travis_fisher1Three of the four weekly division titles at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway were locked up, practically if not mathematically, before the final point race of the season. Not so the ASA Late Models, where the championship battle went down to the last lap of the last race before Travis Fisher of Fern Glen, Pa. edged out defending champion Jim Lamoreaux by the slimmest margin possible, just two points. It was so close that race director Jason Waibel rechecked his arithmetic before making the call.

Fisher, whose father Larry was a late model contender in the inaugural year of the Concrete Castle but raced only once this season, benefited from the presence of Brad Smales as crew chief. Long time fans will recall Smales as the 1984 late model champion at the original Shangri-La Speedway, and real old timers will remember the potent No. 41 modifieds fielded by Brad's father Cal Smales from his South Montrose shop in the 1970's. Brad later made a name for himself as a top competitor at the Jennerstown Speedway in western Pennsylvania, running against nationally-known late model stars like Steve Peles and Glenn Gault every week.

Read more: Travis Fisher Hangs Tough for ASA Late Model Title

 
lee_sharpsteenIf you are a Sharpsteen racing in the Southen Tier, you are expected to win. Lee Sharpsteen kept the name of the Chemung family flying high during the 2010 Steet Stock season at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway as he won the Street Stock championship by a commanding margin of 126 points over Billy Coyle. His No. 8 Chevy Monte Carlo won four features with four second places and one third. The only points race where he was not scored in the top three was the season opener, where he finished sixth in the combined standings of two races,

The seeds of Sharpsteen's 2010 success were planted in the final two races of 2009, when Lee, owner Mike McDonald, and crew chief Dan Wheaton debuted their new car with its purple paint job. Lee had spent the inaugural season at the Concrete Castle in the Sportsman Modified class, where he took fourth in points. He wasn't really competitive for feature wins and he was up against better-financed tams, so when the new full-body machine proved competitive vright off the trailer, it wasn't hard to make his plans for 2010.

Lee didn't win until the Fourth of July weekend, but he was already in the thick of the point race and he would go on to win four of the last six races to pull away from the field. On Labor Day weekend, he started fifth in the feature lineup and took the lead on the first lap in a dominating performance. In a class noted for racing as a contact sport, Sharpsteen avoided major damage all season. "We didn't even bend a wheel," he said.

While circumstances can change rapidly in stock car racing, Lee Sharpsteen cureently expects to be back in action with the same team in 2011, defendng his Shangri-La II Motor Speedway Street Stock title.

Lee Sharspteen and the rest of Shangri-La II's 2010 track champions will be honored at the second annual Awards Banquet set for Friday, January 28, 2011 at The McKinley in Endicott.

 

Officials of Shangri-La II Motor Speedway have announced with regret the cancellation of the 2010 Fall Brawl. Originally scheduled for the weekend of October 2-3, the event was postponed by weather conditions and condensed to a one-day format for October 16, only to again fall victim to the elements.

"We had to consider all the factors," said track manager Amy Stilson. "We want to establish the Fall Brawl as a traditional event, but with the setbacks we've had already this year, the arrival of cold weather, and the commitment of many of the top modified teams to the North-South Shootout in three weeks, we didn't see much chance for success. So we decided to cancel the event and concentrate on preparation for the 2011 season."

The 50-50 jackpot of $1,003 which was unclaimed at the May 16 Race of Champions Series event and held over to the second RoC date which was also rained out twice, will be held safely over the winter and form the starting point of the 50-50 for the first Race of Champions date in 2011.

   

jim_storaceJim 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.

Read more: Jim Storace Aims To Wipe Away Regular Season Blues At Shangri-La II's Fall Brawl Modified Classic; 50-50 Starts At $1,003

 

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.

Read more: "9/11 Memorial Night" At Shangri-La II on Sat., Sept. 11 Will Qualify Winners For November's North-South Shootout At Concord, N.C.

   

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