EAST SMETHPORT, Pa. – The ULMS Racing Series was founded in November 1999 by Smethport, Pa. native Chris Zuver, and operated until the end of October 2013 by sanctioning events in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
It will be up and running once again.
After the series was absorbed by the National Dirt Racing League, the NDRL national and regional series folded last month, leaving a void for a regional series in the northeast for the super late model and emod race teams.
“I am pleased and excited to bring back the series to the fans and racers,” Zuver said. “After the announcement by NDRL President, John Kennedy that he was folding all three NDRL series, I immediately started to think about the old ULMS series and had racers and fans asking me if there would be a return. Mr. Kennedy and I talked and negotiated having the series come back alive under my operation as it has been since 1999.”
It is late in the season to book many shows, but with McKean County Raceway being managed by Chris Zuver, it is an obvious choice to have the 2014 return of ULMS at its home track as part of the return of the super late models to MCR in part of the 10th annual Stephanie Eckl Memorial, which has been ULMS sanctioned for seven of its nine events held. The ULMS Late Models will also be sanctioning the 9th annual MCR Fall Classic in October as well. Other additional dates will be looked at.
The UEMS Emods will return to action in part of the MCR Fall Classic weekend on October 10-11. ULMS Racing Series will be looking to add a few dates prior to this event as well to give the northern tier Emod racers the support that they have been looking for all year long.
At this time, ULMS Racing Series will allow both brand of tires (Hoosier and American Racer) for both the super late models and emods. The ULMS Late Models will follow the American Racer 44 Hoosier 1300 tire rule, while the UEMS Emods will any medium American Racer, Hoosier or Goodyear tire. No soft compounds will be allowed.
At this time, ULMS Racing Series will be using the pill draw format with a redraw that will be both driver and fan friendly. “We intend to put racing but in our sport as lately it seems that there is less and less passing in events and fans want to see passing not a single file racing, commented Zuver.” Zuver continued, “Also, with my current duties of general manager at McKean County Raceway, all 2014 dates that we may add will be worked around the current MCR schedule and the same in 2015 as I intend to manage and operate both series and the track.”