After staging the first points championship in 2018, the ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series is back for more in 2019, with the season’s trail beginning this coming Saturday, March 23 at Hagerstown Speedway in western Maryland.
It is the first of two Northeast championship shows that the historic half-mile oval will host this year, with the second being a summertime show in August.
In total, 10 dirt tracks across four states will host the 12 ULTIMATE Northeast points races in 2019.
A New York/Pennsylvania doubleheader awaits on Memorial Day weekend, with Stateline Speedway (NY) hosting a $5,000-to-win show on May 25 before moving to Eriez Speedway (PA) for the Mike Farr Memorial on May 26.
A busy summer sees stops at on Clinton County Motor Speedway (PA) on June 28, BAPS Motor Speedway (PA) for the Smokey Frye Classic July 27, the aforementioned return to Hagerstown August 3, plus another doubleheader weekend which starts at Path Valley Speedway (PA) on August 9 and moving to Selinsgrove Speedway (PA) August 10.
The season concludes in the fall, first with the Queen City 50 at Greater Cumberland Raceway (MD), then the final two points shows at Thunder Mountain Speedway’s ThunderFest 2019 in Pennsylvania on September 27 and 28.
Northeast drivers will also have five “bonus races” from the ULTIMATE Southeast schedule. These include the Spring Thaw on April 4 and The Scorcher on August 15 at Volunteer Speedway (TN). The King of the Commonwealth on April 20 and USA 100 June 15 at Virginia Motor Speedway. Also, the August 17 event at Richmond Raceway (VA) on August 17. Northeast drivers competing have the opportunity to replace a lower finish from the Northeast with their finish in a "bonus race."
Among those competing in 2019 on a full-time basis will be defending ULTIMATE Northeast champion Jared Miley of Pittsburgh, who came away with two wins in competition last year en route to the title.
West Virginia’s Ryan Montgomery is coming back after a consistent run in 2018. Mercersberg, PA driver Kyle Lee is also looking to get into the win column after a string of strong finishes last season, as will fellow Penn pilot Kirk Baker after running a majority schedule in 2018.
One of the Northeast newcomers is expected to be Pennsylvania’s Shaun Jones, who has competed in the Mason Dixon Shootout Series the past two seasons.
For this Saturday, some faces familiar to Hagerstown will also be present, including Maryland’s own Reese Masiello and Trevor Feathers from Virginia.
For the first time in ULTIMATE Northeast Series history, fans unable to make it to this Saturday’s show can see every lap live on Speed51.com. The live broadcast will be available for both monthly and yearly subscribers to the Speed51 Network. Race fans can subscribe to the Speed51 Network today for $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year by clicking here.
As the new video home for the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series and FASTRAK, Speed51 will have much more to come from the upcoming season.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT