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Don O’Neal Crowned as NDRL King of Mississippi at Magnolia Motor Speedway
Columbus, Mississippi (April 19, 2014) – Don O’Neal became the 7th different National Dirt Racing League winner in the first 8 events. O’Neal of Martinsville, Indiana made his way up from his 3rd starting position to overtake race-long leader Jonathan Davenport on lap 26 and then proceeded to drive away to take his first career NDRL win. The King of Mississippi paid $12,500 to win the 60-lap finale. “This is the result of everyone working hard here at the track and back at the shop. That top was really fast there at the beginning of the race but I was finally able to find something through the middle that let me get by Scott (Bloomquist) and Davenport. We had a great car and it was nice to get another win here at Magnolia.” O’Neal commented after the win.
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Chris Madden led the 26 car field to the green flag but it was Davenport who took command of the race. Davenport kept his Longhorn high up through turn 1 and 2 which allowed him to drive by Madden’s outside down the back straightaway. Bloomquist followed Davenport’s lead and made the move by Madden for 2nd one lap later. However Davenport was able to open up a huge margin over Bloomquist in the early going. Davenport’s torrid pace was slowed when he began to encounter back-marker traffic by lap 8. Davenport was able to maneuver by the first few cars he encountered. But when he caught up to drivers racing 2 and 3 wide for position Davenport could not find a way around as one of them held his coveted high line.

The resulting slow down allowed Bloomquist and the now 3rd O’Neal to reel in the leader. With Bloomquist and O’Neal hounding him Davenport began to show some urgency, searching out new lines in moving by the lappers. Bloomquist pulled alongside Davenport’s inside through turn one and two but Davenport turned back the zero down the back straightaway. Behind Bloomquist O’Neal was beginning to move down from the high line that was so good in the beginning. On lap 20 O’Neal moved by Bloomquist for 2nd using the lapped machine of Chris Ferguson as a pick. READ MORE HERE

Chris Wall Takes Night One of NDRL King of Mississippi at Magnolia Motor Speedway
Columbus, Mississippi (April 18, 2014) – Chris Wall has long been one of the toughest guys to ever make laps around the Magnolia Motor Speedway. Wall has recorded multiple special event wins at Johnny Stokes’ 3/8ths mile oval. On Friday night Wall added another to his list of big wins at the track located just outside Columbus. Wall moved by race leader Billy Moyer, Jr. before halfway and then mowed down backmarker traffic to capture the $7,500 pay day. “Man this is special to me.” A visually excited Wall said in Schaeffer’s Oil Victory Lane. “The best drivers in the country are right here tonight and to outrun Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Don O’Neal and all these other guys is just an awesome feeling. I take a lot of pride in this one.” Wall added.
Chris Wall in Victory Lane at Magnolia
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Wall started from 3rd starting spot and methodically worked his way past 2nd running Billy Moyer and gave chase to leader Billy Moyer, Jr. Moyer. Kept his Longhorn Chassis machine at the point rolling up around the very top of the speedway, while Wall was making up the distance to the leader running right around the bottom of the track. Lap after lap the driver known as the Intimigator was able to close in on Moyer. By lap 10 Wall was all over Moyer and just one lap later Wall swept underneath Moyer to grab the lead. It was a lead he would never relinquish.

Once in the lead Wall was masterful, hugging the inside berm and picking off lap traffic one by one. Behind the leaders, 4th starter Don O’Neal began to mount a charge to the front. O’Neal slipped back in the early laps but found a groove through the black-slick middle to his liking. When O’Neal reached 2nd his was able to close up the gap to Wall. However Wall was able to move through the traffic much better and opened the distance back up. When the checkered flag fell Wall crossed the line with a 12 car length advantage to take the win. O’Neal followed in 2nd and Steve Francis moved up from his 7th starting spot to take 3rd. READ MORE HERE

 Jonathan Davenport Crowned King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway
Jamaica, Virginia (April 12, 2014) The Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth was on Jonathan Davenport and Kevin Rumley’s list of high priority events. Not that every event isn’t important, but the King of the Commonwealth is a victory that both driver and his race team highly coveted. Both have been very successful at Bill Sawyer’s beautiful Virginia Motor Speedway over the years. On Saturday they both added another big check mark to their to-do list when Davenport overtook early leader Billy Moyer, Jr. on lap 17 and held off a hard charging Scott Bloomquist in the late stages of the 60-lapper to claim the $20,000 winner’s check. The win also propelled Davenport into a tie with Chris Madden for the National Dirt Racing League point lead.
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Davenport was fastest in Group A of Keyser Manufacturing Time Trials lowering the Virginia Motor Speedway track record with his lap of 16.745 seconds around the mile oval. However it was Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist in Group B who picked up the Bell Helmets Fast Time Award when he obliterated the record Davenport had just set. Bloomquist tripped the clock at a mind boggling 16.509 seconds. Earl Pearson, Jr., Chris Madden and Don O’Neal rounded out the top 5 qualifiers.


Heat Race action was insane with wins in the 10 lappers going to Davenport, Billy Moyer, Gregg Satterlee and Billy Moyer, Jr. Finishing second in heats and going to the redraw were O’Neal, Madden Bloomquist and Dennis Erb, Jr. A pair of Delaware drivers - Kenny Pettyjohn and Austin Hubbard scored wins in their respective B-Mains and making the feature event. Series provisional starts went to Kent Robinson, John Blankenship and Mason Zeigler. READ MORE HERE

Francis Bests Strong NDRL Field to win PENNational 50 at PPMS

Imperial, PA (April 10, 2014) The Kentucky Colonel Steve Francis made a lap 19 pass on Jonathan Davenport and held off Brian Birkhofer the rest of way to pick up the win in the NDRL PENNational 50 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Thursday night.


“It was nice to get a win here tonight,” Francis said. “This was a brand new car and the guys did a good job with it. It was good to get one for Clint Bowyer Racing and Georgia Boot.”

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Francis and Tim Fuller paced the field of 26 cars to the green flag, but it was Davenport who got the early lead, rocketing from the outside of the second row around the front row starters.

Davenport was able to pull out ahead to a bit of a lead, but as the cars entered lapped traffic Francis reeled him in and slid by the 6 machine to take the top spot on the 19th circuit. Birkhofer quickly followed Francis around Davenport into second and they remained close together in lapped traffic until Jared Miley slowed bringing out the race’s only caution on lap 24.

Once the field went back to green the top three remained in a good battle up front, while 10th starting Brandon Sheppard made a pass around Gregg Satterlee to move into fourth. READ MORE HERE

PPMS’s PENNational Set to Open Up $160,000+ NDRL Mid-Atlantic Swing
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (April 7, 2014) Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is set to play host to the opening round of the National Dirt Racing League’s (NDRL) Mid-Atlantic Swing. PPMS will host the PENNational which will pay $10,000 to the winner of the 50-lap feature event with the NDRL. The Mid-Atlantic Swing is a 3-race cluster of events beginning this Thursday, April 10th at PPMS. The 3-race event boasts more than $160,000 of purse monies up for grabs. The Mid-Atlantic Swing will also have the NDRL stars traveling to Winchester (VA) Speedway on Friday, April 11th for the $10,000 to win Gunter’s Honey 50 and wrapping the weekend up on Saturday at Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia with the $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth.

Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will host the NDRL for the 2nd time since the John Kennedy owned series was founded in 2013. The 25th Annual Pittsburgher was a rousing success in October and PPMS and NDRL officials are excited about the prospects of the PENNational. “The Pittsburgher was a great event and we had an awesome crowd. We are very excited about bringing our events to the Pittsburgh area. There is a great fan base there and the track has been phenomenal. We are expecting quite a field of cars with some of the best talent from all around the country. We hope that everyone will support the event and allow us to keep bringing this level of racing to the area. We have enjoyed working with the Miley’s, they really care about their fans and we appreciate them for having us.” said NDRL Series Director Kelley Carlton.

PPMS’s PENNational will also see the NDRL Modifieds and the RUSH Weekly Crate Late Models in action. On Thursday the PPMS pit gates will open at 2 PM with Grandstand gates opening at 4 PM. The drivers’ meeting is slated for 6:15 PM and racing is scheduled to start at 7 PM. Grandstand tickets are $30 at the gate with children UNDER 10 FREE. Pit Passes are $40 at the gate. READ MORE HERE

Bell Helmets Increases Support to Sponsor NDRL Fast Time Award
Phoenix, Arizona (April 3, 2014) Bell Racing USA and the National Dirt Racing League are happy to announce that Bell will be offering NDRL competitors the Bell Helmets Fast Time Award for the balance of the 2014 season. Along with their pre-existing season-long commitment, Bell will now provide a gift certificate to the driver who turns in the fastest lap during NDRL Keyser Manufacturing Time Trials.

“We are so very pleased to be able to add to what our competitors can win at each of our events. We know that it takes everything they have to get to and from these races and anytime we can give them something else that helps them along we are thrilled to do it. Bell has been a great partner to us already and we are excited that they wanted to be more involved with our program.” said NDRL Marketing Director Jason Babyak.

Bell Racing USA LLC is the world's leading auto racing and karting helmet company. More Champions in all forms of racing have worn Bell Helmets than any other brand. The Bell name is synonymous with innovation, technology, engineering excellence and superior helmet performance. “This was a great opportunity for Bell to gain even more exposure with the NDRL. Several of the drivers that are running the NDRL Series are using our helmets and we want to support those guys as well as introduce new customers to our quality products. So this is a great program for us. We are excited to be involved with the entire NDRL organization and we look forward to a strong relationship in years to come.” added Bell Racing’s Toby Hallett. READ MORE HERE

NDRL Merchandise Now Available Online from
Phoenix, Arizona (March 23, 2014) Race fans of the National Dirt Racing League can now purchase the full line of NDRL apparel and merchandise online. Thanks to NDRL partner and Official Apparel and Merchandise provider Arizona Sport Shirts, fans who want to support the series can now do so by shopping online from the comfort of their own home. The full range of NDRL gear is available with more items to be added soon. To see or order the latest NDRL t-shirts, hoodies, hats and other NDRL logo merchandise visit as well as the 'Fans' page at

The site will be updated throughout the year as new apparel and merchandise is added or becomes available. “We are very pleased to be partnered with Arizona Sport Shirts so we are able to offer this option to our fans. Arizona offers us excellent trackside sales but sometimes at the racetrack you get caught up in what is happening and forget to stop and grab that t-shirt or hat. And many times race fans don’t have the extra funds to pick something up that day. So now with we have the outlet to fill that void for our fans.” offered NDRL Series Owner John Kennedy. READ MORE HERE

NDRL’s Bluegrass Nationals Event at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Cancelled
Phoenix, Arizona (March 17, 2014) Officials of the National Dirt Racing League were forced to cancel the NDRL Bluegrass Nationals slated for March 27 through March 29 at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. KLMS ownership informed the series on Tuesday that they were unsure if the facility would be ready and capable of hosting racing on the scheduled dates.
“It is extremely unfortunate that we won’t be able to have the Bluegrass Nationals. We have had a great season going with strong fields of cars and incredible fan support. So we felt like we had some really good momentum going in to this one. We are very limited on available dates so to lose a good one is tough. And at this point it would really hard to reschedule at a different venue and be able to do a good job of promoting to have a successful event.” said NDRL Series Director Kelley Carlton.

The NDRL will now focus on the month of April during which they will sanction 5 huge events. The month will get started with the Mid-Atlantic Swing a series of three events through the mid-Atlantic region of the country. The three race series gets rolling on Thursday, April 10th at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway for the PENNational. The 50-lap feature will pay $10,000 to win. On Friday, April 11th the stars of the National Dirt Racing League will debut at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Virginia for the $10,000 to win Gunter’s Honey 50. And the NDRL faithful will wrap up the weekend at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia on Saturday, April 12th. The Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth will pay a whopping $20,000 to the winner. READ MORE HERE

VP To Provide Trackside Fuel Service at Smoky Mountain and Kentucky Lake
Racers Encouraged to Use Convenient Pre-Order Form

VP Racing Fuels, the Official Fuel of NDRL, announced it will provide trackside fuel service for the upcoming NDRL events at Smoky Mountain Speedway March 6-8 at Maryville, TN and Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway March 27-29 at Calvert City, KY. A variety of VP’s most popular fuels will be available including Late Model Plus, VP113 and Q16 among others.

Although VP will have fuel available for on-site purchase, racers are encouraged to pre-order their fuel from the VP-Midwest distribution center in Terre Haute, IN to ensure delivery of the specific fuel they want in the quantity they need.

The pre-order form is accessible here at under “RULES AND OTHER FORMS.” Pre-ordering provides the additional advantage of avoiding freight cost that otherwise might be incurred when purchasing fuel elsewhere.


Tech questions about fuel selection and tuning can be directed to VP Tech Support at 812-878-2025 or DOWNLOAD FORM HERE

Madden Masters NDRL’s Tennessee Tip Off Night #2 at Smoky Mountain
Maryville, TN (March 8, 2014) Chris Madden likes Saturday night racing with the NDRL.

The Gray Court, SC driver took the lead from Billy Moyer Jr. on lap 44 to go on to win the National Dirt Racing League-sanctioned Tip Off Classic and $12,500 for the victory at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN a week after he won the Bama Bash at East Alabama. Madden drove the Century Plastics, Hamrick's of Gaffney sponsored Clements powered Bloomquist Team Zero race car to the victory over hard-charging Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN who started tenth.

Chris Madden Celebrates in Victory Lane
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One caution flag slowed the race as Casey Roberts slowed on lap 13 in turn two. Pole sitter Moyer Jr and Jonathan Davenport brought the field of 25 to life for the start of the 60-lapper with Moyer Jr jumping to the early lead. On the 14th lap Madden would take the second spot away from Davenport and take Scott Bloomquist with him for third. Davenport would drop to fourth after that restart.

Madden would look underneath Moyer for several laps but would become the factor and grab the lead away on the 44th circuit. Tenth starting Mike Marlar became the factor for second spot and would grab it away from Scott Bloomquist with five laps remaining. Lapped traffic would be enough to keep Marlar away from Madden as he went on to win his second NDRL event of the season picking up $29,517 in win money in less than a week. READ MORE HERE

Dale McDowell takes NDRL field at Smoky Mountain Speedway to school during Tip-Off Opener

Maryville, TN (March 7, 2014) Dale McDowell may hold driving schools when he’s not behind the wheel of his # 17M Super Late Model, but on Friday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway, he took the field to school during the Nationals Dirt Racing League-sanctioned Tennessee Tip-Off Classic.


The Chickamauga, GA driver claimed $7,500 for the event win after leading all 40 circuits, which ran caution free, for his first NDRL victory. McDowell came to victory lane while driving the Team Dillon Racing, Klotz Synthetics, National Boiler Service, Bad Boy Buggy and Cometic Gaskets sponsored ERC-powered Warrior Race Car.


Runner-up Chris Madden passed polesitter Ray Cook on the 17th lap and went on to finish second behind McDowell in the Century Plastics, Hamrick’s of Gaffney and Cushman Paint & Body sponsored Clements Racing Engines powered Bloomquist Team Zero Race Car. Cook finished third while driving the Tommy Pope Construction, A+ Moving & Storage sponsored Jay Dickens powered MasterSbilt Race Car.


The NDRL Late Models ($12,500 to win), along with the Crate Late Models and Sportsman hit the track on Saturday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway for Night # 2 of the Tennessee Tip-Off Classic. FULL RESULTS HERE

Chris Madden Goes the Distance in $17,017 NDRL Bama Bash Victory
Phenix City, Alabama (March 1, 2014) Gray Court, South Carolina native Chris “Smokey” Madden muscled his way by early race leader Jonathan Davenport and then kept his tires under him to capture the checkers in the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) sanctioned 17th Annual Bama Bash at East Alabama Motor Speedway.  Madden, who won his heat in Friday’s preliminary action, fell to second near the race’s midpoint but re-inherited the lead when local driver Terrance Nowell’s machine rolled to a stop during a lap 55 caution period.
Chris Madden Celebrates at EAMS
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The win was Madden’s first career NDRL victory and his second overall win of 2014. “We got going there and just wanted to try and set a pace to conserve our tires and try to make it 75 laps. We just kind of waited to see what kind of pace Jonathan (Davenport) set. We got a chance there to get the lead and took it. Then we just held on to the end.” Madden said after the points opener for the NDRL.

In Friday’s preliminary action it was Davenport setting the pace in Keyser Manufacturing Time Trials as he topped all 38 drivers that entered the event. Davenport’s 14.949 second lap made him the only driver to dip below the 15 second mark on East Alabama’s high banked 3/8ths of a mile. Madden, Steve Francis and NDRL Rookie of the Year candidate Kent Robinson were all fastest in their qualifying / heat race groups and all 4 drivers went on to win their respective heat races. Davenport looked poised to sweep the weekend when he redrew the pole for the 75-lap feature event.


Saturday’s B-Mains saw Dennis Erb of Carpentersville, Illinois pick up the win in the Hoosier Race Tires B-Main #1 and West Virginia’s Mike Benedum take the checkers in VP Race Fuels B-Main #2. Mason Zeigler and Terrance Nowell followed Erb to earn transfer finishes, while Clint Smith and Tim Fuller transferred from the second B-Main. Provisional starts went to Tony Jackson, Jr., William Thomas and Max Blair. READ MORE HERE

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