NEMA LITES RESULTS – STAR -5/18/13
1. 50 – Carl Medeiros
2. 11 – PJ Stergios
3. 81 – Andy Barrows
4. 35 – Randy Cabral
5. 9 – Ian Cumens
6. 27 – Kevin Hutchens *
7. 51 – Danny Cugini
8. 45 – Brandon Igo
9. 44 – Christian Briggs
10. 7 – Dana Shaw
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NEMA LITES RESULTS – STAR -5/18/13
SEEKONK, MA — A tribute to the Boston Marathon with a special opening ceremony at the Boston Louie Memorial Classic will begin this exiting auto racing program on Sunday June 2nd at Massachusetts’s only race track, Seekonk Speedway at 4pm. Race promoter Gary Sagar of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment, Inc. has invited Dick & Rick Hoyt of Team Hoyt, www.teamhoyt.com and will be joined by members of their Boston Marathon Race Team and others who will circle the 1/3 mile oval carrying American Flags during the playing of our National Anthem. We will also be joined by the Seekonk Fire Department and the Seekonk Police Department Honor Guard with Seekonk Fire and Police Chaplin John Amaral. Donations to the One Fund-Boston, www.onefundboston.org will be accepted and forwarded with an additional donation from the race promoter. For the latest race information, www.krazespeedequipment.com, www.seekonkspeedway.com or www.BostonLouieSeymour.com.
Brockton, MA — If absence makes the heart grow fonder, expect a banner field for the 16th running of the Northeastern Midget Association’s Boston Louie Memorial Sunday, June 2 at Seekonk Speedway.
A victim of weather last year, “the Louie,” which includes 29 lap features for both NEMA and the NEMA Lites, is part of an “open wheel” extravaganza that includes a 75-lap SK-Modified feature along with appearances by the Pro Four Modifieds and the New England Mini Stock Tour.
Doug Coby, who’ll drive the Bertrand #39 in the NEMA event, and Keith Rocco, slated to steer the Manafort 76 in the Lites race, will be doing double duty. Both have SKs rides as well.
Jamie Falconi of Southborough, MA will make his Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Lite debut Saturday night at Star Speedway. Falconi is a member of a well-known racing family that dates back to the 1940s. His grandfather John Falconi Sr. was a New England Auto Racing hall of fame car owner and promoter at Brookline, Thompson, West Peabody and Westboro. His father Rick fielded cars for the likes of Fred Borden, Joe Cast and Reino Tulonen to many wins and track championships at Brookline and Westboro. Jamie grew up around racing at Westboro Speedway, where his father worked as a handicapper, Uncle Jim worked as a flagman, Uncle John drove and his Uncle Pete was the announcer. While Westboro closed in 1985, the Falconi family has remained in racing through today fielding the #10 Late Model at Thompson Speedway for Jamie’s cousin John. Jamie works on the team as a tire changer and the team statistician. Pete Falconi has been the voice of NEMA since 2003.
“What attracted me most to the NEMA Lite division is the fact that it’s a low cost starter division, and most likely precedes the NEMA Midgets, which in my eyes is a premier racing division,” said Falconi. “They really do a good job at keeping the costs down too, and with the starters and low maintenance required, you can go racing basically without a huge crew.”
Falconi tried the First Turn Midget Driving School at Seekonk on April 28th. “It was one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my life!” said Falconi. “The cars are race ready, and provided mostly by the school and the graces of some drivers in the NEMA Midget and Lite series. The Lites are unbelievably fast. They turn on a dime, the wing makes them solid through the turns, and driving at Seekonk was a real thrill. Bob Seymour gave me some really good driving instructions, and the 4-time champ Cabral poked fun at me a little, which encouraged me to go a faster on some of the later runs. All in all, I would say it was a great time and would recommend the school to anyone wishing to sharpen their skills or get the experience of a lifetime!”
According to the NEMA web site, the NEMA Lites have rescheduled tomorrow’s feature to next Saturday, May 18th.
EPPING, NH — Fresh off a runner-up finish at Waterford last month, Carl Medeiros, Jr. carries momentum into Saturday night’s NEMA Lites feature at Star Speedway. “Yeah, the guys have been talking about this since Waterford,” said Medeiros. “Waterford isn’t our strongest track, considering I have the most laps there other than Seekonk, we really should be in good shape going into Star. We have our “3 in-a-row” set up in the car and that’s what was in it at Waterford.”
The Westport, MA native won four races last season, including three consecutive between Lee and Star. Medeiros tied the series records for most wins in a season (Jesse State and Anthony Nocella) and consecutive wins (2008-Jesse State). “It was an honor to get 4 in a season,” said Medeiros. “(I) never thought it was possible. Trying new things all year kept us ahead of the curve.”
Sponsors of the Medeiros #50 Stealth-Focus are Henry’s Diesel Performance, Nu-Way Auto, Just Your Way Screen Printing, and SMG Motoring.
Waterford, CT — The 63rd season opener at Waterford Speedbowl wrapped up Sunday with six main events as part of the track’s Budweiser Blastoff Weekend. A total of 13 divisions were on hand for the three-day event, culminating with Sunday’s Valenti Modified Racing Series feature, NEMA Midget race and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. Sunday’s winners included Steve Masse of Bellingham, MA in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event, the popular northeastern tour’s 10th anniversary season opener. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action Keith Rocco of Meriden scored wins in both the SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division races, the second consecutive season he has opened the year with wins in each division. Corey Hutchings of Salem was the Street Stock winner and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI won the Mini Stock feature. Todd Bertrand of Suffield took down a popular win in the Northeastern Midget Association race.
Masse made a late race charge in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event to come out on top. He started in 13th position and bided his time much of the race. He began his march to the front of the field following a lap-64 caution period for race leader Richard Savary, who spun while working lapped traffic.
Masse restarted the race in fifth position and used another restart following a lap-83 yellow flag to challenge for the top-three. He passed Rowan Pennink for second position on lap-90 and was on leader Todd Annarummo’s bumper by lap-92. The pair made contact racing to lap-93 causing Masse to back off and regain his momentum. He was back to Annarummo’s bumper on lap-95 and made an outside bid for the lead a lap later. After one lap side-by-side, Masse completed the move out of turn two on lap-97 and motored away the final three laps for the victory. Annarummo placed second ahead of Anthony Nocella, Pennink and Mike Holdridge.
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Some notes on NEMA upcoming campaign:
The Northeastern Midget Association opens its 61st season at this weekend’s Blast Off at Waterford Speedbowl. NEMA and the NEMA Lites are both on the two-day show. The Lites feature will be on Saturday night and the full midgets on Sunday. Both will qualify on Saturday.
The Midget win list at Waterford starts with Johnny Thomson, still regarded as New England’s premier open-cockpit driver. Thomson, a Lowell, MA product, won a fog- shortened 15-lapper in June of 1951 and a month later captured a 35-lapper. Late that year before Art Cross, another Midget legend, won an AAA-sanctioned 100 lapper George Tichenor grabbed the pole with a 17.920 run. Anthony Marvuglio had last year’s fastest feature lap time (12.910). Carl Medeiros’ 13.871 was the Lites best.
Since 1999, the Waterford Speedbowl has hosted the NEMA season-opener nine times. On four occasions there was a first-time winner including last year when John Zych Jr. prevailed. Others to do it were Rudy Boetticher (2000), Ben Seitz (2004) and Chris Leonard (2010).
Large turnout for open practice this past Saturday
Waterford, CT — A large contingent of racecars and on-lookers turned out this past Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl. Over 125 racecars representing many divisions jammed the pit area to test and tune for the 2013 race season. The Speedbowl opens the New England racing season this coming weekend with Budweiser Blastoff, the track’s 63rd season opener.
The largest turnout on Saturday was made by the Valenti Modified Racing Series. The popular open-wheel series will begin its 10th anniversary season at the Speedbowl as part of Budweiser Blastoff Weekend. Approximately 25 teams attended the practice day to put down laps on the shoreline oval. Series officials anticipate well over 30 teams for Budweiser Blastoff. Race teams from the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) and NEMA Lites, plus the New England Truck Series joined several Speedbowl racers in attendance Saturday.
Budweiser Blastoff Weekend takes over the Speedbowl April 5th – 7th. The weekend is highlighted by a 100-lap feature for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and a special 63-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds®. Thirteen divisions in total will each be after the first checkered flags of 2013.
Brockton, MA – Pointing out “It is good to challenge myself with something different,” National NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby will get back in a Midget at this weekend’s Blast Off at Waterford Speedbowl.
The Northeastern Midget Association and the NEMA Lites are both part of busy two-day agenda. The 25-lap Lites feature is scheduled for Saturday night while the full midgets are on the Sunday agenda. Both will qualify on Saturday.
Coby will be in a “custom” chassis designed by Danny Drinan and Tim Bertrand. “The car has been re-done from head to foot, a very nice piece,” reports Bertrand.
The car did experience motor problem in last Saturday’s practice and will have a new Autocraft engine this weekend.
Elena A. Seymour
Ellie Seymour, widow of New England Auto Racing and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer ‘Boston’ Louie Seymour, passed away Saturday in Boston. She was the mother of NEMA Midget champions Bobby and Mike.
Elena A. (Birri) Seymour, 85, of Marlborough, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after an illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and are in the care of the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough.
Brockton, MA — When Christian Briggs was 9 years old, he and his (late) father, Charlie, drove down to the Coca Cola 600 together. It was one of “the best memories” with his father. Upon returning to the car, to start the fourteen hour ride home, however, Briggs did not feel well. Something was not right. He was “ill” for the entire ride home.
Soon after, Briggs went back to school. His grades fell off. He couldn’t hit a baseball anymore. Something was wrong, and both he & his family knew it… That summer he admitted to Childrens Hospital and was diagnosed with two aracnoid cysts on his brain and spinal chord. While waiting for surgery he had a stroke and seizure and was rushed into the operating room. The surgery was successful and the cysts were removed. He could not drive anything for a year and made a full recovery. His only limitation was no football… ever. So he chose racing, and that’s where it began.
Fast-forward 20 years to the NEMA banquet. While celebrating a great season, Briggs was once again not feeling like “himself”, he blacked out and hit his head. This along with a crash at Beech Ridge, Briggs swears “may have saved his life”. The crash at Beech Ridge triggered what was about to happen. His helmet had bent the seat 2 inches. He was “out of it” on the way home but thought he was concussed and would be fine. The night of the banquet, upon being rushed to the Hospital, he had a catscan and the ER doctors found a massive cyst where the old ones were. His worst fear had come true.
Brockton, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association’s Lites Division begins its sixth season at Waterford Speedbowl’s Blast Off Weekend April 6-7. The Lites, a blend of returnees and newcomers, are part of a busy two-day agenda that also includes the regular NEMA cars.
The Lites’ feature will run on Saturday night while the “full-midgets” feature is on Sunday. Both groups qualify on Saturday for their respective 25-lap features.
Andy Barrows, Ryan Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Brandon Igo, Keith Rocco and Avery Stoehr will all be looking to repeat previous Lites victories at Waterford.
Brockton, MA — Coming off one of the most competitive seasons in its 60-year history, the Northeastern Midget Association opens its 2013 campaign April 6-7 at Waterford Speedbowl’s Budweiser Blastoff Weekend. Both NEMA and the NEMA Lites are part of the busy agenda.
Defending champion Randy Cabral (Bertrand #47), one of 11 winners a year ago, heads up the entry list. John Zych Jr. (Zych #9), Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire #45), Jim Miller (Miller #3m), Todd Bertrand (Bertrand #39), Seth Carlson (Feigel #71) and Anthony Marvuglio (Bourbeau #38), all 2012 winners as well, will also be back.
The 25-lap feature, slated for Sunday, kicks of a 15-race NEMA schedule. The Lites, scheduled to go 25 laps on Saturday night, will race 17 times this summer. Both divisions will qualify on Saturday.
Brockton, MA – Over the past 10 seasons the Northeastern Midget Association has had at least one first-time winner.
Youngsters Bethany Stoehr, who won’t be 19 until Nov. 2, and Ian Cumens, who’ll turn 21 on July 20, are prime candidates to keep that streak alive. Both are part of established NEMA teams, Cumens with the Seymour folks while Bethany is the daughter of veteran campaigner Greg Stoehr.
NEMA opens its 61st season April 6-7 at Waterford Speedbowl’s Blastoff Weekend.
NEMA has rescheduled their General Meeting for Saturday March 9th at 1PM at the Thompson Speedway clubhouse in Thompson, CT.
When the checkered flag falls on a Northeastern Midget Association race, the average race fan packs up and heads home to reflect on the night’s action. The NEMA race team packs up, heads to their “home-away-from-home and gets to work. The preparation for the next race starts immediately, It starts in the “race shop.”
Recently, I grabbed the opportunity to visit the race shops of four very successful NEMA teams. The four teams have a combined total of over three dozen NEMA championships.
The Dumo’s Desire #45 operation is located in Oxford, CT. The late Gene Angelillo, a 14-time owner champion, built the facility in 1988 and made sure he had plenty of room. The shop is not only big enough (2,700 square foot) to house two race cars but also the 30-foot camper/hauler. It also boasts a full machine shop in the back and upstairs storage which held a classic Badger midget racer for years. In the main shop area you’ll find the usual tools and equipment: an engine hoist, work benches, tool boxes and assorted parts hanging on the walls. Three decades of awards, trophies, plaques and pictures hang on all walls. My tour guide, long time Angelillo family friend Joe Fiore, can recall every detail of all memorabilia. Joe points out no less than twelve race cars have passed through the shop over the years, even dirt sprinters. It is truly impressive.
The Northeast Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets and their NEMA Lite support division will make their first appearance at Airborne Speedway in 41 years Saturday, August 3.
The last NEMA visit was July 7, 1971 when Jerry Wall drove the famed “Yellowjacket” No. 5 to victory. The first ever NEMA appearance at Airborne was on July 20. 1968 when Dave Humphrey bested George Monson and Ronnie Evans in a Pascale Offenhauser.
“NEMA is excited about the challenge that Airborne presents,” President Mike Scrivani said. “We are sure our drivers and equipment will be up to the test of another high speed facility. Judging from our performances at Thompson, Stafford and Oswego Speedways last year, Airborne can expect to see some impressive speeds.”
The Northeastern Midget Association has added a race at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will visit the 4/10-mile oval on August 3rd.
Ending a four-decade hiatus, this will be the third NEMA event at the facility. On July 20, 1968, Dave Humphrey won the inaugural race in the #1 Pascale Offy over George Monsen and Ronnie Evans. NEMA made another appearance on August 7, 1971 with Jerry Wall and his #5 Yellowjacket Chevy V-4 taking the victory over Don Keller and Butch Walsh.
Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH 1/3 mile
2012 Fastest feature lap: 13.307 by Adam Cantor
Active Drivers with NEMA wins at Lee USA Speedway
Randy Cabral 2 Last – 2012 (Bertrand 47)
Adam Cantor 2 Last – 2012 (Cantor 33)
Jeff Horn 4 Last – 2009 (Horn A1)
Joey Payne 1 Last – 2003 (Angelillo 45)
Bobby Santos III 1 Last – 2008 (Santos 98)
Ben Seitz 1 Last – 2004 (Valeri 17)
Greg Stoehr 1 Last – 2011 (Stoehr 26b)
Russ Stoehr 2 Last – 1991 (Beane 26)
Monadnock to host the Iron Mike Memorial, Star to host Marvin Rifchin Trophy Race
1. April 6-7 Waterford Speedbowl-Budwesier Blastoff Weekend
2. June 8 Star Speedway-Marvin Rifchin Trophy Race
3. June 22 Monadnock Speedway-Iron Mike Memorial
4. June 29 Stafford Motor Speedway-10th Annual Carquest Super Saturday
5. July 12 Lee USA Speedway
6 July 17 Seekonk Speedway-Open Wheel Wed.
7. July 27 Waterford Speedbowl-Shane Hammond Memorial
8. Aug 10 Waterford Speedbowl-Wings & Wheels
9. Sept 14 Oswego Speedway
10. Oct 5-6 Waterford Speedbowl-The Finale
11. Oct. 12-13 Lee USA Speedway-Oktoberfest
12. Oct. 19-20 Thompson Int'l Speedway-World Series
Nov. NEMA Banquet-Whites of Westport, Westport, MA
Fri. 4/5/2013 Blastoff 2013 NWAAS Opener / Practice Practice – Blastoff 2013 weekend divisions only
Sat. 4/6/2013 Blastoff 2013 Qualifying + 7 Features All qual + SKL25, LC20, BL20, NETS25, SX20, XC20, NEMA Lt 25
Sun. 4/7/2013 Blastoff Sunday / 6 Features feat. VMRS 100 VMRS100, SK63, LM50, SS30, MS30 + NEMA25
Sat. 4/13/2013 6 Division – NWAAS + LC + SX SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, LC20 + SX20
Sat. 4/20/2013 6 Division – NWAAS (SKL) + XC SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, SKL25 + XC20
Sat. 4/27/2013 6 Division – NWAAS + LC + NETS SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, LC20 + NETS25
Wed. 5/1/2013 Wild 'n Wacky Wed Opener LC20, BL20, SX20, XC20, Wacky XC
Sat. 5/4/2013 5 Division – NWAAS + LC (SS 50) SK35, SS50, MS25, SKL25, LC20 (LM OFF)
Wed. 5/8/2013 Wild 'n Wacky Wed LC20, BL20, SX20, XC20, Wacky SX
Sat. 5/11/2013 6 Division – NWAAS (SKL) + SX SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, SKL25 + SX20
Wed. 5/15/2013 Wild 'n Wacky Wed LC20, BL20, SX20, XC20, Wacky XC
Sat. 5/18/2013 6 Division – NWAAS (SKL) + TBA SK35, LM30, SS25, MS25, SKL25 + TBA
Wed. 5/22/2013 Wild 'n Wacky Wed LC20, BL20, SX20, XC20, Wacky SX
Sat. 5/25/2013 5/25 MAYHEM – 5 Division – NWAAS + LC 25 extra feature laps! SK40, LM35, SS30, MS30, LC25
Sun. 5/26/2013 MEMORIAL DAY MADNESS Demo Derby, Trailer Race, Ski Race, E4 50 & more + Fireworks!
Tentative 2013 NEMA Lites Schedule
Sat., April 6 Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT
Fri., May 31 Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH
Sat., June 29 Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT
Fri., July 12 Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH
Fri., Aug. 9 Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH
Sat., Aug. 10 Riverside Speedway, Groveton, NH
Sat., Aug. 17 Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT
Sat., Sept. 14 Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY
Sat., Oct. 5 Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT
Sat-Sun., Oct. 12-13 Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH
NEMA is in discussion with promoters at several other tracks for additional races.
Westport, MA – Drivers Randy Cabral and Ian Cumens and owners Tim Bertrand and Bobby Seymour carried off the biggest trophies Saturday night at the Northeastern Midget Association’s Awards Banquet at White’s of Westport. It ended NEMA’s 60th season.
Cabral and Bertrand celebrated their second straight and fourth championship in five seasons. The Bertrand #47 was the only multiple winner in a campaign that saw 11 drivers capture checkered flags.
Cumens, who often traveled seven hours from his Pennsylvania home, and Seymour captured the NEMA Lites Hoosier Tire Challenge title. It was a six-race series that included the Oswego Speedway race that Cumens won in the Seymour #9
Lee, NH — With the championship, the second straight and the fourth in five years, all but clinched, car owner Tim Bertrand informed driver Randy Cabral, “you know, all you have to do is start.”
“Did you hire me to win championships or win races?” asked Cabral who then went out and did both, dominating a reduced field in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature Sunday at Lee USA Speedway’s Ocktoberfest. It was Cabral’s fourth win of the season.
A first lap crash, which ended with Mike Horn violently sliding into the first turn, devastated the field and put Cabral in the second row of the 10-car feature that actually ran a couple hours later after the crash. NEMA and track officials agreed to push the feature deeper into the program in hopes some cars could be repaired.
“I guess the crash made my job easier,” overstated Cabral after becoming NEMA’s first back-to-back winner in 22 races.
Waterford, CT — Dylan Duhaime wound up the Northeastern Midget Association Lites winner Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale when Keith Rocco, who was first under the checkered, was disqualified for excessive wing angle. It was the first-ever Midget win for Duhaime who gave up the lead following a restart with four laps remaining.
“It’s not the way I would have preferred,” said Duhaime, 15, “but I’m still pumped up with my first victory.” He came from the fifth starting spot. Rocco (Manafort 76) was looking for a second-straight Speedbowl Lites victory.
Avery Stoehr (Stoehr 15b) wound up second followed by Christian Briggs (Briggs 44), Ian Cumens (Seymour 9) and Bethany Stoehr (Stoehr 26). It was a long run for Cumens who came from the back after being involved in a first-lap mishap.
Duhaime took the lead on lap 15, going around Ryan Bigelow (Bigelow 13), the only other leader, heading into turn three. Duhaime put an end to a side-by-side battle with pole sitter Bigelow by “going into the turn full throttle” while Bigelow “had to slow for the turn.”
Brockton, MA — En route to becoming the biggest pavement Midget race in the Northeast, the Boston Louie Memorial has added immeasurably to the recent history of the 60-year old Northeastern Midget Association.
The 16th edition of the two-tier “Louie” is part of the Saturday night, Sept. 29 Seekonk 200 Presented by S.M. Lorusso & Sons at Seekonk Speedway. A 29-lap feature for the full Midgets and a 21-lapper for the Lites share the agenda with a 100-lap International Supermodified Association event and a 50-lap Street Stock Open.
The “Louie,” which memorializes Hall of Famer car owner Louie Seymour, has been a showcase for the best Midget talent in the region. An expected banner field is expected in all three divisions.
Seekonk, MA — The 16th annual Boston Louie Memorial, set for Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway, is the biggest paved track midget race in the northeast. It is the biggest plum in the Northeastern Midget Association’s basket.
The two-tiered – a 29 lap feature for the full Midgets and a 21 lapper for the Lites – “Louie” joins a 100-lap International Supermodified Association event and a 50-lap Street Stock Open on the Seekonk 200 Presented by S.M. Lorusso &Sons agenda.
The race memorializes “Boston” Louie Seymour, a Marlboro, MA resident who, for better than two decades, competed around the nation in USAC Sprint and Super Crown action. The 29 laps recognizes the number Louie Seymour made famous.
The entire Seymour family including Louie’s widow Ellie and son Mike and Bobby continue to present the event.