June 15, 2014
By Tom Cummings
Tioga Center, NY Billy Coyle had the dominant Street Stock on Saturday night, leading twenty of the twenty five laps on his way to his first win of the season. Gene Purvis continued the winning streak in Four Cylinder Stock competition, despite making changes to the car during the week. T. J. Zacharias took the lead just past the halfway point of the twenty five lap Sportsman Modified feature and held off a strong run by Paul Johnson to claim his fourth consecutive victory.
The Mid State Vintage Stock Car Club made their annual visit to Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Saturday night. Tim Janes took the checkers first after fifteen laps in his number 50 metallic blue coupe. Tom Guiler and Al Weaver ran their red and gold Pinto bodied modifieds. Bob Ripley brought out his number 99 "Bodine" replica Valiant. Weaver led the first five laps, but was passed by Ripley coming off turn two on lap six. Ripley led the next three laps until being passed by Janes coming off of turn four. Janes led the final six laps.
There were only two Four Cylinder Stocks in competition on Saturday. Points leader Gene Purvis took the lead from Nick Morich on lap two and held the top spot the remaining six laps to collect his sixth win of the year. Morich stayed within four carlengths of Purvis and moved up into second place in the points with his runner-up finish.
Nick Morich finished the four cylinder stock feature, and immediately strapped into his Sportsman car. He started on the pole, and was flanked to his outside by Paul Johnson. On the green flag, Morich had the better line entering turn one and pulled away from Johnson by two car lengths. With the move, Morich opened the door for T.J. Zacharias to follow him through into turn two. Jimmy Zacharias started outside of his younger brother in fourth position, but turned under Johnson exiting turn two for the third spot. Johnson ran in fourth and Connor Sellars moved to fifth from his sixth starting spot after the first lap. T.J. Zacharias kept Morich within striking distance, and was finally able to make the pass for the lead at the halfway point of the feature. Sellars was able to get by Jimmy Zacharias for fourth position on lap nineteen. Morich was the only caution of the event when his car spun by itself coming off of turn two. He made some contact with a large truck tire which protects one of the light poles, but did not damage the car and was able to continue. T.J. Zacharias collected his eighth career Sportsman feature win at Shangri-La II. Johnson collected his highest finish of the year in second. Sellars was third, his highest career finish in this his rookie season. Jimmy Zacharias finished fourth, and Tommy Rought finished fifth for the second week in a row.
R.J. Zacharias and Billy Coyle brought the Street Stock field to the green flag with Zacharias taking the early race lead. Terry Potrzebowski started third. Gary Noe and Jason Duke, Sr. started fifth and sixth respectively, and got by fourth place starter Bill Frisbee, Jr on lap one. The first of three cautions flew when Terry Potrzebowski broke in turn one, coming to a stop high in turn two. Coyle would take the lead on the restart, and ran away from the field, opening a lead of nearly two seconds while Duke, Noe, Frisbee and Zacharias battled for second. Lap ten saw the second caution of the event when Bill Frisbee, Jr. and Brad Knapp spun in turn three. Frisbee entered the turn down low, and had his right front fender up along the left rear fender of Knapp. The two made slight contact, sending them both around and into the infield. Frisbee continued, but Knapp had a flat left front tire and damage to the nose of his car. Once racing resumed, Coyle once again opened a large lead over Duke, Noe, Zacharias and Frisbee. The final caution originally came out for Mike Nichols who slowed down the backstretch. At the same time, Knapp came to a stop exiting turn four in front of Frisbee and Zacharias. The right front tire of the Frisbee car ran up and over the left side of the Knapp car, sending Frisbee spinning down to the inside wall of the homestretch. Frisbee's car was driven back to the pits, and had a tire replaced. Frisbee was able to continue, but Knapp was done for the night. Zacharias was also able to continue, restarting fourth. Coyle and Duke battled it out in the closing laps, but Coyle prevailed for his first win of the season, and only his second win ever at the track. Duke finished second, and closed the gap between himself and point leader Noe who finished third. The gap between first and second is now just two points. Mike Nichols took fourth place away from Zacharias with three laps to go in his first event of the season at Shangri-La II, with Zacharias finishing fifth.
Concrete Nuggets; A moment of silence was held in memory of car owner and competitor, Barr Terry who passed away one week ago in a motorcycle accident. The Sportsman Modifieds made a slow, single file pass down pit lane and left the pole position open on the final pace lap in memory of Terry, a good friend to all at Shangri-La II. God Speed, Barr Terry. Shangri-La II announcer, Carol Houssock had surgery to replace her hip on Friday. Carol reports that the feels fine, and that the surgery is, so far, a success. There have been two other occasions where a Sportsman driver has won four consecutive times at Shangri-La II. Jimmy Zacharias did it in July of 2011, and Tony Hanbury was the winner of the first four Sportsman events in 2010. There has not been a Sportsman driver with five consecutive wins at Shangri-la II.
Racing continues at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway this Saturday June 21st with Mid-Season Championship night featuring Double Points on the line for the drivers and teams. The grandstand admission price is $ 6.00 for adults age 16 and above. Youth under age 16 are admitted free. Pit admission is $20.00 with a Shangri-La II or Evergreen Speedway license, and $25.00 without a Shangri-La II or Evergreen Speedway license. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing beginning at 7:00 pm. Keep up with what is happening at Shangri-La II by visiting us on the web at: www.shangrila-2.com . There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway.
Street Stock (25 Laps) 1) Billy Coyle 2) Jason Duke, Sr., 3) Gary Noe, 4) Mike Nichols, 5) R. J. Zacharias, 6) John Noe, 7) Bill Frisbee, Jr., 8) Brad Knapp, 9) Terry Potrzebowski DNS: Chris Pozzi Heat Winners: Billy Coyle, Terry Potrzebowski
Sportsman Modifieds ( 25 Laps) 1) T.J. Zacharias, 2) Paul Johnson, 3) Connor Sellars, 4) Jimmy Zacharias, 5) Mikayla Rypkema, 6) Tommy Rought, 7) Nick Morich, 8) Matt Clemens, 9) Chris Clemens Heat Winners: T.J. Zacharias, Paul Johnson
Four Cylinder Stocks (8 Laps) 1) Gene Purvis, 2) Nick Morich
Mid State Vintage Stock Car Club (15 Laps) 1) Tim Janes, 2) Tom Guiler 3) Al Weaver, 4) Bob Ripley