Sometime fate brings people together by Carol Houssock
Two years ago longtime motorsports announcer and journalist, Al Robinson, suffered a massive stroke. Since May of 2011 he was been residing in a Tioga County, NY nursing home, but proving every day that the human spirit can work wonders in one’s recovery. Al has come a long way. And his hopes of a return to his own home are more of reality, thanks to some great friends….and a bunch of people he doesn’t know.
Case managers at the nursing home conducted a home visit and developed a list of modifications that would have to be completed at his home before he could safely return there. Al’s longtime friend and fellow motorsports veteran, Jim Burleigh, installed grab bars and made many other required changes.
Carol Houssock, who has been filling in for Robinson as co-announcer at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway, is also the Director of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps. When she and Burleigh spoke recently about Al and his possible return home, he told her there were a couple major items still on the “to do” list and beyond his capability. One of those would have to be done by a plumber while the other was the construction of a ramp at Al’s house.
The season opener will be held the next day, Sunday May 12 and is titled Mother’s Day Madness. The Madness being announced is HALF-OFF GRANDSTAND ADMISSION FOR EVERYONE attending the first event of the season. The drivers will be competing for Double Points in all four divisions. “We’re very excited to get the new season underway” says track owner/promoter George Swansbrough. “We have built Shangri-La II to be a family oriented track which has great competition for all to enjoy. What better way for families to shake off the cabin fever of winter than coming out with Mom on her special day.” The discounts do not stop at the grandstand gate. Each wristband is good for $ 2.00 off Grandstand Admission for the Saturday May 25th race as well as discounted food purchases at Pudgies Pizza Restaurants.