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.
Shangri-La II Motor Speedway and the American Speed Association have announced a renewal of their sanction agreement for the 2010 racing season that will again make Shangri-La II an ASA Member Track and feature the ASA late models as one of the headline divisions on the half mile concrete track's weekly racing program.
Shangri-La II builder and owner George Swansbrough, a successful late model racer who still owns a pair of the sleek, full-bodied cars and races them on occasion, made the commitment to give his division a place to race at his new track in 2009, knowing the class had fallen on hard times across the Empire State. The inaugural season that started in July saw strong competition among a small but talented field with Jim Lamoreaux emerging as the ASA track champion over western New York traveler Scott Nurmi and Travis Fisher, who like Lamoreaux made the weekly haul from the Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton, Pa. area. Local favorite Ben Reynolds of Trumansburg, N.Y. was also a multiple feature winner.