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.