BOYERTOWN, Pa. – The National Dirt Racing League will continue its expansion in 2014.
The NDRL, founded by Arizona businessman John Kennedy in 2013, has grown steadily during the last year and has now has formed an agreement with Short Track Super Series to break into the Northeast big-block/small-block modified racing scene this season.
For 2014, the newly formed Short Track Super Series will operate under the NDRL umbrella and modified racers will be the benefactors. As part of the agreement, the NDRL Short Track Super Series sees a huge $6,000 point fund increase over the originally released year-end total announced in December. A $500 perfect attendance drawing (split into a pair of $250 prizes) has also been added for the penultimate race on the series in August in addition to a post-season $2,000 incentive in October bringing a grand total of $8,500 funneled into the first-year series.
“This is obviously huge news for dirt modified racers planning to follow our 2014 Short Track Super Series,” said Short Track Super Series founder and Owner, Brett Deyo. “John Kennedy has done so many good things for late model racing from Arizona to the East Coast. We’re proud to have his support of our new series and I think our race teams will be very impressed with his contributions to our point fund.”
Plans for the Short Track Super Series were finalized in December. The series kicks off at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway on Sunday, March 23 with the Hard Clay Open.
Drivers will apply the best four of their first five finishes at OCFS, Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway May 20, I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway July 23, Accord (N.Y.) Speedway Aug. 5 and Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway Aug. 12 leading into the championship event Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum’s at I-88 Speedway, Afton, N.Y., Oct. 10-11.
The series will be contested exactly as previously announced. There will be no changes in scheduling, rules, purses, staff, officials, etc. Deyo retains control and ownership of the series under the NDRL affiliation.
“John has the resources and national connections to bring our program to another level,” Deyo said. “Operating under the umbrella of NDRL sets us up for continued growth in the future. Our Short Track Super Series will help educate Northeast fans about the NDRL and its schedule. This is a relationship that will benefit both of us.”
The 2014 ‘Kings of Dirt’ NDRL Super Late Model Series is comprised of 30 dates at tracks in 11 different states beginning Feb. 27-28 at East Alabama Motor Speedway, Phenix City, Ala. Additionally, Kennedy has announced the formation of the NDRL Northeast regional series for Super Late Models and B-Modifieds with events in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The first NDRL Northeast event takes place March 29 with the ‘Chiller Thriller’ at Mercer (Pa.) Raceway Park.
“This partnership is ideal to expand our brand to race fans and competitors in the Northeast,” Kennedy said. “For the NDRL, it is a unique avenue to reach a whole different sector of the racing community. I like what Brett has put together here. He’s got a manageable schedule of big-paying races for Modified racers. We’re looking forward to having the NDRL attached to the series.”