"Concrete Kicks Asphalt" this Saturday.. It's Not Just for Patios Anymore
The truth is as plain as black and white- the concrete surface at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway may be a novelty, but it's also a great place for great stock car racing. That's why the four-division ASA Member Track racing program this Saturday, May 22, is titled "Concrete Kicks Asphalt" in honor of owner and builder George Swansbrough's bold decision to take the hard and fast road to success with his new track.
The Modifieds return to regular competition this Saturday so they should begin to get a grip on their championship battle. Since there has been only one point race so far in 2010, the current standings are the same as the opening day finish. Opening day winner Brian Defebo is expected to be racing in Pennsylvania most of the year, which paves the way for John Markovic, runner-up on May 1, to make a clean run at another title. Rick Zacharias is currently close behind Markovic, as he was most of 2009.
ROC'n Concrete Rumble Notebook: Jim Storace Examined and Released
- Jim Storace was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. with pain in the shoulder and back following his crash in Sunday's Race of Champions event. He was released that evening after a thorough examination showed no fractures or internal injuries. He is recuperating from the bumps and bruises at home in Kingston, N.H. and hopes to return to racing as soon as possible.
- Wilbur Hebing's second place was special for car owner Ed McGuire of nearby Rome, Pa., who is recovering from multiple bypass surgery. Going back to his late model days of the 1970's, Ed's cars have always looked sharp, but the current machine takes race car graphics to another level. Playing off McGuire's traditional No. 51, the theme is a P-51 Mustang fighter plane in chrome silver with USAF markings and those bullet hole decals that look much more realistic on a modified than on the tailgate of a pickup.
Hebing said he and Chris Zacharias evolved the design, which Chris executed in vinyl. Wilbur Hebing, by the way, is the brother of sprint car star Chuck "The Cobra" Hebing.
- It wasn't a great day for Jan Leaty or Matt Hirschman, as both saw late-race moves to the front aborted by pit stops. Jan's son Mike Leaty managed a tenth place finish, but he pulled off a great outside pass to take the final redraw spot in his heat race. Then he pulled 10th out of 12 drivers in the redraw and fell behind with an early-race spin.
Hossfeld Goes For It And Gets It In Shangri-La II's ROC'n Concrete Rumble
Chuck Hossfeld won Sunday's 75-lap ROC'n Concrete Rumble Race of Champions Modified Tour race at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway by employing the philosophy of a legendary car owner who told his driver, "Bring me a trophy or bring me a basket of parts. Don't bring me any excuses." In other words, he went for the win and didn't worry about the consequences. His boldness brought him that win, to the delight of the largest crowd in the track's two years of operation.
Hossfeld, who started sixth in the 28-car field, used the outside groove to move into second behind pole starter Pete Brittain on the fifth lap. For 60 circuits around the concrete half-mile he dogged Brittain, often trying the high road, but nothing worked. Brittain held his ground and seemed unshakable.lt;p>Hossfeld saw his chance on a restart with 13 laps remaining. "I watched him on those restarts and I saw his first three or four laps weren't his best. I knew I had to get him then," he related in victory lane. As the leaders completed lap 64, Hossfeld drove deeper to the bottom of turn one than he or anyone else had dared to do all day, pulled alongside Brittain, and came away with the lead down the back straight. Despite a final caution with seven laps remaining, Hossfeld held on for the win with a swarm of challengers right behind.
- Jan Leaty Aims To Complete The Circle When The Race Of Champions Modified Tour Visits Shangri-La II For Sunday's ROC'n Concrete Rumble
- Matt Hirschman Makes First Appearance at Shangri-La II In ROC'n Concrete Rumble on Sun., May 16, But The ROC Series Champion Is No Rookie
- New Favorites Emerge On Opening Day At Shangri-La II; Mothers' Day Delight This Saturday Will See Title Races Start To Take Shape
- Defebo's Late Pass, Hanbury's Dual Win Highlight Shangri-La II Opener; Clonch and Nurmi also Score Victories
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