cone_modsShangri-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.

Read more: "Choose Your Lane" Restart Rules Begin Three-Week Trial Period in Shangri-La II Modified Division At Great American Classic This Saturday, July 3


allison_legacyOfficials 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 or call 607-330-2622.


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"


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


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