November 27, 2005 ...National Sprintcar League moving forward despite loss of Petty involvement -- By Bobby Gerould -- Rocklin, CA. ...National Sprintcar League officials learned Tuesday (November 22nd) that the Richard Petty Driving Experience,...
November 27, 2005 ...National Sprintcar League moving forward despite loss of Petty involvement -- By Bobby Gerould -- Rocklin, CA. ...National Sprintcar League officials learned Tuesday (November 22nd) that the Richard Petty Driving Experience, and Richard and Kyle Petty would no longer be a part of the NSL. Citing overwhelming demands in getting a start-up series off the ground, the Petty's informed the NSL of their decision. Despite the loss, the National Sprintcar League is moving forward with plans to race 410 winged sprintcars in 2006.
"Sure, we regret that the Richard Petty Driving Experience has decided to withdraw from the new series. They're good race people and we'll miss them, but that is the only thing that has changed", said Steve Kinser. The 20-time World Champion driver continued, "We look forward to forming the kind of relationships between tracks, race teams, drivers, sponsors, and most importantly the fans to carry 410 winged sprint car racing into the next decade."
The National Sprintcar League is in constant communication with major track promoters in a continued effort to finalize a 2006 racing schedule. "We are acutely aware that the fans want answers now", said Brian Healey, NSL official. "The reality is that starting a major touring series takes a cooperative effort of many of sprintcar racing's major players, and sometimes that takes longer than we all want it to take."
The National Sprintcar League is working on not only the 2006 racing schedule but also the details of a new website, and naming of a series sponsor. A television package is also part of the NSL master plan. "Many pieces are in place to succeed", said Healey. "We just need the full support of a few key race promoters to take our next step."
The National Sprintcar League will participate in the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Orlando, Florida this week. Teams and drivers committed to the NSL in 2006 include Steve Kinser Racing (Steve Kinser), Tony Stewart Racing (Paul McMahan), Kasey Kahne Racing (Joey Saldana), Elite Racing Team (Jason Meyers), Roth MotorSports (Danny Lasoski), TW Racing (Brandon Wimmer), Rudeen Racing (Shane Stewart), Selma Shell Racing (Lucas Wolfe), P&P MotorSports (Brian Paulus), Sides MotorSports (Jason Sides), Parsons MotorSports (Tim Shaffer), and Carnahan MotorSports (Jason Solwold).