Shangri-La II Motor Speedway is proud to announce an all-star lineup of talent for its first Stars of NASCAR Night on Saturday, August 7, the night before the Sprint Cup race at nearby Watkins Glen. Two NASCAR Cup Series champions and two of NASCAR's most colorful personalities will make the night at the Concrete Castle one to remember.

Rusty Wallace, the 1989 Winston Cup champion and his brother Kenny Wallace, whose outspoken television personality sometimes overshadows his driving talent, will be joined by 2003 title winner Matt Kenseth and two-time Daytona 500 victor Michael Waltrip, who has become a TV favorite as well. Rusty will man the microphone while the other three compete in a match race series using the top cars in Shangri-La's popular ASALate Model division.

Fans purchasing VIP tickets will have a chance for autographs and photos in a reserved tent at the track, with details to be announced in the near future. The night's schedule will be arranged to give fans attending the Saturday afternoon Nationwide Series event at Watkins Glen time to make the 45 to 50 minute trip to Shangri-La II in time for all the festivities. Of course, a full ASA Member Track racing program for the Modifieds, ASA Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds, and Street Stocks, will be part of the evening.

"Putting this package together has been one of our highest priorities for the 2010 season, along with the installation of our lighting system," said track manager Amy Stilson. "Both projects are now well underway, and they will meet for a spectacular Stars of NASCAR Night at Shangri-La II," she added.

Event schedule, pricing, and VIP ticket package details will be announced in the near future.

 

Hoosier_Daddy_LogoTwo of the most famous racing names in the Southern Tier will join together in this Saturday's "Hoosier Daddy Night" ASA Member Track racing program presented by Hoosier Tires at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway. J.R. Kent, a two-time champion of the original Shangri-La Speedway and the son of all-time modified winner George Kent, will drive for the Zacharias Racing team in both the Modified and Sportsman Modified divisions. J.R. Kent has been a regular in the Sportsman ranks at Shangri-La II this season, but he will be making his 2010 Modified debut at the Concrete Castle.

Car owner Terrry Zacharias explained that the arrangement, which is on a race-to-race basis at this time, should work for both parties. Kent will have the opportunity to race a competitive Modified and upgrade his Sportsman program, while the team's lead driver, Jimmy Zacharias, will benefit from Kent's experience as both teammate and mentor as he seeks to move forward in his own racing career.

Read more: J.R. Kent Scheduled To Pilot Zacharias Modified And Sportsman Cars At Shangri-La II Motor Speedway In Saturday's "Hoosier Daddy Night"

 
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The SpeedSTRs, open cockpit cars which created such a positive impression among Shangri-La II Motor Speedway racing fans in 2009, are set for their first of two appearances at the Concrete Castle on Hoosier Daddy Night presented by Hoosier Racing Tires this Saturday, June 12. Race time is 5:00 p.m. for the five-class ASA Member Track program that includes the headline tour-type Modifieds, the ASA Late Models, the Sportsman Modifieds, and the Street Stocks.

The SpeedSTR class is the creation of racing veteran Richie Tobias, who conceived and produced a racer that looks and performs much like a midget car from the USAC or ARDC circuits, but at a fraction of the cost. A sealed four-cylinder Mopar engine of 280 horsepower permits lap speeds close to the Sportsman Modifieds at a price of $17,000, ready to race.

When it was first introduced, the SpeedSTR class was most notable for its celebrity competitors like Ray Evernham and Erin Crocker, but now it is producing talent for the higher ranks of open cockpit racing, like Billy Van Inwegen who has moved on to the limited sprint car ranks with success. Among the SpeedSTR rookies of 2010 is Fred Rahmer Jr., the teenage son of sprint car legend "Fast Freddy" Rahmer.

Read more: SpeedSTRs Return To Shangri-La II On "Hoosier Daddy Night", Saturday, June 12 Along With Full Program Of Weekly Racing Classes

   
  • IMG_4626They say the best way to get in racing shape is to race. Jim Storace is proving that as he comes back from his hard crash in the Race of Champions at Shangri-La II on May 16. Five days after the accident he raced with the RoC at Albany-Saratoga on Friday and took seventh at Shangri-La II on Saturday. Over Memorial Day he scored a top ten at Oswego on Saturday and then won at the Concrete Castle on Sunday. It was his second career win at Shangri-La II.
  • Owego's Dean Rypkema repeated his second place finish from the previous Modified feature at his home track, but this was a whole different race. In the May 22 feature event he was a distant runner-up to long-gone winner Rick Zacharias. This time he passed several contenders to reach second, then closed the distance to Storace but could not find a way around him.
  • The five leaders of Sunday's 35-lapper set a new Shangri-La II record, and there were four lead changes in the first 13 laps. The second groove was fast all day.
 

Not many drivers race in three top-line classes during a season. Even fewer attempt to race in all three on the same race program. That was the task Jimmy Zacharias set for himself in last Saturday's "Concrete Kicks Asphalt" event at Shangri-La II. He did it with impressive results, leading two of his three features and recording two heats wins. His feature logbook showed a second, a third, and one DNF.

sm_71_jz_32_th_4638Jimmy has been a two-class performer since the Concrete Castle opened last July, driving his father Terry's equipment. In 2009, he was second to uncle Rick Zacharias in the Sportsman points and tied Rick for second in the Modifieds. A couple of weeks ago the Zacharias garage opened its doors to a pair of ASA Late Models purchased from Roland Teed. Both Jimmy and uncle Chris were fast the first time out on Race of Champions day, with Jimmy leading until fuel starvation sent him to the pits. Here' a quick look at Jimmy's long day at the office last Saturday.

Sportsman- Heat win, led laps 4-17 in the feature, finished second to Tony Hanbury.

Late Model- Led laps 12-18, pitted with smoke from under the car.

Modified- After a practice incident with his intended ride, he switched to the gold No. 71 "Mr. Jim  Tribute Car" painted in his grandfather's colors, won his heat, and finished a charging third in the main event.

It's safe to say no one has ever won three features on the same day at either Shangri-La track. That milestone might not be far away.

Read more: Concrete Kicks Asphalt Notebook: Jimmy Zacharias' Marathon Race Day

   

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