Tyler Rypkema Scores First Sportsman Victory at Shangri-La II

Tioga Center, NY (June 9, 2013) — Dark, dreary conditions welcomed the competitors and fans to Shangri-La II Motor Speedway for Burning Rubber Night with the action on the high-banked ASA Member track saw the teenage youth movement flex their muscles as Tyler Rypkema captured his first win of the season in the Sportsman division leading flag to flag.

Defending Pudgies Pizza Street Stock Champion, Jeff Goodwin claimed his first win of the season and Gene Purvis continued his perfect record for 2013 at “The Concrete Castle” as he captured his fourth feature win and fourth heat win in the first four weeks of the season in the Four Cylinder Stocks.

Jeremiah Clonch and Nick Morich led the field to Gary Folk, Jr’s green flag in the Four Cylinder Stock division. Gene Purvis started third and passed early race leader Clonch on the completion of lap 2.

The pair rode side by side with Purvis taking sole possession of the top spot exiting Turn 2. Clonch drifted to the high side of the track, and encountered the two car tandem of Morich and Joe Lane with Morich and Clonch battling wheel to wheel for a lap and a half before Morich moved into second.

Joe Lane got by Clonch to take over third on lap 5. Purvis kept his perfect streak alive claiming his fourth win in four events. He has also won four heat races in the same four events.

Nick Morich drove the defending championship car to second place. Frank Morich was the Four Cylinder Stock champion in 2012. Lane was third across the line with Clonch fourth. Newcomer, Dustin Hall was a late arrival to the speedway, but managed a fifth place finish in the twelve lap feature. Jeff Noe finished sixth in his first event at The Concrete Castle.

It took three tries to get the Sportsman feature underway. The first incident happened in Turn 3 as contact between Paul Johnson, Mikayla Rypkema and Chris Clemens sent the trio spinning near the rear of the field. The second caution before the first lap was completed happened in Turn 2 when Zack Curren and Jody Buckley got together.

The field appeared to bottleneck a bit as outside pole sitter Randy Brokaw did not quite get up to speed quick enough. Curren and Buckley both spun with Buckley making contact with the outside wall damaging the right front of his recently rebuilt car.

The night was over for Buckley as he retired from the race while Curren was able to continue. The third time was the charms as Tyler set sail for Turn 1. Defending class champion, John Wilber quickly attached himself to the rear bumper of Rypkema and stayed within three car lengths.

The battle for the top spot was intense, but the racing was more intense mid-pack with Paul Johnson slicing his way through the field. Johnson, T.J.Zacharias, Dan Kurzejewski and Mikayla Rypkema were all locked in a battle for third which continued for several laps. The third caution flew on lap 15 when Chris Clemens came to a stop near the Turn 3 wall and was able to continue without damage.

Tyler was able to hold off the challenges of Wilber on the restart, and maintained a car length advantage until the fourth caution fell on Lap 23 when Zacharias turned Wilber in Turn 2.

The final caution fell on the Lap 23 restart when Curren and Kurzejewski found each other in Turn 2. Curren wound up driving over the left side tires of Kurzejewski and sustained suspension damage, but was able to drive to the pits under his own power.

Tyler held off Johnson for his first win of the season, and second overall at Shangri-La II. Johnson finished second. Wilber rallied to cross the finish line third, but was disqualified in post-race tech with illegal parts. Kurzejewski ended up finishing third, Zacharias was fourth and Mikayla Rypkema completed the top five.

The Pudgie’s Pizza Street feature was the final event of the night, and like the Sportsman, it took three green flags to get the race going. The first caution flew for Dusty Snell’s single car spin in Turn 1. The second attempt to start the race had the caution wave for a two car incident in Turn 2 when Bill Frisbee, Jr and Jason Duke, Sr got together.

The third green flag found pole sitter, Billy Coyle and outside front row starter Hank Buchanan run side by side for a lap until Coyle took the lead on the seond lap. Buchanan and Jake Snell diced things out for second spot, but the mover early was Jeff Goodwin.

The defending track champion was working the outside groove and gradually moving to the front. He used the outside to pass Coyle and take over the lead on Lap 11. By mid-race, Glenn Lippolis, who started seventh and Chris Zacharias, who started ninth moved into the top five.

The third caution flew when Dusty Snell spun for the second time in the event, this time spinning off Turn 4. At this point of the race, Goodwin continued to lead while Zacharias climbed to second and Lippolis was third.

The next two attempts at a restart were called back as Lippolis made the front row three wide by passing too early. Once an orderly restart was achieved, the challenges to Goodwin were fierce. Lippolis passed Zacharias for second and was challenging for the lead when the final caution flag flew on Lap 22. Charlie Sharpsteen broke going into Turn 1, trailing a shower of sparks. He and Chris Conrad were hooked together until Turn 2 when the pair separated.

Sharpsteen made his way to the pits and was done for the night. A one spot penalty was then assessed to Lippolis for rough riding in his pass of Coyle. Zacharias tried to get by Goodwin on the restart, but Goodwin was up for the challenge and held on for his first win of the season and sixth overall at Shangri-La II. Zacharias was second, Coyle was third. Lippolis crossed the line fourth, but was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for having jacking bolts in the car.  This moved Jason Duke, Sr up to a fourth place finish and Jake Snell finished in fifth.

There were a few schedule changes announced on Saturday night. Saturday night, June 29 will now be Mid-Season Championship night. The Sportsman have been added to the July 4 program and will be running for double points.  The Shirley Zacharias Memorial has really found a lot of support as well as a lot of interest from many race teams so the decision was made to make the Shirley Zacharias Memorial race on July 13 an open show.

There will be no points on the line that night, and drivers will draw for starting spots for the heats as well as a re-draw for the features. More information on the Shirley Zacharias Memorial can be obtained by calling Jerry Sinsabaugh at 607-565-8608, Tracy Ferris at 607-725-5749 or Gina Zacharias at 607-760-9228.

This Saturday night, June 15, Hoosier Tire East presents Hoosier Daddy 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. Remember to bring back your wristbands from last week for $2.00 off of Grandstand admission. Show your wristbands at Pudgie’s Pizza in Binghamton or Waverly and receive a discount on your food purchase.

Keep track of the news and upcoming events at “The Concrete Castle” by logging on to the speedway website: www.shangrila-2.com .


Pudgie’s Pizza Street Stock Finish: Jeff Goodwin, Chris Zacharias, Billy Coyle, Jason Duke, Sr., Jake Snell, Hank Buchanan, Joe Snell, Nick Robinson, Gary Noe, Chris Conrad, Robert Fink, Dusty Snell, Charlie Sharpsteen, Bill Frisbee, Jr.; DQ: Glenn Lippolis

Heat Winners: Billy Coyle, Jeff Goodwin

Sportsman Finish: Tyler Rypkema, Paul Johnson, Dan Kurzejewski, T.J. Zacharias, Mikayla Rypkema, Chris Clemens, Matt Clemens, Zack Curren, Randy Brokaw, Jody Buckley; DNS: Tommy Rought; DQ: John Wilber

Heat Winners: Tyler Rypkema, Zack Curren

Four Cylinder Stock Finish: Gene Purvis, Nick Morich, Joe Lane, Jeremiah Clonch, Dustin Hall, Jeff Noe

Heat Winner: Gene Purvis

PHOTO CREDIT:  Shangri-La 2


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