UARA President Kerry Bodenhamer has announced that the 2014 season has been suspended, citing a need to “tend to family obligations.”
In a statement on the series website, Bodenhamer said the move comes as his parents face cancer, while his wife’s parents suffered a stroke before Christmas, followed by a broken hip and femur just after the first of the year.
“We regret having to make this decision because it affects so many teams, sponsors and officials,” Bodnehamer said in the statement. “We are very sorry for the inconveniences this may cause teams. You all are very important to us but duty calls.”
The Late Model touring series began in 2002, and has been seen as a developmental series for southern stock car racing. 2013 saw several events postponed and affected by rainy weather.
Among the drivers to have competed in the UARA included 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon, 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Corey LaJoie, Brandon McReynolds, Ben Rhodes, Steve Wallace, John King II, Brandon Jones, Jake Crum and Matt Dibenedetto.
“We will continue to work during that time off from racing to work on UARA sponsorships and reorganization,” Bodenhamer said in the statement. “We will be preparing for a bigger and stronger return of the UARA in 2015.”
Teams that have bought a 2014 license will be refunded the total amount, according to the statement.
“Wink and I would personally like to thank all the officials, teams, sponsors and promoters for making the last 12 years a very memorable experience and we look forward to renewing our relationships in the future,” Bodenhamer said in the statement.
For more info, visit the series website at uara-stars.com.