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In The O’Brien Book, “Final Chapter Not Written… Just Yet”

Dennis O’Brien, son of popular NEMA car owner, the late Jim O’Brien, will campaign a NEMA Lite entry for the full 2014 racing season. Elder brother of current NEMA driver, Matt O’Brien, Dennis will bring his life long racing experiences to the New England racing club with enthusiasm and a ton of resources.

This Deerfield, NH resident, and UPS driver, has sold his entire Dwarf racing team and has purchased a Stealth chassis and is currently installing a Ford Focus engine. He will be putting forth a top notch effort in the very competitive Lite division. Dennis is quick to point out that the O’Brien’s are a “racing family” and that will continue with sons DJ 19, and Mitchell 14, working the pits and brother Chris acting as car owner who will also overlook the finances. “Chris will handle his duties far away from the track as he doesn’t get his hands dirty”, Dennis points out with a laugh.

“Our father gave us the opportunity to get involved in racing at early ages and we just couldn’t get enough.” Dennis explains. “We were always at the track and at the shop with him and he taught us well through the years.” Starting his driving career in 1994 in stock cars, Dennis moved to mini-stocks and super streets then eventually to Dwarf cars. He explains, “I will heavily lean on brother Matt’s vast midget experience and he is fully behind this effort.”

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2014 NEMA & NEMA Lites Schedules Released

NEMA Schedule
# Date Track Site Winner
1 March 29-30  Sat-Sun  Day Race  Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT
2 May 24  Sat Night  Evans Mills Motorsports Park – Evans Mills, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
3 June 7 Sat Night Wiscasset Speedway – Wiscasset, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
4 June 21 Sat Night Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, NH Iron Mike Memorial
5 – June 28 Sat Night – Twin State Speedway – Claremont, NH-*
6 July 19 Sat Night Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
7 July 23 Weds Night-Seekonk Speedway – Seekonk, MA (Rain Date: July 24)
8 July 26 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Shane Hammond Memorial
9 – Aug 2 Sat Night – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
10 Aug 9 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Wings & Wheels
11 – Sept 13 Sat Night – Oswego Speedway – Oswego, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
12 Oct 4-5 Sat-Sun Day Race Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT THE FINALE
13 Oct. 18-19 Sat-Sun Day Race Thompson Intl. Speedway – Thompson, CT
Nov. Sat. NEMA Banquet-White’s of Westport-Westport, MA-Save the Date!

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Generation Next: Avery Stoehr Bound for NEMA Midgets Full-Time

Third Generation Driver Prepares for Rookie Season in #15a

Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA will be competing in the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets full-time for MCI Racing. Stoehr wants to “be competitive all year and learn as much as I can. … I think I learned a lot from driving the #3t, #26, and #44 this year and hopefully can build off that for next season.”

Both Avery and Bethany Stoehr’s cars are former Mike Jarret Beast-Gaerte Fords.  Avery Stoehr will drive a new spare chassis, while John Andruk is finishing engine work this week. Sponsors Motor Cars International of Bridgewater, MA, Skaters Edge Indoor Skatepark of Taunton, MA and Circle Performance Racing Engines of Berkley, MA will join Stoehr for his NEMA run.

Stoehr has four career NEMA Lite wins. He finished third in NEMA Lite points last year with wins at Stafford and Waterford. Stoehr also had two top 10 finishes in five NEMA Midget starts this past season. “I as well as Carl Kibbe are really looking forward to him moving up,” Russ Stoehr said. “His limited performances in the #44 showed a lot of promise and his Thompson debut showed me he is ready.”

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Oxford 250 Registration Form Now Available

OXFORD, ME — PASS President Tom Mayberry has now posted the 2014 registration form for the 41st edition of the Oxford 250 scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 20, 2014, on the PASS website at www.proallstarsseries.com.

It’s that time of year, stated Mayberry. The racers are anxious to secure their number for the colossal five-day event, which will start with the weekly Oxford Acceleration Series event on July on Wednesday, July 16th. There will be scheduled activities for the first time on Thursday night, July 17th. The card of events will be announced in the near future. Then Friday night, July 18th will be Sun Journal night featuring PASS Mods and PASS Sportsman as well as several support divisions. Saturday night, July 19th will be Dunkin’ Donuts night featuring the NEMA Midgets & NEMA LITES, Northeast Classic Lites, Wicked Good Vintage Racing and more. Then on Sunday, July 20th, the granddaddy of them all, The Oxford 250 will take the green at 2pm. This will be a gigantic weekend full of excitement and we are extremely pleased with the events that we have scheduled.”

Oxford 250 Sponsorship laps are also now on sale for only $100 each, and can be purchased by contacting Dick Therrien at the Oxford Plains Speedway office at 207-539-8865, or 802-274-8823. Therrien can also be reached by e-mail at opsdick@myfairpoint.net.

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Christian Briggs & CTM Plan Two Car Effort in 2014 with Juris Kupris

Charles Thomas Motorsports Expansion Underway

Christian Briggs of Mattapoisett, MA confirmed last Thursday that he will be competing full-time in the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Lites in 2014. 2014 will be Briggs’ first full season. Briggs’ new #44 car is a former USAC Ignite Focus Midget with a Spike chassis and Focus engine.

Charles Thomas Motorsports will be expanding to two cars. Briggs’ former Hawk will sport the #42 for rookie driver Juris Kupris of Williamsburg, NY. A native of Storrs, CT, Kupris is an extreme surfer and personal trainer. Briggs described Kupris as “a lifetime friend and mentor of mine. We go back to Sugar Hill Speedway racing Karts when we were kids. … Juris will be sure to turn some heads out there, he is bad fast.” According to Briggs, Kupris will be competing ”full-time, if not very close. He is getting a great ride; I don’t think he will want to miss any.”

The new combination has already benefited Briggs’ team with additional sponsorship. “We would also like to welcome Sandbar BuildersGenuine’s Inspections and Juris Kupris Fitness as new sponsors for 2014. Also returning as primary sponsors are The Gateway Tavern, Canton Power  and Electric, Seagate Motorsports, Rodney DVAFacchetti and FacchettiLabonte InsuranceTMF LogisticsNorthgate Advisors and M.A.D. Signs. We are very lucky to have such great sponsors and they are thrilled to have a two car operation.”

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Tentative 2014 Lee USA Speedway Schedule Posted

LEE, NH – Lee USA Speedway has released a tentative 2014 schedule. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will begin their season on Sunday, April 13 with the traditional Governor’s Cup 150. Support classes are the North East Classic Lite and the NELCAR Legends Tour. ACT heat races start at 2PM.

A new event for the season is the recently announced Modified Bull Ring Bash on Sunday, May 11 at 12PM. The first event of the Tri-Track Open Series, the race will be operated by Jim Schaefer (AKA: Long Island Modified Maniac) and Dick Williams of the Racing Guys. The $5,000 to win open competition Modified race will also join then SBM 125 at Star SpeedwFay in Epping, NH and Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. For more imformation, visit their new web site, TriTrackOpenModifiedSeries.com.

The first of 14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events will take place on Friday, May 30. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will make its first visit to the seacoast 3/8 mile on June 27, with a return for Oktoberfest Weekend October 11-12.

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NEMA Midgets to Wiscasset

First NEMA Midget Appearance Since 1972

WISCASSET, ME — Saturday June 7th, 2014 Wiscasset Speedway will take “speed” to a whole new level as (North Eastern Midget Association) NEMA Midgets & NEMA Lites take to the high-banks of Maine’s fastest track. It will mark the series first appearance at the coastal speed plant and Wiscasset track promoter Ken Minott says that track records may be in jeopardy. “We’re very excited to bring NEMA to Wiscasset. This will showcase some of racing’s quickest cars on Maine’s fastest track. It’ll be a special treat for our fans.”

The NEMA Midgets are compact winged racecars with a very high power to weight ratio. With up to 400 horsepower and weighing approximately 1,000 pounds, Midgets are among the fastest cars on oval tracks ½ mile and under. For years Midget racing has played a significant role in the development of some of the nation’s finest and most successful drivers. More info is available at www.nemaracing.com.

Wiscasset Speedway’s full 2014 schedule will be released at the Northeast Motorsports Expo January 10, 11, 12.

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2014 Tentative OPS Schedule Announced

OXFORD, ME –The 2014 Oxford Plains Speedway schedule has been posted. This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. This schedule will be updated on a regular basis and numerous items may be added and deleted. Please look at schedule often, and as soon as we can, we will post a final schedule.

2014 Tentative OPS Schedule

Fri. April 11-Practice All Divisions-11AM-5PM
Sat. April 12-Ripley & Fletcher Ford Opening Day-PASS Tour, PASS Mods, PASS Sportsman, Legends-2PM
Sun-April 13-Rain Date for April 12-2PM
Sat. April 19-Practice All Divisions-11AM-4PM
Sat. April 26-Practice All Divisions-11AM-4PM
Sun-April 27-Colossal Carnage 150-1:30PM

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NEMA Midgets Ready to Attack Oxford Plains Speedway on 250 Weekend

OXFORD, ME — Oxford Plains Speedway President, Tom Mayberry is pleased to announce that the NEMA Midgets, (Northeastern Midget Association will be part of the giant Oxford 250 weekend, July 18th through 20th. This will mark the first time in several years that the Midgets have appeared at Oxford.

The NEMA Midgets are a compact winged racecar with a very high power to weight ratio. With up to 400 horsepower and weighing approximately 1,000 pounds, Midgets are among the fastest cars on oval tracks ½ mile and under. Midget racing has long provided a pivotal role in the development of some of the nation’s finest and most successful drivers.

Joining the NEMA Midgets will be the NEMA LITES. The NEMA LITES are basically the same car except they are self starting, and they have basically the same chassis, wing package and tires, but have a limited race engine. The LITES are built so that they can easily be converted to a full NEMA Midget package.

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NEMA’s Payne, Medeiros Compete in TQ’s at Wall’s Turkey Derby; Payne Claims Dirt Modified Portion

Wall Township, N. J. — 2013 Northeastern Midget Assoc. Lite Champion, Carl Medeiros Jr., and NEMA competitor Joey Payne took part in the 40th anniversary Wall Stadium Turkey Derby at the fast N.J. speedway Saturday. Both drivers entered the TQ portion of the show, and Payne competed in the Mike Mongiello owned Dirt Modified for that division.

The TQ event was the first for the newly acquired Medeiros machine and was fast right out of the trailer. The young driver time trialed seventh fastest after some minor chassis adjustments which placed him on the pole for the feature due to the inverted line-up.

At the drop of the green, Carl fell into the second slot in the field which he held despite two restarts, the first on lap one and again on lap four. It was at that time that the young Medeiros felt the engine start to tighten up and lose some power and finally expire during a lap seven caution as the power plant erupted in smoke and flame, ending his day. He exited the machine quickly and was not injured. “We’re happy the way the car ran and felt“, Medeiros said later, “We have another motor for the next race in Atlantic City, and have all winter to rebuild this one”.

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Seekonk Speedway Announces 2014 Schedule

Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Returns; Valenti Modified Racing Series Added to Season Opener May 4

SEEKONK, MA — Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce an action packed Event schedule for the 2014 season. We look forward to seeing the VMRS on opening day with the Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks as part of the Sim’s Spring Kickoff Classic! The Speedway welcomes back the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series for all 9 divisions  as well as a $5000 to win Pro Stock race and bigger Late Model race at this years Fall Classic!

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NEMA Sets Annual General Meeting for Dec. 8

Our Annual General Meeting will held on Sunday, December 8th at Noon in the Thompson Clubhouse.  Elections for all Officers and Board Members will be held. Remember, this is your club, so step up, take part!

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Zych, Medeiros Jr. Grab NEMA’ Tops Honors

Westport, MA — First-time champions were in the spotlight Saturday night at the Northeastern Midget Association’s Awards Banquet at White’s of Westport. Driver champions John Zych Jr. and Carl Medeiros Jr. along with owner champions John Zych Sr. and Donald Cugini carried off the bulk of the hardware as NEMA celebrated its 61st season.

The Zychs are the first “first-time” NEMA champions in five seasons while Medeiros Jr. and Cugini are the “first-ever” count-all-the races Lites division champions.

“A dream come true,” John Zych Sr. told the gathering, declaring “whether it was a good car or bad” his son “drove the wheels off the car.” John Sr. is the Mechanic of the Year; John Jr. is the Joe Csiki Most Improved Driver winner and proud wife and mother Janice Zych garnered the Angelillo Memorial Women Behind the Man award.

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11/16 NEMA Banquet & Dec. Annual General Meeting

Tickets for the NEMA Banquet, November 16th at Whites of Westport are available by emailing Deb Marvuglio for tickets at dmarvuglio@comcast.net or shanebelieve@comcast.net or by calling (508) 245-0689.

Down the road, our Annual General Meeting will held in early December. Start putting together your proposals and items that you feel need improvement or change. Elections for all Officers and Board Members will be held as well. Remember, this is your club, so step up, take part! More details to come.

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Strong, Graham Partner to Field Supermodified Entry for Joey Payne

OSWEGO, NY — Strong Racing announced on Friday a partnership with Graham Racing to field a brand new Xtreme Chassis Supermodified full-time at Oswego Speedway in 2014 with New Jersey open-wheel ace Joey Payne as the driver.

Just weeks ago Strong Racing’s former driver, Michael Barnes, announced that he would be leaving the team to drive for Syrell/Hawksby Racing this season.

The Strong team will now bring Payne back to the fold, who drove weekly for the team from 2009-2011 before moving on to Mike Muldoon Racing in 2012. Payne did not compete weekly at Oswego in 2013, instead racing closer to home with the NEMA Midget Series.

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2014 Monadnock Speedway Schedule Announced

NASCAR WMT, VMRS, GSPSS & NEMA Highlight 2014 Season

WINCHESTER, NH — Monadnock Speedway announced its 2014 schedule. Spring Dash 2014 will open the season on April 19th featuring the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Pro 4 Modifieds, the first of 7 races for the Pro 4 Mods. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will also compete on July 5 for Firecracker Night and August 23 for the Victor Johnson Memorial.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make two appearances on May 24 and August 9.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return on July 27.

The Iron Mike Memorial for the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will be on June 21.

Weekly Saturday night racing will have Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks,  Lightning Stocks and Young Guns through September 27.

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NEMA Lites Champion Jumps Into the VMRS for 2014

2013 NEMA Lite champion Carl Medeiros, Jr. will take another step in his stellar racing career when he straps himself into a Valenti Modified Racing Series race car for the first time. The 17-year-old Westport, MA high school senior will campaign a car formerly owned by Kevin Stuart and driven by another graduate of the NEMA series, Anthony Nocella.

“We had no intention of buying another car so soon, but it was going to the flea market, so we jumped on it,” Medeiros said. “Our main concern is to sell off the midgets we have now, and get our TQ ready for a few shows.”

When asked about the new ride, Medeiros said “It’s basically a new car with only one season on it, with all the good parts and we’re getting a good deal, (it) can’t get much better.”

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Member Alert from Linda Cleveland

PRE-Annual General Meeting at the Thompson Clubhouse on Sunday, November 3, 2013 beginning promptly at noon.

Please forward to me any items that you feel need to be discussed by Tuesday, October 29th so I can Include them on the agenda. Remember this is your club, so participate, get involved.

I am still accepting nominations for Officers & Board Members and proposals. November 8th is the last day I can accept nominations and proposals to be voted on for the 2013 Annual General Meeting. The agenda will be sent out 2 weeks before the meeting.

I will also be taking reservations for the 2013 NEMA Banquet on Sunday if you haven’t contacted Deb Marvuglio yet and this Thursday, Oct 31st is the last day for discounted hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn.

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NEMA Lites Champion Carl Medeiros Jr.

Early in the season finale at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest, Carl Medeiros Jr. hardly looked like somebody with the Northeastern Midget Association Lites Division championship all but won. He appeared to be a little aggressive.

“I was running in a tight bunch with a very slippery outside lane,” says Medeiros. “I was trying to get to third because that would put me on the inside row on a restart.” Make no mistake, the Fall River, MA teenager had his eyes on the bigger prize.

Westport, MA resident Medeiros, 17, wound up fourth, more than enough to claim the first “count-all-the-races” championship with a 27-point bulge on Danny Cugini. He had three victories and seven podiums among 10 top-fives.

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11 Different Winners for NEMA Lites

It was the busiest and the most competitive season yet for the six-year old Northeastern Midget Association’s Lites Division. There were 11 different winners in 17 events with point battles that went down to the final checkered.

Three-time feature winner Carl Medeiros Jr., 17, is the first count-all-the races champion, finishing with a 27- point edge on Danny Cugini. The Cugini No. 51 is, however, the top car, a scant eight points better than the Medeiros 50.

The top-15 owners and drivers will all be recognized at the NEMA Awards Banquet Saturday night, Nov. 16 at White’s of Westport, in Westport, MA. |

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Lee USA Oktoberfest Results

Lee, NH – With well over 300 race teams in attendance for the season-ending Oktoberfest event, action was the name of the game, and lots of familiar names were playing. Among the weekend highlights was the culmination of Rowan Pennink’s championship drive in the Valenti Modified Racing Series, taking his first series title aboard the Gary Casella-owned Roscoe Racing entry.

Tommy Barrett grabbed his second consecutive Oktoberfest victory in the 100-lap feature event, which ran well past the halfway mark before the first caution waved to slow the action, but in the end, Barrett won the battle, and Pennink won the war.

Steve Masse collected runner-up honors after leading the event in the late going, with former Lee USA regular and three-time VMRS champion Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA coming on strong in the late laps to take third in the Art Barry entry.

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Oktoberfest NEMA Prize to Cabral

Lee, NH — Randy Cabral wasted little time in getting to the front. Taking the lead four laps in, Cabral won the Northeastern Midget Association 25-lap feature Sunday at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest. It was the second straight Oktoberfest win for Cabral and car owner Tim Bertrand.

Coming from the eighth starting spot, Cabral went around Joey Payne (Pernesiglio 80), the only other leader out of two. He beat back a challenge from Ian Cumens (Seymour29s) and had to do some nifty maneuvering through lapped traffic at the finish to claim his 37th career NEMA win.

Cumens was second with Jim Chambers (Chambers 21) third. John Zych Jr.(Zych 9) claimed fourth with Todd Bertrand (Bertrand 39) fifth. Cabral takes a slim lead over Zych atop the points into this weekend’s World Series at Thompson, the season finale.

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NEMA: Cancer Walk & Meet & Greet

CANCER WALK and MEET & GREET Lee USA Speedway and the Northeastern Midget Association will join in a unique benefit for the American Cancer Society at this weekend’s Oktoberfest

It begins with a traditional walk around the speedway on Sunday at 8 am (registration at 7 am). Walkers are encouraged to form “teams”, each team becoming eligible to win a Pink and Black checkered flag signed by all the drivers in one of many features on the busy Octoberfest schedule.

There are no limits on team numbers. An individual can be a team. Each team will be asked for a $10 donation. The winners will be picked “out of the hat” and the presentation of the flag will be part of each victory lane ceremony.

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NEMA Heads to Oktoberfest; Points Battles in Spotlight

Brockton, MA — The Northeastern Midget Association’s Lites Division will crown a champion this weekend at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest. Leader Carl Medeiros Jr. will carry a 22-point lead on Danny Cugini into Sunday’s 25-lap feature. It is the final race of the season for the Lites.

Points grab the spotlight for the full Midgets as well, John Zych Jr. a scant 25 up on four-time and defending champion Randy Cabral heading into that feature which is also on Sunday. It is the next-to-the last event for the full midgets.

Although hardly an unknown quality, Lee remains a test for the Midgets. Bobby Santos III’s 13.018 lap (103.703 mph) en route to victory earlier this year is evidence it is a “take no prisoners” type of place. Cabral and Russ Stoehr have won twice at Lee while Joey Payne and Greg Stoehr have one win apiece.

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Bethany Stoehr NEMA’s Best At Speedbowl

Waterford, CT – Bethany Stoehr, beating back continued challenges from her uncle Russ Stoehr, won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature Sunday at Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale. It was the first Midget win for Stoehr, 18, who is only the second female winner in NEMA’s 61-year old history.

Taking the lead three laps in, Bethany, the daughter of NEMA competitor Greg, survived a series of unusual restarts to finish a tick over a second in front of Russ.

“I knew [Russ] was behind me,” she said. “I just kept telling myself to hold it together.”

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Finale Weekend Saturday 10/05 Results

Waterford, CT — Over 200 race cars turned out for Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale Weekend, the annual close to the racing season. Thirteen divisions took the track for practice and qualifying with seven racing their final events of the year. The remaining six will compete Sunday. Taking feature wins Saturday evening included Glenn Griswold of Vernon in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified, Kenney Johnson of Bethany in the NEMA Lites and Duane Noll of Monroe in the New England Truck Series. Joining them were Waterford’s Dan Butler in the Super X-Cars, Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI in the X-Cars and Derek Debbis of Oakdale in the INEX Bandoleros. Salem’s Corey Hutchings came out on top of a wild finish in the Outlaw Stocks.

Griswold checkered his fourth SK Light Modified feature of the year, the third time in the division’s last four races of the year. He took the lead outside of Corey Barry off turn two on lap-4, driving to a solid lead. Griswold was forced to restart against Barry following four caution flags that came between lap-13 and lap-17. He was strong on each one, pulling ahead for the victory. Barry, from Plainfield, finished in second place and Chris Correll of New London was third.

The 25-lap Outlaw Stock race was rough and tumble. The division, which welcomes cars from outside speedways to compete with more relaxed rules, saw several competitors with a chance at victory during the feature. Hutchings survived some heated battles at the front of the pack that dropped those in contention back to restart in the lead following the final caution with one lap remaining. Hutchings came out on top of a three-wide battle over the final lap with Preston’s Jay Stuart and Paul Newcomb of Plymouth, MA. The three cars came together exiting turn four with all three sliding sideways. Hutchings finished the race backwards as his car spun, just nipping Stuart and Newcomb in one of the wildest finishes in the history of the track.

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Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway October 11-13

The Last Party Weekend at the Lee USA Speedway is just around the corner.  The 28th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend presented by Haffner’s  will commence October 11, 12, &13. Whether  it’s gasoline, propane, or home heating oil, “for more than 80 years, Haffner’s has been dedicated to customer satisfaction with quality service and quality products at competitive prices” and has been a fervent Lee USA Speedway supporter  for many years.

Over 300 racing cars from all over the northeast are expected to compete in 14 exciting feature events.  All four regular NASCAR Whelen Weekly Racing Series divisions will be in action along with four major racing series events, and cars and competitors from many other New England tracks.  Oktoberfest Weekend is traditionally Lee USA’s premier autumn classic and a trophy from Oktoberfest is one that every driver wants.

One trophy that every American Used Auto Parts Ironman driver is going to want is the four- footer going to the winner of the 1st Annual Ironman Super Series Race, guaranteed to be the biggest of Oktoberfest Weekend.   A nearly $4,000 purse has been posted for this event  with $1,000 going to the winner.  ABSOLUTELY THE LARGEST PURSE AWARDED TO ANY ENTRY LEVEL DIVISION ANYWHERE.  The event will be in two 25 lap segments. The line-up for the first will be determined by heat races, the second will be inverted from the first.  The winner will be determined by the lowest point score.

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Speedbowl Ready for Finale Weekend this Saturday & Sunday

13-division extravaganza closes racing season

Waterford, CT — History is on the line as Waterford Speedbowl’s hosts its Finale Weekend of racing this Saturday and Sunday, the close to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at the shoreline speedway for 2013. All of the track’s NASCAR divisions will race along with its popular Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday divisions. The Northeastern Midget Association headlines the visiting contingent along with the New England Truck Series and a special Outlaw Stock event. A total of thirteen divisions see action over the weekend, which begins with a Friday afternoon practice session.

Season championship battles have, for the most part, already been decided. However, one driver eyes history at the season finale. Meriden’s Keith Rocco, one of the track’s most successful drivers of the past decade, has already etched his name further into Speedbowl record books during 2013 and one more milestone is within reach. A 53-year old record for most wins in a single season, achieved when one of the Speedbowl’s all-time greats – Don Collins – notched 23 victories in 1960, is in jeopardy. Rocco enters the event with 22 victories for the year and plans to enter four races during Finale Weekend. Rocco already wrapped up the track’s SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model titles, the first to ever accomplish the feat in a season.

Finale Weekend begins Friday when pit gates open for practice at 12:00pm. Practice rounds for all divisions participating except NEMA and NEMA Lites is from 1:00 to 6:00pm. Hauler drop off for racers will be 6:00pm through 7:00pm. Pit admission fee is $25.00 for all entrants on Friday and the grandstands will be closed. Two-day admission for Saturday and Sunday’s events will be available for purchase Friday.

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NEMA Stretch Run Begins at Waterford

Brockton, MA — Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale, Oct. 5-6, begins the traditional “stretch run” for the Northeastern Midget Association. Point races take center stage as both NEMA and the NEMA Lites have places on Waterford’s two-day season-ender.

John Zych Jr., a four-time winner this season, will take a 17-point edge on four-time and defending champion Randy Cabral in Sunday’s 25-lap feature. It is NEMA’s fourth visit to the Speedbowl this season.

The Lites point race – three-time winner Carl Mederios Jr. is 51 up on Danny Cugini – could well be decided in Saturday’s 25-lap Lites feature. Both NEMA and the Lites will qualify on Saturday.

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A First for Stoehr Family

Bethany Stoehr’s second and Greg Stoehr’s third Saturday at Oswego Speedway night marks the first time in the Northeastern Midget Association’s 61-year history that a father and daughter have been on the podium. It is still another chapter in one of the country’s most family-centric racing body.

Erica and Bobby Santos III remain the only sister-brother combo to share a podium. That happened at Stafford Speedway on July 3, 2008 when Bobby and Erica were second and third behind Randy Cabral.

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