Jim Storace, the Rome, N.Y. native now racing out of Kingston, N.H., endured a roller-coaster season at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway in 2010. A hard crash early in the season set him back, but he returned with a feature win and methodically worked his way back into title contention, only to see Jimmy Zacharias get hot just as Storace's fortunes went into reverse again. Zacharias was left to raise the trophy on the final night of the season, while Storace contemplated the question, "What if?"
Nothing can bring back the track title, but a victory in the 100-lap, $3,500-to-win Modified feature at the second annual Fall Brawl this Saturday would help to take the chill out of the long New England winter. Storace and teammate John Ramsey were two of the early entries received for the season finale, whose inaugural edition in 2009 attracted 25 Modifieds, the largest non-Race of Champions Series turnout in the track's brief history.
In addition to deciding the 2010 track championships, the "9/11 Memorial Night" features at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 11 will send the Modified and Sportsman Modified winners to the 8th annual North-South Shootout at Concord (N.C.) Motor Speedway with guaranteed starting positions.
Shangri-La II's ASA Member Track program that night will also feature the ASA Late Models and the Street Stocks. The fallen heroes of that somber day nine years ago will be remembered during the evening.
The North-South Shootout, scheduled for November 5-6, also carries the title John Blewett III Memorial in honor of the late New Jersey modified standout who won the inaugural event in 2003 and repeated in 2005. It's a non-sanctioned race which brings together the top touring and weekly racers from tracks and series up and down the east coast with no points at stake, just money and bragging rights. Burt Myers, made nationally famous by the "Madhouse" reality TV show filmed at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., is the two-time defending race winner in the premier division.