CONCORD, N.C. – Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) officials announced today that all aspects of the 2020 edition of the battle for the prestigious Kulwicki Cup have been put on hold. This includes the naming of the seven finalists who will vie for the championship during the sixth edition of the contest that honors 1992 NASCAR Champion and Hall of Famer Alan Kulwicki.
“After meeting with our advisory board members late yesterday afternoon, we have decided to put everything on hold for now,” said KDDP Executive Director Tom Roberts. “This includes the voting on our seven finalists who will represent Alan Kulwicki and our organization when we are able to return to a stable racing environment. We will have our next scheduled official update during the final week of April.
“Voting for the seven finalists and naming them would be an action initiating some form of obligation, not only from the KDDP to the drivers selected, but also from those drivers to our organization,” Roberts said. “At this time, with the vast quantity of unknowns everyone is facing, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to not go in that direction.
“While I won’t speculate on when our final vote will take place, we’re committed to make sure that all of the semifinalists receive the exact same level of consideration,” Roberts said. “We were extremely fortunate to be able to complete all of the interviews with the 15 semifinalists before the shutdown everywhere began.
“While the tools necessary in allowing our board members the opportunity to review the interviews were slow coming, we expect to have MP3 recordings of all of them in the near future. That fact will play a crucial role in being able to complete the process quickly when the timing is right to move forward.
“While I know the suspense has been building as to who our seven drivers will be, I’m asking for understanding, patience and support from everyone at this time,” said Roberts. “Rest assured that we will be focused on our finalists being named in plenty of time to gear up for our next Kulwicki Cup competition.
“These are unprecedented times in the world of motorsports and sports in general,” Roberts said. “We all are so eager to get back out there competing on the short tracks across North America and hope that day is coming soon.
“Our program is very unique in that the contest for the Kulwicki Cup is staged both on and off the track. Getting back to where the drivers and teams can return to the speedways to wage battle in all areas is the first hurdle we face. Then, another one of the major facets our organization must consider is the community service aspect. With ‘social distancing’ being mandatory for safety at this time, the impossible question to answer is when it will be appropriate for our competitors to engage with the public in their activities outside the racing venues.
“We feel very confident that we’ll have a much better handle on what we’re facing at this time next month,” said Roberts. “Our organization will be meeting on several occasions to discuss the many scenarios that we could be faced with relative to this edition of our program. We will also continue our efforts to have all of our operational supplies such as decals, patches, hats and other items ready when we can get everything rolling again. I can assure you that we will be fully prepared to act expeditiously.
“In the meantime, we are urging all of this year’s semifinalists to be positive and optimistic in their social media activities,” Roberts said. “We are all in this together and we’re confident that our sport will bounce back bigger and better than ever.”
The KDDP urges you to keep up with all of its news and activities by regularly visiting Speed51.com, the organization’s official media partner.
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About the KDDP:
The Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) was established in 2014 by the family of late NASCAR Champion and Hall of Fame member Alan Kulwicki for the purpose of helping worthy drivers toward reaching their dreams while at the same time keeping Alan’s memory and legacy alive. The Program provides drivers with financial assistance along with support in publicity, marketing, sponsorship development, industry networking and relationship building. Based in Concord, N.C., the KDDP is a non-profit organization with the mission of playing a significant role in developing the next era of America’s short-track racers while educating new generations about the life, passion and values of the 1992 NASCAR Champion.