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The countdown is now less than four weeks until the Benefit for Al Robinson takes center stage at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. The two day event takes place on May 11-12, 2012 at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY. A special section has been added to the Shangri-La II website for updated information and schedule of events. The link is located under the "Schedule" tab. The tentative schedule of events has Team Registration for a Charity Track Walk. Teams are encouraged to raise money based upon a money per laps walked method similar to the Relay for Life. Teams will be issued a transponder and using the track's AMB Timing and Scoring system, their official laps will be counted and the total amounts pledged will be calculated. Pace Car and Race Car rides will be available on Friday night and Saturday morning. Kids activities will run continuously throughout the event. Friday night highlights will include a Charity Auction of the donated items with auctioneer, John Whitmore. A Bon Fire, Red Solo Cup Challenge and an event which is an official (unofficial) part of Race of Champions weekend - Down Hill Races coordinated and run by Chris Zacharias. In addition to the "Live" auction, there will be a Chinese Auction with tickets sold starting at 5:00 pm on Friday and the winners drawn at 11:00 am on Saturday. Awards will be handed out for best Tent / Camp / Pit displays.

"The donations are continuing to come in to the Spalding Foundation" reports Spalding Foundation Director, Betty Sherwood. "We have been sending back the charitable donation paperwork to the donors. We are still looking for items from race teams and drivers for both the Live and Chinese Auctions from racers competing on the local and national levels." Items received this past week include a body quarter panel donated from New Hampshire Motorspeedway. The quarter panel was from Juan Pablo Montoya's Lysol car and is autographed by Juan Montoya. A ticket package from Pocono Raceway for their June Sprint Cup event was received. The tickets are for the Bistro Terrace and are valued at over $ 600.00. Four official programs from Las Vegas Motorspeedway, a pair of tickets to the May Modified event at Thompson International Speedway and a ticket package from Joe Skotnicki at DirtCar valued at over $800.00. Cash donations were received from the employees at Dover International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Allen Bestwick and Bestwick Talents, Rod Spalding, Marty Little, Lawrence Dye Joe Jennings, Jim Donnelly and a fellow "race chaser" Bill Cornell.

Any donations of tickets and/or artifacts (racing memorabilia) to be auctioned may be sent/delivered directly to Shangri-La 2 Speedway, 114 Skyline Drive, Tioga Center, New York, 13845. Please mark "for Al Robinson fund". Any monetary donations may be sent by check to The Spalding Foundation, c/o Betty Sherwood, 1074 Sulpher Springs Road, Owego, New York, 13827. Please write "Al Robinson Fund" on the comment line. All money and check donations specified for the Al Robinson Fund will go to Al Robinson. Those wishing to volunteer their time to help out with the event can contact Amy Stilson or Laura Kresge at Shangri-La 2 Motorspeedway.



In less than 1 month, the rumble of racing machines returns to Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. The ASA member track in Tioga Center is on pace to host their first of two scheduled practice sessions on Saturday May 5th running from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. The following weekend (May 11 – 13) is the season opening weekend. The Al Robinson Benefit leads off the opening weekend activities beginning at 4:00pm on Friday May 11th and runs through Noon on Saturday May 12th. The second practice session of the year begins at 2:00 on May 12th and runs through 6:00 pm.

The 2012 season gets underway on Sunday May 13th with the first official green flag of the season waving over the track at 3:00pm Featured divisions for opening day are Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Stocks, Four Cylinder Junior Stocks and EST Trucks. Pit Gates open at 12:00 noon on May 13th with Grandstand gates opening at 1:30 pm. Hoosier Race Tires are the official Tire of Shangri-La II. New for 2012, Hoosier Tires are available directly at the track from Hoosier Tire East.  Tires are available Monday – Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm or Sat 8:00am - 12:00pm. Tires are available outside of the listed hours by appointment only at Interstate Auto Parts in Tioga Center until Track Opens May 2012.Hoosier Tire East is the Season Ending Point Fund Sponsor.  Sunoco Race Fuel from Insinger Fuels is the Official Fuel of Shangri-La II once again. Fuel is available at the track as it was last season.   Race Teams are encouraged to check the tracks website for information on tire requirements along with current tire pricing. The official rules for the speedway are reviewed and updated where necessary on the website.

ASA and Shangri-La II Motorspeedway -  We build Champions !!!

Track management at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway is going about the business of awakening their concrete high banked half mile speedway from its winter slumber. Part of that awakening is renewing relationships which were in place during the previous season and setting up the schedule of competition.  Shangri-La II (or S-2 as it is affectionately known) has added a practice session to their 2012 schedule. The added practice session is set for Saturday May 5th running from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. “We had just one practice session on the schedule” stated track manager, Amy Stilson. “Opening weekend is going to be jam packed at the speedway with the Al Robinson Benefit leading off the activity on Friday May 11th.  The only practice that was scheduled was for May 12th – the day before the season opener. We wanted to give the teams more time to get their cars dialed in, and for the drivers to get their timing back”.  The track has added two new four cylinder stock divisions which will run weekly for 2012 as well as brought back full powered tour type modified racing for six events. The added practice session takes place just two weeks before the season opener for the Race of Champions Modified Tour which will make three stops at Shangri-La II this season.  Shangri-La II Motorspeedway also announced this week that the facility will once again be an ASA Member track for the fourth consecutive season.


Reminder to Race Teams – Please remember to keep up on the 2012 rules by reading through the Rules section of the website found under the Track Info section. This is where the most up to date set of rules for competition at the speedway are listed.

Hoosier remains the official tire brand used in competition at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. The track will sell their own tires in 2012 dealing directly with Hoosier Tire East. French's Auto Parts will not be providing Hoosier Tires at Shangri-La II in 2012. Please refer to the Required Tires information listed under the Racers Info section of the website.

Please direct "Tech" questions to Technical Director, Matt Jilson at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Al Robinson PhotoClick here for event details and schedule.

Kirkwood, NY - The Kirkwood Elks Club was the site of a formal announcement for a benefit planned for a long time race official. The announcement was made during the 3rd annual Daytona 500 party to benefit the Broome County Animal Care Council.

Al Robinson has been involved in racing for over 40 years in various capacities from track announcer at the original Shangri-La Speedway in Owego, NY to Public Relations Director at Dover International Speedway, Public Relations Director for NASCAR's Busch North series to avid race fan and dedicated "race chaser". On May 11, 2011, Al suffered a debilitating stroke which has left him in need of 24 hour/day care and still confined to Elderwood Care Facility in Waverly, New York. He has been working hard through Physical Therapy, but still has a long way to go. He is determined in his words "to beat this thing" and has made tremendous progress. One of the long term side effects of a stroke is the drain on a person's savings. Al is now facing a significant financial hardship with bills mounting and credit cards reaching their limit. A group of Al's friends here in the Southern Tier of New York have gotten together to get the ball rolling for what is anticipated to be a family event with all proceeds to go to Al Robinson so he can pay off his mounting debt.

Shangri-La 2 Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY is graciously donating the use of their facility for this effort, including the race track, the concessions, restrooms, lighting and PA systems, and the camping grounds at no cost and with no profit for them. All proceeds will go directly to Al to offset his care and living expenses. The original thought was to have the event coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend at Watkins Glen in August, but we have been made aware that the need is more immediate than anyone knew.

Read more: Al Robinson Fundraiser Announced


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