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.
 
press_3_26_10Shangri-La II Motor Speedway, the northeast's newest and finest short track, and the world famous Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., have joined forces for the 2010 racing season, centered around the July 3-4 Great American Classic two-day racing weekend at Shangri-La II. As part of that event, drawings will be held for 100 general admission tickets to the Saturday, July 31 doubleheader at Pocono featuring the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards as well as the first appearance at the "Tricky Triangle" by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Grand Prize in the promotion will be a Pocono race weekend package including four tickets to the July 31 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and four reserved seat tickets in Row 30 of the Terrace Grandstand for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, August 1, plus one night's accommodation at the Howard Johnson in Bartonsville, Pa., conveniently located on I-80 east of the track. The drawings will take place at Shangri-La II on Sunday, July 4, and the winners need not be present provided they have registered in person at a Shangri-La II racing event.

Read more: Shangri-La II Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceyway Team Up for Major Ticket Promotion at Shangri-La II's Great American Classic on July 3-4

   
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While the engines won't fire until later in the month, racers and fans will get their first look at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway in 2010 on Saturday, April 3 and Saturday, April 10, as the Concrete Castle plays host to its first open house each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the same time, Shangri-La II's sister track, SkyView Drags, will conduct its pre-season registration on both days.

Read more: Shangri-La II Sets Open House April 3rd & 10th for Registration and Licensing

 
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There may not have been a shiny metal ball sliding down a pole like New Year's Eve in Times Square, but it was easy to feel the excitement building toward the start of the 2010 Shangri-La II Motor Speedway racing season last weekend during the Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Hundreds of racing fans visited ASA Member Track Shangri-La II's booth to pick up 2010 schedules while dozens of competitors also made their appearance, with many of them registering their entries for the new year. As always when racers and fans gather with the new season just over the horizon, everybody had something to say.

Read more: Shangri-La II Booth at Motorsports Expo A Busy Place; Momentum Starts to Build Toward 2010 Opening Day "Concrete Duals"

   

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