Lee Sharpsteen Two for Two at Shangri-La II

concrete_craziness_2011Lee Sharpsteen has gotten things going in the right direction here at the start of the season to defend his 2010 Street Stock Championship. The driver from Chemung, NY collected his second consecutive feature win at "The Concrete Castle" Shangri-La II Motorspeedway, an ASA Member Track. The Street Stocks were the first feature of the night with a 25 lap challenge in front of the drivers. The challenge, to keep Lee Sharpsteen and his potent number 8 Monte Carlo in their rearview mirrors. The feature took the green flag with Charlie Sharpsteen and Glenn Lippolis on the front row. The first of three cautions fell on the opening lap as Gil Sharpsteen and Billy Coyle got together in turn one. Gil spun, and went off on the hook. Coyle continued from the back of the pack. On the restart, Charlie Sharpsteen took off and grabbed onto a lead he would hold until lap 4 when Lee Sharpsteen took over the top Spot. Lee would fend off numerous challenges from Cricket Clonch, but he did just that enroute to his second trip to Victory Lane this season and his 9th at Shangri-La II in Street Stock competition. Clonch had another strong run finishing second. Billy Coyle, Charlie Sharpsteen and Chris Zacharias finished third through fifth, with the closest racing of the division. Glenn Lippolis crossed the finish line in third position, but for the second race in a row failed to make it through post-race technical inspection satisfactorily.

The Sportsman were the second feature of the night, and Tom Shiner started from the pole position. Shiner led lap one, but John Wilbur took over the top spot on lap two. Wilbur , who started outside the front row on the initial green flag, held the lead for two laps until Tony Hanbury made a nice inside pass for the lead. Hanbury and Wilbur would move away from the rest of the field and would finish with Hanbury capturing his first win at Shangri-La II this season. The win was Hanbury's fifth career win at the track. Wilbur finished second, T-J Zacharias held off Bryan Sherwood for third. Shiner completed the top five.

The ASA Late Models were the final feature of the night, and took the green flag with the skies looking like they would open up with liquid sunshine at any moment. Sayville, NY's Joseph Burns led the field to the green flag. Burns was challenged in the first turn by outside pole sitter, Joe Brown. 2009 ASA Late Model Champion Jim Lamoreaux started third, and quickly was looking for the front. Brown took the top spot heading into turn three sending Burns back to second. Burns held off Lamoreaux one more lap until relinquishing second spot to the former champ. Lamoreaux caught Brown by lap six, and the two ran nose to tail until they came together exiting turn four on lap eleven. Lamoreaux's car turned the Brown number 15 coming onto the home straight, sending it sideways momentarily blocking the track. Joseph Burns ran out of room, got the car loose and made hard contact with the outside wall exiting turn four avoiding hitting Brown in the driver's door. Brown's car came to a stop entering turn one. Jerry Dineen and Travis Fisher were able to avoid involvement. Once the cars were cleared, and the line-up re-set, the skies which were threatening earlier, stopped threatening and got down to the business of a steady gentle rain. The track waited for 30 minutes, but with no let-up in the precipitation was forced to postpone the remainder of the feature until next Saturday night.

The Shangri-La II Kids Club Activity was sponsored by S & W Awards.

Racing returns to the "Concrete Castle" this Saturday night as The Redneck Barbequers presents the Great American Classic. This week is a jam packed night with the track celebrating its second birthday and America celebrates its 235th birthday. The held over ASA Late Model feature will lead off the program (re-starting at lap 11), then the RoC Qualifier for the Street Stocks postponed from Thursday June 16th will run their 50 lapper. A full regular program will follow. Fireworks and a Party in the Pits will cap off the holiday celebration.

Street Stock Feature, 25 laps: Lee Sharpsteen, Cricket Clonch, Billy Coyle, Charlie Sharpsteen, Chris Zacharias, Charlie Lohmeyer, Matt Visingard, John Whitmore, Brad Knapp, Gil Sharpsteen, Mikayla Rypkema DQ : Glenn Lippolis

Sportsman Modified Feature, 25 laps: Tony Hanbury, John Wilbur, T-J Zacharias, Bryan Sherwood, Tom Shiner, Paul Johnson

ASA Late Models, 30 Laps: Postponed by rain at lap 11.

Let's GO ASA Racing !!!

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ASA Late Models
30 Laps
Rain delayed at Lap 11.
Race will be resumed 7/2/2011 

Sportsmen Modifieds
25 Laps

Jerry Dineen

In the Pits laps down:
20 Scott Nurmi, 52 Brad Smales

Tony Hanbury

Running order after 11 laps: Feature:
1. 11 Jerry Dineen

2. 8 Travis Fischer

3. 29 Dave Schneider ( - 1 lap)

4. 84 Josh Lloyd

5. 37 Jim Lamoreaux

6. 15 Joe Brown ( in pits)

7. 53 Joseph Burns ( in pits)
1. 32 Tony Hanbury

2. 4 John Wilbur

3. 17 T-J Zacharias

4. 95 Bryan Sherwood

5. 35 Tom Shiner

6. 77 Paul Johnson

Sportsmen Modifieds


Cricket Clonch, Lee Sharpsteen
1. 8 Lee Sharpsteen

2. 32 Cricket Clonch

3. 94 Billy Coyle

4. 34 Charlie Sharpsteen

5. 98 Chris Zacharias

6. 5 Charlie Lohmeyer

7. 61 Matt Visingard

8. 71 John Whitmore

9. 26 Brad Knapp

10. 6 7/8 Gil Sharpsteen

11. 4 Mikayla Rypkema

DQ 85 Glenn Lippolis
85 disqualified – Failed compression in post-race tech