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."
Shangri-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.
Shangri-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.