Archive for March 10th, 2010

Popular Competitor Dave Zemke Passes Away

Popular Dave Zemke, a winning Sportsman and Street Stock competitor at Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl passed-away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 7. Zemke scored several feature victories while behind the controls of his familiar #17 at Connecticut’s Waterford Speebowl during a career that started in the early 1990’s. He also raced at the Thompson Motor Speedway.

In Yale New Haven Hospital, David F. Zemke, Jr. on Sunday, March 7, 2010. He was born on June 12, 1968 in New Haven, son of the late David F. and Georgine Pfaff Zemke. Loving father of Alexandra Birdsall of West Haven and brother of Dawn Polivka of East Haddam. Uncle of Frank Polivka III and Abigail Polivka.

David was a Guilford High School graduate and had been employed at Dalling Construction in Stratford.

He drove race cars at Waterford and Thompson Speedways in the Sportsman Division and Late Model Division and was an avid NASCAR fan.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St, Guilford on Monday, March 15 at 10am. Burial will follow in Alder Brook Cemetery, Boston St, Guilford. Friends may call prior to Mass from 8:30 – 9:30am at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford. Contributions in Mr. Zemke’s memory can be made to the Kyle Petty Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317.

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NEMA Winners at Active Tracks

Lee USA Speedway
No. Driver First Last
6 Drew Fornoro 1985 1990

4 Jeff Horn 1987 2009
2 Nokie Fornoro 1986 1989
2 Dave Humphrey 1967 1985
2 Russ Stoehr 1991 1991

One-time Lee USA Speedway winners: Randy Cabral (2009), Joey Coy (1991), Mike Favulli (1988), Walt Gale (1966), Mike Osite (1987), Joey Payne Jr. (2003), Bob Resco Jr. (1994), Bobby Santos III (2008), Ben Seitz (2004), Bobby Seymour (1990).
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Angelillo 45 Remains NEMA Contender

Brockton, MA – The beat goes on for the Dumo’s Desire/Marilyn’s Passion team. The number 45 with Russ Stoehr aboard will be on hand when the Northeastern Midget Association opens its 59th season March 26-27 at Waterford Speedbowl’s Budweiser Blastoff Weekend.

“We have decided to run because that’s what he would have wanted,” said Laura Kibbe of her late father Gene Angelillo who passed away March 1. “The car is ready.”

Stoehr will join a number of drivers out to end defending champion Randy Cabral’s opening day win streak at two. It’s three in a row for Bertrand who won with Lou Cicconi back in ’07.’ The team will debut a Honda motor at the opener.
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