Concord, N.C. – The semifinalists for the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) class of 2019 will be announced live during Monday morning’s (February 25) episode of Speed51.com’s “The Morning Bullring.”
Originating from Studio 51 in Concord, North Carolina, every Monday at 7:30 a.m. ET, the live show is hosted by Bob Dillner and Casey LaJoie. Each show features exclusive interviews and in-depth discussion about the hottest topics from the short track racing world. Racing enthusiasts who can’t catch the show live on Speed51.com or on their Facebook page can enjoy the replay and podcast made available by Speed51.com after each episode concludes.
“We jumped at the opportunity to have our semifinalists announced on ‘The Morning Bullring,’” said Tom Roberts, Executive Director of the KDDP. “This new show is one of the best things to ever happen to short track racing from a media standpoint. Not only is it fun and entertaining, it’s one of the most informative programs out there today.
“The show has become a weekly ritual for me personally and I am hearing the same thing from drivers, promoters and so many others directly involved in our sport. Fans love it because they hear so much breaking news straight from the source. The show got off to such a solid start with Bubba Pollard laying out his 2019 plans during the first episode and its popularity continues to soar each and every week. The show’s special guests have already included our 2018 Kulwicki Cup Champion Brett Yackey, as well as 2018 KDDP driver Derek Griffith.
“Monday’s show will be the seventh episode of ‘The Morning Bullring’ and with the number 7 being so synonymous with our KDDP, it’s so appropriate that our big news will be breaking there,” Roberts said. “The number of viewers continues on an upward spiral every week. I can assure you that all of the many applicants for our 2019 program will be tuning in and hoping to hear their names called.”
The semifinalists named on Monday will participate in conference call interview sessions with the KDDP advisory board members scheduled later next week. The board will then select seven drivers from the group to carry the Kulwicki colors for 2019. The announcement of those seven finalists is expected to come during the third week of March.
The seven selected drivers will each receive a one-time stipend of $7,777 to cover operational expenses. The organization will work to provide the drivers assistance in important aspects such as publicity, marketing, sponsorship development and industry networking during the season as they compete for the “grand prize.” The Kulwicki Cup winner will pick up an additional check worth seven times the initial award ($7,777 x 7 = $54,439) and a special unique trophy. Seymour, Wisconsin’s Ty Majeski was the 2015 Kulwicki Cup winner during the inaugural year for the program. Lomira, Wisconsin’s Alex Prunty claimed the 2016 title and Marietta, Georgia's Cody Haskins was the 2017 KDDP Champion. Brett Yackey, a third-generation racer from Greeley, Colorado, claimed the 2018 Kulwicki Cup.
The Kulwicki Cup competition goes from April 1 through Oct. 31. The contest’s points system is based on a combination of judging input from members of the advisory board and the drivers’ on-track performance. Drivers are given points for both their success in chasing checkered flags and for community engagement, program representation and social media activities.
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.
For additional information on the Kulwicki Driver Development Program, please visit the official website at www.kulwickiddp.com . Follow us on Twitter at @KulwickiDDP and we hope you check out and like our new Facebook page that will be launched this spring.
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.
-Kulwicki Driver Development Program Press Release