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”.
Tioga Center, NY - Preparations are underway for the final on-track activity for the 2011 racing season at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. The 3rd Annual FALL BRAWL will take to the half mile concrete high banks on September 22 – 24, 2011. Pre-event entries are now being accepted. The entry blank can be downloaded from the speedway website: www.shangrila-2.com. The entries MUST be postmarked on or before September 9th to receive the pre-event discount.
The three day event will begin with an open practice on Thursday September 22nd. Practice begins at 5:00 pm with free grandstand admission. Pit admission is just $15.00. The racing gets underway on Friday, September 23rd with the Sportsman running a 65 lap feature, the Street Stocks running a 50 lapper and the EST Trucks making their Shangri-La II debut in a 20 lap feature. Saturday, September 24th will feature the second appearance of the Modifieds this season in a 75 lap feature, the ASA Late Models will run a 50 lap feature, Legends cars will make their first appearance of the season in a 20 lapper and the 4 Cylinder Stocks will make their debut at "The Concrete Castle" in a 25 lap feature. Shangri-La II Motorspeedway utilizes AMB Timing and Scoring, therefore Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models and Street Stocks are required to have transponders in their cars while on track. Transponders are available for rental at the track. A few drivers already committing to run in the 2011 FALL BRAWL are 2009 ASA Late Model champion, Jim Lamoreaux, 2010 and 2011 Street Stock champion, Lee Sharpsteen, Bob Ripley and Danielle Buchek.
Friday, September 23, Pit Gates open at 4:00pm, Grandstand Gates open and Practice begins at 5:30 pm. Racing gets the green flag at 7:00 pm. Saturday, September 24, Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, Grandstand Gates open and Practice begins at 3:30 pm and racing getting underway at 5:00 pm.Click here for all the details!
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 !!!!!!!
Shangri-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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