MODIFIEDS AND ASA LATE MODELS TO HEADLINE 2012 SEASON
The track has put together a 16 race schedule. The Modifieds are scheduled to have six races, three of which are Race of Champions events. The ASA Late Models are scheduled to appear in ten events, and will not race on the same dates as the Modifieds. The Sportsman and Street Stocks will compete weekly. The rules packages have been reviewed with no changes in the Modified, Late Model and Sportsman divisions. There have been a couple minor changes in the Street Stocks. Those changes are shown in the Rules section of the track website in red type. As for some of the highlights in the 4 Cylinder class rules – The minimum age for the 4 Cylinder Stocks is 17. The class is designed to be an amateur class and the competitors cannot race in any other division. The Junior 4 Cylinders are restricted to competitors 14 – 17 years for age or 12 years and up with previous racing experience (i.e. Microds, Bandoleros, etc...) Drivers may not compete in any other division. Drivers with previous racing experience in any other division (i.e. Street Stocks, SST, etc...) are not eligible. Over competitive cars or drivers may be moved to Senior Division. This is the track’s first time setting up a new class, and there may need to be some adjustments to the rules as the season progresses.
There will be on-going development of the Shangri-La II Truck division in 2012. One idea that has track management excited is the possibility of is building a fleet six cylinder race trucks which lucky fans will have the chance to come out of the stands and run competitive laps around the track. The track crews are also evaluating the work to be completed in 2012 which includes installing between 58 and 60 new lights for the racing surface, completing the restrooms and working on the track surface. “The track had two racing grooves at the end of 2011, and I know that we could easily have three competitive grooves” said owner/promoter George Swansborough. “The track surface has held up remarkably well the past three winters, and the concrete has cured excellently. Now we have to get out there and complete some maintenance which will make the competition even more exciting”.
The schedule is in the final stages of completion, but some of the highlights are as follows:
Shangri-La II Motorspeedway has a practice day scheduled for Saturday May 12th. Additional practice sessions will be scheduled prior to May 12th depending on the weather. Mother’s Day Madness will open the 4th season of competition on Sunday May 13th. The first of six Modified features will headline the season opener. The Modifieds will be joined on track by the Sportsman, Street Stocks 4 Cylinders, Junior 4 Cylinders and Trucks. The first Race of Champions Modified race for the season will be held on Sunday May 20 as the ROC-N-Concrete Rumble returns. Saturday night racing will begin on Memorial Day weekend, May 26th featuring the first ASA Late Model race of the year. The two remaining dates for the Race of Champions Modifieds are the ROC-N- Concrete Rumble Returns on July 29th and third event will be part of the Fall Brawl weekend on September 23rd. A traveling series which wants to give the concrete high banks a try is the Must See Racing Extreme Sprint Cars. They will bring their winged warriors to the fans in the Southern Tier on July 5th.