Williams Grove announces cost cutting measures for 2003. 1/2/03, Mechanicsburg, PA - In an effort to stem the tide of ever increasing costs to car owners in 410 sprint car racing Williams Grove Speedway has announced a regiment of new ...
Williams Grove announces cost cutting measures for 2003.
1/2/03, Mechanicsburg, PA - In an effort to stem the tide of ever increasing costs to car owners in 410 sprint car racing Williams Grove Speedway has announced a regiment of new specifications aimed at addressing the situation for the 2003 season and beyond.
Most notable among the rule changes and additions is the implementation of a 1,375 lb. weight rule with driver and a tire rule along with stipulations regarding wing depth and wickerbill. Only one right rear tire will be permitted in use for an entire racing program including qualifying events and the feature.
"We have learned from owners and drivers and from looking at the sprint car field for some time now that increasing costs are hurting the sport," says Williams Grove promoter Alan Kreitzer. "And the reasons the costs keep going up cannot be attributed to just one component of the car or aspect of the sport."
"This move in setting a weight limit and the tire rule isn't meant to be the final answer to the problem but at least it is a starting point. Hopefully in the end this will get us to where at least the costs become controllable and maybe at the end of the day racing becomes more affordable."
Four time and defending Grove track champion Lance Dewease, driver of Al Hamilton's No. 77, likes these initial moves being taken by Grove management aimed at stopping the increasing cost trend.
"I think all of them are pretty good rules," says Dewease. "The weight rule will help save money. It's going to save us money and the wing rule and the wickerbill will help. The tire rule is going to be the one that saves the most money."
"These rules are good for everybody involved in racing. I think it's going to be a good deal overall. I think all in all it's all pretty good. I like the weight rule making no bolt on weight allowed in 2004. I don't have a problem with anything. The bottom line is it is going to save everybody money, mostly on tires and in our case, Al is a businessman and if he can save money, he is all for it. What businessman isn't?"
Dewease uses rounded numbers comparable to his teams 2002 tire usage to show how the new rules would have saved his Hamilton 77 big money last season.
"If we used roughly 460 right rear tires last year during 100 races or so and this new rule takes at least one away per night - it doesn't take a genius to realize that at about $150 a tire any owner would have been happy to save $15,000 last year."
Likewise, owner of the two-car Middleswarth Potato Chips team throttled by Keith Kauffman and Todd Hestor, Dave Middleswarth likes saving money.
"It's good for me," says Middleswarth. "I'm all for anything that cuts my expenses. Even if it was putting toy motors in the cars. On my end, the savings are doubled. I'm just so glad something is finally being done to help the situation."
Kreitzer summarizes his perspective on taking these steps.
"We'll start here and keep our minds open. This will be a learning process for everyone and it has to be a subjective and refining process."
For more complete information regarding the 2003 sprint car rule book contact the speedway office at 717 - 697 - 5000 weekdays between 10 AM and 4 PM. The 2003 Williams Grove season opener for sprint cars is slated for Sunday, February 23 at 2 PM.