Date: 3/25/2012 9:42:50 PM

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2012


Contact: Tom Cummings 

Tioga Center NY -   Anticipation and excitement is building as the calendar moves toward May 11th and the Benefit for Al Robinson. Interest in the event is coming in from the local short tracks all the way up to the NASCAR and Indy Racing League.  The two day event takes place on May 11-12, 2012 at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY. The schedule for the event is in its final stages of preparation, but tentative plans call for the gates to the speedway property to open at 11:00 am on Friday May 11th for people to begin setting up their camp sites, and groups to set up their displays.  Official starting time for the Benefit is 5:00 pm on May 11th with activities happening continuously until “Lights Out (Quiet Time) at 1:00 am on May 12th. Activity resumes at 8:00 am on the 12th and will conclude at 12:00 noon.  Race Teams planning on participating in the track’s practice session on May 12th are encouraged to bring in their haulers on Friday May 11th to participate in the benefit activities which include hauler tours for the participants.  The Live Auction is scheduled to take place at 6:00 pm on May 11th. Items for the Silent Auction will go on display at the same time as the Live Auction. Drawings for the winners in the Silent Auction will take place at 11:00 am on May 12th.

Activities planned include 50/50 raffle, Face Painting, Bounce House, Candy Store, Red Solo Cup Challenge, Kids Bicycle Races, Down Hill Races, Pace Car Rides, Face Painting, Movies, Bon Fire, Friday Night Disco Fever Costume and Dance Contest and a Penny Drop for the kids.

Race Teams from all forms of racing are encouraged to bring their rides to place on display. Sky View Drags will also see action during the Benefit hosting practice for their IHRA Drag Racing teams.

“The donations are starting to come in to the Spalding Foundation” reports Spalding Foundation Director, Betty Sherwood. “Once we receive a donation, we turn around and send back the paperwork for a charitable donation to the donor. We are looking for items from race teams and drivers for both the Live and Silent Auctions from racers competing on the local and national levels.”  Already received for the auction is a 2008 Target Indy Car die cast signed by 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner, Scott Dixon courtesy of the Indianapolis Motorspeedway. New Hampshire Motorspeedway had contributed a cash donation as well as a ticket package for auction valued at $ 360.00. Holland Speedway has donated a 2012 season Family Pass, a “Hot Lap Ride” program for two at Lime Rock. Stafford Speedway has contributed a Richie Evans Gift Pack. Several cash donations have been received from but not limited to Dover International Speedway, Ray Evernham Racing, Competition Photographers in Crofton, Maryland, Dick Macco- Stanfield, NC, and Comstock, MI’s Allan Brown. New Hampshire Motorspeedway is also donating a “body panel” from a “Cup Series” car.     

Any donations of tickets and/or artifacts (racing memorabilia) to be auctioned may be sent/delivered directly to Shangri-La 2 Speedway, 114 Skyline Drive, Tioga Center, New York, 13845. Please mark "for Al Robinson fund".  Any monetary donations may be sent by check to The Spalding Foundation, c/o Betty Sherwood, 1074 Sulpher Springs Road, Owego, New York, 13827. Please write "Al Robinson Fund" on the comment line.  All money and check donations specified for the Al Robinson Fund will go to Al Robinson.  Those wishing to volunteer their time to help out with the event can contact Amy Stilson or Laura Kresge at Shangri-La 2 Motorspeedway.

Al Robinson has been involved in racing for over 40 years in various capacities from track announcer at the original Shangri-La Speedway in Owego, NY to Public Relations Director at Dover International Speedway, Public Relations Director for NASCAR’s Busch North series to avid race fan and dedicated “race chaser”. On May 11, 2011, Al suffered a debilitating stroke which has left him in need of 24 hour/day care and  still confined to Elderwood Care Facility in Waverly, New York. He has been working hard through Physical Therapy, but still has a long way to go. He is determined in his words “to beat this thing” and has made tremendous progress. One of the long term side effects of a stroke is the drain on a person’s savings. Al is now facing a significant financial hardship with bills mounting and credit cards reaching their limit.  A group of Al’s friends here in the Southern Tier of New York have come together to get the ball rolling for a family oriented event with all proceeds to go to Al Robinson so he can pay off his mounting debt.


The mission of the Spaulding Foundation for Injured Drivers is to provide monetary support for drivers, crewmen and racing officials who have sustained injuries in a race related accident at a NASCAR, dirt or local licensed track in New York State and around the United States.

In 1988, Rod Spalding was seriously injured while racing at the Rougemont, North Carolina Speedway. Spalding was a well-known and popular driver at the Shangri-La Speedway, Owego (Tioga Motorsports Park), as well as a member of the NASCAR Modified division. Immediately following Spalding’s accident in 1988, Betty Sherwood from Owego, NY organized an event that was held at Quinlan Park, Waverly where fans helped her raise more than $25,000.The following year Sherwood formed the Spalding Foundation in honor of Rod Spalding, and serves as president. Diane Crooker of Horseheads, NY and Pam Olenski of Maine, NY complete the three member board. Since its formation in 1989, the Spalding Foundation has donated over $100,000 to more than 130 individuals and families.

The Spalding Foundation is supported solely by donations and various fundraising events.       

The Al Robinson benefit committee can be reached by e-mail to one of the following members; Amy Stilson (, Betty Sherwood (, Lora Kresge (, Tom Cummings (,  Jim Burleigh ( or Greg Zyla (

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