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NEMA Closes 62nd Season with Awards Banquet

Marlborough, MA – Champions were honored and achievements recognized during the annual awards banquet for the Northeastern Midget Association Saturday night.

Hundreds of competitors, crew members, fans and their families gathered for the gala event held at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, Ma. NEMA’s announcer Pete Falconi was host for the evening assisted by Speed Sport News television announcer Derek Pernesiglio, who made the announcement that the 2015 Boston Louie Classic for NEMA will once again be nationally televised.

The crowd gave a rousing ovation to the night’s special guest, six time champion and multi-hall of famer Dave Humphrey. Humphrey’s first NEMA championship came in 1967 and his sixth in 1978 driving for Mike Scrivani.
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Teenage Rookie Logan Rayvals Looks to Continue Canadian Supermodified Tradition at Oswego

OSWEGO, NY (October 6, 2014) – Oswego Speedway, the home of the Budweiser International Classic 200 and Supermodified racing, has also been a home away from home for some of Canada’s top short track open-wheel competitors.

Beginning in 2015, young Brockville, Ontario native Logan Rayvals will open his chapter in a long standing Canadian story at Oswego, coming in as a Supermodified rookie with a familiar name.

Champions Doug Didero, Ken Andrews, and Warren Coniam lead a long list of Canadian standouts including Randy Ritskes, Dave McKnight, and Norm Mackareth, each of which has made their mark on Oswego Speedway and Supermodified racing through the Speedway’s storied history.
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Waterford Speedbowl Sunday 10/5 Finale Weekend Results

Waterford, CT (October 5, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl saw 210 racecars jam its pit area for Finale Weekend Sunday, hosting 13 race divisions for a huge day of motorsports. After rain forced the cancellation of Saturday’s scheduled events, track management crammed all racing into a full day of action Sunday. Scoring top honors was Keith Rocco of Berlin, who won the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races, Corey Barry of Plainfield and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI each used a victory to cement track championships in the respective SK Light Modified and Mini Stock divisions. Ed Puleo of Branford won an entertaining SK Modified feature, Jason Palmer won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, and Josh Galvin topped a thrilling Street Stock finish.

Northeastern Midget Association wins went to Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton, a first-time victor in the NEMA Midgets, and Dan Cugini of Marshfield, MA, won the companion NEMA Lite feature.

Joining them on the long list of winner’s for the day included Ray Reed of Norwich and Anthony Marvin of Colchester, each titlists in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series, checkering the Super X-Car and INEX Bandolero races. Wayne Shifflett of Preston won the X-Car feature and Dana Dimatteo of Farmington took the top spot in the INEX Legend Cars. Preston native Jay Stuart won the Outlaw Stock race.

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Waterford Produces First Time Winner, First Time Champion for NEMA

WATERFORD, CT (October 5, 2014) — Some lines were added to the NEMA history book on Sunday when the midgets ran at the Waterford Speedbowl’s Fall Finale. Ryan Bigelow of E. Hampton, CT. became a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets and Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ became a first time champion in the Lites.

After all events were rained out on Saturday, NEMA’s weekend schedule was whittled down to features only on Sunday. The midgets shared the day with a dozen other divisions of race cars.

As it has many times in the past, The Speedbowl produced a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets.

[Photo Gallery] by Crystal Snape
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Speedbowl Postpones Finale Weekend Saturday Activities; Revised Sunday Schedule Announced

Waterford, CT (October 4, 2014) – A persistent wet Saturday afternoon forced Waterford Speedbowl to postpone its racing schedule for the first of its two day Finale Weekend. A revised Sunday schedule now has thirteen divisions in action at the shoreline oval’s cap to the 2014 racing season, including the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100 and Northeastern Midget Association races along with the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday divisions.

The seven feature races to be completed Saturday evening were added to Sunday’s card. Track management cancelled the Pit Party originally scheduled for Sunday morning, making way for a practice session which will precede racing.

Pit gates open at 7:30am on Sunday, with spectator grandstands opening at 9:00am. Practice begins at 10:00am with each division receiving one round of warm up, including a 30-minute block of track time for the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

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Krachun Set for Busy Weekend at Ace, Hickory

NEMA Lites Rookie on Verge of Championship

Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ, went NEMA Lites racing this season due to car count and a new challenge. The desire to race against 20-22 cars weekly compared to 8-12 at some USAC events brought the 16-year-old driver to race across New England this season for his father Mike Krachun.

“Our experience with NEMA has been great,” Krachun said. “They welcomed us with open arms. I was lucky enough to meet some great people. … The cars are a lot of fun and the racing is really good too. In NEMA we can go three, even four wide at some tracks where in other sanctions you really can’t do that and that’s what makes the NEMA Midget so much fun.

“And what’s also been great was how the full NEMA Midget drivers have mentored me like Randy Cabral. He’s taken me under his wing and he’s helped me a lot at some of the different tracks and he’s just been a great guy to me.”

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Cabral Thrills In NEMA Fast Win at Oswego

OSWEGO, NY — Randy Cabral is a one man thrill show.  He didn’t disappoint the fans at Oswego Speedway on Sunday night with his demonstration of driving skills and speed on the way to his fifth win of the season.

Cabral of Kingston, MA tracked down Mendon, MA driver John Zych and passed him on the final turn to win the 25 lap NEMA midget feature, part of the Race Of Champions Weekend at Oswego.  The midgets had waited over 24 hours to run their event, after being rained out on Saturday.  They ran an abbreviated program without heats and only one round of practice.

Zych himself had reeled in early leader Michael Barnes of Mexico, NY and wrestled the lead away on lap 15. Barnes had been the leader since the drop of the green flag and had opened a sizeable lead on a track he is very familiar with.

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Stoehr & Smith Score NEMA Victories at Oxford

OXFORD, ME — The young talent of the Northeastern Midget Association were fast and in charge Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway. The NEMA midgets returned to the Maine oval for the first time in several years as part of the track’s historic “250 Weekend.” Eighteen year old Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA won the NEMA main and 22 year old Jake Smith of Stroudsburg, PA took the checkers in the Lites feature. Both drivers had a straightaway lead at one point during their romp to victory. Both received the Marvin Rifkin Trophy for winning the race named for the late owner and operator of M & H Tire, honored for his endless support of NEMA and its competitors throughout the club’s long history.

Stoehr came from his third starting spot to get around early leader Paul Scally within the first five laps. Scally was left to battle Avery’s cousin Bethany Stoehr for the second spot. It wasn’t long before Randy Cabral had sliced his way through the field from his eighth starting position and began to reel in the leaders. Cabral had been the fastest in practice turning the track at 13.4 and was again setting a blistering pace with a feature fast lap of 13.7. The caution waved at lap 11 when Scally slowed on the track with brake problems ending his promising run. This set up a side by side restart between Stoehr and Cabral, with Stoehr getting the jump at the green. Cabral gave chase, but a misfiring engine a few laps later allowed Stoehr to get away and cruise to his second victory of the season. Cabral held on for second, followed by Bethany Stoehr, Jim Chambers and Todd Bertrand rounding out the top five. Paul Scally and Jim Chambers were qualifying heat winners. Avery Stoehr’s feature win keeps the top of the point battle tight between he and Cabral heading into the next event at Seekonk on Wednesday.

Jake Smith notched his first ever NEMA Lite victory by dominating their portion of night’s action. Smith came from his third starting spot to battle double-duty driver Randy Cabral in the early stages. He was able to clear Cabral within a lap and set sail on a torrid pace, leading better than a straightaway over Cabral. Danny Cugini caught and passed Cabral for second in the late stages of the 25 lap main. Cabral held on for third, followed by Kevin Hutchins and Matt Swanson. Smith and Ryan Krachun were heat winners. In victory lane, Smith thanked his parents who make the long tow from Pennsylvania and crew for him at the NEMA Lite events.

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NEMA Rolls into Seekonk for the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial

Eighteen years ago the Northeast Midget Association held its first Boston Louie Seymour Memorial at Seekonk Speedway, and it rapidly became a signature event for midget racing in the northeast. On July 23 the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will invade Seekonk Speedway again for Open Wheel Wednesday, joining the Modifieds for a night of record breaking lap speeds and three abreast racing.

This year’s Boston Louie will be special as Ralph Sheheen and the crew of MAVTV’s SpeedSport Magazine show will be on site to film the 29 lap event for broadcast on August 14. For co-founders Mike and Bobby Seymour, the broadcast of their father’s race brings the legacy of Boston Louie Seymour full circle. For years Boston Louie towed the family’s Sprint Car to the Midwest to race with USAC’s finest, and in 1976 with Billy Casella the team won the USAC Silver Crown championship.

“From 1971 to 1980,” said Bobby, “ABC’s Wide World of Sports broadcast USAC Sprint Cars from Terre Haute, and our car won the first year, the second year, and the last year.” That exposure, said Seymour, helped propel his father to a national stage.

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P. J. Stergios & Todd Bertrand Claim Twin State Victories

IMG_4332 CLAREMONT, NH — P. J. Stergios of Candia, New Hampshire raced to his third win of the year in NEMA Lites action at the Twin State Speedway. This was the second win in a row for PJ after taking down the win at Monadnock Speedway a week earlier. Richie Morocco of Plainville, Mass., was the initial leader until lap three when Andy Barrows jetted into the lead.

It looked like it might be Barrows first win of the year, but Stergios, who started deep in the pack, patiently worked his way forward, finally catching Barrows at the halfway mark. Lapped traffic kept Barrows and Stergios in tight formation, while behind them Kevin Hutchens of E. Waterboro, Maine, Scott Bigelow of E. Hampton, Connecticut and Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Mass. used every trick they could to gain the advantage on each other.

With three laps to go, Stergios in his #11 finally made the move to overpower Barrows, taking the lead for the first time. A lap 23 yellow tightened the field, but on the restart Stergios raced away with the lead and the win. Barrows turned in a stellar performance to finish second, Scott Bigelow and Anthony Nocella cross the line side-by-side with Bigelow getting the nod for third. Paul Bigelow rounded out the top five.

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P.J. Stergios Wins “Back to Back” at Twin State for NEMA Lites Midgets

CLAREMONT, NH — In his home state of N.H., P.J. Stergios, (#11), takes his second win in a row, and three on the year in the family owned Beast chassis. Starting from the tenth spot, it wasn’t until the late stages of the race when he was able to take the point. Andy Barrows, (#46x), finished runner-up with Scott Bigelow, (#32), third.

Under a clear sky, and on a slick track from the day’s heat, Richie Morrocco, (#25), took the lead at the green, followed by Anthony Payne, (#21) second, Barrows third, Kevin Hutchens, (#27) forth, and Ryan Krachun, (#29), fifth.

On lap four, Barrows, along with Bigelow team member, Paul, was able to power to the front where they would dominate until lap eight when a three wide fight for third through fifth occurred. As a result, Stergios was able to blast all the way into second and P. Bigelow slid back to forth, while Hutchens went into third.

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Stergios, Cabral Claim Iron Mike Scrivani, Sr. Memorial Hardware.

DSC_5051 WINCHESTER, NH — Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH hosted the NEMA Iron Mike Scrivani, Sr. Memorial Saturday night and a star-studded field put on a classic battle, each looking to add their name to this prestigious race. In the NEMA Lites, PJ Stergios of Candia, NH started deep in the pack and wasted little time charging to the front, but it wasn’t an easy march as he had to maneuver his way by the best that the NEMA Lites had to offer.

Two young chargers, Richie Morocco of Plainville, MA and Anthony ‘Tornado’ Payne of Fairlawn, NJ paced the field to green and Morocco charged to the lead. Instantly, two and three wide battles were common throughout the field. By lap three, Morocco, Kevin Hutchens of E. Waterboro, ME and Christian Briggs of Mattapoisett, MA ran three wide for the lead with Hutchens prevailing.

The first of only two caution flags came on lap seven for a spin, and by that time Stergios had just passed teammate Ryan Krachun for second, but had to give it back because the lap wasn’t completed. The restart saw Hutchens and Krachun drag race down the front straight with Hutchins powering back into the lead. By lap 12, Stergios out powered his teammate for second and the three lead cars of Hutchens, Stergios and Krachun ran in a tight draft pulling away from the rest of the field. With the leader board showing halfway, Stergios made his move and shot by Hutchens for the lead.

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Getting to Know Megan Cugini

IMG_1770When it comes to fast rookies, here’s one NEMA Lites driver to keep your eye on. If she is anything like her brother, victory Lane is just around the corner for this talented newcomer.

Name: Megan Cugini
Age: 19.
Hometown: Marshfield, Mass.
Marital Status: Single
Car number: 41, goes along with my brother’s number and four is my lucky number.
Owner: Glenn Cugini
Chassis: Modified Stealth

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NEMA Lites Midget “Iron Mike” Memorial to Stergios at Monadnock

WINCHESTER, NH — After damaging and replacing a shock just before the feature, P.J Stergios, (#11), from Candia, N.H., “Just guessed on the set up for the race” and it paid off as he claimed his second feature of the 2014 season. Kevin Hutchens, (#27), followed in second and two-time 2014 winner, Scott Bigelow, (#32), was third.

After a string of four Team Bigelow wins in 2014, the streak was snapped as Stergios took a very good handling machine to the front on lap fifteen from his twelfth starting spot.

After lap one, Richie Morrocco, (#25), took the point followed by Christian Briggs, (#44), Jake Smith, (#93), Anthony Payne, (#21), and Hutchens.

Hutchens, showing early strength, moved steadily from his sixth starting spot to the point in six laps and held it until lap 15 when Stergios took over.
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Wiscasset Speedway Top Five Unofficial Finish June 7, 2014

WISCASSET SPEEDWAY TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL FINISH JUNE 7, 2014*

NEMA MIDGET (30 LAPS)
1. #47 Randy Cabral, Kingston, MA
2. #29 Ian Cumens, Lydell, PA
3. #15A Avery Stoehr, Lakeville, MA
4. #5B Bethany Stoehr, Bridgewater, MA
5. #71 Seth Carlson, Brimfield, CT

NEMA LITES (25 LAPS)
1. #32 Scott Bigelow, East Hampton, CT
2. #51 Dan Cugini, Marshfield, MA
3. #11 PJ Stergios, Candia, NH
4. #29 Ryan Krachun, Neschanic Station, NJ
5. #46X Andy Barrows, New Ipswich, NH

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Wiscasset Speedway & NEMA Team Up for a June 7 Show

The Northeastern Midget Association will be returning to Maine’s Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in 42 years. NEMA and the NEMA Lites will be part of the three eights-mile “NEMA Night” on Saturday, June 7.

NEMA’s last and only visit to Wiscasset was July 1, 1972 when Butch Walsh, in the Connor #58, defeated Jerry Wall and Walt Gale.

“The Wiscasset fans are excited, and the anticipation is growing” said track owners Vanessa and Richard Jordon. “Fan chatter is on the rise and we can’t wait until the 7th gets here.”
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Ryan Bigelow Claims NEMA Lites Checkered

IMG_1989EPPING, NH — Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton, CT had the hot hand at Star Speedway on Saturday night. Kevin Park of Foxboro, MA and Anthony Payne of Fairlawn, NJ brought the potent field down to the green flag of Steve Grant. Bigelow came from his third row starting position and immediately assumed the lead. Bigelow jetted away, leaving a swarm of cars contesting for the second spot. That swarm consisted of Paul Bigelow from Kensington, CT, Danny Cugini of Marshfield, MA, Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ and Matt Swanson of Acton, MA.

By lap 4, the quarter lap lead Bigelow had came to an end when the first of two yellows for the event flew, this one for a spin by Kevin Hutchens.

On the restart Bigelow showed his strength and again ran out to a quarter lap lead. By lap 10, Danny Cugini overtook Paul Bigelow for the runner-up spot, and the chase was on to reel in the fast number 32 of Ryan Bigelow.

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Star NEMA Lites Victory to Ryan Bigelow

IMG_1989EPPING, NH — The NEMA Lites presented by Allstar Performance made their first visit of the season to Star Speedway on Saturday night.

Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton, CT picked up his first victory of the season over Dan Cugini, Matt Swanson, Avery Stoehr and points leader Ryan Krachun. Andy Barrows, DJ Moniz, Dennis Potter, Logan Rayvals and Paul Bigelow rounded out the top-10.  

 Unofficial Finish: 32 Ryan Bigelow, 51 Dan Cugini, 9 Matt Swanson, 15A Avery Stoehr, 29 Ryan Krachun, 46x Andy Barrows, 18 DJ Moniz, 03 Dennis Potter, 94 Logan Rayvals, 31 Paul Bigelow, 27 Kevin Hutchens, 16 Dennis O’Brien, 21 Anthony Payne, 41 Meg Cugini, 20 Myles DeVits, 52 Kevin Park, 04 Anthony Nocella, 7 Seth Carlson.

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NEMA Lites Win for Scott Bigelow at Evans Mills Motorsports Park

EVANS MILLS, NY — East Hampton, CT’s own Scott Bigelow made it two wins in as many races for the Bigelow family at the fast NY track Saturday. It was a popular win for the driver of the #32, chased across the line by Logan Rayvals (#94) and Matt Swanson (#9).

With brother Paul, the winner at Waterford two weeks ago, looking on, Scott, took the lead from the pole at the drop of the green. On lap two the yellow flew for a Randy Cabral (#35) spin in turn one. On the restart, Scott took off and was followed by Jake Smith (#93) and Rayvals.

Rayvals quickly overtook Smith for second. Lap six saw Swanson also get by Smith for third from his eighth starting spot. and Danny Cugini (#51) had moved up all the way from thirteenth to fifth.

The running order from the middle laps to the closing laps was Bigelow, Rayvals, Swanson, Smith, and Cugini.
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Getting to Know Christian Briggs

IMG_0244The NEMA Lites might be a tick slower than their full sized cousins, but the action couldn’t be any hotter when those thousand pound rockets hit the speedway. The talented drivers that wheel those winged rockets range from young rookie men and women to the aged veteran, and among them, fielding 2 cars for the 2014 season is Christian Briggs. The passion he shows for this sport can only be topped by his outstanding personality.

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Oxford 250 Weekend Exploding with Awesome Racing Events

OXFORD, ME — Even though the 41st Annual Oxford 250 is almost two months away, race fans are already getting anxious for the Northeast’s most prestigious summer racing event scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 18th through July 20th.

“It appears that this year’s edition of the Oxford 250 has really caught the attention of race fans from as far away and North Carolina to Canada, and throughout the Northeastern part of the United States, expressed OPS General Manager, Dick Therrien. Reserved general admission ticket sales are at an all time high right now, and we are processing new ticket orders on a daily basis. We have a solid mix of pre-registered drivers as many Southern teams, and Canadian teams have entered, and are looking to enter this major event. Teams have been calling with tech questions from as far away as Ohio, and a couple of teams from Washington State are showing interest for this year’s race. 2013 winner Travis Benjamin states he is working extremely hard to get his equipment ready for a run at back to back wins, and of course who can count out the 2013 PASS North champ, Cassius Clark as he tries to get his luck turned around by winning this mega event. With over forty teams already pre-registered, Oxford Plains Speedway is the place to be on Oxford 250 weekend.”

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NEMA Invades New York’s Evans Mills Motorsports Park May 24th

The Northeastern Midget Association will make it’s first of two treks to upstate New York May 24th to Evan Mills Motorsports Park for the second race on the 2014 schedule. The NEMA Lites will also be on hand.

The NEMA and Evans Mills managements have finalized the details of a feature packed night at the Empire State track. NEMA will join the stocks, super stocks, 4 cylinder trucks and legends for a “full” action night.

Evans Mills General Manager Leslie Keefer has worked with local TV and radio stations to promote the event and will conduct a live radio remote for driver interviews. Keefer has indicated the track will hold an extended intermission to conduct a NEMA Driver Meet & Greet. Fan giveaways are also planned.

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Waterford Speedbowl 5/10 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (May 10, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to fast paced motorsports action Saturday night with a six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program. Kyle James of Ashaway, RI snatched his first victory of the year in SK Modified® ranks. Keith Rocco of Berlin won his fifth straight Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature on the season and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon continued his mastery of the Mini Stock division. Andover’s Paul French won his first SK Light Modified race on the year and Paul Bigelow of Kensington came away with the victory in the NEMA Lite feature. Josh Galvin of Franklin won the night’s Street Stock race, his second in a row.

An emotional opening ceremony began the night’s program following a brief rain delay earlier in the evening. The track honored the memory of multiple time track champion Danny Field with much of his family and closest supporters in attendance. Field, a long time Mini Stock competitor at the Speedbowl, passed away Wednesday after battling cancer. He won Speedbowl Mini Stock titles in 2005, 2006 and 2009 and posted 28 career victories at the track and was active at the track through 2013. Field’s younger brother Eddie paced the Mini Stocks with an honorary pole-position behind the wheel of his brother’s #18 machine, pulling off the track before the start of the race.

Cassidy went on to claim an emotional win in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature that followed. He took the lead from Dave Trudeau of Mansfield on lap-6. Cassidy, who has 54 career races at the track in the division, has won several big races but ranked Saturday’s win among his most memorable. After the race, Cassidy reflected on his achievement and contributed some of his successes, in part, to Field. “(The win) means a lot. Danny was a tough competitor. I think (racing against him) made me a better driver.” After dueling with Field for years, Cassidy won a national championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2010 and has been a dominant driver in the division. Trudeau finished Saturday’s race in second and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI was third.

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High Honors for Dykes

Dave Dykes, whose “Racing Through Time” website has become a Mecca for the growing number of auto racing nostalgia buffs, will be one of six John Wentworth Good Sport honorees at the Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance Gold Key Dinner Sunday, April 27 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT.

The award is named after long-time New Britain Herald Sports Editor John Wentworth. Each year the Alliance awards six people who have provided a service to the sporting public. “Racing Through Time” is one of New England’s most popular sites.

“A Labor of Love,” according to Dykes, it is the culmination of a lifetime of collecting historic auto racing photographs.

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Waterford Practice

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Waterford Speedbowl Adds April 11th Open Practice Day

Friday March 28 Practice Halted to weather; Rain Checked to April 11

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl management announced Friday that an open practice day has been added to its event schedule for Friday, April 11th in advance of Blastoff Weekend. The track was forced to stop its open practice on Friday a little more than three hours into the day when rain showers moved in.

Rain checks from Friday will be honored at the April 11th practice date with the gate stub issued on exit. The gate stub must be presented for pit area admission on April 11th. Pit gates will open that day at 10:00am with rotating practice beginning at noon. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will hold their practice at 5:00pm. Series teams are reminded to arrive early for inspections and registration. For those not holding a rain check, April 11th pit area admission will be $30.00 per person. The grandstands will be closed.

The Speedbowl season will officially begin next Saturday, April 5th when the track hosts its opening Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. Management has added the Super X-Car division to the program making for a seven division program, highlighted by a 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Pit gates will open at 1:00pm, one hour earlier than originally scheduled. Teams are urged to attend to accommodate inspections for approval to race. Qualifying will get underway at 5:30pm and main events will follow at approximately 7:00pm.

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Morrocco Looking for Sophomore Success

Brockton, MA — Fifteen-year-old Richie Morrocco will be back with the NEMA Lite series in 2014, and there are no doubts in his mind, or in others’ that he will be a championship threat. A winner in 2013 at the ultra-fast Oswego Speedway, Morrocco was undoubtedly impressive in his freshman voyage.

Like many famous names around the Northeast, Morrocco got his start at the “Little T” Speedway in Thomspon, CT racing quarter midgets. Long time NEMA member Jackie Parker guided Morocco there, with the hope that he would some day move into the full midget ranks with NEMA. “Jackie has been influential to our team and our involvement with NEMA, and is a sponsor of ours today,” said Morrocco.

Morrocco counts Bobby Santos III and Randy Cabral as two of the biggest influences in his racing career. “Bobby is a big influence for a young driver – he’s a local guy, great driver, he’s fast in every car he drives and he can show up after warm ups and still win – which says something,” said Morrocco. “Randy (Cabral) helps out a lot of the kids, including me. He shares some of his knowledge and helped me improve a lot as a driver this year. And I enjoyed running with him in the lites this past year,” he said.

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NEMA Lites “Allstar” Awards from Allstar Performance

The NEMA midget association is proud to announce a new corporate partner for their NEMA Lites Series – Allstar Performance out of Watervliet, Michigan.

NEMA has established a new contingency award that will recognize the outstanding efforts of NEMA LITES drivers both on and off the track. At each event the Allstar Performance “ Allstar of The Race” will receive a $100 dollar Allstar Performance gift certificate.

Additionally 9 winners will be picked at the 2014 NEMA Banquet to receive an “Allstar of the Season” award. These are open to the NEMA Lites drivers, car owners, and any associate members. These awards will be chosen for outstanding performance both on and off the track.

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NEMA Set for Racer’s Expo

 NEMA will have a general meeting at The Racer’s Expo on Saturday, February 8 from 11AM to 12:30PM. The meeting will include the schedule, safety equipment, and radios (with Waddell Communications providing info).

The Racer’s Expo is this weekend at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. Show hours are Friday, February 7 from 4PM to 9PM and Saturday, February 8 from 10AM to 5PM. Visit the NEMA booth or www.TheRacersExpo.com for more information.

Saturday night at 6:30 is Kart Klash IV at F1 Boston.  The cost is $79 per driver. There will be five weight clases. Visit www.TheRacersExpo.com for event information.

NEMA & NEMA Lites Rulebook  – PDF HERE

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NEMA Well Represented at Atlantic City TQ Indoor Event

Atlantic City, N.J. -Several Drivers and crew from The Northeastern Midget Association headed south for a weekend of close, fast, wheel banging indoor racing action at the beach city’s Boardwalk Hall. Even though the weather on the boardwalk resembled a freezer, the weather inside was like a pressure cooker. An astounding 99 TQ racers were on hand to fill 26 slots for the A-main feature Saturday night.

Five of NEMA’s best, both past and present, took part in the action with three racing in the TQ division; Carl Medeiros Jr, Joey Payne and Randy Cabral. In the Champ Kart’s: cousins Bethany and Avery Stoehr dusted off their machines and took to the track.

An intense qualifying procedure dictated the racers go through a series of time trails, heats, and B-mains to advance to the A-mains.

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