Big Numbers in the Spotlight at Shangri-La II in RoC Opener on Sunday, May 15th
In 2010, the feature distance was 75 green flag laps, and for 2011 that has been boosted to 100 laps. Last year the 50-50 jackpot reached over $1,000 but was unclaimed and carried over to the second RoC event scheduled, which was rained out twice. That stack of cash will be the seed money for the 50-50 on May 15; in other words, the jackpot will be over $1,000 before the first ticket is sold on May 15 and it could double on race day.
The drivers who duelled for the checkered flag in 2010, Pete Brittain, who led most of the way, and eventual winner Chuck Hossfeld, are expected to return along with three-time defending RoC series champion Matt Hirschman and a field that should rival the 30-car turnout from 2010. A free date on the calendars of other modified touring series could bring contenders from New England to challenge the Race of Champions regulars.
"It should be a great way to kick off the 2011 season," said track manager Amy Stilson, who reminded fans that Shangri-La II will race every week on Saturday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day with the exception of June 16, when the weekly program will be on Thursday, and July 22-24, when the track will close in support of the 61st annual Sunoco Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway.
The pit gate opens on May 15 at 10:00 a.m. with grandstands set to open at 11:00 a.m. and racing at 1:00 p.m. The Sportsman Modifieds, ASA Late Models, and Street Stocks are on the program in a preview of their Saturday night attraction as well. Open practice for all classes is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 13-14.
For more information, call 607-330-2622.
2011 Shangri-La II Truck Series Rules Have Been Updated
PLEASE NOTE: Shangri-La II Truck Rules have been updated as of 5/4/11. Click here to view. After reviewing the feedback from the racing community, especially from pre-registered and potential entrants, Shangri- La II Motor Speedway has decided to follow the Empire Sport Truck (EST) series rulebook for the entry level class being started at the track in 2011. The Rules below have been updated to the EST series rules and are also available on the EST Series website at www.empiresporttrucks.com. Shangri-La II also remains interested in developing a six-cylinder truck class and wants to hear from racers who would support this type of class.
As a result of the these late rule changes, we are offering a FREE Track License and FREE Pit Driver Pit Entry for the season for anyone that is already pre-registered or wants register and race weekly in the 4cyl or 6cyl classes at Shangri-La II.
Standardized trucks conforming to Shangri-La II rules are currently being built by the Speedway. For those wishing to lease a truck for the season or purchase a truck, please contact the speedway for more information.
Back to the Basics at Shangri-La II in 2011
- Modifieds will headline major events
- Sportman Modifieds, ASA Late Models lead Saturday night card
- New sport truck division to debut
It's back to basics for Shangri-La II Motor Speedway in 2011 as the Concrete Castle's weekly Saturday night shows will feature the Sportsman Modifieds and ASA Late Models as co-feature divisions.
Anticipated growth in the Street Stock division will make Saturday night at Shangri-La II closely resemble the best days of the track after which it is named. In the mid-1970's, one premier open wheel class, one premier full-body class, and the street stocks delighted packed houses every weekend at the original Shangri-La.
"We've looked closely at the direction paved track racing is taking all around us," said track manager Amy Stilson. "Modifieds have become a class for big events, and we will give them that showcase at our two Race of Champions Series events and at the Fall Brawl in October. With three touring series in the northeast, there are plenty of opportunities for our modified competitors to race.
"We need to present a more cost-effective show every week for the track, the racers, and the fans. The other paved tracks in New York have made that decision, and so have premier speedways like Stafford and Thompson in Connecticut and Wall Stadium in New Jersey," Stilson continued. "Already many of our regulars compete in both divisions, including 2010's double track champion Jimmy Zacharias, so the fans will see their favorites in closer competition against a bigger field of cars under the new format."
"Finally, we will have more resources to help grow the ASA Late Model class, which is a personal project of track owner George Swansbrough," Stilson concluded.
During the 2011 season, Shangri-La II plans to introduce an economical four-cylinder sport truck class to attract new competitors to the Concrete Castle. Plans are still in the formative stages, but intentions are to have the class up and running as soon as possible.
The first of the Race of Champions events, the Return of the ROC'n Concrete Rumble, will open the third season of Shangri-La II Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon, May 15. In addition to the 100-lap modified showdown, the other track classes will be in action and the $1,000 50/50 jackpot that was unclaimed at last year's Race of Champions event will form the seed money for the new 50/50.
For more information, call 607-330-2622.
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