'Challenge the Champions' to Benefit the Spalding Foundation

spalding_foundationShangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY along with Grafix by Billy and Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park in Wyalusing , PA are proud to sponsor “Challenge The Champions” to benefit The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers. The event will be held on Friday August 12, 2011 at the Seneca Grand Prix Speedway 2374 State Rte. 414 Watkins Glen, NY from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The track is located just 1 mile from Gate 2 at Watkins Glen International. The fundraiser for the Spalding Foundation will offer race fans the opportunity to race go-carts against local racing celebrities and quite possibly several NASCAR stars and their families as well with the proceeds going to a very worthy cause. Shangri-La II Motorspeedway’s Director of Public Relations, Al Robinson has been named as Grand Marshall for the evening.  Robinson is a long time announcer at Watkins Glen, and is currently on the road to recovery from a stroke suffered in May of this year.  “We can not thank the owner of Seneca Grand Prix Speedway, Jason Bonsignore enough for generously offering the use of his facility to us for the evening” said Spalding Foundation Director, Betty Sherwood.  “The Spalding Foundation has worked extremely hard promoting safety this year at Shangri-La II” track manager, Amy Stilson said. “We were very happy to join this function when Betty Sherwood approached us with the idea”.  This event has come together rather quickly, and is being held on the same weekend that the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup series are in action at the famous road course. There is a lot of interest from the national touring drivers as the word is spreading. Nationwide Series driver, Mike Wallace and his son Matt have already stated their intention to participate. Local drivers also committing include ARCA Series driver, Brent Cross, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway 2010 Rookie of the Year, Bryan Sherwood, Justin Shiner, Jesse Kent, Duane Manzer, Tom Eiklor, Eddie White, Marshall Balzer, Daryl Barrett, Steve Williams, Mike Williams, Nick Robinson with more local and celebrity drivers are indicating their participation daily.

So, make a trip to “The Glen” with the family, support the inspired work of the Spalding Foundation and CHALLENGE THE CHAMPIONS Friday August 12th. To learn more about The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers, go to their website: www.spaldingfoundation.org

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Amsoil Great American Circle Track Tour Checks Out the Concrete

ConcreteKicksAsphaltShangri-La II Motorspeedway and the American Speed Association welcome the Amsoil Great American Circle Track Tour to the Tioga Center, NY facility this Saturday night. " We are proud to welcome Circle Track Magazine senior Technical Editor, Bob Bolles and his wife Karen to high banked half mile. It is an honor to be one of the 25 tracks selected for their visit in the second year of their tour" said track manager Amy Stilson. Bolles and his wife are in the second year of a four year tour stopping at local race tracks to talk shop with the drivers and crews. They are talking with track owners, promoters and drivers to discuss issues important to racing and develop future feature stories for Circle Track Magazine. The tour will present a case of Amsoil Racing Lubricants to the winner of the ASA Latemodel feature as well as having tour souvenirs and giveaways for the fans.

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RACING FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Race of Champions weekend is in the history books, and it is time for the competitors of Shangri-La II Motorspeedway to return to the high banked concrete half mile and get to work deciding who will be the 2011 champions. In the previous two seasons, there has not been a repeat champion. Will this year break that streak and realize a two time champion in at least one of the divisions?  Lee Sharpsteen has had the hot set-up in the Street Stock division, going undefeated this season collecting six wins in six events. He has already become a two time champion this year by winning the Race of Champions Super Stock feature for the second year in a row last weekend at Oswego. Sharpsteen is the defending series champion at Shangri-La II, and currently leads the points by 79 over his older brother Charlie. Positions 2-6 are separated by only 21 points. Gil Sharpsteen is in third place currently, 6 points behind second place. Billy Coyle is fourth in points, just 3 out of third. Cricket Clonch is 11 points behind Coyle in fifth place while Charlie Lohmeyer is in sixth place, just 1 point out of fifth.

Jimmy Zacharias is out to become the first repeat winner in open wheeled competition as he is defending his 2010 Sportsman title. The third generation driver leads the All Time Wins list for Sportsman at the Concrete Castle with 11 wins, and counting. Jimmy “Z” has won 4 of the 5 races he has competed in out of the six events this year. His only finish that wasn’t a win was finishing 2nd to his brother T-J in the first event of 2011. John Wilber is the current points leader over Jimmy Zacharias by just 7 points. 2010 Rookie of the Year, Bryan Sherwood has rebounded from a tough second week to sit third in the points, only three points out of second. T-J Zacharias is fourth in points, just three out of third. Paul Johnson completes the top five in points, 40 points out of fourth.

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