PITTSBURGH – Officials with the NDRL Northeast Late Models Series have announced their preliminary schedule of events for the inaugural season.
Twenty-five events are set for the 2014 racing season which will kick off on March 29 as the NDRL Northeast Late Models will make their first and only trip to Mercer (Pa.) Raceway Park for the $3,000 to-win Chiller Thriller. The series will then make the trip to Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pa. on April 10 for the PENNational, which is co-sanctioned with the NDRL Kings of Dirt Series and will pay $10,000 to the winner.
The NDRL Northeast Late Models then head to Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, May 24. The series will return to Hagerstown Speedway on July 12 for Christmas in July and again on Aug. 31.
Bedford (Pa.) Speedway will host the NDRL Northeast Late Models on June 20 followed by Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway on June 21. Port Royal Speedway’s Butch Renninger Memorial is also scheduled and will be held Aug. 30.
McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa, will hold the USMC Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial on July 4 and the Stephanie Eckl Memorial on Sept. 20 before the season ending Jim Butler Memorial Fall Classic on Oct. 9-11, which will be co-sanctioned with the NDRL ‘Kings of Dirt’ Series and feature $5,000 to-win events on Oct. 9 and 10, and a $10,000 to-win prize on Oct. 11.
The series will return to Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on July 27 for the Herb Scott Memorial and on Aug. 16 for the Red Miley Rumble before the mammoth Pittsburgher weekend that will be co-sanctioned with the NDRL Kings of Dirt Series on Sept. 11-13. $5,000 to-win events on Sept. 11-12 will serve as an appetizer for the huge $26,000 to-win Pittsburgher 100.
Freedom Speedway in Delevan, N.Y., will take the spotlight for the first time on Aug. 22 followed by Little Valley (N.Y.) Speedway on Aug. 23.
“We’re very excited to announce our schedule for our inaugural season,” said NDRL Northeast Race Director John Stivason. “The track promoters and owners that we’ve dealt with have been nothing but accommodating to us and we’re proud to be working with each and every one of them. Now that we have a preliminary schedule out, we can continue to pursue drivers to follow the tour.
“It’s an exciting time for super late models in the northeast region, we’re going to do our best to grow this series into something that sponsors, tracks, promoters, drivers, and fans will benefit from. This season is only the tip of the iceberg for us, we have a few more dates in the works and should be able to announce those in the very near future.”
2014 NDRL Northeast Late Model Series Tentative Schedule
March 29 – Mercer Raceway Park – Mercer, Pa.
April 10 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.
May 23 – TBA – TBA
May 24 – Hagerstown Speedway – Hagerstown, Md.
June 20 – Bedford Speedway – Bedford, Pa.
June 21 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pa.
July 4 – McKean County Raceway – East Smethport, Pa.
July 12 – Hagerstown Speedway – Hagerstown, Md.
July 19 – TBA – TBA
July 27 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.
Aug. 16 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.
Aug. 22 – Freedom Speedway – Delevan, N.Y.
Aug. 23 – Little Valley Speedway – Little Valley, N.Y.
Aug. 30 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pa.
Aug. 31 – Hagerstown Speedway – Hagerstown, Md.
Sept. 6 – TBA – Pa.
Sept. 11 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.
Sept. 12 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.
Sept.13 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.**
Sept. 20 – McKean County Raceway – East Smethport, Pa.
Sept. 26 – TBA – Pa.
Sept. 27 – TBA – Pa.
Oct. 9 – McKean County Raceway – East Smethport, Pa. **
Oct. 10 – McKean County Raceway – East Smethport, Pa.) **
Oct. 11 – McKean County Raceway – East Smethport, Pa.) **
**Co-sanctioned events with NDRL Kings of Dirt Series will be show-up points only