*** Shangri-La Press ***
TIOGA CENTER, N.Y. – A pair of drivers scored their first career victories in commanding style Saturday at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway during Crazy George’s Concrete Craziness Night at the ASA Member Track. Second generation driver Bryan Sherwood won the Sportsman Modified event, while Jerry Dineen, who has been knocking on the door all year, finally broke the lock to ASA Late Model victory lane.
The Modified and Street Stock features were postponed to a later date. The Street Stock event was halted due to an excess of on-track incidents, while time constraints forced the Modified race to be suspended with five of the scheduled 35 laps complete. Make-up dates for both races will be announced.
With undefeated point leader Tony Hanbury not in attendance due to an injury sustained racing on Friday night, Bryan Sherwood led all the way in the Sportsman feature. Carrying the familiar No. 95 used by his father Lee Sherwood to win five track titles at the original Shangri-La Speedway, Bryan survived late race pressure from defending track champion Rick Zacharias. Jimmy Zacharias, J.R. Kent, and John Markovic completed the top five.
Dineen, who chose to make Shangri-La II his racing home after the closure of Adirondack International Speedway, was rewaded for his long weekly tow and several racing incidents that have set his 2010 program back with his ASA Late Model victory. Chris Zacharias, whose own ASA Late Model efforts have ben plagued with mechanical issues, took second ahead of Dr. Dave Rigan, Travis Fisher, and track champion Jim Lamoreaux.
The Modified race was delayed due to a single car accident in turn 2 involving Rick Zacharias, who was assisted from the car but was alert and talking to safety personnel at the scene. He was transported to a local hospital for observation. When the race is resumed, Jimmy Zacharias will be the leader over John Markovic, Jim Storace, Dean Rypkema, and Scott Conover.
Next weekend, Shangri-La II Motor Speedway presents its Great American Classic two-day show, with Modifieds, Street Stocks, and the Allison Legacy Series North scheduled on Saturday. ASA Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds, RoC-style Super Stocks, and INEX Legends make up the Sunday card. Race time is 5:00 p.m. both days. For more information, visit Shangrila-2.com or call 607-330-2622.