July 05, 2014
By Tom Cummings
JASON DUKE, SR. COLLECTS BIG PAYDAY. T.J.ZACHARIAS, GENE PURVIS, DAVE COOKE AND CHUCK LOHMEYER ALSO CLAIM VICTORIES
Tioga Center, NY Jason Duke, Sr. was a marathon man on Saturday night at Shangri-La II, competing in three different divisions ( Street Stock, Sportsman Modified and Legends) and claimed his third Street Stock win of the season as Midstate Basement Authorities sponsored the night's racing activities, and the $1,000 winners share of the Street Stock feature. T.J. Zacharias survived a mid-race incident with Tony Hanbury to collect his fifth Sportsman Modified feature win. Gene Purvis was the overall 4 Cylinder Stock winner for the eighth time in 2014, and remains undefeated. Dave Cooke collected the trophy for the first Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder across the line. Chuck Lohmeyer picked up the Legends Car feature win.
Fireworks flew on and off track on Independence Day weekend at "The Concrete Castle". The track was also celebrating their sixth season of competition having opened for their first event (a 2 day show) on July 4th and 5th, 2009. Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder Stocks have been added to the Rear Wheel Drive cars for the remainder of 2014. Alan Blackwell and Gene Purvis paced the field to the green flag in the ten lap feature. Purvis quickly grabbed the lead in turn one, and began extending his advantage over Blackwell, Joe Lane, Ryan Purvis and Nick Morich. G.Purvis opened a half straightaway by lap three and Lane got by Blackwell for second. Lane set his sights on the orange #88 of G.Purvis, and by lap eight had closed the gap to two carlengths. Lane drove hard into turn one on lap nine attempting a pass for the lead. His car broke free eventually spinning to the infield in turn two. The restart saw Purvis pull away from Blackwell for the win. Blackwell finished second, Morich finished third despite heavy smoke from the right rear of the car. Lane crossed the finish line in fourth and Ryan Purvis completed the top five in his first ever feature start at Shangri-La II. Dave Cooke finished sixth, but was the Front Wheel Drive winner.
The Legends Cars made their first start at Shangri-La II since The Fall Brawl in September, 2012. Gary Ham and Jason Duke, Sr. took the field to the green flag in the fifteen lap feature. Ham established himself as the car to beat as he pulled away from Duke. Chuck Lohmeyer moved from his fifth starting spot up to third at the completion of lap one. Lap three saw Duke challenge Ham for the lead. The two got together in turn two, with both spinning into the infield. Duke was able to continue, but the damage to the Ham ride put him out of the race. Chuck Lohmeyer pulled away from Wayne Walker on the restart. Duke got by Walker one lap later, and remained in pursuit of the Chuck Lohmeyer #5. Chuck would take the checkers six carlengths ahead of Duke. Walker finished third, Charlie Lohmeyer was fourth and Jimmer Ulrich completed the top five.
Chet Dillenbeck made the journey north from the Charlotte, NC area where he works for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and competed in the #1 Sportsman from Zacharias racing. The luck of the draw had Dillenbeck draw the pole position with Tony Hanbury drawing the outside front row starting spot driving the Kurzejewski # 21. Tony grabbed the early lead while T.J. Zacharias weaved his way up to second from his fifth [lace starting spot at the end of lap one. Zacharias remained glued to Hanbury's rear bumper for the first ten laps, with Zacharias occasionally testing the outside lane for grip. By lap ten, rookie Connor Sellars had worked past Dillenbeck to run in third, a half straightaway behind the lead pair. Nick Morich had moved up one spot from his sixth place start to run fifth. Caution flew on lap eleven for Tommy Rought who spun in turn three. The restart had Hanbury pull away from Zacharias in turn one. Zacharias caught Hanbury exiting turn two and moved to Hanbury's inside. The pair ran side by side through turn three and four. Zacharias stayed in the throttle exiting turn four and took the lead from Hanbury who pulled up to a stop in turn one with damage to the left front of the car. Zacharias and Sellars took the field back to green, but Hanbury brought out the final caution of the race stopping on the homestretch. Zacharias collected his fifth win of the season. Sellars finished a career best second in Sportsman competition. Dillnbeck, Morich and Rought completed the top five.
R.J. Zacharias and Terry Potrzebowski led the Street Stocks to the green flag. Zacharias grabbed the top spot, and Jason Duke, Sr. moved up to second from his third place start. Billy Coyle moved up to third from his fourth starting spot, Bill Frisbee, Jr. advanced to fourth and Potrzebowski slid back to fifth all at the end of lap one. By lap ten, Coyle had taken over second, Frisbee was third, Potrzebowski ran fourth and Duke had faded to fifth. Coyle caught Zacharias just past halfway. Lap eighteen had Coyle move to the inside of Zacharias in turn three. The two touched entering the turn, then Coyle ran out of racetrack, sending his car to the apron. As his tires caught the blacktop apron, he and Zacharias spun in turn four. Zacharias went low, into the infield and Coyle's car came up across the track in front of Gary Noe and Potrzebowski. The pair had nowhere to go, and both made contact with the left side of the Coyle #94. All drivers were OK and walked away from the incident. Once the red flag was withdrawn, racing resumed on lap seventeen with Duke now the leader. Zacharias moved quickly from the back of the pack. Zacharias was challenging Mike Nichols in turn three for second position. Contact was made between the two veteran drivers, and both cars spun. Track officials decided to throw the checkered flag along with the caution and ended the race with Jason Duke, Sr. collecting his third feature win of the year. Chris Pozzi was second at the checkered flag, Potrzebowski finished third, Nichols was fourth and Zacharias finished fifth.
Concrete Nuggets; Before the racing program began, the family of the late Gail Clark were present for the unveiling of a sign naming a second section of grandstands the Gail Clark Memorial Grandstands. A permanent sign will be dedicated at the RoC event on July 27th. Taber Hills Farms provided the Pig for the post race Pig Roast/Pit Party. Fans were treated to a very nice fireworks display following the racing activities.
This Saturday night will feature the second annual Shirley Zacharias Memorial night with the Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds and combined 4 Cylinder Stock divisions all in action. Kiddie Rides will be the featured attraction where the kids will be able to get into the race cars with the drivers for a lap around The Concrete Castle. This will be a points paying event. Grandstand admission price on July 12th is $ 6.00 for adults age 16 and above. Youth under age 16 are admitted free. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gate opens and Practice begins at 5:30 pm with racing beginning at 7:00 pm. There is always plenty of free camping at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway.
Street Stocks (25 Laps) 1) Jason Duke, Sr., 2) Chris Pozzi, 3) Terry Potrzebowski, 4) Mike Nichols, 5) R. J. Zacharias, 6) Gary Noe, 7) Billy Coyle, 8) Bill Frisbee, Jr., 9) Robert Fink Heat Winners: Bill Frisbee, Jr., R. J. Zacharias
Race ended under a Caution/Checkered Flag at lap 21 - Officials Decision
Sportsman Modifieds (25 Laps) 1) T. J. Zacharias, 2) Connor Sellars, 3) Chet Dillenbeck, 4) Nick Morich, 5) Tommy Rought, 6) Jason Duke,Sr. , 7) Tony Hanbury, 8) Chris Clemens Heat Winners: Tony Hanbury, Chet Dillenbeck
Four Cylinder Stocks (10 Laps) 1) Gene Purvis, 2) Alan Blackwell, 3) Nick Morich, 4) Joe Lane, 5) Ryan Purvis, 6) Dave Cooke, DNS: Devon Bailey Heat Winner: Gene Purvis
RWD WINNER: Gene Purvis FWD WINNER: Dave Cooke
Legends Cars (15 Laps) 1) Chuck Lohmeyer, 2) Jason Duke, Sr., 3) Wayne Walker, 4) Charlie Lohmeyer, 5) Jimmer Ulrich, 6) Gary Ham Heat Winner: Gary Ham