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2013 NDRL's ULMS & UEMS Awards Banquet
Banquet Information

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Eldred Township Fire Hall
84 Windfall Rd., Eldred, PA
5pm - 6pm Social Hour
6pm Dinner

Awards for NDRL's ULMS Late Models, NDRL's UEMS EMods, MCR Late Models, MCR RUSH Crate Late Models, MCR EMods, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Mini Stocks follows Dinner.

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Ferree and Dixon Capture Stampede Titles at Lernerville; Dixon Crowned UEMS Champ!
Sarver, PA (October 26, 2013) Alex Ferree continued his dominance at Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway with his fourth straight win at the track and closing out the 2013 NDRL’s United Late Model Series season finale $3000 to win event.  Smethport’s, Steve Dixon had already wrapped up the 2013 NDRL’s United Emod Series title heading into the final weekend, Dixon completely dominated the 20 lap event capturing his 6th UEMS win of the season and 12th total to close out the season.
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The NDRL’s UEMS Emods final event of the season saw Jonathan Taylor going for his fourth straight win and Vic Vena on the front row.  As soon as the green was thrown, fifth place starter and 2013 series champion, Steve Dixon rocketed into turn one to make it three wide for the lead only to see the yellow lights for a three car incident behind them.  The restart saw the same exact thing with Dixon and this time coming out of turn two, the three wide battle was quickly decided by Dixon’s #68 machine rolling into the top spot.  At the line it was Dixon, Vena, Taylor, Deana Groves and Mike McGee your top five.  Groves would make her impressive run into second by the third lap but only to see it all go away in turn two the next lap when she brought out the yellow. READ MORE HERE

Championship Weekend on Horizon for ULMS and UEMS at Lernerville’s ‘Steel City Stampede’
Pittsburgh, PA (October 23, 2013) The NDRL’s ULMS Late Models and UEMS Emods will close out their 2013 season this upcoming Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at the famous Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania during the 5th Annual ‘Steel City Stampede’ that also includes a practice session on Thursday, October 24.

The ‘Steel City Stampede’, DIRTcar Roundup will be the second visit of the 2013 season for both ULMS and UEMS as 2013 Lernerville Speedway track champion, Alex Ferree picked up the win on Friday, July 19, just six days after claiming his first career ULMS win at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway the week before. Dave Hess Jr., of Waterford, Pennsylvania claimed the UEMS portion of the program back in July.

Mike Knight of Ripley, New York wrapped up his second ULMS points championship in three years by virtue of his attendance of the NDRL’s 25th Annual ‘Pittsburgher 100’ at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway. Knight’s 55 point lead heading into Lernerville’s ‘Steel City Stampede’ is too much for second place and defending ULMS champion Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pennsylvania to overcome. Centerville, Pennsylvania’s Robbie Blair is locked into third in the championship standings while Matt Urban from North East, Pennsylvania is fourth just ahead of fifth place Jason Dupont of Cyclone, Pennsylvania. Greg Oakes, Russell King, Dave Hess Jr., Brent Rhebergen, and David Scott round out the top-ten. READ MORE HERE

ULMS Late Models Return to Sharon Speedway For $3,000 Prize!
East Smethport, PA (October 2, 2013) The NDRL’s ULMS Late Models will make their fourth and final visit to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio this upcoming Saturday, October 5 for the $3,000 to-win ‘Super Late Model Showdown IV’.

Three different drivers have found their way to victory lane in the three previous ULMS events at the historic 3/8 mile Ohio oval. Greensburg, Pennsylvania’s Davey Johnson took the first event in April while ULMS point leader Mike Knight of Ripley, New York captured the checkered flag in June. Bear Lake, Pennsylvania’s Boom Briggs was victorious in July, the tour’s most recent visit to Sharon Speedway.

Mike Knight of Ripley, New York continues to lead the NDRL’s ULMS 2013 Championship point standings over Bear Lake, Pennsylvania’s Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs. Centerville, Pennsylvania’s Robbie Blair sits third in the championship standings while Matt Urban from North East, Pennsylvania is fourth just ahead of fifth place Jason Dupont of Cyclone, Pennsylvania. Greg Oakes, Russell King, Dave Hess Jr., Brent Rhebergen, and David Scott round out the top-ten. READ MORE HERE

Mike Blose Claims First ULMS Win in Stephanie Eckl Memorial at America’s Motorsports Park!

Clearfield, PA (September 28, 2013) Mike Blose of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania captured his first career ULMS victory as well as a cool $3,000 after dominating the 9th Annual Stephanie Eckl Memorial held at America’s Motorsports Park in Clearfield, Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 28.


As the field lined up for the first ULMS visit at America’s Motorsports Park, ULMS officials passed on the traditional four-wide salute to the fans in favor of a ‘Missing Man’ tribute to the event’s namesake, Stephanie Eckl.

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After the emotional opening to the event it was Blose and ULMS regular Boom Briggs who led the field to the green for the 30-lap main event. Blose jumped out to an early lead while third starting Jason Dupont slid under Briggs for the second spot. Briggs wouldn’t go quietly and battled with Dupont for that second position until a lap three caution slowed the pack for the first time.

When racing resumed Blose again powered to a large lead while Dupont and Briggs battled for the second spot while Shawn Claar and ULMS point leader Mike Knight ran fourth and fifth respectively. Another caution fell on lap five for debris and during the ensuing restart, Duane Stiner, who was running mid-pack bounced off the front stretch wall sending him into a spin into an onslaught of oncoming traffic. After the red flag was displayed and when all was said and done a total of six cars were involved including ULMS competitor Greg Oakes who was forced to retire after heavy damage.

9th Annual Stephanie Eckl Memorial On Tap for ULMS Late Models
East Smethport, Pennsylvania (September 25, 2013) The NDRL’s United Late Model Series (ULMS) will make their first and only appearance of 2013 at America’s Motorsports Park in Clearfield, PA on Saturday, September 28 for the ‘9th Annual Stephanie Eckl Memorial’ that will pay $3,000 to the winner.

Greg and Val Eckl of St. Mary’s have three children, Mike, J.J. and Stephanie. They were all together for Thanksgiving in 2004, for the first time in four years due to college. Stephanie had to be back to work in the morning, so she left Thanksgiving night. On her way home she hit a patch of black ice, lost control of her car and spun counter clockwise several time before being hit by another car. She died instantly of a broken neck.

'Stephanie was 20 years old and had the whole world in front of her and so much opportunity to manage her own store,’ her dad said. ‘This all happened on Thanksgiving night November 25, 2004. That’s when our lives ceased as we knew it and things changed forever.’

Prior to that fateful night, her dad Greg and her had become friends with Late Model standout Bob Close of Eldred and had become members of his pit crew.

Boom Briggs Sweeps Super Late Model Fall Classic at McKean County Raceway, Joel Watson Bags UEMS Win!
East Smethport, PA (September 22, 2013) The final day of the eighth annual Fall Classic at McKean County Raceway got underway Sunday afternoon with cold, cloudy conditions and rain threatening the area, dampening the crowd. With the reduced crowd the management made the difficult decision to lower the advertised purse. After an explanation from Chris Zuver, MCR General Manager, racing commenced at 1 PM with heat racing followed by the B-Mains and seven feature events.

At the conclusion of the afternoon of racing Bear Lake, PA's Boom Briggs had become the first ULMS Super Late Model driver to have conquered the Fall Fest conclusion twice. Briggs took over from early leader Vic Coffey when Coffey got slowed by a lapped car at the white flag after leading from the drop of the green. For the second time Briggs had swept the Fall Classic. READ MORE HERE

Briggs and Dixon Capture ULMS and UEMS Features on Night One of Fall Classic
East Smethport, PA (September 20, 2013) The ULMS Super Late Models started twenty four cars for $3000 to win with fast timer Dylan Yoder on the pole and former Fall Classic champion Boom Briggs outside. After a false start Yoder led the way with Briggs and Chad Hollenback following. With seven complete Briggs was alongside Yoder and leading a lap later. The race went eleven laps before caution was necessary when Matt Urban spun. When green was again shown it was Briggs again showing the way. By fifteen in, Dave Scott was up to fourth behind Hollenback with Mike a Knight fifth. At twenty five laps the leaders caught the rear of the field but traffic did not become a problem. Yoder spun at lap 28, dropping back to sixth. The finish was Briggs, Hollenback, Scott, Dan Stone, and Mike Knight.

Scooter Pangrazio and Steve Dixon, after a rough flip on Thursday, started on the front row for the A&MP UEMS 20-lap night capper with Dixon grabbing the immediate lead. Pangrazio stayed with him and the two were side by side at the end on the first lap. Dixon had sole possession of the lead after two laps with Dave Hess now third, up from sixth at the green. Dan Davies edged ahead of Hess at lap eight but Hess fought back, but had not regained the spot when caution fell for a skirmish between Cale Crocker and Carl McKinney. Crocker had spent the day repairing major damage from a nine-car pileup Thursday night then finished second in his heat. One lap shy of halfway Dixon led the field back to green with Davies claiming second before the first lap back under green was finished. A three car tangle in turns three and four again slowed the race at lap eleven. READ MORE HERE

The NDRL’s McKean County Raceway Hosts the 8th Annual Fall Classic with Record $118,000 Plus Purse
East Smethport, Pennsylvania (September 17, 2013) Excitement is building at the NDRL’s McKean County Raceway as the Eighth Annual ‘Fall Classic’ draws near. The ‘Fall Classic’ has become a staple on the MCR schedule and this year will boast a record purse of over $118,000 as racers from across the region will vie to become ‘Fall Classic’ champion in their respective division. The ‘Fall Classic’ will feature the NDRL’s ULMS Late Models and UEMS Emods in addition to the RUSH Late Model Touring Series, BRP CanAm 360 Late Models, the Close Racing Supply Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Mini-Stocks.

The 8th Annual Fall Classic kicks off on Thursday, September 19 with two sets of time trials for the NDRL's ULMS Super Late Models and the Sweeney RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series. The two separate sets of time trials will set the field for Friday and Saturday's events. An extra $250 is up for grabs to the fast qualifiers in each set of ULMS time trials while an extra $150 will go to each fast qualifier with the RUSH late models. Also on tap are the BRP CanAm 360 Late Models as they compete for $1,000 to-win and a guaranteed spot in Friday night's main event. The UEMS Emods will race for $750 to-win before the Close Racing Supply street stocks and pure stocks will race for $300 to-win and the mini-stocks will compete for a $200 to prize. READ MORE HERE

Jeff Johnson Inherits $2,000 NDRL’s UEMS “AppleFest National’ Win at Sharon
By Mike Leone and Chris Zuver
Hartford, OH (September 14, 2013) Jeff Johnson was the benefactor of a terrible misfortunate by Vic Vena to capture the biggest victory of his career in the $2,000 A&M Electric UEMS Modified feature. Vena totally dominated the first 28 laps of the event before crashing trying to get past the lapped car of Paul Drotar. The 30-lap win was Johnson’s third victory of the season.

“We needed this to recoup some of the money we’ve lost here- we’ve had a rough last month and a half,” stated the 37-year-old Mineral Ridge, Ohio resident. “I need to thank my dad and my wife, who puts up with this racing stuff. I definitely couldn’t do it without my sponsors. I also have to thank Jack Young; he lent me a carburetor for tonight and I think it definitely made a difference.”

Vena wasted little time taking the lead from pole-sitter Carl McKinney at the start, while Johnson settled into third. The first yellow came out for Rick Robinson spin in turn 3.  The restart saw Vena again power away from McKinney.   By lap five, Vena had a straightaway lead on McKinney, with Johnson and UEMS point leader, Steve Dixon fourth.  A pair of cautions on lap 9 and 10 kept the field tight with Vena.  Johnson was now second and Dixon in third as Dixon slid high in turn 2.  Kinney put Dixon back to fourth on lap 17. READ MORE HERE

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