Changing of the Guard at Sprint Cars of New England
Piermont, NH, 6 Dec 2014 - The Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) racers gathered at Chris Donnelly's Wicked Racing Products race shop in Piermont, NH to make plans for the 2015 racing season.
Mike Kondrat opened the meeting with a discussion of the current efforts to procure the correct level of sponsorship for the SCoNE series. The 2015 sponsor packages for multiple levels of support were available for review and comment.
Next up was a discussion of changes in the tire rules in light of the efforts to get an agreement with a tire manufacturer to offer a percentage of their tire sales to a driver's point fund. The discussions with a tire manufacturer are on-going and potential rules changes will come later.
While SCoNE has firm dates from Bear Ridge and Legion Speedway, dates from Devil's Bowl (probably 2 races) and Albany-Saratoga (1 race) are needed before the 2015 schedule can be finalized. There is also a desire to bring back the Triple Crown weekend. The final 2015 schedule will be posted on the SCoNE website and Facebook page as soon as it is solidified.
A change in the shock claiming rule was made for the 2015 season. The price to claim a shock was raised from $100 to $300, allowing for the use of the more expensive adjustable shocks. Changes in the injector specs to make ESS and SCoNE rules more compatible were discussed and a minor change will be forthcoming.
Mike indicated that his 2015 show car project is near completion and suggested that the return of a guest car, available for experienced racers to give sprint cars a try, would be a real asset for SCoNE.
A change back to double file restarts was discussed. One suggestion was to have 1 restart attempt with double file and if not successful, then subsequent attempts would be single file. A decision will be forthcoming from the board of directors. Also of concern was how 2015 increased car counts will be handled with the A main field limited to 18 cars. It was felt that the current rules covering a B main were adequate.
A new board of directors was put in place for next season. The 2015 board consists of Chris Donnelly, Clay Dow, Dan Douville, Will Hull, and Penny Sawyer.
The major change for SCoNE in 2015 is that Will Hull stepped up to direct the day to day activities of the club taking over from Mike Kondrat. When asked why he was stepping down, Mike said, "I want to get back in my car. I don’t have a lot of years left to do this."
2015 is shaping up to be another great season of sprint car racing with new tracks and 5-6 new cars in the works. Get the latest SCoNE news and information at www.NESprintCars.com and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nesprintcars - Come Race With Us.
The new 2015 Registration form is now available. Click Here. Please send the completed form and payments to:
Sprint Cars of New England
c/o Penny Sawyer
520 N. Barnstead Road
Barnstead, NH 03225