Big Numbers in the Spotlight at Shangri-La II in RoC Opener on Sunday, May 15th
In 2010, the feature distance was 75 green flag laps, and for 2011 that has been boosted to 100 laps. Last year the 50-50 jackpot reached over $1,000 but was unclaimed and carried over to the second RoC event scheduled, which was rained out twice. That stack of cash will be the seed money for the 50-50 on May 15; in other words, the jackpot will be over $1,000 before the first ticket is sold on May 15 and it could double on race day.
The drivers who duelled for the checkered flag in 2010, Pete Brittain, who led most of the way, and eventual winner Chuck Hossfeld, are expected to return along with three-time defending RoC series champion Matt Hirschman and a field that should rival the 30-car turnout from 2010. A free date on the calendars of other modified touring series could bring contenders from New England to challenge the Race of Champions regulars.
"It should be a great way to kick off the 2011 season," said track manager Amy Stilson, who reminded fans that Shangri-La II will race every week on Saturday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day with the exception of June 16, when the weekly program will be on Thursday, and July 22-24, when the track will close in support of the 61st annual Sunoco Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway.
The pit gate opens on May 15 at 10:00 a.m. with grandstands set to open at 11:00 a.m. and racing at 1:00 p.m. The Sportsman Modifieds, ASA Late Models, and Street Stocks are on the program in a preview of their Saturday night attraction as well. Open practice for all classes is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 13-14.
For more information, call 607-330-2622.