In 2010, the feature distance was 75 green flag laps, and for 2011 that has been boosted to 100 laps. Last year the 50-50 jackpot reached over $1,000 but was unclaimed and carried over to the second RoC event scheduled, which was rained out twice. That stack of cash will be the seed money for the 50-50 on May 15; in other words, the jackpot will be over $1,000 before the first ticket is sold on May 15 and it could double on race day.
The drivers who duelled for the checkered flag in 2010, Pete Brittain, who led most of the way, and eventual winner Chuck Hossfeld, are expected to return along with three-time defending RoC series champion Matt Hirschman and a field that should rival the 30-car turnout from 2010. A free date on the calendars of other modified touring series could bring contenders from New England to challenge the Race of Champions regulars.
"It should be a great way to kick off the 2011 season," said track manager Amy Stilson, who reminded fans that Shangri-La II will race every week on Saturday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day with the exception of June 16, when the weekly program will be on Thursday, and July 22-24, when the track will close in support of the 61st annual Sunoco Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway.
The pit gate opens on May 15 at 10:00 a.m. with grandstands set to open at 11:00 a.m. and racing at 1:00 p.m. The Sportsman Modifieds, ASA Late Models, and Street Stocks are on the program in a preview of their Saturday night attraction as well. Open practice for all classes is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 13-14.
For more information, call 607-330-2622.
PLEASE NOTE: Shangri-La II Truck Rules have been updated as of 5/4/11. Click here to view. After reviewing the feedback from the racing community, especially from pre-registered and potential entrants, Shangri- La II Motor Speedway has decided to follow the Empire Sport Truck (EST) series rulebook for the entry level class being started at the track in 2011. The Rules below have been updated to the EST series rules and are also available on the EST Series website at www.empiresporttrucks.com. Shangri-La II also remains interested in developing a six-cylinder truck class and wants to hear from racers who would support this type of class.
As a result of the these late rule changes, we are offering a FREE Track License and FREE Pit Driver Pit Entry for the season for anyone that is already pre-registered or wants register and race weekly in the 4cyl or 6cyl classes at Shangri-La II.
Standardized trucks conforming to Shangri-La II rules are currently being built by the Speedway. For those wishing to lease a truck for the season or purchase a truck, please contact the speedway for more information.