GILBERTSVILLE – Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway is set to join the United Midwest Promoters (UMP) DirtCar as a sanctioned track.
Track general manager Tommy House announced Monday evening that negotiations had been finalized with UMP.
The agreement will link the speedway with Concord, N.C.-based DirtCar Racing. Drivers competing at the track will earn points for track and national UMP points and will be eligible for season championship prize money.
KLMS will also be eligible for special events sanctioned by the UMP.
House also said that the National Dirt Racing League event that had been scheduled for March 27-29 has been canceled.
Previously the event had been postponed, because the track will not be ready for racing by next weekend.
“The weather just has not cooperated with us,” speedway co-owner Ronnie Jones said.
Jones said he hopes an opening event can be held as soon as Saturday, April 5, but he repeated the desire to not cut any corners just to get the track back into operation.
“If it stays cold and wet, we just won’t be able to get the track ready for racing, and we’re not going to try to race on it until it is ready,” he said.
The 3/8-mile dirt oval has been idle the past three years and has had very limited activity since 2009, which means that the racing surface has to be almost entirely rebuilt.
Jones and Hale purchased the speedway at auction in June for $990,000.
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway was built by Dwight and Keith Greer and opened in 1997.
“It was one of the best tracks in America,” Jones said, “and we don’t want to do anything but make it even better than it was.”
UMP was formed in 1984 by Illinois promoter Bob Memmer.
It sanctions local short-track racing in eight different divisions and, under the DirtCar banner, also offers nine regional touring series, including the Summer Nationals and Mid-American Racing Series (MARS).
Benton driver Terry English won the UMP DirtCar Late Model national championship title in 2002.
Randy Sellars of Mayfield is another area competitor with a national UMP title. Sellars won the title in 1993.