Shangri-La II Motor Speedway celebrates its first birthday along with our nation's birthday by presenting the Great American Classic this Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4, with racing at 5:00 p.m. each day. Saturday's lineup shows the Modifieds racing 35 laps, Street Stocks 20 laps, and the debut of the Allison Legacy Series North over a 15-lap distance. Sunday the ASA Late Models are featured for 30 laps, Sportsman Modifieds for 25 laps, Super Stocks for 20 laps, and the popular INEX Legends for 15 laps.
Saturday's Modified show will be an entirely new program, not a continuation last week's darkness-shortened event. One feature of that race will be carried over, however, the "cone rule" or "choose your lane" restart procedure that proved popular with the fans in its debut. It was so popular, in fact, that the track has decided to implement the rule for a three-week trial period.
The "cone rule" allows each driver to pick their lane for the restart when they reach the cone on the front straight. A driver who is willing to pick the less popular lane can move forward in the lineup, while the drivers who insist on taking the preferred groove wind up paying for the privilege by starting further back.
Officials of Shangri-La II Motor Speedway have announced the booking of the Allison Legacy Series North as part of the Saturday program at the Great American Classic weekend, July 3-4. The 3/4 scale stock cars will join the tour-type Modifieds and the track's Street Stock division in action that day.
The Great American Classic continues on Sunday, July 4, with ASA Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds, RoC-style Super Stocks, and INEX Legends in action. Both days will see gates open at 1:00 p.m., practice at 3:00 p.m., and racing at 5:00 p.m.
The Allison Legacy cars have been produced since 1995 by Allison Brothers Racing in Salisbury, N.C., owned by the three sons of NASCAR great Donnie Allison. Carrying modern stock-appearing bodies, the Legacy cars use a sealed, 120 horsepower Mazda engine and weigh 1425 pounds, making them similar to the INEX Legends in their power-to-weight ratio.
So far in the 2010 the Allison Legacy Series North has raced at Waterford, Conn., Monadnock, N.H., and Seekonk, Mass. While most of the drivers are from New England, the point leader, Paul Tuthill, makes his home in Washingtonville, N.Y., near Middletown.
"The INEX Legends have become a fan favorite here at Shangri-La II, with close racing in the draft and last-lap lead changes. While they look more contemporary, the Allison Legacy cars share the same philosophy and we look forward to a good show from them as we celebrate our first birthday on our nation's birthday," said track manager Amy Stilson.
Fans planning to stay for both days of the Great American Classic are reminded that camping is free on the grounds of Shangri-La II Motor Speedway outside the ticket gates. For more information, visit shangrila-2.com or call 607-330-2622.