BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The newly elected Northeastern Midget Ass’n Board has wasted no time getting to work, as they met for the first time Sunday after being elected last weekend to ratify the 2015 rules proposals.
The Board also agreed on a number of changes for the 2015 season.
The biggest change for NEMA will be the addition of staggered heat race points for both divisions, as decided on by the Board. Heat winners will get 20 points, second-place 18 points, with two points between positions down to sixth – at which all remaining cars will get 10 points. The Board felt that this change will encourage a better show for the fans during the heat races and reward those who run well in the heat races.
The Board has also adopted the inclusion of a Rookie Development program. Full details will be announced later in the winter, but the intent of the Rookie Development Program will be to provide track time, driver coaching and safety education to new teams and drivers. Drivers falling into the newly adopted age brackets – those who turn 13 during the competition season for the Lites, and 15 years old for NEMA, both with previous experience – must pass the Rookie Development Program and be approved by the NEMA Board prior to competing with NEMA.
NEMA will also be bringing back its NEMA Fan of the Week program in 2015 after a successful program the few seasons. The Fan of the Week gets a free pit pass for themselves and a guest, as well as a tour of the NEMA pit, time with the drivers, and other benefits throughout the evening. In addition, the club will be providing a printed program each week at the race track versus its traditional year book, and will continue its Meet & Greet program under the leadership of Bill Van Slyke.