Tioga Center, NY - The track and grounds were thoroughly saturated by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee last weekend, but fortunately no significant damage resulted from the deluge of rain. The same cannot be said, however, to the fans, race teams, crews, employees and families associated with the "Concrete Castle". "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the catastrophic flooding which happened in our community" said track manager, Amy Stilson. "The Fall Brawl" takes on a new meaning for everyone as September 22nd rolls around. People will be more than ready to take a break from the clean-up and restoration and come out for a night full of racing entertainment.

The third annual Fall Brawl is scheduled for September 22 – 24. There will be Open Practice for all divisions competing in the Fall Brawl on Thursday September 22. Practice begins at 5:00 pm with free grandstand admission. Pit admission for practice is $ 15.00. The Sportsman, Street Stocks and EST Trucks will be in action on Friday September 23. Pit Gates on Friday 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 will see Modifieds, Latemodels, Legends and Four Cylinders in action. Pit Gates on Saturday will open at 2:00pm, Grandstand Gates open and Practice begins at 3:30 pm and racing getting underway at 5:00 pm.


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.

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hazlittlogoA first time champion and the first successfully defended championship have been all but engraved on the trophies, but what about the third one. Seven points are all that separate the top three drivers in the Sportsman division. Candor, NY's Jimmy Zacharias is trying to become the first repeat open wheel champion in the three year history of the concrete half mile, but he has to have a perfect night to accomplish that feat. He is being closely challenged by John Wilber and his younger brother, T-J Zacharias. Jimmy Zacharias had a motor give out with three laps to go last Saturday night. Wilber, sold his equipment to Zacharias Racing three weeks ago, and has driven J.R. Kent's number 16 the past two weeks. Wilber trails Jimmy by six points. T-J Zacharias has driven, the past two weeks, the car that Wilber drove all season long, until the sale. Ironically, the car is the same car in which Jimmy Zacharias drove to the 2010 Sportsman championship. T-J has two wins this season, winning the season opener and last week, closing to within one point of Wilber and seven points of his older brother for his first championship. By the way, the only last name on the Sportsman trophy at Shangri-La II has been Zacharias. Rick Zacharias claimed the title in the 2009 inaugural season. Positions four through six are hotly contested as well. Bryan Sherwood is fourth in points with 420. Tony Hanbury trails his teammate by fifteen points in fifth and veteran Tom Shiner trails Hanbury by four points and is only nineteen points out of fourth.

Read more: Championships to be Claimed on Saturday Night


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”.

Read more: "Challenge the Champions" Successful for the Spalding Foundation


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