Street Stock Champion Lee Sharpsteen Dominated Shangri-La II in 2010

lee_sharpsteenIf you are a Sharpsteen racing in the Southen Tier, you are expected to win. Lee Sharpsteen kept the name of the Chemung family flying high during the 2010 Steet Stock season at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway as he won the Street Stock championship by a commanding margin of 126 points over Billy Coyle. His No. 8 Chevy Monte Carlo won four features with four second places and one third. The only points race where he was not scored in the top three was the season opener, where he finished sixth in the combined standings of two races,

The seeds of Sharpsteen's 2010 success were planted in the final two races of 2009, when Lee, owner Mike McDonald, and crew chief Dan Wheaton debuted their new car with its purple paint job. Lee had spent the inaugural season at the Concrete Castle in the Sportsman Modified class, where he took fourth in points. He wasn't really competitive for feature wins and he was up against better-financed tams, so when the new full-body machine proved competitive vright off the trailer, it wasn't hard to make his plans for 2010.

Lee didn't win until the Fourth of July weekend, but he was already in the thick of the point race and he would go on to win four of the last six races to pull away from the field. On Labor Day weekend, he started fifth in the feature lineup and took the lead on the first lap in a dominating performance. In a class noted for racing as a contact sport, Sharpsteen avoided major damage all season. "We didn't even bend a wheel," he said.

While circumstances can change rapidly in stock car racing, Lee Sharpsteen cureently expects to be back in action with the same team in 2011, defendng his Shangri-La II Motor Speedway Street Stock title.

Lee Sharspteen and the rest of Shangri-La II's 2010 track champions will be honored at the second annual Awards Banquet set for Friday, January 28, 2011 at The McKinley in Endicott.

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