Four in a row!!! Enough is enough, is the phrase being heard around the "Concrete Castle". With race teams coming into the pits, and fans beginning to come through the gates, everyone braced themselves for a 45 minute deluge of rain, thunder, lightning and high wind. Once the storm passed, the sun tried to break through the clouds, and the track began to dry nicely. There were a few spots where the ground water was weeping across the track, but wait a minute – hold the happiness. Here came more light sprinkles of rain. The drivers were asked to go to the tech barn to meet with the track and decide what to do. The drivers gave some ideas, but Mother Nature had ideas of her own as another downpour forced the cancellation of the program. "We need to get some races in. It's just that simple" said a dejected track manager, Amy Stilson. "We went for it today, and it just didn't work out. We had people coming in, food cooking in the concessions and employees and teams eager to go racing. We are exploring a lot of alternatives right now including running some Sunday shows in addition to the scheduled Saturday races. We might run some double point's shows, double features shows or even run a double feature each for one of the classes on a rotational basis. We are talking with the teams to see what would work out for them before we make any announcements". With the rain out, fans that had paid their admission for Saturday night need to bring their wrist bands back and they will be admitted to Sundays show. The Tobias SpeedSTR's will stick around and be back at the track on Sunday. The Burnin' Rubber Night to benefit Traci's Hope will be re-scheduled to a later date.
Leading the list of new menu selections are Red Osier roast beef sandwiches, a product of the Rochester-area steakhouse well known at stadiums throughout New York State. Corn dogs and pulled pork also join the menu and all items will be available throughout the Saturday night racing season at the Concrete Castle, which begins May 28.
On the track, opening day, Sunday, May 15, headlines the first race of the 2011 Race of Champions Modified Series, a 100 lap shootout which shapes up as the premier paved track race in the northeast that weekend. The RoC Series features all green flag racing with caution laps not counting, so fans will see all the laps of racing they paid for. Defending winner Chuck Hossfeld and three-time series champion Matt Hirschman lead a talented field into action.
Shangri-La II's regular classes – Sportsman Modifieds, ASA Late Models, and Street Stocks - are on the program as well. One lucky fan will leave with an unprecedented 50-50 jackpot, as last year's RoC 50-50 was never claimed, and its $1,000 plus has been carried over to seed the first 50-50 of the new year.
Pit gates open at 10:00 a.m. on May 15 and grandstand gates at 11:00 a.m. Practice runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There are no time trials, so the first heat rolls off the line at 1:00 p.m.