Officials with the National Dirt Racing League have announced the addition of the NDRL Northeast Late Model Series and the NDRL Modifieds Series to the NDRL family of series’ beginning this upcoming 2014 season.
The NDRL Northeast Late Model Series and NDRL Modifieds Series will join the second year NDRL Kings of Dirt National Series along with the NDRL’s McKean County Raceway under the National Dirt Racing League banner.
“We want to build a pair of new regional series’ for both Late Models and Modifieds,” NDRL’s Jason Shank said. “We have high expectations for both of the NDRL Northeast Series and NDRL Modifieds Series. We feel there is room in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region for a solid mid-major late model series, but it’s going to take some time to build a relevant regional series that promoters, drivers, and fans can support.”
“We would eventually like to see the NDRL Northeast Series to be comparable to the old STARS series or MACS (Mid-Atlantic Championship Series),” said NDRL Owner John Kennedy. “Our plan is to build into something like that within the next few years.”
The NDRL Northeast Late Models as well as the NDRL Modifieds will kick off their inaugural season on March 29, 2014 at Mercer Raceway Park and the annual Chiller Thriller.
The NDRL team has been hard at work trying to put together a formidable schedule for racers and fans and have been in negotiations with tracks like America’s Raceway Park, Eriez Speedway, Hagerstown Speedway, Little Valley Speedway, McKean County Raceway, Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, Port Royal Speedway, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Sharon Speedway, Woodhull Speedway and many others. NDRL officials will have a schedule completed in the near future.
The NDRL Northeast and NDRL Modifieds Series’ will follow in the footsteps of the NDRL Kings of Dirt National Tour with their very own Royal Rewards program. The NDRL’s Royal Rewards program will award travel money and other perks to drivers who are in the top-ten in series points. NDRL Northeast Late Model Series drivers within the top-ten will receive a minimum of $300 to show-up to an NDRL Northeast event and will be guaranteed at least $500 to start an event.
“The way it works is actually pretty simple,” Shank said. “If we have a $3,000 to win event and it’s $300 to start, a NDRL Northeast driver will receive the $300 plus $200 to start the event to get them to their guaranteed $500. We’ll say that the 10th finishing position pays $525, if that driver finishes 10th, he will receive $525, if that driver finishes from 11th to 24th, he will receive $500.
“In other words, if the driver races his way into a higher payout than $500, the driver will receive that payout, but regardless of where they finish, they are guaranteed at least $500.”
The same system will be in place for the NDRL Modifieds Series with the driver being guaranteed at least $200 each event.