Hazer, Hayes inducted into KOD Hall of Honors
RUTLAND, Vt. – The King of Dirt Racing (KOD) Crate Modified Series paid tribute to its founders on Saturday, January 25, at the Banquet of Champions. In advance of their official retirement from the KOD organization, Rob Hayes – known universally as “Hazer” – and his father, Brev Hayes, were inducted into the organization’s Hall of Honors during the banquet, which was held at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vermont.
The duo has been involved in dirt track stock car racing in and around New York’s Capital District for decades as car owners, crew members, media personalities, event promoters, and series organizers.
Each year, the Hall of Honors recognizes in perpetuity people who have made a significant positive impact on King of Dirt Racing. Previous inductees include champion drivers Rocky Warner, Connor Cleveland, Rob Yetman, Bobby Varin, and Marc Johnson, multi-track promoter Lyle DeVore, and series sponsor Mike Walton, among others.
Led by Hazer, King of Dirt Racing was created and launched KOD in 2015 as an affordable touring series alternative for support-level teams competing in the region. The staple brand for King of Dirt Racing has been and remains the KOD Crate Modified Series, which enters its sixth season in 2020. Pro Stocks also competed in 2015-18 and Small Block Modifieds ran in 2017-18.
All told, 61 feature races and 11 championships have been held under the KOD umbrella, and the “Northeast Crate Nationals” event is regarded as one of the top annual Sportsman races in the Northeast.
Citing health concerns, Hazer sold the organization to Devil’s Bowl Speedway owners Mike and Alayne Bruno in March 2019 and remained on as a consultant. With the agreement for their current roles set to expire on January 31, the father-son team is now stepping away from the organization entirely.
The decision to pay tribute to the two at the Banquet of Champions was an easy one. “We felt that it was appropriate for us to recognize the efforts of Hazer and Brev,” Mike Bruno said. “There would be no King of Dirt Racing without them. Even with the changes in 2019, there’s still a real spark and energy to KOD. We had fun working with Hazer over the past few years and we wish him and Brev the best moving forward. Now we’re starting with a clean slate in 2020.”
The full 2020 King of Dirt Racing Crate Modified Series schedule is nearing completion and will be announced soon. King of Dirt Racing is online at www.KingofDirtRacing.com and can also be found via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or email email@example.com.
(Photos by Bill McGaffin, Alan Ward)