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Shangri-La Speedway

0.500 mi./0.805 km. Paved Oval located in Owego, NY
Opened: 1946 | Closed: 2005



Promoters: Chris Zacharias

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The following table contains a list of all known touring series or major events held at this speedway. Think we're missing one or have the results to it? Contact us!

Date Sanction Winner Laps
25 April 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Mike Zopp
9 May 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Jack Murphy
23 May 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Mike Zopp
23 May 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Mike Zopp
26 June 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Billy Yuma
27 June 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Jerry Cook (NY)
4 July 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
11 July 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bill Strosahl 25
18 July 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bill Stroshal
25 July 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
8 August 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 25
29 August 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 50
5 September 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
12 September 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
19 September 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Jerry Cook (NY)
26 September 1964 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
24 April 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
1 May 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Mike Zopp
8 May 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
15 May 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bill Strosahl 25
12 June 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
19 June 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
26 June 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bill Strosahl
3 July 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Billy Blum
7 August 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Lee Osborne
14 August 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
28 August 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Lee Osborne 50
4 September 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
6 September 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 50
18 September 1965 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bob Strosahl
1 May 1966 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf
7 May 1966 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
14 May 1966 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 25
21 May 1966 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Lee Osborne 25
11 June 1966 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
26 July 1966 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Billy Blum
6 August 1966 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
20 August 1966 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 25
16 April 1967 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Lee Osborne
23 April 1967 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bill Strosahl
13 May 1967 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf
27 April 1968 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf
8 June 1968 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
9 June 1968 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf 100
9 June 1968 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf
14 July 1968 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 100
26 April 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Roger Treichler 25
3 May 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Jim Shampine 25
17 May 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf 25
24 May 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Jerry Hayes 25
31 May 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 100
7 June 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
14 June 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf 50
28 June 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf 25
5 July 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 25
9 August 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 50
23 August 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Don Diffendorf 50
30 August 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bryan Osgood 25
13 September 1969 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 100
18 April 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 25
25 April 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Geoffrey Bodine 25
9 May 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 25
30 May 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 50
30 May 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Sonny Seamon 25
6 June 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 50
13 June 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bob Merz 25
20 June 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 25
2 July 1970 All Star Racing League Maynard Troyer 100
4 July 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Geoffrey Bodine 25
11 July 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Ed Rafferty 25
25 July 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Mike Loescher 50
8 August 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Geoffrey Bodine 50
15 August 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Bob Merz 25
29 August 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag 50
5 September 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Ron Wallace 25
12 September 1970 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Ed Rafferty 100
18 April 1971 Shangri-La Speedway Modified Div Dutch Hoag
5 May 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Bugs Stevens
2 June 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Mike Loeschar 100
9 June 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 30
23 June 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Bugs Stevens 100
30 June 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 100
21 July 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Jerry Cook (NY) 100
4 August 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Maynard Troyer
11 August 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Bryan Osgood 50
11 August 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Grame Bolia 50
1 September 1973 NASCAR Modified National Championship Maynard Troyer 125
4 May 1974 NASCAR Modified National Championship Geoffrey Bodine
6 July 1974 NASCAR Modified National Championship Dave Nichols
10 August 1974 NASCAR Modified National Championship Geoffrey Bodine 30
25 August 1974 NASCAR Modified National Championship Geoffrey Bodine
19 April 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
3 May 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
10 May 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent
17 May 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
31 May 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 25
31 May 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Wayne Edwards 25
8 June 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Sonny Seamon
21 June 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
5 July 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 30
5 July 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 50
12 July 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 30
19 July 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
26 July 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 50
26 July 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Sonny Seamon 30
2 August 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
9 August 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 50
9 August 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 50
16 August 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 30
30 August 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Maynard Troyer 30
30 August 1975 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 50
8 May 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Richie Evans
15 May 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Sonny Seamon 30
29 May 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Richie Evans 30
12 June 1976 North East Auto Racing Association George Kent
3 July 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Jim Armstrong 25
10 July 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Richie Evans 30
17 July 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Richie Evans
14 August 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Richie Evans
14 August 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Richie Evans 100
28 August 1976 North East Auto Racing Association Richie Evans
7 May 1977 North East Auto Racing Association George Kent
11 June 1977 North East Auto Racing Association Richie Evans
16 July 1977 North East Auto Racing Association Dean Hoag
30 July 1977 North East Auto Racing Association George Kent
20 May 1978 North East Auto Racing Association Dean Hoag 50
7 July 1979 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent
21 July 1979 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent
28 July 1979 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 30
11 August 1979 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
25 August 1979 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 100
15 September 1979 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 100
19 April 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Jerry Cook (NY) 80
26 April 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent
3 May 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 40
10 May 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent
24 May 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Geoffrey Bodine 80
24 May 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Jerry Cook (NY)
7 June 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Dave Kotary 30
14 June 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 30
21 June 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 80
5 July 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 65
12 July 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Billy Griffin 30
19 July 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Jerry Cook (NY) 30
26 July 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 30
2 August 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship Geoffrey Bodine 80
9 August 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 30
16 August 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 50
23 August 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 80
6 September 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent
13 September 1980 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent 100
2 May 1981 NASCAR Modified National Championship Jerry Cook (NY) 40
25 July 1981 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
1 August 1981 NASCAR Modified National Championship George Kent
22 August 1981 NASCAR Modified National Championship Billy Griffin
26 September 1981 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 100
29 May 1982 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
3 July 1982 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
14 May 1983 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 150
4 June 1983 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans 83
13 August 1983 NASCAR Modified National Championship Richie Evans
14 July 1984 NASCAR Modified National Championship Brian Ross (NY)
21 July 1984 NASCAR Modified National Championship
NASCAR Winston Racing Series Northeast Region Championship
Brian Ross (NY)
8 September 1984 NASCAR Modified National Championship
NASCAR Winston Racing Series Northeast Region Championship
Richie Evans
22 September 1984 NASCAR Modified National Championship
NASCAR Winston Racing Series Northeast Region Championship
Richie Evans
27 July 1985 NEMA Nokie Fornoro
21 September 1985 NASCAR Winston Modified Tour George Kent 150
1 January 1986 NEMA Drew Fornoro
31 May 1986 International Supermodified Association Joe Gosek
21 September 1986 NASCAR Winston Modified Tour Jimmy Spencer
1 August 1987 NASCAR Busch Grand National North Series Jimmy Spencer 150
26 September 1987 NASCAR Winston Modified Tour George Kent
2 July 1988 NASCAR Busch Grand National North Series Pete Silva 100
24 September 1988 NASCAR Winston Modified Tour Mike McLaughlin 150
9 October 1989 NASCAR Winston Modified Tour George Kent 150
4 May 1991 International Supermodified Association Gary Morton
1 May 1993 International Supermodified Association Gary Allbritain
28 May 1994 New York State Modified Series Jan Leaty
3 July 1994 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Ed Flemke, Jr. 102
24 September 1994 New York State Modified Series Charlie Rudolph
30 April 1995 International Supermodified Association Mike Ordway
27 May 1995 New York State Modified Series George Kent
15 July 1995 NASCAR Busch North Series Dave Dion 150
23 September 1995 New York State Modified Series George Kent
28 April 1996 International Supermodified Association Chris Perley
25 May 1996 New York State Modified Series George Kent
8 June 1996 NASCAR Busch North Series Bobby Dragon 145
21 September 1996 New York State Modified Series George Kent
25 May 1997 New York State Modified Series George Kent
6 July 1997 NASCAR Busch North Series Brad Leighton 150
13 July 1997 New York State Modified Series George Kent
23 May 1998 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour George Kent
12 September 1998 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour J.R. Kent
24 April 1999 PRO Truck Tour Bryon Chew
29 May 1999 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour J.R. Kent
18 September 1999 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Rick Woods
27 May 2000 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour J.R. Kent
24 September 2000 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Lee Sherwood
8 July 2001 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Zane Zeiner
27 April 2002 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour T.J. Potrzebowski 61
23 June 2002 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour George Kent
25 May 2003 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour North Region Lee Sherwood 61
17 August 2003 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour North Region George Kent 50
24 August 2003 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Central Region Lee Sherwood 100
30 May 2004 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour North Region Tony Hanbury 75
25 July 2004 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Central Region Eric Beers 100
29 May 2005 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Central Region Zane Zeiner 61
24 July 2005 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Central Region Zane Zeiner
28 August 2005 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour North Region Jan Leaty

A table of all seasons in which The Third Turn has point standings for this track. Click on each individual season to view all divisions and point standings. If we don't have points to a particular season and you do, please Contact us!


Shangri-La Speedway was a speedway in Owego, New York. It was a half-mile (0.8 km) oval race track facility. Over a span of fifty years, Shangri-La hosted automobile races of various kinds, including a NASCAR Grand National race in 1952, AAA Championship Cars, stock cars, Modifieds, Supermodifieds, and supporting classes. Shangri-La's weekly racing was widely considered among the best in the sport during several different periods, including years when nine-time NASCAR National Modified Champion Richie Evans and seven-time NASCAR National Modified Champion Jerry Cook were regulars. The facility also included an eighth-mile (0.2 km) drag strip and a tenth-mile oval track for microds (a type of wooden-bodied go-kart raced in many clubs in upstate New York). Its formal name was changed to Shangri-La Motor Speedway (in use from 1979 to 1991) and to Tioga Motorsports Park (in use from 1991 to 2005), but most racers and fans still referred to it as "Shangri-La".

Track History

Shangri-La Speedway was opened in 1946 by Bill Owen who planned and built the track with help of family members; was re-opened in 1959 by a group of area drag racers; and was re-opened in 1962 by Fran Gitchell. It was closed in 1956 due to neglect and small crowds; was closed in 1959 after a few drag events; and was finally closed for good after 2005 to allow gravel mining from the property. The track itself still stands but the parking lot and camping area is dug out and the track is an island.

Photo Gallery

==Weekly featured division and sanctioning body==
  • 1946-48: ESRA (Eastern States Racing Association) Sprints
  • 1949: ESRA Sprints and unsanctioned Stock Cars
  • 1950-56: unsanctioned Stock Cars
  • 1959: NASCAR drag racing
  • 1962-64: unsanctioned Supermodifieds and Modifieds
  • 1965-72: unsanctioned Modifieds
  • 1973-75: NASCAR Modifieds
  • 1976-78: NEARA (Northeast Auto Racing Association) Modifieds
  • 1979-xx: NASCAR Modifieds
  • 19xx-2005: unsanctioned Modifieds

Visits by major touring series

  • 1946-48: AAA Championship Cars, AAA Sprint Cars
  • 1952: NASCAR Grand National (won by Tim Flock)
  • 1970: All-Star Racing League
  • 1979-91: ISMA (International SuperModified Association) Supermodifieds
  • 1987-88: American IndyCar Series
  • 198x: NASCAR Busch Grand National North
  • 1994: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Track regulars who went on to Cup racing

References

  • "Through the Years at Shangri-La: The Final Chapter". Monnat, Michael E. Gater Racing News, August 26, 2005.
  • Bourcier, Bones. RICHIE!: The Fast Life and Times of NASCAR's Greatest Modified Driver (1st ed., 2004). Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA: Coastal 181. ISBN 0-9709854-6-0.

External links

Official Website