Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NDRL "Kings of Dirt" Gearing Up for Three Race Weekend in PA and VA

The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) continues its first full season this upcoming weekend with three separate events in Pennsylvania and Virginia.  The weekend begins Thursday with the Penn National at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS), followed by an event at Winchester Speedway Friday and the $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway Saturday.

The NDRL regular season to this point has featured strong fields nearing 40 cars for standalone weekends in Tennessee and Alabama.  Chris Madden claimed both top paying features at East Alabama Motor Speedway and Smokey Mountain Speedway, while Dale McDowell was victorious in the preliminary event at Smokey Mountain.

This weekend, however, sees the series heading north for the first time this season.  Drivers will be chasing over $160,000 in total purses and $40,000 for the winner's purse this weekend.

The Penn National 50 has been a longstanding event at PPMS, previously being run under many different sanctions since the 1990s. This event will be the second appearance for the NDRL at PPMS following last year’s Pittsburgher 100 won by Scott Bloomquist.

The NDRL’s inaugural appearance Friday at Winchester Speedway will feature another 50 lap feature paying $10,000 to win. The “Gunter’s Honey” 50 will see the NDRL touring stars doing battle against many stout Mid Atlantic regional drivers.

The weekend ends with a $20,000 to win, 60-lap event at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. The “Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth” will take over the namesake of the Commonwealth 100 that was previously ran from 2010 to 2012.  Past winners of this event include Steve Shaver, Chris Madden, and Bloomquist, all of whom will be major threats to win this weekend.

For more information regarding these events, check out the NDRL's website at or via the track websites:, and

At a Glance:

What: The National Dirt Racing League continues its first full season of competition with its first three events in the Mid Atlantic Region.

When & Where:

Thursday April 10th : “The Monster Half Mile” PPMS is located in Imperial, PA, just 20 minutes west of  downtown Pittsburgh. Race time is 7:00 PM

Friday April 11th : “The Action Track” Winchester Speedway is a 3/8 mile oval located in Winchester, VA. Race time is 7:00 PM.

Saturday April 12th:  Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2 mile oval located in Jamaica, VA. Race time is 6:00 PM.


NDRL touring drivers include Mike Benedum, Max Blair, John Blankenship, Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Erb Jr., Chris Ferguson, Steve Francis, Tim Fuller, Chris Madden, Bub McCool, Billy Moyer, Billy Moyer Jr., Don O’Neal, Kent Robinson, William Thomas and Mason Ziegler. Rocket House Car driver Brandon Sheppard will also be racing at PPMS.

Many local/regional drivers are also expected this weekend. Drivers that have intentions on racing all three events include Gregg Satterlee, Dan Stone, Austin Hubbard,  Steve Shaver, and Walker Arthur. Top regional drivers expected at the Virginia events include Dale Hollidge, Jason Covert, Jamie Lathroum, Trever Feathers, Kenny Pettyjohn, JT Spence, Booper Bare, Ricky Elliott and Kenny Moreland.

Why Attend?: 

The NDRL features arguably the most talented groups of  drivers for any late model sanctioning over the last decade.  “The Kings of Dirt” motto truly lives up to its name, as these are the can’t miss events of the early Mid Atlantic season.


Discounted tickets for the PPMS race can still be purchased at
A discount is available for the King of the Commonwealth event at VMS as well. Any ticket stub from PPMS and/or Winchester events will warrant up to $10 off grandstand admission ticket price.


April typically brings a much-needed relief to the cold, which often is accompanied by wet weather. Lately, temps have been on the up and down with no extended warm-up.  However, this weekend will see temps reaching near 70 degrees all three days.

Thursday’s weather for PPMS will be sunny and breezy during the day before becoming cloudy for the evening.   Friday at Winchester will be the only day where rain will be a factor.   A frontal system will bring the threat of showers during the day, especially in the PM hours.  Overall, showers are expected to be rather widespread with as much as 0.25” of rain possible. Sunny and dry weather will again return on Saturday at VMS.  Temps will again be very mild with highs in the low 70s.

 Continually updated forecasts for this weekend can be found here: RDWX Forecast Page.

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