NDRL LATE MODELS: NDRL Series Folds; Deyo Says NDRL Fold Will Not Impact Short Track Super Series

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PHOENIX, AZ — Story by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — According to a press release from the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL), John Kennedy has shut down the touring series and will cease operations effective immediately.

Kennedy, a racing fanatic, promoted 5 races in 2013 with a great deal of enthusiasm.  He took that enthusiasm and created a 39 race 2014 NDRL Tour including a $315,000 point fund which overstepped Kennedy’s vision per a press release that came out today from the Phoenix-based late model series office.

Notable quotes from that press release include:

“My vision for the series was to provide something that was special, unique and fresh — special events that catered to the fans, tracks and race teams,” Kennedy said. “Unfortunately, I lost sight of that vision resulting in NDRL’s 2014 schedule and plan resembling what Late Model racing has been for the last several years.”

Planning to spend more time with his family, including three young children, Kennedy expressed gratitude to fans, tracks, teams and promoters, and said he was “extremely grateful for the support from all of the NDRL family and staff and our great sponsors as well.”

Several reasons including rainouts have had the Late Model Series on hold since mid-April when they raced at Columbia, Mississippi’s Magnolia Motor Speedway.  This season, the series has been able to complete 8 events of the 39-race schedule which drew a total of 137 late models to go along with the 60 drivers that made the trip to El Paso, TX and Tuscon, AZ.

NDRL folding has also made large waves in the Northeast late model racing world as both the NDRL Northeast Late Model Series and NDRL Short Track Super Series fueled by VP Race Fuels had to reaffirm their identity as a series without the NDRL name.  Short Track Super Series owner/promoter Brett Deyo, of BD Motorsports Media and Friesen-Deyo Promotions quickly responded to the news.

Short Track Super Series

“Our agreement with the NDRL was purely an advertising agreement, much like we have with any of our other marketing partners such as Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., VP Racing Fuel, Olum’s, New York Truck Parts, etc.,” Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP organizer Brett Deyo said. “While it is unfortunate that John has been forced to cease operations of the NDRL, we will continue on with business as usual. We appreciate John’s contributions to our first-year series and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

“I can’t stress enough that all of our purses and incentives will be unaltered, and most importantly the series point fund will be paid in full,” said Deyo.

It is not yet known what will happen to the NDRL Northeast Late Model Series.  However, what is known is that the NDRL McKean County Raceway management team has already dropped the weekly super late model division and picked up the RUSH Crate Late Model division.  They offered the following statement in a press release of their own today.

McKean County Raceway

“We are sad to make this decision at MCR, stated track General Manager, Chris Zuver, but for MCR to stay financially viable and provide weekly entertainment for our fans and our competitors we had to make a very tough decision.”  

“There is no body that wants to see weekly super late model racing at MCR more than myself and John Kennedy, but reality, majority of the super late model teams are not local teams and travel a hour or more to come to MCR as there are only two  super late model teams in McKean County and two in Cattaraugus county in neighboring New York.   The super late models will return in the future as a special event class,” said Zuver.

 With that being said, this Friday night, MCR will be in action featuring the RUSH crate late models in the USMC Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial along with a full weekly program.   MCR is looking at a new increased purse for the crate late model division.  MCR has already looked into visiting sanctioned series to visit MCR in the second half of the year to be the headline division on certain nights of racing.

One side effect of the NDRL dissolving and MCR adding the RUSH Crate Late Models will be the potential decrease in car count for the Crate Late Models at Freedom Speedway.  The Delevan, NY dirt track that races Friday nights has played host to the Crate Late Models and recently held an 18-car feature.  This car count being an improvement from the what was seen at the beginning of the season.  Freedom was closed for a short period in years past and has been re-opened in 2014 under the leadership of Troy, Lisa, Tim and Brandon Shuknecht.

Another wrinkle in the story here in the Northeast is that New York dirt track Canandaigua Motorsports Park had an NDRL National Tour event scheduled for Wednesday July 30th.  This was the first year in the last several years where the World of Outlaws Late Model Series were not a part of the CMP schedule.

Not long after the NDRL and UNOH All-Star Sprint Series races were announced at CMP, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified event scheduled for early April was taken away from Canandaigua.  Future DIRTcar sanctioning of the Ontario County speedplant has come into question following these events.  Officials from CMP have not yet commented or put out a press release regarding the July 30th event.

Stay tuned to RaceChaserOnline.com as this story continues to develop and the full scope of the NDRL closing it’s doors is seen here in the Northeast and nationally.

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