February 5, 2018 (Fonda, NY) – With mere days left until the Night Of Champions banquet to close out the 2017 season and usher in the 2018 season, King Of Dirt Racing is ready to announce an action packed schedule for the summer including familiar places and new faces.
The Elmo’s Speed Supply King Of Dirt Racing Small Block Modified series will kick off the season with an opener at Utica Rome Speedway on June 3rd, as part of a popular triple-header of KOD racing that was very successful last season. Last season Eric Rudolph and Matt Sheppard visited victory lane during series events.
Less than a week later the series heads to Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the first of two stops. The first happens June 6th, which is a week earlier than last season’s show that saw KOD 358 Modified Champion Marc Johnson victorious. The second trip will happen Sunday July 29th for the CJ Richards Memorial, while Utica Rome is off for the evening.
On July 18th the King Of Dirt Racing Small Block Modified series makes a stop for the very first time at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for what’s sure to be a ‘ding dong dilly’ of a battle, as Shane Andrews would say.
The season ends with a two-day affair between a pair of historic tracks. Friday September 14th at Albany Saratoga Speedway for the Small Block Nationals and Saturday September 15th on the high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway. The pair of races will be tied together with a unique format, of which details will be released a little later on. Last season Bobby Varin stormed to the win at Malta, while Kenny Tremont Jr. and JR Heffner visited KOD victory lane at the Valley.
The Andy’s Speed Shop King Of Dirt Racing Sportsman Series presented by Dodson Construction has an action filled schedule for 2018 beginning April 29th with the very first stop at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. Defending champion Chris Curtis and hot shoes Tim Hartman Jr. and Dave Constantino are early favorites, but will have their hands full with talented drivers from across the Capital District.
From there the series heads into Fonda Speedway on May 12th, while Lebanon Valley Sportsman have the night off. Last year Rocky Warner clinched his 2nd KOD title at the track of champions, but with the Flyin’ Squirrel moving up the title chase is wide open.
Chad Edwards rolled home to a win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway last season and will have an opportunity to attempt a double, as the KOD Sportsman roll into the Green Mountain State on May 27th to help open the speedway’s season on the brand new half mile raceway.
June 3rd will see the series head to the Utica Rome Speedway for the highly anticipated triple-header of KOD racing. Last season Rocky Warner dominated both events at the action track of the east, but this year the slate is clean and it’s anyone’s throne to claim. Last time Warner didn’t run full time on tour in Sportsman, Cleveland and Schilling battled to the final night for the championship.
Friday Night Lights returns to Albany Saratoga Speedway when the King Of Dirt Sportsman roll into the great race place on July 6th. Last season the flyin’ squirrel snapped Connor Cleveland’s two race streak during the event, but this season it’s wide open for a new challenger to emerge. Will a Crown contender or hometown hero come away victorious? Either way it’s a prelude to what comes on championship night for the Sportsman.
Michael Sabia won his 2nd Mr. Crate Track USA title last season after Scott Duell took the honors in 2016. On September 1st both drivers will have an opportunity to lay claim to victory once again in the popular event, but they’ll first have to fight off John Virgillio who hasn’t finished outside the top five in a KOD race yet at Lebanon Valley Speedway. They’ll have to contend with a host of other talented drivers aiming to land in victory lane.
The ‘Road To The Nationals’ will crown a champion September 7th at Albany Saratoga during the Northeast Crate Nationals. Warner became one of only two drivers to win the Nationals twice, but this year the possibility for a new winner and King Of Dirt Sportsman champion will be celebrated for the first time at the great race place.
Full-Fender action kicks off June 3rd at Utica Rome Speedway, when the King Of Dirt Racing Pro Stocks open the season, as part of the triple header of KOD racing at the action track of the east. Last season Rob Yetman and Chuck Dumblewski both earned their first career tour wins on double feature night.
The series then heads to Fonda Speedway on August 1st on Jack Johnson night for the highly popular Hondo Carpenter Classic. The last time King Of Dirt Racing Pro Stocks was at the track of champions Nick Stone as victorious. Kelley Keefe will once again be working on this special event, of which KOD has her blessing to be part of.
August 10th the KOD Pro Stocks head to the Albany Saratoga Speedway for the Pro Stock Clash, which saw Krazy Kenny Martin kick start his best touring season to date by claiming victory.
On August 25th the series heads to Lebanon Valley Speedway for it’s annual stop, where last year Jay Casey earned a highly popular victory.
Another first for the King Of Dirt Racing will be a trip to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park on September 9th for the tours inaugural stop to the fastest quarter mile on dirt. Defending track champion Luke Horning will certainly be a force and favorite to earn the victory.
Finally the KOD Pro Stock tour will close out 2018 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the 2nd year in a row with the Carl Vladyka Memorial on September 16th. Last season’s race had no shortage of drama on track and in the pits, as Yetman and Martin Jr. battled it out for the championship. Martin won the race, but Yetman earned the title.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked on the schedule. It typically comes out early in February and this year’s schedule is looking pretty awesome. We have some driver favorites, fan favorites, and surprises this year. I’m looking forward to it and crowning our Sportsman champion at the Nationals is going to be epic,” said KOD promoter Rob Hazer.
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KOD SMALL BLOCK NOTES: During the first season of racing for KOD Small Block Modifieds there were 87 different drivers who competed at scheduled events. There were 6 different winners out of the 7 scheduled events, with Bobby Varin being the only repeat winner on tour. The average car count was 30.1, with Marc Johnson winning the championship. It was his first on the KOD tour.
KOD SPORTSMAN NOTES: During the third season of racing for KOD Sportsman there were 166 different drivers who competed at scheduled events. There were 4 different winners out of 8 scheduled events, with Rocky Warner being the only repeat winner on tour. The average car count was 41.8, with Rocky Warner winning the championship. It was his second on the KOD tour.
KOD PRO STOCK NOTES: During the third season of racing for KOD Pro Stocks there were 61 different drivers who competed at scheduled events. There were 5 different winners out of 6 scheduled events, with Kenny Martin Jr. being the only repeat winner on tour. The average car count was 27.1, with Rob Yetman winning the championship. It was his first on the KOD tour.
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Small Block Modified Series Schedule
06/03/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (40 Laps)
06/06/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (40 Laps)
07/18/18 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (50 Laps)
07/29/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (67 Laps)
09/14/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (40 Laps)*
09/15/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (35 Laps)
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Sportsman Series Schedule
04/29/18 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (35 Laps)
05/12/18 – Fonda Speedway (30 Laps)
05/27/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (35 Laps)
06/03/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (30 Laps)
07/06/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (30 Laps)
09/01/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (30 Laps)
09/07/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (100 Laps)*
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Pro Stock Series Schedule
06/03/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (30 Laps)
08/01/18 – Fonda Speedway (29 Laps)
08/10/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (30 Laps)*
08/25/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (30 Laps)
09/09/18 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (30 Laps)
09/16/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (29 Laps)
*= Indicates Championship Point Scale Events
Schedule Subject To Change
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