The Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England travelled to Canaan Speedway Friday night for the second round of the 2013 season.
Front row starters Tyler Rich and Mark Cole had a spirited battle
for the lead for several laps, with Tyler finally
persevering and taking the win.
The green to checker race featured a great deal of passing,
with lap traffic a factor in the later laps. Chris Downs was able to make his way through the crowd to second place,
while last weeks winner, Chris Donnelly managed
to go from a twelfth place start to finish third.
For the second week in a row,
Travis Hull was the top rookie finisher.
The action resumes this Friday night, May 25, 2013 at Bearridge Speedway
in Bradford, Vt.
Racing starts at 7:00 PM
The Bond Auto Parts
Sprint Cars of New England
kicked off the 2013 season last Sunday
at Legion Speedway
Defending champion Chris Donnelly took the feature win, with arch rival Dan Douville a close second. Kevin Chaffee, Will Hull, and Chris Downs rounded out the top five. Heat wins went to Douville and Chaffee. The top rookie finisher was Travis Hull with a strong sixth. Mark Cole and Troy Comeau retired early with crash damage, and Robbie Bodwell dropped out after some critical engine parts escaped out the side of his block.
5/1/13 The three tracks hosting the Bond Auto Parts/Sprint Cars of New England series this year have had their practice sessions, and several sprint car teams took the opportunity to shakedown their equipment in preparation for the season opener at Legion Speedway on May 12. It looks to be another banner year for SCoNE,
with most of the veterans returning this year,
and a few new teams rumored to be anxious to test
themselves against the fastest dirt cars in New England.
The much anticipated action
starts at 5:00 PM,
Sunday, May 12 at Legion Speedway,
on NH Route 25,
at the Rumney/Wentworth line. Don't miss out!
SCoNE 2013 Membership is Open
Make check payable to SCoNE and mail to:
320 Farm Road
West Windsor, VT 05089
Thank you for your continued support of The Fastest Dirt Track Cars in New England!
The Sprint Cars of New England organization is excited to announce that Bond Auto Parts has joined with SCoNE as title sponsor for the 2013 racing season. Bond Auto is a family owned and operated business started in Barre, Vt. in 1956. Since that time they have grown to over 40 stores serving Vt., Nh., Ma., and Ny. As longtime supporters of motorsports in New England, they now head the list of SCoNE's marketing partners for 2013, which includes Racer's Used Parts Warehouse, The Race Depot, and Coastal181.
SCoNE is proud to be associated with these fine companies.
Sprint Cars of New England Marketing Partnerships Available For 2013 Season
The Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) is the region’s premier touring series and the only series that races on exciting dirt tracks. With roots stretching back more than 20 years, the 360 c.i Winged Sprint Car series has 17 events scheduled for 2013 at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT; Canaan Dirt Speedway in Canaan, NH and Legion Speedway in Wentworth, NH. We have extremely cost effective and fully customizable marketing and sponsorship opportunities still available. SCoNE is known for its full fields of cars and exciting side-by-side racing. Our drivers live in communities from Maine to New York and serve to provide SCoNE marketing partners with a year-round, visible local presence. SCoNE is regarded as the premium event whenever it visits a track. In addition to the race fans that attend SCoNE’s partner tracks weekly, an additional contingent follows the SCoNE series from track to track. SCoNE has its own announcer and media relations person, ensuring that SCoNE’s marketing partners are properly recognized and allowing for targeted and timely marketing messages both at the track and in print. SCoNE provides a free weekly program sheet for spectators at each event, an ideal platform for our partners to get their name and logo in front of potential customers. SCoNE receives coverage in local newspapers as well as regional and national trade publications. The series is covered on local radio, internet radio and has its own website -www.nesprintcars.com -
and a social media presence on Facebook. SCoNE has a committed, multi-generational, family orientated fan base interested in sports, automobiles, outdoor activities, and do-it-yourself projects. It also has a disposable income sufficient to pursue these interests. Many SCoNE cars are sponsored by small businesses in the automotive, construction and forest products industries.
Mike Kondrat accepts
Sprint Cars of New England
Lifetime Achievement Award
Photo Credit: Don MacIntosh
12/4/12 Sprint Cars of New England
Holds Annual Meeting;
Elects Board of Directors,
Honors Mike Kondrat
The Sprint Cars of New England recently held its annual meeting at the Grappone Conference Center and elected its first Board of Directors. Si Allen, Jennifer Garland and Mark McKeon were elected by acclimation to lead the group in 2013 as Board Members.
The Board subsequently elected McKeon to serve as Chairman.
Allen is the owner of Legion Speedway and was the SCoNE Champion in 2005. In a racing career that spanned six decades on both dirt and asphalt, the West Windsor, VT resident raced Sports Cars, Late Models and SK Modifieds in addition to Sprint Cars. He currently owns the SCoNE Sprint Cars driven by Will Hull and Bruce Kimball.
Garland, of Rochester, NH, is a lifelong race fan who has worked extensively with asphalt tracks and sanctioning bodies, including both Modifieds and Supermodifieds.
McKeon, from Chester, VT has served as SCoNE’s announcer and media representative for the past two seasons, duties he also performed for the USAC Dirt Midget Association. The former media rep for Whip City Speedway, he was the track announcer at Legion Speedway last season. He is a staff writer and photographer for Area Auto Racing News, a former columnist for the Racin’ Paper and contributing editor to Short Track Magazine. His work has also appeared in Flat Out Magazine, National Speed Sport News and publications in Australia and New Zealand. He was the 2005 East Coast Mini Sprint Association Rookie of the Year and 750cc Sportsman Champion.
The Board announced that its first order of business is to finalize the 2013 schedule and seek additional marketing partners.
The meeting was the last official function for Mike Kondrat of Freedom, NH, who has led SCoNE through a period of unprecedented success and growth. Declining a nomination to the Board so as to keep from overshadowing the new leadership, Kondrat nonetheless pledged his continued assistance while he returns to competition as a SCoNE driver and continues as one of the region’s premier builders of custom automobile and marine engines.
Kondrat was presented with the only Life Time Achievement Award in SCoNE history. In presenting the award McKeon said “The fact that three of us had to be elected to try to fill Mike Kondrat’s shoes tells you everything you need to know about how hard he worked for this organization. Without his integrity, passion and commitment, we’d all be elsewhere today, because the Sprint Cars of New England simply wouldn’t exist.”
SCoNE members voted on several rules proposals. The series will continue to have no specified tire and no minimum weight. Some changes in race procedures were approved, details of which will be codified in the near future. It was also decided that the Labor Day Weekend Triple Crown Series races will award points toward the annual points championship, but drivers who participate in all three nights will be required to drop the points from one night. All drivers who participate in all three nights will share in a supplemental points fund. Total cash payout for the three nights is expected to exceed $10,000.
Stay up to date with The Fastest Dirt Track Cars in New England® by visiting SCoNE’s website at www.nesprintcars.com or follow us on Facebook.
11/30/12 Speedy SCoNE Chauffeurs Score
VT Motor Mag“Driver of the Year” Competition
BY MARK McKEON CHESTER, VT - The nominations are in for the Vermont Motorsports Magazine Driver of the Year competition and once again, hot shoe drivers from the Sprint Cars of New England proved that they’re the cream of the crop by garnering more than their fair share of nominations. Fans and competitors have until December 14 to vote for their choice among the nominees.
“Vermont Motorsports Magazine continues to strive to keep fans informed and involved by providing the best coverage possible and give local drivers the recognition they deserve,” said VMM Editor T.J. Ingerson. “The nominees for every category represent the best of the best for the 2012 season. The fan-voted awards provide the fans an opportunity to help recognize their favorite drivers and honor them for their seasons.”
SCoNE’s 2012 Champion, Chris Donnelly of Piermont, NH heads the list of SCoNE competitors with nominations in four categories: Bear Ridge Speedway, Touring Series, Open Wheel and the marquee award, Overall Driver of the Year. Donnelly earned his nomination in both a SCoNE Sprint Car and a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified. In SCoNE competition on the three Upper Valley dirt tracks, he had 2 wins, 9 top-fives, and 12 top-tens in 12 regular season starts for a 3.33 average finish. In a Sportsman Modified at Bear Ridge, he had 5 wins, 7 top-fives, and 10 top-tens in 12 starts for a 4.58 average finish.
Kevin Chaffee of Fairlee, VT, the 2011 Overall Driver of the Year, earned his 2012 nominations in two categories: Bear Ridge Speedway and Open Wheel. He raced in three divisions, SCoNE, USAC DMA Midgets (where he was the 2012 Champion) and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds. With SCoNE he had 1 win (his career first in a Sprint Car,) 4 top-fives and 8 top-tens in 10 starts for an average finish of 7.7. In a Midget, he won his USAC DMA Championship with 1 win, 8 top-fives and 8 top-tens in 9 starts for a 3.44 average finish.
SCoNE’s 2011 Champion and runner-up in 2012, Dan Douville of Bridgewater, NH earned a nomination as Touring Series Driver of the year. In 12 SCoNE regular season starts, he had 1 win, 11 top-fives and 12 top-tens for a 3.5 average finish.
Tyler Rich of Lyme, NH, SCoNE 2011 Rookie of the Year and this year’s 4th place finisher in points earned his nomination in the Touring Series category. He scored 2 wins, 7 top-fives and 10 top-tens in 12 starts for a 6.83 average finish.
Voting for the Vermont Motorsports Magazine
"2012 Driver of the Year Award"
opens on Friday, November 30
and will run for two weeks,
concluding on Friday, December 14.
Fans and competitors alike can vote on the awards at vtmotormag.com
The winners will be announced on
Victory Lane Radio on Monday, December 17.
11/9/12 Sprint Cars of New England
Rules Meeting Set for December 1
The Courtyard hotel is adjacent to the Grappone Conference Center and is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 93 and 393. Attendees may wish to avail themselves of one of the many local opportunities for lunch prior to the meeting.
Among the items to be discussed are technical specifications, the 2013 schedule and purses. It’s anticipated that a Board of Directors will be elected. Members who have paid their 2013 dues will be eligible to participate in the discussions towards consensus. Memberships can be purchased at the meeting or at the SCoNE Awards Banquet at Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith, NH on Saturday November 17.
The meeting will end in time for members to attend the Bear Ridge Speedway Banquet in Fairlee, VT
10/19/12 Sprint Cars of New England
Retains Name for 2013,
Banquet November 17
Rules Meeting December 1
Chris Donnelly earned his second SCoNE championship in a season which saw record car counts and nail biting action at the three dirt tracks of the Upper Connecticut River Valley: Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT, Canaan Dirt Speedway in Canaan, NH and Legion Speedway in Wentworth, NH.
“We have a few ideas for next season that we think will make our product even more popular with fans, track operators and competitors,” Kondrat continued. The rules meeting for the 2013 season will be a luncheon on Saturday December 1 at a location to be announced. Only paid members for 2013 will be eligible to vote for rules changes, with one vote for each registered car. The meeting will adjourn in plenty of time for members to attend the Bear Ridge Speedway banquet that night.
Members can purchase their 2013 membership cards at the SCoNE banquet, which will be held on Saturday November 17 at the iconic Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH. Reservations for the banquet are available from Mike Kondrat at 603-539-2725.
Stay up-to-date with all the latest SCoNE news and information by visiting nesprintcars.com.
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The Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) is proud to announce
a partnership with "The Race Depot" as the series
first official product sponsor.
The Race Depot is located at 500 Boston Post Road West in Marlboro, MA
Tel- 508-485-5606 or at www.theracedepot.com
has been providing performance race products since 1991.
"Bobby has been great! He is committed to providing racers of the open wheel community great product, readily available at the lowest cost possible, It is our honor to be associated with the Seymour name and specifically, The Race Depot." said SCoNE President Mike Kondrat.
The agreement allows SCoNE members the opportunity to purchase the mandatory "RACEceiver" at a reduced price and additionally provided the series assistance with the aquisition of staff communications for the series officials. Bobby Seymour reflected, "There has been a lot of buzz about the dirt sprinters up in New England, they supported my Racers Expo trade show this past winter and I'm happy to help them out!"
Product sponsorship is a major step forward for the fledgling series,"We have worked extremely hard this off season to bring the series to the next level and with registrations nearing the 30 car mark, a strong17 Race schedule and now incorporating a product sponsor like TheRaceDepot.com, we believe our brand of racing is a viable option for the race fans of New England to enjoy for years to come!" added Mike Kondrat. The Race Depot logo will be displayed on each SCoNE sprinter and the Race Depot will be announced as a product sponsor at each event through out the summer.