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 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.