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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

   

memorial_day_madnessOfficials of Shangri-La II Motor Speedway have announced that the Memorial Day Madness event next weekend has been consolidated into a one-day, five-class program on Sunday, May 30. Originally a two-day event was envisioned at the ASA Member Track, but the heavy racing schedule around the region on the first holiday weekend of the season meant the change was in the interest of all parties.

"We've all had our share of weather issues in May, and Shangri-La II has been more fortunate than most tracks," said track manager Amy Stilson. " We owe it to our fans, our race teams, and our sponsors to present the best possible product, and we saw that a Sunday-only event was the best way to achieve that," she added.

Read more: Shangri-La II's Memorial Day Madness Set As One-Day Show, Sunday, May 30

 

Dear Shangri-La II Race Fans:

Thank you for your fantastic support of our "ROC'n Concrete Rumble" last Sunday. The Race of Champions really put Shangri-La II on the map as a major track for big-time modified racing. The Pit Party was a great success and I can't say enough about your cooperation in clearing the pit area when requested to do so.

Of course there were some glitches and one of them was with the 50-50 drawing for $1003. We did not have a winner from the first number drawn and when we announced the second number in victory lane most fans were on their way to the parking lot.

Read more: Important Information for Last Sunday's 50-50 Ticket Holders

   

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