Shangri-La II Gears Up for the 2011 Racing Season
In recent weeks, Shangri-La II and sister track Skyview Drags have participated in both Southern Tier Speed World at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City and the Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
At Johnson City, the Schneider family's ASA late model and one of the potent Zacharias No. 71 modifieds were featured in the Concrete Castle's booth, while at Syracuse Bryan Sherwood's sportsman modified was the centerpiece of the exhibit. At both shows, hundreds of fans picked up schedules for the 2011 season.
The third season of competition at the Concrete Castle opens Sunday, May 15 with the return of the ROC'n Concrete Rumble for the Race of Champions Modified Series. Last year Chuck Hossfeld made a dramatic late-race pass of Pete Brittain in turn one to win before the largest crowd in Shangri-La II history.
Hossfeld is expected back to defend his victory along with the rest of the RoC stars in the 100-lap main event on May 15. The date falls in the middle of a month-long break in the NASCAR tour schedule, so some of New England's top modified names may choose to make the trek to the Southern Tier. All the track's regular divisions will be in action on May 15, with race time at 1:00 p.m.
Jimmy Zacharias' Dream Season Brings Two Titles at Shangri-La II
In the Modifieds, he won five races and claimed the title by 36 points over Jim Storace. In the Sportsman, he took four regular season features to score a 96 point margin over JR Kent. He is the sixth member of his family to win a championship at a track called Shangri-La, following in the footsteps of grandfather Jim and uncles Rick, Bill, Chris, and RJ. Jimmy's brother TJ was a contender as well in 2010, finishing in the top six in both open wheel classes.
The total number of championships won by the Zacharias family at the Shangri-La tracks, old and new, is nearly two dozen. Of course, the family helped keep the original track alive during its final seasons by promoting it under the Tioga Motorsports Park banner.
Jimmy's father Terry had a solid driving career at the original Shangri-La, but never won a championship. He's been the force behind many of those titles as car owner and crew chief, however, including both of Jimmy's in 2010.
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- Jim Storace Aims To Wipe Away Regular Season Blues At Shangri-La II's Fall Brawl Modified Classic; 50-50 Starts At $1,003
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