The National Dirt Racing League, the dirt late model tour in the middle of its second season, is ceasing operations effective immediately.
Series founder John Kennedy made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
“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.
“We are extremely grateful for the support from all of the NDRL family and staff and our great sponsors as well.”
Kennedy said he wants to spend more time with family after his non-stop schedule had a significant impact on his wife and three young children.
“My focus needs to be redirected toward family first,” Kennedy said. “There will be plenty of time for racing as a family in the future.”
While NDRL’s 2014 season comes to an end, Kennedy wasn’t absolute about leaving race promotions.
“I may just decide to put together some unique and exciting events based on everything we have learned in the last few seasons,” Kennedy said.
The NDRL sanctioned the NDRL Kings of Dirt, NDRL Northeast Late Model Series, NDRL Modified Series and the NDRL Short Track Super Series, as well as operating McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pennsylvania.
Brett Deyo, the owner and promoter of the Short Track Super Series, has confirmed his series will continue to operate without help from the NDRL. He indicated that the NDRL provided only marketing support for the touring series for modifieds.
“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.,” 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.”