The ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series unveiled its 2019 series schedule Friday, as the series prepares for its second full season of action after a successful 2018 campaign.
The working 2019 schedule includes 15 events across 12 weekends, with three dates to be announced. The season will once again open at the legendary Hagerstown Speedway (MD) on March 23rd. Other tracks remaining from last season’s schedule include Virginia Motor Speedway (VA), Tyler County Speedway (WV), and Selinsgrove Speedway (PA).
The 2019 schedule adds several new tracks to the calendar, including BAPS Motor Speedway (PA), Path Valley Speedway (PA), Richmond Raceway (KY), Greater Cumberland Raceway (MD) and Thunder Mountain Speedway (PA).
“We’re extremely excited to have the several tracks back that we had last year, a few and, of course adding on the new ones that we have added in addition to what we had last season,” said ULTIMATE Northeast Regional Director Rose Compton. “We’re looking forward to visiting all of them.”
While some of the tracks are different, the schedule remains similar in length to last year’s 11-race campaign, a decision that Compton says is popular with those who compete in the series.
“Overall, it seems like drivers are very interested in the number of races we have,” said Compton. “We keep the travel to a minimum and the races are spread out far enough where drivers can still go to their local tracks on a Friday or Saturday night and enjoy the local opportunities there. They also have the opportunity to take a vacation or spend time with family on off weeks and still be a part of the series.”
The King of the Commonwealth and USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway, along with the tour’s stop at Richmond Raceway, will serve as “bonus races” for the ULTIMATE banner. Drivers from all ULTIMATE regions will be able to compete in those events, with the opportunity to replace a result from their home region with a stronger finish in a bonus race. Those races will also pay no less than $10,000 to the winner.
Speed51 will be providing season-long coverage for all five regions of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series. They will also provide ongoing updates for the FASTRAK Racing Series leading up to the $50,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship on September 13th and 14th at Virginia Motor Speedway. The 2019 FASTRAK World Championship, which pays $2,050 to start, will be the single richest race in Chevrolet Performance Late Model history. Additionally, Speed51 will offer Pay-per-view options of marquee races throughout the 2019 season.
Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series 2019 Schedule (Working)
Legend: Date / Track / Purse / Event / Winner
March 23 - Hagerstown Speedway $3,000
April 20 - Virginia Motor Speedway $20,000 "King Of The Commonwealth" (Bonus Race)
May 4 - Tyler County Speedway $5,000 "Earl Hill Memorial"
May 25 - To Be Announced
May 26 - To Be Announced
June 15 - Virginia Motor Speedway $20,000 "USA 100" (Bonus Race)
July 27 - BAPS Motor Speedway $4,000 "Smokey Frye Classic"
August 3 - Hagerstown Speedway $5,000
August 9 - Path Valley Speedway $3,000 "The Night Of Power"
August 10 - Selinsgrove Speedway $3,000
August 17 - Richmond Raceway $10,000 (Bonus Race)
September 14 - To Be Announced
Septemer 21 - Greater Cumberland Raceway $3,000 "Queen City 50"
September 27 - Thunder Mountain Speedway $4,000 "ThunderFest 2019"
September 28 - Thunder Mountain Speedway $7,000 "Stephanie Eckl Memorial"
(Bonus Race) Bonus Races: $10,000 to win purses and up, give drivers the opportunity to replace a lower finish from their home region, with their finish in the Bonus Race. It is a required race for the host region, and will not replace a lower finish. A Bonus Race can not be used to replace a "0" or no-show from a driver's home region.
Schedule subject to change.
Expect dates to be added.
Story by: Zach Evans, National Correspondent, Speed51 - Twitter: @ztevans