Championships to be Claimed on Saturday Night

hazlittlogoA first time champion and the first successfully defended championship have been all but engraved on the trophies, but what about the third one. Seven points are all that separate the top three drivers in the Sportsman division. Candor, NY's Jimmy Zacharias is trying to become the first repeat open wheel champion in the three year history of the concrete half mile, but he has to have a perfect night to accomplish that feat. He is being closely challenged by John Wilber and his younger brother, T-J Zacharias. Jimmy Zacharias had a motor give out with three laps to go last Saturday night. Wilber, sold his equipment to Zacharias Racing three weeks ago, and has driven J.R. Kent's number 16 the past two weeks. Wilber trails Jimmy by six points. T-J Zacharias has driven, the past two weeks, the car that Wilber drove all season long, until the sale. Ironically, the car is the same car in which Jimmy Zacharias drove to the 2010 Sportsman championship. T-J has two wins this season, winning the season opener and last week, closing to within one point of Wilber and seven points of his older brother for his first championship. By the way, the only last name on the Sportsman trophy at Shangri-La II has been Zacharias. Rick Zacharias claimed the title in the 2009 inaugural season. Positions four through six are hotly contested as well. Bryan Sherwood is fourth in points with 420. Tony Hanbury trails his teammate by fifteen points in fifth and veteran Tom Shiner trails Hanbury by four points and is only nineteen points out of fourth.

The ASA Latemodel championship was fairly well locked up last Saturday night, but not in the manner anyone expected. Joe Brown was the first driver to the checkers, but was penalized one spot for an illegal pass below the yellow line in turn four. This turned the win over to Jim Lamoreaux. The task for Lamoreaux to claim the title was going to be tough, but it got tougher in post race inspection. In the "Room of Doom", Lamoreaux was found to have an illegal spacer under the carburetor and was disqualified for the night. The win was awarded to Brown who now has a sixty six point advantage over Josh Lloyd. Brown just needs to bring the car out on the track for the heat race and the 2011 ASA Late Model Championship will be his. Lloyd took over second place from Lamoreaux, and is ahead of the veteran campaigner by forty four points. Joseph Burns is fourth in the points, twenty eight behind Lamoreaux.

Lee Sharpsteen has clinched his second consecutive Street Stock championship and has done it by winning nine of the ten events run. His only other finish which wasn't a win was a second place finish to his brother, Gil Sharpsteen who sits second in the points. Gil still has his hands full to try and keep ahold of second place. His brother, Charlie is third in the points, twenty three points out of second. Billy Coyle is fourth in the points chase, six points behind Charlie Sharpsteen. Cricket Clonch completes the top five in the points, and trails Coyle by fourteen points.

While some of the titles are decided, there will still be plenty of action out on the concrete highbanks for each and every position.

The night will be sponsored by Hazlitt1852 Vineyards located in Hector, NY. Hazlitt will have a wine tasting available for those 21 years old and over. The 2011 Champions will be crowned and the Kids Club will create Kiddie Mixed Drinks with the activity sponsored by D.E.Silvernail.

MAKE SURE TO BRING BACK YOUR WRISTBANDS FROM August 20TH FOR $ 5.00 OFF GRANDSTAND ADMISSION.

The show will crown the 2011 champions with the ASA Latemodels running a 30 lap feature, the Sportsman and Street Stocks running 25 lap events.

Pit Gates open at 4:30pm, Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 pm and practice begins at 6:00 pm. Racing gets the green flag at 7:00 pm.

Grandstand Admission is just $ 10.00 ($ 5.00 with last race's wristband discount) with youths under the age of 16 admitted free.

ASA and Shangri-La II Motorspeedway...We Crown Champions !!!

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