Strong Early Registration Points to Growth Year at Shangri-La II; Final Open House Day Set for Saturday April 10th with Open Practice on April 17th
Racing veterans know their sport has its own version of the proverb, "Don't count your chickens before they hatch". The racers' translation is, "Don't count the cars until they're on the track."
Shangri-La II Motor Speedway, hosts its second open house day this Saturday, April 10, but the cars won't hit the track for pre-season practice until Saturday, April 17, and the real racing doesn't get under way for another two weeks when the Concrete Duals kick off the second season at the Concrete Castle. Nevertheless, the volume of cars registered over the winter months and at the first open house last week point to a season of growth at the ASA Member Track in 2010.
The ASA Late Models lead the early sign-ups, with Tim Barone, Brandon Kidd, and Brendt Matzel from northern New York and Southern Tier drivers Billy Coyle, Dave Schneider and Joe Schneider joining a lineup that already includes the top seven drivers in points from 2009. There's even a story on the street that one of the late model stars of the original Shangri-La Speedway may be planning a return after racing outside the area for many years.
The Sportman Modifieds are well represented among the early signees with drivers from as far away as Virginia expressing interest. Closer to home, Justin Shiner will join his father, Tom Shiner, in the division along with the usual suspects like Jimmy Zacharias, John Markovic, and Tony Hanbury. As part of his track championship, Rick Zacharias received a complimentary 2010 license, so he doesn't have to sign up. Rick stated in accepting his trophy at last winter's banquet that his son's rookie season racing a sprint car might prevent him from defending his title, but he left open the possibility he might go after a second crown after all.
The big news on the Tour-Type Modifieds is that two drivers with dirt track resumes have tossed their hats into the concrete circle. Scott Conover has raced widely around central New York in past years, while John Ramsey has been a contender at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Last year's top two in points, Markovic and J. Zacharias, are on the early list and so is the darkhorse success story of 2009, Jimmy Storace.
Street Stock registrations are ahead of last year, with champion Chad McDonald and late season hero Dylan Terry already on the roster and many more to come. Glenn Lippolis, a colorful veteran of the original Shangri-La, is registered for both Sportsman Modified and Street Stock action.The April datebook at Shangri-La II calls for open house and registration April 10 rain or shine, and open practice Saturday, April 17, Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, weather permitting. The new season gets under way in grand style on Saturday, May 1 with the Concrete Duals, headlining two features in each of the four weekly racing divisions.