Memorial Day Madness Notes: Storace Is Healthy, Rypkema Is For Real

  • IMG_4626They say the best way to get in racing shape is to race. Jim Storace is proving that as he comes back from his hard crash in the Race of Champions at Shangri-La II on May 16. Five days after the accident he raced with the RoC at Albany-Saratoga on Friday and took seventh at Shangri-La II on Saturday. Over Memorial Day he scored a top ten at Oswego on Saturday and then won at the Concrete Castle on Sunday. It was his second career win at Shangri-La II.
  • Owego's Dean Rypkema repeated his second place finish from the previous Modified feature at his home track, but this was a whole different race. In the May 22 feature event he was a distant runner-up to long-gone winner Rick Zacharias. This time he passed several contenders to reach second, then closed the distance to Storace but could not find a way around him.
  • The five leaders of Sunday's 35-lapper set a new Shangri-La II record, and there were four lead changes in the first 13 laps. The second groove was fast all day.
  • Jim Lamoreaux dialed-in the handling of his new Camaro and rode it all the way to victory lane. Hopefully his success will convince other teams to try the new body style and help bring new excitement to the growing ASA Late Model class.
  • Several former ASA Late Model competitors at Adirondack International Speedway have made a strong impression at the Concrete Castle. Jerry Dineen of Little Falls, N.Y. was runner-up one week ago and won his heat this Sunday, then led the early laps of the feature before he was forced to the pits. The other ASA Late Model heat went to Lowville, N.Y. resident Dave "Cooter" Beyer. Dineen's teammate Dan Bellinger of Remsen, N.Y. hasn't run up front, but his consistency has brought him a pair of top five finishes.
  • It seemed to take forever to get the Sportsman Modified feature started, but once the false starts were out of the way, the race ran smoothly and Tony Hanbury ran away with another victory. You had to follow the action closely as runner-up Rick Zacharias raced the regular No. 71 renumbered as No. 23, while fourth place Jimmy Zacharias had the regular No. 23 renumbered as No. 71.
  • Street Stock winner Gil Sharpsteen's No. 110 features a 1980's style Camaro body, meaning Chevrolet's pony car was in the winners circle twice on Sunday. Not too long ago, the Camaro was the almost universal choice in the classes where it was allowed.
  • Until the installation of lights can be completed, Shangri-La II will present its weekly programs as late in the afternoon as possible to avoid the heat of the day. This week's "Saturday Shootout"  will see the green flag at 5:30 p.m.