Archive for July 21st, 2011

Seekonk NEMA Honors to Cabral

Seekonk, MA — Surviving three restart challenges, Randy Cabral (Bertand 47) won the Northeastern Midget Association’s 25-lap feature at Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday. It was the first win of the season for Cabral, the fourth winner in the last four NEMA races.

Eventual runner up Jeff Abold (Seymour 29) applied the last restart challenge with six laps remaining. “It was my race to lose at that point,” said Cabral. Starting sixth, he had led since lap four when he passed Paul Scally (Scally 30) in the front shoot.

Cabral, who is “always nervous about restarts” got away from Scally (lap seven) and Jeremy Frankoski (lap 10) earlier.

Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) edged Frankoski (Cantor 7ny) for third with point leader Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) fifth.

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

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Doug Coby Wins Modified Madness at Seekonk; Cabral & Lausier Also Capture Open Wheel Wednesday Wins

Doug Coby of Milford, CT captured his first career Seekonk Speedway victory in dominant fashion Wednesday night. Driving the #52 Furnace & Duct Chevrolet, he gave car owner Wayne Darling his third event victory with three different drivers. The biggest pay day of his career, Coby picked up $10,000 for the 7th annual Open Wheel Wednesday victory over Matt Hirschman, Todd Annarummo, Mike Stefanik and Chris Pasteryak.

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

Two-time NEMA champion Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA scored his first victory of the season in the  25-lap feature over  Jeff Abold, Greg Stoehr, Jeremy Frankoski and Russ Stoehr.

Phil Lausier of Hudson, NH earned his first career Pro Four Modifieds of New England victory over  Norm Wrenn, Dave Richardi Jr., Robin Berghman and Cory Cleary.

Stafford Speedway Nominates Keith Herzig of Wishes on Wheels for Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has nominated Keith Herzig for the NASCAR Foundation’s Inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Herzig is the Founder and President of Wishes On Wheels, an annual fund-raiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut. Each year since 2000, Herzig organizes the family friendly Wishes On Wheels Convoy on the third Sunday in September. To date, Wishes On Wheels has raised in excess of $670,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of CT. Most recently Herzig was involved in the CARQUEST Champions For Charities Event held at Stafford Speedway. He assisted Keith Rocco in raising funds for Make-A-Wish of CT for the Charity event, and together they raised $4,230 for the Wishes on Wheels program.

“We believe Keith Herzig exemplifies the true meaning of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award,” said Stafford Speedway Executive Vice President / CFO Lisa Arute. “Through his Wishes on Wheels event, Keith has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the Make-A-Wish foundation of Connecticut and has helped grant over 100 wishes to Connecticut children with life-threatening illnesses. His volunteerism and charitable work has made a significant impact on the lives of children and Stafford Speedway is proud to be affiliated with Keith and Wishes on Wheels.”

Thirteen years ago, as an owner-operator truck driver, Herzig participated in a small truck convoy in Massachusetts and immediately felt the need to do something similar in Connecticut. In September of 2000, he organized a small group of close friends in the trucking industry for the first convoy. With help from the CT State Police, Department of Motor Vehicles, and FedEx of Willington, CT, he held the first Wishes on Wheels Fund-raiser for Make-A-Wish of CT. The inaugural Wishes On Wheels convoy hosted 160 trucks and the event has grown to a staggering 490 trucks. Herzig hopes with the support of the community he will be able to meet an ambitious goal of raising $1,000,000 by the 15th anniversary of the convoy.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. According to the National Make-A-Wish President, David Williams, a child’s wish is granted once every 40 minutes.

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