For the first time in the storied history of the event, the National 100 at East Alabama Motor Speedway will become sanctioned in 2014.
Officials of the popular Phenix City, Alabama, oval and officials of the National Dirt Racing League announced that the 40th edition of the South’s longest running Dirt Late Model event will serve as the season finale for the NDRL. The 40th Annual National 100 is scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 2 and will again pay $20,000 to win along with $5000 in lap leader bonus money.
“What an exclamation point to put on our first full season of touring. To be associated with an event like the National 100, with the history and prestige that the event carries, is an honor for the NDRL,” Series Founder John Kennedy said. “When we started planning out our schedule strategy East Alabama was on our list of tracks that we wanted to work with. They have such a great fan base and such an awesome facility. We are very proud to be working with the Thomas Family and the entire East Alabama staff. We are going to be working hard to help the event continue to grow and keep the national spotlight on this event. I couldn’t be happier.”
The National 100 has deep roots in the south and boasts a winners’ list that reads like a who’s who of Dirt Late Model Racing. Scott Bloomquist tops the list as an eight-time National 100 winner. Other multiple-time winners include Freddy Smith, Jeff Purvis, Randle Chupp, Bobby Thomas, Jonathan Davenport and the defending event winner Rick Eckert. Eckert scored his third National 100 victory this year in dramatic fashion with a breath-taking outside move on Tim McCreadie coming to the white flag.
“That is such a fun race to run. It’s a hundred laps and the track changes so much and your car changes back and forth, you are good and then terrible and then back to good. So that makes it a really fun deal,” Eckert said. “Having the NDRL to sanction it is cool. That’s the biggest race there is that late in the year and it always draws good crowds and car counts and the NDRL deal will only allow it to get bigger.”
The Thomas Family is equally enthused about having the NDRL sanction the event.
“We just thought that the NDRL would be a good fit for us. We want to do everything we can to continue to grow the National 100 and make it bigger and better for our fans and drivers. And this just seemed to offer us an opportunity to do that,” said EAMS Manager Beverly Thompson. “It will be their last event of the season so that will add another element of interest to the race for everyone. John and his staff have a very good program put together and it was just a win for us and for the series to do it. We are very excited about it.”
More details regarding the 40th Annual NDRL-sanctioned National 100 at East Alabama Motor Speedway will be announced soon.