Story By: KING OF DIRT – WEST HAVEN, VT – Throughout the Northeast many dirt tracks offer a Limited, Novice, Budget, or Rookie Sportsman division.
It was a necessity given the amount of crate cars that exploded onto the racing scene and some drivers just need to learn. To engage as a student of the sport, sharpen their abilities, and progress to Sportsman Modified.
For the first time the Limited Sportsman drivers will have a series crown all of their own.
Tracks such as Fonda, Devil’s Bowl, Utica Rome, Albany-Saratoga, Fulton, and Thunder Mountain just to name a few offer the Limited Sportsman (Novice, Rookie, Budget) division as a way for newcomers to open wheel racing with limited experience to gain seat time. It wasn’t until recently that some speedways started offering a points championship. This led King Of Dirt Racing officials to an idea.
Piggybacking off the main series concept, Limited Sportsman (Novice, Rookie, Budget) will have their very own crown to chase. They’ll have a $25 registration fee to earn points from their home track, where they can chase point funds for the top ten drivers in final standings. KOD points will again be earned based on a drivers best 12 finishes at one track. A driver can run multiple tracks but would need to register them individually and cannot combine finishes.
KOD owner Mike Bruno explained why this was an important program to bring into the King Of Dirt Racing fold by saying, “We just felt that the drivers in this division put in just as much time, effort, and dollars to get to the track so they can learn, but don’t often get a lot of recognition. Well, here is there chance through KOD for their weekly efforts.”
KOD Competition Director of Points and Scoring Rob Hazer said, “It was an interesting idea Mike brought to the table. There are many tracks that offer a Limited, Novice, Rookie, or Budget type division for guys and gals learning the ropes. Let’s give them their own separate deal and acknowledge their weekly efforts as well.”
Points will be scored on the same system as the other divisions (Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock) with an opportunity to earn the same year end average field size bonus points the two main divisions can earn. KOD recognizes that dirt tracks around the Northeast may name the division slightly different such as Novice, Rookie, or Budget however for series purposes they will be referred to as Limited.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available on the King Of Dirt Racing Limited Sportsman offering for 2022. Registration forms are scheduled to be available within the coming week. Anyone looking to get involved on a marketing partnership level for the Limited Sportsman division can contact KOD directly.