In just fifteen days, Spalding Foundation Director, Betty Sherwood and her dedicated group of supporters transformed a fleeting idea into a successful fund raiser.  Last Friday night, The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers hosted their first in what is hoped to be an annual event at the Seneca Grand Prix. Over 40 local and professional drivers raced with race fans in a “Challenge the Champions” family fun evening raising over $ 2,200.00 for the Spalding Foundation.  Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY along with Grafix by Billy and Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park in Wyalusing, PA came on board to sponsor “Challenge the Champions”.  Former NHL Centerman, Jason Bonsignore, owner of Seneca Grand Prix donated the track and cars for the event. Ozzies Brisket from Binghamton, NY set up their BBQ Grills to feed the attendees.  NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Mike Wallace was entertaining as he raced with his son Matt and many of the fans. Wallace’s Johnny Davis Motorsports crew all came to support the Foundation, including team owner, Johnny Davis. ARCA driver, Brent Cross was glad to be involved and had his car on display. The car was the one he raced at Pocono the week before. Local drivers represented all forms and levels of racing from dirt tracks, pavement tracks, microd and go-cart tracks were on hand. Canandaigua Speedway announcer and radio personality, Paul Szmal  was joined by Shangri-La II Motorspeedway and Dover International Speedway announcer Tom Cummings for the play by play.  Shangri-La II Motorspeedway’s Director of Public Relations, Watkins Glen International and New Hampshire Motorspeedway announcer Al Robinson served as Grand Marshall for the event and got things going with “Gentlemen Start Your Engines”.   “I can not thank everyone involved enough” said Betty Sherwood. “ From Jason Bonsignore and Ron Hills and The Race Report donating their resources; to all of the drivers, crewmen, fans  and event sponsors coming together on short notice gives me encouragement that we could make the event even bigger next year if the opportunity presents itself”.

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All day intermittent showers forced officials at Tioga Center, NY's Shangri-La II Motorspeedway to cancel their weekly program for the fifth time this season. The latest cancellation leaves only two more regular programs on the schedule before season championship night on August 27th. "We are looking at several options to make up this past Saturday night's rainout" stated track manager, Amy Stilson. " The ASA Late Model and Sportsman points are tight, no doubt about that, and we want to make sure that any decisions we make toward making up for lost events is fair to everybody". Following last week's racing action; Joe Brown holds a slim ten point advantage over Joe Burns in the ASA Late Models. Jim Lamoreaux is third in points, just 30 points separating him from second place. Josh Lloyd is fourth in points, only 4 points behind Lamoreaux. Jimmy Zacharias took over the points lead in Sportsman competition following his fifth win of the season last week. John Wilber fell to second in points, eight behind Zacharias. Bryan Sherwood is third in the points battle 7 points behind Wilber and 15 points out of the lead. T-J Zacharias is in fourth place, 8 points behind Sherwood and 23 points out of the top spot. Lee Sharpsteen is having things going his way in Street Stock action, holding a commanding 84 point advantage over second place competitor, Charlie Sharpsteen. Gil Sharpsteen is third, 10 points out of second; Cricket Clonch is in fourth place, 12 points out of third and Billy Coyle rounds out the top five, just 1 point out of fourth.

This week, racing will resume at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway on Spalding Foundation Night. The annual Spalding Foundation Auction will raise more funds for the charity whose mission is to provide monetary support for drivers, crewmen and racing officials who have sustained injuries in a race related accident at a NASCAR, dirt or local licensed track in New York State and around the United States. The Spalding Foundation was founded in 1989.

The Kids Club will return with more exciting activities for the youngsters.

The schedule for the 3rd Annual Fall Brawl has been updated. Click here for more information.

MAKE SURE TO BRING BACK YOUR WRISTBANDS FROM JULY 30TH FOR $ 2.00 OFF GRANDSTAND ADMISSION.

The show will see the ASA Latemodels running a 30 lap feature, the Sportsman and Street Stocks running 25 lap events.

Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm, Grandstand Gates open at 5:30 pm. Practice begins at 6:00 pm. Racing gets the green flag at 7:00 pm.

Grandstand Admission is just $ 10.00 ($ 8.00 with the last race's wristband discount) with youths under the age of 16 admitted free.

Lets go ASA Racing !!!!!!!

 

spalding_foundationShangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY along with Grafix by Billy and Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park in Wyalusing , PA are proud to sponsor “Challenge The Champions” to benefit The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers. The event will be held on Friday August 12, 2011 at the Seneca Grand Prix Speedway 2374 State Rte. 414 Watkins Glen, NY from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The track is located just 1 mile from Gate 2 at Watkins Glen International. The fundraiser for the Spalding Foundation will offer race fans the opportunity to race go-carts against local racing celebrities and quite possibly several NASCAR stars and their families as well with the proceeds going to a very worthy cause. Shangri-La II Motorspeedway’s Director of Public Relations, Al Robinson has been named as Grand Marshall for the evening.  Robinson is a long time announcer at Watkins Glen, and is currently on the road to recovery from a stroke suffered in May of this year.  “We can not thank the owner of Seneca Grand Prix Speedway, Jason Bonsignore enough for generously offering the use of his facility to us for the evening” said Spalding Foundation Director, Betty Sherwood.  “The Spalding Foundation has worked extremely hard promoting safety this year at Shangri-La II” track manager, Amy Stilson said. “We were very happy to join this function when Betty Sherwood approached us with the idea”.  This event has come together rather quickly, and is being held on the same weekend that the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup series are in action at the famous road course. There is a lot of interest from the national touring drivers as the word is spreading. Nationwide Series driver, Mike Wallace and his son Matt have already stated their intention to participate. Local drivers also committing include ARCA Series driver, Brent Cross, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway 2010 Rookie of the Year, Bryan Sherwood, Justin Shiner, Jesse Kent, Duane Manzer, Tom Eiklor, Eddie White, Marshall Balzer, Daryl Barrett, Steve Williams, Mike Williams, Nick Robinson with more local and celebrity drivers are indicating their participation daily.

So, make a trip to “The Glen” with the family, support the inspired work of the Spalding Foundation and CHALLENGE THE CHAMPIONS Friday August 12th. To learn more about The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers, go to their website: www.spaldingfoundation.org

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ConcreteKicksAsphaltShangri-La II Motorspeedway and the American Speed Association welcome the Amsoil Great American Circle Track Tour to the Tioga Center, NY facility this Saturday night. " We are proud to welcome Circle Track Magazine senior Technical Editor, Bob Bolles and his wife Karen to high banked half mile. It is an honor to be one of the 25 tracks selected for their visit in the second year of their tour" said track manager Amy Stilson. Bolles and his wife are in the second year of a four year tour stopping at local race tracks to talk shop with the drivers and crews. They are talking with track owners, promoters and drivers to discuss issues important to racing and develop future feature stories for Circle Track Magazine. The tour will present a case of Amsoil Racing Lubricants to the winner of the ASA Latemodel feature as well as having tour souvenirs and giveaways for the fans.

Read more: Amsoil Great American Circle Track Tour Checks Out the Concrete

 

The Race of Champions weekend is in the history books, and it is time for the competitors of Shangri-La II Motorspeedway to return to the high banked concrete half mile and get to work deciding who will be the 2011 champions. In the previous two seasons, there has not been a repeat champion. Will this year break that streak and realize a two time champion in at least one of the divisions?  Lee Sharpsteen has had the hot set-up in the Street Stock division, going undefeated this season collecting six wins in six events. He has already become a two time champion this year by winning the Race of Champions Super Stock feature for the second year in a row last weekend at Oswego. Sharpsteen is the defending series champion at Shangri-La II, and currently leads the points by 79 over his older brother Charlie. Positions 2-6 are separated by only 21 points. Gil Sharpsteen is in third place currently, 6 points behind second place. Billy Coyle is fourth in points, just 3 out of third. Cricket Clonch is 11 points behind Coyle in fifth place while Charlie Lohmeyer is in sixth place, just 1 point out of fifth.

Jimmy Zacharias is out to become the first repeat winner in open wheeled competition as he is defending his 2010 Sportsman title. The third generation driver leads the All Time Wins list for Sportsman at the Concrete Castle with 11 wins, and counting. Jimmy “Z” has won 4 of the 5 races he has competed in out of the six events this year. His only finish that wasn’t a win was finishing 2nd to his brother T-J in the first event of 2011. John Wilber is the current points leader over Jimmy Zacharias by just 7 points. 2010 Rookie of the Year, Bryan Sherwood has rebounded from a tough second week to sit third in the points, only three points out of second. T-J Zacharias is fourth in points, just three out of third. Paul Johnson completes the top five in points, 40 points out of fourth.

Read more: RACING FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

   

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