Claremont, NH — Showing off his “traffic game” to perfection, Bobby Santos III won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Twin State Speedway’s Open Wheel Sunday. It was the last show of the season for NEMA.
Starting sixth, Santos drove the family #98 past early leader Mike Horn on lap four. Adam Cantor (Cantor 7ny), who had followed Santos to the front, assumed second less than a lap latter. The top two remained unchanged to the checkered, two thirds of the race run in traffic.
It was the fifth win for Santos who clinched a runner-up spot (behind Tim Bertrand) for his dad in the car owner standings.
Nokie Fornoro (Jarret 4), 2008 champion Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) and Joe Payne Jr., the latter in the #75 campaigned in the past by Lou Cicconi Jr., completed the top five.
There were three restarts including two over the final four laps. Payne got by William Wall on a lap 21 restart and then had to defend it two laps latter. Wall (Wall 5) held on for a hard-earned sixth.
It was NEMA’s 18 race.
Results: 1. Bobby Santos III, 2. Adam Cantor, 3. Nokie Fornoro, 4. Randy Cabral, 5. Joey Payne Jr., 6. William Wall, 7. Mike Horn, 8. Chris Leonard, 9. Doug Cleveland, 10. Barry Kittredge, 11. Paul Scally, 12. Brian Cleveland, 13. Jim Miller, 14. Greg Stoehr, 15. Lee Bundy, 16. Paul Luggelle, 17. John Zych Jr., 18. Aaron Wall, 19. Woody Pitkat, 20. Andy Shlatz.
Sources: Pete Zanardi/NEMA PR