying speed off of turn four when Zacharias made contact with the homestretch wall with the right front tire. T.Rypkema spun head on into the homestretch wall. The impact caused fuel and oil lines to let go, and a fire engulphed the engine compartment. Rypkema got out of the car and walked to the inside pit wall on his own. Zacharias walked away from the incident as well. T.Rypkema was evaluated by the on scene E.M.S. and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. While the accident scene was being cleaned up, the track crews went around starting the various generators to energize the lighting systems. After approximately forty minutes of effort, the generator which is responsible for the majority of the on track lighting failed to start, forcing track management to postpone the remainder of the Sportsman feature and the Pudgies Pizza Street Stock features until next Saturday night.

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            Racing continues at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday August 24th for Family Fun / Fan Appreciation Night. Activities planned are Water Balloon fights, Penny Drop, Penny Candy, Bicycle Give-aways and more. Added to Family Fun Night is a Fan Appreciation night. Drivers will be asked to bring their rides out to the track’s frontstretch following hot laps. The crossover gate will be opened and the fans will be invited to come out and meet their favorite drivers and teams, get pictures, autographs and thank the drivers for all they do each and every week.

           Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing beginning at 7:00 pm. Grandstand Admission is just $5.00 for ages 12 and above. Admission is free for ages under 12. Pit admission is $ 30.00 with a Shangri-La II license or $35.00 without a Shangri-La II license. The drivers will receive free admission on Saturday
night as the track thanks them for their contributions and commitment week in and week out. The Wristband Discount is not available for this event. 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.

            The Kids Club is looking for additional financial support for Family Fun Night as they have many activities planned for the kids to make the night special. Please contact the speedway for more information and/or support for Family Fun Night. Call the speedway at 607-687-9392 or 607-330-2622 or on the web at:

Four Cylinder Stocks (10 Laps) 1) Gene Purvis, 2) Nick Morich, 3) Alan Blackwell DNS: Brandon Ameigh                                Heat Winner: Nick Morich

Sportsman running order with 10 of 25 laps complete 1) Matt Kurzejewski, 2) Paul Johnson, 3) Tom Shiner, 4) Mikayla Rypkema, 5) Tommy Rought, 6) Matt Clemens, 7) Tyler Rypkema, 8) T.J. Zacharias

Pudgies Pizza Starting Line-Up (25 lap feature) 1) Charlie Sharpsteen, 2) Jeff Goodwin, 3) Chris Zacharias, 4) Jason Duke, Sr., 5) Bill Frisbee, Jr., 6) Billy Coyle, 7) Randy Brokaw, 8) Gary Noe

Let’s go ASA Racing at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway !!!!