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March 12, 2013
National Dirt Racing League, LLC Takes Over Operations at McKean County Raceway, Absorbs United Late Model Series
Pittsburgh, PA (March 12, 2013) The National Dirt Racing League and McKean Motorsports, LLC have come to an agreement to turn all McKean County Raceway operations to the NDRL and National Dirt Racing League, LLC. The popular 1/3 mile oval in East Smethport, PA will now be officially referred to as 'The NDRL's McKean County Raceway'.
As NDRL's McKean County Raceway operates under the National Dirt Racing League banner, long time series promoter Chris Zuver will handle the day-to-day operations at the facility as General Manager. 'Becoming the new General Manager at McKean County Raceway is childhood dream come true! MCR has been my home track since I was kid, there is a lot of history at what I believe is one of the regions nicest facilities. I have been blessed to have had the United Late Model Series (ULMS) there for the past six years under the former management of McKean Motorsports.' Zuver continued to express his appreciation, 'My good friends at MCR, Ken Leet, Rod Biehler, Tom Gleason and Rich Yeager all but saved our series in 2006 and I hope that all the learning I have absorbed from listening to so many different successful promoters over the years in the entire mid-atlantic region will help me be a very successful general manager at McKean County Raceway for years to come. The last 28 years have seen lot of great action at the 1/3 mile oval and all I can say to the race fans and race teams is "the best is yet to come!" 'Chris was an obvious choice for us to put in charge,' NDRL President Jason Shank exclaimed, 'first and foremost, to be General Manager at The NDRL's McKean County Raceway has been his dream for as long as I've known Chris. Secondly, he's just the right man for the job.' Shank continued, 'He's passionate about the track, he's passionate about the sport, and with everything he's done in the past with the United Late Model Series (ULMS) and the United EMod Series (UEMS), he has the experience and know how to take on the responsibility as General Manager.'
The former promotional team at McKean Motorsports will stay on board at the raceway for the first month or so to make sure the transition period to the NDRL is a smooth one. 'This is something I've wanted to do for a while now,' NDRL Owner John Kennedy said, 'but I never took it seriously until we went ahead with the NDRL Let's Get Dirty Tour. The opportunity presented itself in a fashion that we found it hard to not take advantage of. We appreciate the guys at McKean Motorsports sticking around for the first several weeks to make sure everything goes smoothly as we make the transition.' Kennedy went on to add, 'We're also going to bring in Jeremie Corcoran from Canandaigua Motorsports Park who is one of the best, if not the best, track prep guys in the nation to help with track preparations for the first few weeks and train our team. Jeremie has proven himself as a leader in track preparations and will work with the team at NDRL's McKean County Raceway to ensure we have one of the best surfaces in the region.'
With the addition of McKean County Raceway to the NDRL family, the National Dirt Racing League will also absorb the Kennedy Motorsports United Late Model Series (ULMS) and the United E-Mod Series. Both tours will be renamed to become the NDRL's ULMS Racing Series and the NDRL's United E-Mod Series. The NDRL's ULMS & UEMS series' will see minimal, if any changes for the 2013 season and will go on as originally scheduled. 'Bringing on or forming our own regional series was one of our goals when we created the National Dirt Racing League,' Shank mentioned. 'Chris (Zuver) has done a wonderful job with the ULMS the last 13 years and the UEMS for 6 years,' Shank bottom-lined, 'however, there is still a void in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region for regional racers. We're hoping that eventually we'll be able to fill that void with the NDRL's ULMS Racing Series.'
'Having the ULMS Racing Series under the NDRL banner will help us build the NDRL brand name into something more than just a national mini-series,' Kennedy claimed. 'The NDRL's ULMS Racing Series will continue to operate as planned in 2013. Chris (Zuver) will continue to work closely with the series as well as Jason (Shank) as the series moves onto its next chapter.' Zuver went on to talk about the NDRL's involvement with the ULMS, 'To take our little regional series, that started with one show in the year 2000 to twenty-seven events for the ULMS Late Models and twenty two UEMS Emod Series events shows how much hard work I have put into this deal over the years. The number of shows has grown, but the money has not grown at the same pace to offset the extra events for the racers. NDRL has the national power to take what we have successfully built and take it to a new level for our region.' Zuver went on to say, 'The NDRL is only going to help our racers in the end and that is what I have always wanted. I am very eager and excited to be working with the NDRL with both McKean County Raceway and the NDRL's ULMS and UEMS Racing Series.'
The NDRL's McKean County Raceway 2013 Schedule
Sat, April 27: NDRL's ULMS 'Jim Duffy Memorial '
Fri, May 3: Incredible weekly Show (SLM, CLM, EMOD, SS, MS)
Sat, May 11: NDRL's ULMS plus NDRL's UEMS
Fri, May 17: Incredible Weekly Show (SLM, CLM, EMOD, SS, MS)
Thu, May 23: NDRL's ULMS 'Dave Lundgren Memorial' plus RUSH LM regional
Sun, June 2: NDRL's McKean Co. Raceway's 'Mike Duffy Memorial' ($7,500 to win)
Fri, June 14: NDRL's ULMS 'Down and Dirty 30' plus NDRL's UEMS
Sat, June 15: NDRL's ULMS 'Down and Dirty 50' plus NDRL's UEMS
Fri, June 21: Incredible Weekly Show (SLM, CLM, EMOD, SS, MS)
Wed, July 3: NDRL's ULMS 'USMC Cpl Jason Dunham Memorial' plus UEMS
Thu, July 11: RUSH Regional 'Speedweek Tour' plus Incredible Weekly Show
Thu, July 18: NDRL's ULMS & UEMS 'Speedweek Tour' plus Incredible Weekly Show
Fri, August 2: NDRL's ULMS 'Ned Gleason Memorial'
Thur, August 8: Incredible Weekly Show (SLM, CLM, EMOD, SS, MS)
Thur, August 15: Fair Board Race - RUSH Regional Series (SLM, CLM, EMOD, SS, MS)
Fri, August 23: NDRL's McKean Co. Raceway's 'Stars of MCR' ($7,500 to win) plus NDRL's UEMS
Fri, August 30: Incredible Weekly Show 'Championship Night' (SLM, CLM, EMOD, SS, MS)
Thu, September 19: NDRL's ULMS 8th Annual MCR Fall Classic (TBA)
Fri, September 20: NDRL's ULMS 8th Annual MCR Fall Classic (TBA)
Sat, September 21: NDRL's ULMS 8th Annual MCR Fall Classic (TBA)
**Schedule Tentative and Subject to Change**
For more information on NDRL's McKean County Raceway and the National Dirt Racing League please visit
The National Dirt Racing League would like to thank all of their partners for the 2013 season: American Racer Tires, Capital Race Cars, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tires, JNJ Motorsports Media, MSR Mafia, Slavic Custom Racing Shirts and Decals.
The NDRL's ULMS Racing Series would also like to thank their supporters for the 2013 season: Aero Racing Wheels, American Racer Tires, Big Shot Performance, LLC, Bill's Dirt Late Models, Close Racing Supply, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Jay's Auto Wrecking, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lias Tire, Oyler Photos, Performance Bodies, and R2C Filters.
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