CONCORD, NC March 8, 2010 The Midwest Dirt Late Model Series (MDLMS) will carry the sanctioning of DIRTcar Racing in 2010, officials from the two organizations have announced.
Renamed the Midwest DIRTcar Late Model Series, the Wichita, Kans.-based tour will focus on full-fender competition at tracks in the Kansas/Oklahoma area. It will feature several co-sanctioned events with the Colorado Late Model Association DIRTcar Series, which will also run under the DIRTcar banner for the first time this season.
“Bringing the Midwest DIRTcar Late Model Series into the DIRTcar family continues our expansion west of the Mississippi River,” said DIRTcar Racing Western Region director Chris Morgan, who negotiated to set up the MDLMS and CLMA as sister DIRTcar tours. “The Midwest DIRTcar Late Model Series serves as a geographic bridge between our core DIRTcar series and tracks in the heartland to new DIRTcar territory in the Rocky Mountains and on to the West Coast, enhancing DIRTcar’s reach as we strive to provide fans and race teams more exciting events across the country.”
The MDLMS will remain under the direction of president Dusty Wiegert of Ramona, Kan., but all events in 2010 will offer DIRTcar Racing-licensed drivers points toward DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit state/regional and national standings. Drivers will have an opportunity to share in a DIRTcar UMP points fund that annually tops $200,000 and also participate in the enhanced insurance program available to all DIRTcar Racing members.
In an effort to reinvigorate the dirt Late Model scene for local racers in Kansas and Oklahoma, Wiegert, 27, led the formation of the MDLMS in the fall of 2008. The tour debuted in 2009 with a six-race schedule (four other scheduled events were rained out) and Chuck Comer of Joplin, Mo., emerged as the inaugural champion.
“We knew there were a lot of dirt Late Model cars and drivers in the area who just weren’t racing because the opportunities weren’t out there, so we decided to put a series together,” said Wiegert, who has worked as an announcer and public relations representative in recent years. “We wanted to spark some interest for the teams in our area and bring back some excitement to the fans, and in our first year we accomplished those goals.
“Now we’re excited to take another big step this season. Being involved with a nationally-known organization like DIRTcar is going to bring a lot more attention and recognition to our series and drivers.”
The tentative 2010 MDLMS schedule currently lists 11 events at seven different tracks, starting on May 1 at Wild West Speedway in Clinton, Okla. Other ovals set to host the tour are Dodge City (Kans.) Raceway Park (May 7-8); Minneapolis (Kans.) Raceway (May 15, Aug. 21 and Sept. 11); Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Okla. (May 22 and Aug. 28); Brill Motor Speedway in Meeker, Okla. (June 26); Hutchinson (Kans.) Raceway Park (July 31); and Liberal (Kans.) Fairgrounds Speedway (Aug. 1). The events at Dodge City, Hutchinson and Liberal Fairgrounds are scheduled for co-sanction by the CLMA DIRTcar Series.
Wiegert said he expects to add several dates to the 10 MDLMS, which offers a $1,000 top prize for most events.
For more information on the Midwest DIRTcar Late Model Series, visit www.mdlms.net.
Additional info on all of the series, sanctioning and member tracks of DIRTcar Racing is available at www.DIRTcar.com.