Lexington, North Carolina - With a desire to return to car ownership, and the opportunity with a free agent, K&L Rumley Enterprises has decided to bring the well-known number 6 back into competition in 2019 with driver Mike Marlar. A plan that was materialized in a matter of days is now expected to be a major factor in dirt late model competition this coming season.
The conclusion of the 2018 season meant two things for Mike Marlar – he was the Craftsman World of Outlaw Late Model Series Champion, but also didn’t know where or if he would race in 2019. His longtime car owner and friend, Ronnie Delk, decided to step away from owning a team at the end of 2018. Meanwhile, it was also a successful year for Kevin Rumley, as he was the engineer on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship team.
Like most good ideas, they come when least expected. Through friendly conversation Marlar had informed Rumley that he no longer wanted to run a full-time series, as he wanted to pursue other interests outside of racing. While Rumley admittedly referenced the desire to cut back his travel schedule and have the opportunity to work out of the David Fritts D&E Marine shop close to his Lexington, NC home. The two soon realized they had the same desire; to have fun, and to win races. That’s all it took for them to decide to team up; under the K&L Rumley #6. Rumley believes both fun and success are attainable, and racing a limited schedule is how he thinks that can be achieved; “Racing a series, which is what I’ve done the past three out of four years, is really hard on everyone. It’s not only hard on your equipment, but on your crew, your personal life, and just stressful as a whole. Racing becomes not that fun anymore”. Someone else who isexcited about this new endeavor is Lee Roy Rumley, Kevin’s 82-year-old father. He is looking forward to being a team owner again, and still has the same desire to win as he did 60+ years ago. One can expect to see him in the pit area a lot more in the coming year. Additionally, Kevin will consult as needed for the Double L Motorsports team with Jonathan Davenport for the 2019 season.
Notably, the 6 car will not have the familiar K&L Rumley Enterprises garage-built engine under the hood. Cornett Racing Engines from Jack Cornett will be the engine of choice. Longhorn Chassis and Kevin Rumley are also going to continue their working relationship, which began in 2012. He plans to utilize this opportunity as a research and development project, in order to aid in developing the Longhorn Chassis product in the future. The team will also utilize Integra shocks, which Marlar is bringing from his 2018 program. The team also has support from Marlar’s previous team owner, Ronnie Delk with Delk Equipment, as a partner for 2019.
Expect to see the team at the track early 2019. There will not be a set schedule, but occasionally check Mike Marlar Racing on Facebook and Twitter, or klrumley.com for racing plans as 2019 progresses.
-K&L Rumley Enterprises Press Release. Photo Credit: WoO Late Models