Shangri-La II Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track, has announced that veteran race official Gary Folk Jr. has joined the race day staff at the Concrete Castle in the role of assistant starter, working with chief starter Glenn O'Loughlin. They will be in control of the race when the green flag flies on the season-opening Concrete Duals, Saturday, May 1.

Folk Jr. has served at many speedways in New York and Pennsylvania and is currently the chief starter on Friday nights at the Penn-Can Speedway near his Great Bend, Pa. home. He was the last chief starter at the original Shangri-La Speedway when it was known as Tioga Motorsports Park, and his father, Gary Folk Sr., was the colorful starter at Shangri-La in the 1980's.

"We're delighted to have Gary Folk Jr. on board. It's good to have another connection to the tradition of the original track, but it's far more important to add one more skilled and respected member to the first-class official team we have assembled," noted track manager Amy Stilson. "The racers know Gary and he knows them, so there won't be a major learning curve on either side," she added.

Joining O'Loughlin and Folk as trackside officials are corner flaggers Mike Epler, Scott Brind, Charlie Brown, and Duane Manzer. The two men who interact the most with competitors, pit steward Jerry Sinsabaugh and chief technical inspector Matt Jilson, return to their roles for 2010 as do announcers Tom Cummings and Al Robinson, chief scorer Maggie Waibel, and handicapper Jason Waibel.

The Concrete Duals on May 1 offer twin features for all four of Shangri-La II's weekly racing divisions, providing an opportunity for drivers to get a jump start on the season's point race. A sweep of the Modified, ASA Late Model, Sportsman Modified, or Street Stock features will be the equivalent of winning a double point race on opening day.

 

CONCORD, N.C. (April 16, 2010) – Charlotte Motor Speedway has joined forces with short tracks from around the United States and Canada to help support grassroots racing programs while providing added value to Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket holders.

charlotte_speedwayFor every $59 fans spend on tickets to events at Charlotte Motor Speedway or zMAX Dragway they will receive a $10 voucher good towards entry to their favorite home track participating in the program.

“This is the perfect opportunity for Charlotte Motor Speedway to help support the roots of our sport and to give back to the short tracks around the country,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We constantly strive to add value to our fan experience and the Home Track program lets fans not only enjoy racing at the Mecca of Motorsports, but also support racing at their local short tracks.”

Nearly 40 tracks are taking part in the program including Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C.; Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn.; Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Penn.; Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C.; Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Va.; and Merrittville Speedway in Hepworth, Ontario, among many others.

"The Home Track program is a great way for race fans to enjoy the best of both worlds,” said Clint Elkins, promoter of Carolina Speedway. “This is a great way for NASCAR fans to get out and see what their local tracks have to offer and to possibly even spot the next NASCAR star."

For a complete list of tracks participating in the program or to take advantage of this great offer visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/hometrack or call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS and ask about the Home Track promotion.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is the home of NASCAR’s biggest back-to-back race weekends with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22, and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30. For more information visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.


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An early morning walk across the grounds of Shangri-La II Motor Speedway, and its sister track, SkyView Drags, has been a peaceful experience since last October. Toward the horizon on the north stretch the hills and woods of Tioga County, while to the south lies the lush farmland of the Susquehanna Valley. If you look eastward at just the right spot, you can see the site of the original Shangri-La Speedway three miles away and understand how it got its name, and why legendary announcer Jim Beavan used to welcome the fans to "the garden spot of racing."

press_3_26_10All that peace and tranquility is about to be shattered by the sound of racing engines preparing for the 2010 season at the Concrete Castle. Shangri-La II has scheduled a pair of open practice days before the season opening Concrete Duals on May 1.  Weather permitting, the track will welcome competitiors in all classes on Saturday, April 17 and  Saturday, April 24. Scheduled practice times are 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. each day.

A paved speedway is commonly described as "green" in the springtime, meaning the rubber ground into the surface the previous year has been washed away during the winter. Shangri-La's concrete surface still shows the signs of rubber put down durng the inaugural season of 2009, but only the drivers who push the pedal to the metal in the opening sessions will know how much of the grip put into the track has remained.

Last year's fastest lap timed by the AMB computer scoring system was 17.593 seconds, 102.313 mph, recorded appropriately by Modified track champion John Markovic. In the Sportsman Modified ranks, Tony Hanbury was quickest at 18.541 seconds, 97.082 mph.

Read more: Racing Engines Ready to Roar on the Ridge as Shangri-La II Sets Open Practice Days April 17 and 24; Concrete Duals Coming Saturday, May 1

   

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."

lots_o_modsShangri-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.

Read more: 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

 

open_practiceShangri-La II Motor Speedway has announced that the pre-season open practice days at the the half-mile concrete oval have been chaged to Saturday, April 17, and Saturday, April 24. Originally practice had been announced for the Sundays of those same weekends. All activity at the Concrete Castle in April will now take place on Saturday, with the second open house and registration day this Saturday, April 10, followed by the open practice days on the next two Saturdays.

Opening day for the 2010 season featuring the Concrete Duals follows on Saturday, May 1, with the Mother's Day Delight program on Saturday, May 8. The first Sunday event of the year comes on May 16 when the Race of Champions Modified Series makes ite first appearance at Shangri-La II.

Click here to view the 2010 season practice schedule.
   

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