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Fledgling National Dirt Racing League ceases operations midway through first full season

Jul 2, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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It was nice while it lasted, but the National Dirt Racing League – also known as the Dirt Late Model Tour – is no longer.

The Phoenix-based league, in the middle of its second season of operation, issued a brief press release saying that it was “ceasing operations effectively immediately,” according to series founder John Kennedy.

“My vision for the series was to provide something that was special, unique and fresh — special events that catered to the fans, tracks and race teams,” Kennedy said. “Unfortunately, I lost sight of that vision resulting in NDRL’s 2014 schedule and plan resembling what Late Model racing has been for the last several years.”

The league was launched last season with five races and moved forward with a full schedule of several dozen events planned nationally in 2014. It had been somewhat of an alternative to the World Of Outlaws and USAC racing.

“Without (fans, tracks, promoters and teams), none of what was accomplished would have been possible,” Kennedy said. “We are extremely grateful for the support from all of the NDRL family and staff and our great sponsors as well.”

Kennedy also said, “My focus needs to be redirected towards family first. There will be plenty of time for racing as a family in the future.”

Kennedy also didn’t rule out the possibility of other race promotions.

“I may just decide to put together some unique and exciting events based on everything we have learned in the last few seasons,” he said.

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