"Concrete Kicks Asphalt" this Saturday.. It's Not Just for Patios Anymore
The truth is as plain as black and white- the concrete surface at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway may be a novelty, but it's also a great place for great stock car racing. That's why the four-division ASA Member Track racing program this Saturday, May 22, is titled "Concrete Kicks Asphalt" in honor of owner and builder George Swansbrough's bold decision to take the hard and fast road to success with his new track.
The Modifieds return to regular competition this Saturday so they should begin to get a grip on their championship battle. Since there has been only one point race so far in 2010, the current standings are the same as the opening day finish. Opening day winner Brian Defebo is expected to be racing in Pennsylvania most of the year, which paves the way for John Markovic, runner-up on May 1, to make a clean run at another title. Rick Zacharias is currently close behind Markovic, as he was most of 2009.
Shangri-La II's other three classes raced for points on last Sunday's "ROC'n Concrete Rumble" Race of Champions card, so their point races have already taken form. In the Sportsman Modifieds, Tony Hanbury is undefeated, but the consistency of Jimmy Zacharias and Dan Kurzejewski has kept them close. J. Zacharias trails Hanbury by just 12 points and Kurzejewski is 18 back. Markovic ranks fourth and strong rookie Brian Sherwood fifth.
It's even tighter in the ASA Late Models where Scott Nurmi leads Jerry Dineen and last week's winner Travis Fisher by eight points. Defending champion Jim Lamoreaux, still working the new car blues out of his Camaro, is fourth just two point behind Fisher and Dineen.
Over in the Street Stocks, Cricket Clonch and Chad McDonald have traded dominant wins and Clonch leads 2009 title winner McDonald by eight points, Close behind are Lee Sharpsteen, Tom Cundy, and Gil Sharpsteen covered by a mere two points.
Pit gates open for "Concrete Kicks Asphalt" at 12 noon and grandstand gates at 12:45. Practice is at 1:00 p.m. and racing at 3:00 p.m. Feature distances are 35 laps for Modifieds, 30 laps for ASA Late Models, 25 laps for Sportsman Modifieds, and 20 laps for Street Stocks.