The idea for WDRL was developed in late 2001 by Wilson and his wife Nancy
after NASCAR made the decision to discontinue its All-Star Series, which Jim Wilson directed, after 17
years of operation. WDRL began its eight-year run in 2002.
"I had many drivers and promoters come to me after the word was out that the
All-Star Series would no longer be in existence," said Wilson. "They asked me to start my own touring
series to keep a Dirt Late Model tour going in the Midwest. I decided to resign from NASCAR at that time
and do it.
"After working for NASCAR for 20 years, the only way that I knew or even
wanted to run a racing program, was to run it professionally and with professionally trained
officials. We hired the best officials we could find to run the race programs at the WDRL races. I
thank Mark Ludwig, Ron Streger, Art Daufeldt, Rusty Daufeldt, Phil Roberts, Chris Hansen, Dean and Shirley
Howe, Mable McCuen, Eldon Wilson, Tom Lathen, Steve Pauley, Cheryl Hutchinson, Bucky Doren and others for
their part of making the WDRL a professionally run series. These officials didn't all work with us at the
same time but were all instrumental in making the WDRL the best-run short track series in the United
Wilson adds: "In the eight years
that we operated WDRL, we never had one complaint of unfair treatment and never had one injury that was
serious enough to turn in for insurance. That tells me the officials were doing their jobs in treating all
teams the same and making sure the race cars were as safe as possible.
"We lost our title sponsor, PolyDome, in 2008 due to circumstances beyond