Al Robinson Fundraiser Announced
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Kirkwood, NY - The Kirkwood Elks Club was the site of a formal announcement for a benefit planned for a long time race official. The announcement was made during the 3rd annual Daytona 500 party to benefit the Broome County Animal Care Council.
Al Robinson has been involved in racing for over 40 years in various capacities from track announcer at the original Shangri-La Speedway in Owego, NY to Public Relations Director at Dover International Speedway, Public Relations Director for NASCAR's Busch North series to avid race fan and dedicated "race chaser". On May 11, 2011, Al suffered a debilitating stroke which has left him in need of 24 hour/day care and still confined to Elderwood Care Facility in Waverly, New York. He has been working hard through Physical Therapy, but still has a long way to go. He is determined in his words "to beat this thing" and has made tremendous progress. One of the long term side effects of a stroke is the drain on a person's savings. Al is now facing a significant financial hardship with bills mounting and credit cards reaching their limit. A group of Al's friends here in the Southern Tier of New York have gotten together to get the ball rolling for what is anticipated to be a family event with all proceeds to go to Al Robinson so he can pay off his mounting debt.
Shangri-La 2 Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY is graciously donating the use of their facility for this effort, including the race track, the concessions, restrooms, lighting and PA systems, and the camping grounds at no cost and with no profit for them. All proceeds will go directly to Al to offset his care and living expenses. The original thought was to have the event coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend at Watkins Glen in August, but we have been made aware that the need is more immediate than anyone knew.
AMBITIOUS SCHEDULE SET AT SHANGRI-LA II FOR 2012
The ASA member track, located in Tioga Center, NY will open their gates on Saturday May 12th with a scheduled practice session beginning at 2:00pm. The first on - track event is scheduled for the following day as the speedway presents "Mothers Day Madness" which will feature the first of SIX modified events for 2012. The Modifieds will be joined on the card by the Sportsman and Street Stocks. Making their debut on opening day will be the new 4 Cylinder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Junior Stocks and the EST Trucks. The first of three Race of Champions Modified events will take the green flag on Sunday May 20th. The other race dates for the RoC Modifieds are Sunday July 29th and Sunday September 23rd. The remaining two Modified events will be run on Saturday nights June 23rd and August 25th. The ASA Late Models make their season debut on Saturday May 26 as they headline "Memorial Day Madness". There are ten ASA Late Model events on the schedule this season. Must See Racing will bring their Xtreme Sprint Car series to the high banked concrete oval for the first time in 2012. The winged 410 pavement sprinters will see action in the only mid-week show of the season on Thursday July 5th. They will be joined on the card by the Vintage Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks. As in years past, the speedway will be dark on July 21 for the Race of Champions in Oswego, NY. The fourth annual Fall Brawl is a two day non-points event scheduled to bring to a close the 2012 season on September 22nd and 23rd.
"We're ready to go racing" stated track manager, Amy Stilson. "We have put a lot of thought into this year's schedule and we still have some things in the works which can be added as needed". Returning this year will be the "Wrist Band Return" program. This program is where fans can bring back their wristband from the previous week's event and receive $ 2.00 off the already low price of $ 10.00 for a regular show. Also, just like last year, kids ages 15 yrs and younger are admitted free to the grandstand area at Shangri-La II. Sponsorships are available for The Kids Club and for race nights at the speedway. Contact the speedway office for more details.
For more information about Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars log on to www.mustseeracing.com
MODIFIEDS AND ASA LATE MODELS TO HEADLINE 2012 SEASON
The track has put together a 16 race schedule. The Modifieds are scheduled to have six races, three of which are Race of Champions events. The ASA Late Models are scheduled to appear in ten events, and will not race on the same dates as the Modifieds. The Sportsman and Street Stocks will compete weekly. The rules packages have been reviewed with no changes in the Modified, Late Model and Sportsman divisions. There have been a couple minor changes in the Street Stocks. Those changes are shown in the Rules section of the track website in red type. As for some of the highlights in the 4 Cylinder class rules – The minimum age for the 4 Cylinder Stocks is 17. The class is designed to be an amateur class and the competitors cannot race in any other division. The Junior 4 Cylinders are restricted to competitors 14 – 17 years for age or 12 years and up with previous racing experience (i.e. Microds, Bandoleros, etc...) Drivers may not compete in any other division. Drivers with previous racing experience in any other division (i.e. Street Stocks, SST, etc...) are not eligible. Over competitive cars or drivers may be moved to Senior Division. This is the track’s first time setting up a new class, and there may need to be some adjustments to the rules as the season progresses.
There will be on-going development of the Shangri-La II Truck division in 2012. One idea that has track management excited is the possibility of is building a fleet six cylinder race trucks which lucky fans will have the chance to come out of the stands and run competitive laps around the track. The track crews are also evaluating the work to be completed in 2012 which includes installing between 58 and 60 new lights for the racing surface, completing the restrooms and working on the track surface. “The track had two racing grooves at the end of 2011, and I know that we could easily have three competitive grooves” said owner/promoter George Swansborough. “The track surface has held up remarkably well the past three winters, and the concrete has cured excellently. Now we have to get out there and complete some maintenance which will make the competition even more exciting”.
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