Sunday, December 8, 2013

This Week In Dirt- NDRL Schedule Released; Kerry Madsen Looks Forward to 2014; Renegades of DIRT to make Lernerville Debut; Upcoming Features

NDRL Schedule Released

The 2014 NDRL Schedule was released this past Friday night, just after 10:30 pm. We wish they would have publicized the timing of the release a little more to give us diehard dirt fans a chance to have a release party to be honest.

But nevertheless, it has now been unveiled. You can find it at the NDRL facebook page. (We'll put it here in case your too lazy too look for it, which we understand perfectly well!) 

NDRL facebook page where the 2014 schedule currently resides

Anyhow, upon it's release, there was a wide assortment of reaction across social media and dirt related message boards and opinions have varied from "How could they?" to "Death to the World of Outlaw Late Models." to "Where are the Illinois/Indiana dates?"

The bet here is that peaceful coexistence between the 3 series is more than possible. But either way, it's a great thing for drivers and fans, more opportunities for both.

Check back in the coming days for some commentary from our very own Josh Bayko on what to make of it all!


Kerry Madsen – Looking Back, Looking Ahead!

From Bill W at
(Bill W) December 7, 2013 – With 2013 in the books, the Keneric Racing #29 team and driver Kerry Madsen are looking forward to next season already.  The year saw them finish tenth in the final point standings with the World of Outlaws, but a strong month of money had them finishing sixth overall in money earnings with the series.  With a new crew chief on board, and a renewed confidence, the team is very much looking forward to getting 2014 underway.

Last season got off to a slower start than anticipated, but the St. Mary’s, New South Wales, Australia driver rebounded after a rough west coast trip to win at Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio in April.  “It was a bit of a slow start, but once we got out of the west coast and got back to the Midwest in April, we hit our stride,” says Kerry.  “We were able to win at Eldora and followed it up with a second at Elko (Minnesota in May) when we were leading and blew up.”

A number of podium finishes followed as the weather got warmer.  “We were pretty quick here and there,” says Kerry.  “Looking back now, you can see that we were.  You think that we could have doubled our win total pretty easily, but we didn’t.”

The highlight in July came with a win at the “Knight Before the King’s Royal” and another strong run the following evening.  “It was a good weekend,” says Kerry.  “We were able to win on Friday night, and ran seventh in the King’s Royal.  We had a great racecar on Saturday, but we just started a long ways back and really ran out of laps.”

August’s Knoxville Nationals started promising with a second place run in the prelim that garnered a fourth row starting spot for the finale.  Unfortunately, the team struggled with their setup and were unable to vie for a win in the big show, finishing sixteenth.  “To run so good in the prelim, and miss the boat in the A main on Saturday was disappointing,” says Kerry.  “It was a little hard to take, but it is what it is.  Looking back, you’d like to redo some things again.”

Following the Nationals, the team picked up where it left off before with several podium runs, including a win in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  It was a bit of a roller coaster ride from there to the end of the season in Charlotte, North Carolina.  “The tire change was a big thing,” says Kerry, looking back on the season.  “You can’t hide that.  There was a lot of inconsistencies from a lot of teams this year.  It wasn’t just us.  You can sugarcoat it all, but the reality is, I don’t think we achieved what we should have.”

Excitement for 2014 is at a high level, however.  “We’re really looking forward to next year, to be honest,” says Kerry.  “We’re excited to have our new crew chief, Tyler Swank, on board.  I think we will be much more consistent.  We’re making changes to achieve that.  We’re looking for a stronger year.  Tyler is a good leader, and I think he’s the right man for the job.”

Swank comes with a well-regarded reputation in the sport.  The former “Mechanic of the Year” with the World of Outlaws has Kerry excited.  “I think I have my head around the tires much better, and we’ve made some changes in packages in cars and some of the accessories.  Tyler comes with some confidence.  He has faith in the team and faith in me as a driver.  He’s going to be a great fit for us. He’s not coming in with his own agenda.”

The driver is also thankful for all the members of Keneric Racing.  “Bob and Pete (Gavranich) from Keneric give us great resources,” says Kerry.  “We’re working hard towards next year.  We want to make another step every year with this organization.  Brian Morrison (Morrison Motors) is working hard on our motor package as well.  We know we have areas to work on.  We need to bring that consistency up, and win more races.  That’s up to everyone within the team.”

Kerry plans to work hard at Keneric Racing headquarters in Knoxville, Iowa this winter in preparation for next season.  Right now, tentative plans have him racing a handful of events in mid-January “Down Under”.

Renegades of DIRT Modifieds Make Lernerville Debut in 2014!

from Renegades of

Contract Issues Force Cancellation of $10k At Atomic Speedway!
Inaugural ‘Open Wheel World Championship’ Set For October 23rd -25th, 2014 at Atomic Speedway Canceled, Lernerville Speedway Replaces It As Season/Triple Crown Finale!
(Middlebourne, WV) Officials from the MALTA Windows and Doors Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts and the Atomic Speedway located in Chillicothe, OH very unfortunately announce that the $10,000 to win “Open Wheel World Championship” has been canceled. In addition to the cancellation of the October 23, 24, and 25th special the track and series have also been forced to remove the May 3rd race from the schedule.

A contractual dispute between the Atomic Speedway and the American Motor Racing Association (AMRA) sanctioning body has prevented the opportunity for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour to sanction a show at the Atomic Speedway in the 2014 season. Under the AMRA sanction and unbeknownst to speedway promoter Brad McCown, AMRA rule states that no other sanctioning body be allowed to participate or sanction an event at the speedway in which AMRA can be run the same weekend unless approval has been given from directors of the AMRA. Upon the Atomic Speedway press release announcing the intention to the ‘Open Wheel World Championship’ race under the Renegades of Dirt Modified banner, AMRA management informed McCown of the contract fine print in regards to his intentions. Tour officials were also under the impression that since the show was to be held after the calendar AMRA points season it could be allowed, however attempts to make this happen we’re unsuccessful. Regrettably the news halts the plans for the Inaugural “Open Wheel World Championship” for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour and the opportunity for area racers to participate in a high paying $10,000 to win show.

“It’s unfortunate that the contract in place between the AMRA sanctioning body and the Atomic Speedway eliminates the tour from visiting the track in 2014, we we’re looking forward to working with Brad and the rest of the speedway staff” stated Tour Director, Cody Watson. “The opportunity to pay $10,000 dollars and work with the Atomic Speedway was a goal of ours, we will continue to strive to reward the drivers with high paying shows and apologize for the cancellation and any confusion or hassle it may have caused” added Watson.

Instead, the series will switch venues for their Season/Triple Crown Finale to be held on the same weekend, October 24-25th, 2014. The MALTA Windows and Doors Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts will now head to the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA to take part in the annual “Steel City Stampede”. Tour officials are extremely excited to add the Lernerville Speedway to their list of tracks on the 2014 schedule and a weekend purse is still TBA. The Lernerville Speedway is a 1/2 mile dirt oval track that currently hosts World of Outlaws Sprint Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series events yearly. 2014 will mark the 46th season for the track that features the “Fab 4″ divisions weekly on Fridays from mid April through August. These divisions include the “Big Three”- 410 Sprints, Super Late Models, and Big Block Modifieds, and is the only track in the country to run all three on a weekly basis. The facility is regarded as one of the finest dirt ovals in the East and the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour are pleased to become part of its annual schedule. The Malta Windows and Doors Renegades of Dirt presented by Arizona Sport Shirts will also invade the Lernerville Speedway on July 18th for $1500 to win.

“Although the cancellations at Atomic was unfortunate we are very excited to be able to replace them with one of the nations best venues, the Lernerville Speedway”. Details on the Stampede purse are still being worked out but the weekend will be two days and allow racers the chance to run in front of an always large Lernerville crowd” continued Watson. “Adding Lernerville to the schedule is a huge step for the tour and another goal of ours going forward, we are already looking ahead to working with them in 2014 and into the future” concluded Watson.

The “Steel City Stampede” will now be part of the Renegade of Dirt Modified Tours inaugural ‘Triple Crown’ in 2014 in which the tours three biggest shows will be grouped together as an added bonus to create even more incentives for participation and success. Details on the ‘Triple Crown’ will also be forth coming during the winter months but will see substantial bonus monies awarded for winning multiple ‘Triple Crown’ shows as well as other various racing achievements throughout the three race mini-series

You can contact the Eastern Dirt Grassroots Entertainment Company or Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour anytime for further information by texting/calling 304.771.5051 or faxing 304.758.4411 with any further questions on rules, procedures, and more on the upcoming season

This Week on The DIRT Network

Super DIRTcar Series Director Joe Skotnicki, and World of Outlaw Sprint driver David Gravel were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedules to talk to us this past week, we'll have both stories in the coming days as well as an interview with local big block modified veteran Jeremiah Shingledecker.

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