Change Is All Around As The Race Of Champions Tour Returns To Shangri-La II Motor Speedway On Sunday, August 1; Night Racing And 100-lap Distance Pose New Challenges To The Touring Professionals
The Race of Champions Tour, the premier paved track modified series in New York State, makes it second appearance of 2010 at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway on Sunday night, August 1. It's titled "Return of te ROC'n Concrete Rumble" but that doesn't mean it's the same show that thrilled a packed house back in May.
As part of the RoC Championship Series, the distance has increased from 75 green flag laps to a full 100 laps around the high banks of the half-mile Concrete Castle. And unlike the May event that was run on a hot, sunny afternoon, the return performance will be under the lights.
Pete Brittain lead until he was passed by Chuck Hossfeld with a dozen laps remaining in the RoC debut race. The veteran from Oakhurst, N.J. sees the need for adjustment to the new conditions, but not radical change to the strategy that came so close to giving him victory in Shangri-La II's first touring series race.
"From what I've seen in the races last year and the one race this spring, tire wear just isn't going to be a factor," said the driver sometimes known as the Jersey Outlaw. "Running under the lights usually makes the track get a little tighter, so we'll have to account for that in our setup," he added.
As for the extra 25 laps, Brittain noted that the extra fuel on board will change the handling more as it burns off than in the spring's shorter distance. Other than that, the pilot of the Martinelli Racing No. 22 will use the simplest strategy in the racer's handbook- go fast and turn left.
Featured along with the Race of Champions Tour on Sunday, August 1 are the ASA Late Models and the Street Stocks. As several of the Shangri-La II Sportsman Modified teams also field tour-type cars, the Sportsmen have been given the week off. Pit gates open at 3:00 p.m. and grandstand gates at 4:30, which is also the time set for practice to begin. The first green flag flies at 6:00 p.m.
Shangri-La II Motor Speedway is located on top of the ridge off Route 17C, one mile east of Tioga Center. The track is easily accessed from Route 17, the Southern Tier Expressway, via Route 17C east from Exit 62 (Nichols) or Route 17C west from Exit 64 (Owego/Ithaca). For more information, call 607-330-2622.