King Of Dirt Racing was developed as a touring series dedicated to dirt tracks in and around the Capital Region of upstate New York. The tour goals are simple; alleviate travel costs for racers, highlight drivers to fans, and reward them for their efforts.
2015: – King Of Dirt Racing was the brain child of lifetime racing enthusiast and media personality Rob Hazer. After writing widely popular articles for Race Pro Weekly and Gater Racing news followed by award winning radio for 10 years along with multiple championships as car owner, the time had come to develop a racing series.
After a sit down with Albany Saratoga Speedway promoter Lyle DeVore and then Fonda Speedway head honcho Matt DeLorenzo the pitch was made for a touring series dedicated to the Capital District area tracks and surrounding speedways for Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. A schedule was set and KOD experienced a highly successful season visiting three different race tracks (Albany Saratoga, Lebanon Valley, & Fonda) for a total of six races.
2016: In it’s sophomore season King Of Dirt Racing expanded to nine races, which included events at Utica Rome Speedway. Now venturing to four different tracks and experiencing a growth in participation it was safe to say King Of Dirt Racing was stable and booming.
With several programs offered to tour regulars that highlight their efforts and performances at KOD series events, the brand grew leaps and bounds in promotion, social media, and acknowledgement.
2017: An ambitious schedule of 22 races during King Of Dirt Racing’s junior season included trips to another new speedway in Fair Haven, VT and the birth of Dirt Rush. The reality program that featured a drivers night of racing filmed and produced by Whitney Productions was a smashing success and another highlight on the KOD tour.
The replay at the annual year end Driver Awards Banquet highlighted the biggest season yet, as KOD also added the 358 Modified Division and set sail on a 7 race schedule for the stars of the Modified division.
2018: King Of Dirt Racing continued to grow the promotional aspects of the tour by pushing driver news to new heights. Widely known as the series to promote those who participate, King Of Dirt Racing had another dramatic point chase with the innovative point system put in place by series officials.
Near the end of the 2018 season a change was eminent for KOD as a whole with promoter Rob Hazer brain storming ideas to make the tour unique and viable going into the future. After all innovation trumps imitation every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
“I’ve been involved with racing my entire life,” began KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
“I’ve watched race cars from the stands, hosted an award winning radio show, wrote for Race Pro Weekly and Gater Racing News, so I’m versed in the media side of things one could say,” Rob Hazer continued.
He concluded by saying, “I’ve lived my entire life in the Capital District and racing has been part of my life since I was 3 years old. Having done pretty much everything from Writing about them to owning them, it was time to promote a series dedicated to the Capital Region tracks that drivers could follow with minimal extra expense from what they were already doing weekly. I’m happy we can provide that for the drivers.”
King Of Dirt Racing began with nine races in 2015 and grew to over 20 races across three divisions. It boasts a unique racing format, points system, and championship battle. There are no participation trophies on the King Of Dirt Tour, no favoritism, and no politics. To be a King drivers must be willing to lay it all on the line and dare to win.
Est. December 2015