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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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NEMA Oswego Honors for Carlson

Oswego, NY — Taking advantage of lapped traffic, Seth Carlson joined Midget racing’s elite Saturday night, winning the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Oswego Speedway.

Starting third, Carlson (Feigel 71) followed pole sitter Bethany Stoehr (Stoehr 5b), the only other leader, for 18 laps before making the winning pass through turns three and four. Carlson then ran out to a commanding lead, showing a 2.098 seconds advantage at the finish.

Bethany Stoehr held on for a career best second. Her father Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) edged Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) for third, the latter coming back from a first-lap spin. Jim Chambers (Chambers 21) was fifth with point leader John Zych Jr. (Zych 9) sixth.

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Cumens Among NEMA Favorites at Oswego

Brockton, MA – With three top fives on the half-miles this season, Ian Cumens rates among the contenders Saturday night when the Northeastern Midget Association visits Oswego Speedway. NEMA and the NEMA Lites will both be making the trip to the ultra-quick five-eighths oval.

Oswego remains one of the ultimate challenges for all Midget racing.

Coming off a win last weekend at Star Speedway, his second of the season, Cumens will be looking to repeat last year’s Lites victory at Oswego. Driving for the Seymour family, Cumens has shown a strong record on the bigger tracks including a Lites win earlier this year at Airborne Speedway. In the full Midgets, he has a second at Stafford and a fourth at Airborne.

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Ian Cumens Wins at Star

Ian Cumens of Lydell, PA picked up his third career NEMA Lites victory at Star Speedway. Saturday night’s win was his first since Oswego last season. PJ Stergios was second, followed by points leader Carl Medeiros, Jr., rookie Richie Morocco, and Danny Cugini. Avery Stoehr, Kenney Johnson, Ryan Krachun, Anthony Payne and Megan Cugini rounded out the top-10.

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NEMA LITES EVENT at STAR SPEEDWAY
Route 27 – Epping, NH
September 7, 2013

NEMA LITES – STAR – 9/7/13
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 9 Ian Cumens Lydell, PA Bobby Seymour
2 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
3 50 Carl Medeiros Jr. Westport, MA Carl Medeiros Sr.
4 25 Richie Morocco * Plainville, MA Richard Morocco
5 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D. Cugini

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Star ISMA Classic 150 this Saturday Brings a Full Field of Talent

EPPING, NH — It only happens once a year. The 2013 ISMA International Classic at the Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire is not only the longest running Supermodified event in New England, but it is also a race that brings an unsurpassed talent level of winged warriors to the region.

Chris Perley, the “Rowley Rocket” will return to Star, where he learned the craft of racing these unique cars, in the second Vic Miller entry as a team car to standings leader Lou Cicconi. Former Classic winner Justin Belfiore is back, along with Ed Witkum Jr., who tested at the track last week and has been cleared by doctors from a back injury to compete.

Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass., is another driver who made a name for himself at Star, but he has yet to win a Classic. Mike Ordway Sr., will return in the Clyde Booth car. He too learned to win as a weekly competitor at Star.

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Super Fast Oswego Next for NEMA

Brockton, MA — Through the month of August, the Northeastern Midget Association has featured speed – record lap times at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY, Waterford Speedbowl and Riverside Speedway in Groveton, MA.

Saturday, Sept. 14, NEMA returns to the citadel of speed – Oswego Speedway. Jim Miller’s 16.94 lap, set en route to victory last year, will be the objective. The NEMA Lites will also be returning to the five-eighths oval.

Coming off a victory at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, MA, John Zych and son John Jr. take the leads in the owner and driver standings respectively to Oswego. John Jr. leads two-time defending champion Randy Cabral by 33 points while John Sr. has the same edge on Tim Bertrand.

The Zychs are not strangers at Oswego, Syracuse native John Sr. fondly recalling his boyhood days cheering for track hero Nolan Swift. “I’m really excited about going to Oswego,” said John Jr. who has four victories this year including the half-miles Stafford and Airborne Speedways. “I’ve been going there forever to watch The Classic.”

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Carl Medeiros, Jr. Scores Third NEMA Lites Win at Star

The NEMA Lites returned to Star Speedway on Saturday night, August 24th. Carl Medeiros Jr. saw his points lead reduced to 13 points over Danny Cugini after the Groveton race. Medeiros expanded his points lead with a victory at Star, his third at the Epping oval. Ian Cumens was second over DJ Moniz, Danny Cugini and Logan Rayvals.

NEMA LITES – STAR – 8/24/13
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 50 Carl Medeiros Jr. Westport, MA Carl Medeiros Sr.
2 9 Ian Cumens Lydell, PA Bobby Seymour
3 18 DJ Moniz Fairhaven, MA David Moniz
4 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D. Cugini
5 94 Logan Rayvals Brockville, ONT Craig Rayvals
6 46 Kenney Johnson Bethany, CT Jeff Johnson
7 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
8 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
9 DNF 27 Kevin Hutchens * E. Waterboro, ME Dan Hutchens
10 DNF 4 Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Paul Scally
11 DNF 25 Richie Morocco * Plainville, MA Richard Morocco
12 DNS 29 Ryan Krachun Neschanic Station, NJ Ryan Krachun
13 DNS 41 Megan Cugini * Marshfield, MA D. Cugini
* Rookie

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Stergios Tops in Lites at Groveton

Groveton, NH – Coming from the 10th starting spot, P.J. Stergios needed but eight laps to take the lead and go on to win the shortened (20 laps) Northeastern Midget Association Lites feature Saturday night at Riverside Speedway.

Running the outside, Stergios dominated the event which featured a violent crash by Scott Bigelow. It was the third win for P.J. and the fourth win of the season for the car. Rookie Kevin Hutchens (Hutchens 27) was second followed by Dan Cugini (Cugini 51), Kenny Johnson (Johnson 45) and Logan Rayvals (Rayvals 95).

The Lites had trouble getting restarted after a lap 10 yellow, needing three tries. On the second try, Bigelow went over Avery Stoehr’s wheel and, after an end-over-ender, hit the wall. Bigelow was rushed to the hospital with two broken vertebrae and a broken finger as was Stoehr (wrist injury). Bigelow and Stoehr were running second and third at the time of the crash.

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NEMA Win for Zych at Groveton

Groveton, NH –- Northeastern Midget Association point leader John Zych is now two-for-two on a track he’s seen for the first time. Starting 10th, Zych won the 25-lap NEMA feature Saturday night at Riverside Speedway. It was the fourth win of the season for Zych who also “first-timed” Airborne Speedway.

Zych took the lead on a restart following a lap 17 incident that sent Anthony Marvuglio (Bertrand 74) to the hospital with a puncture to his leg and undiagnosed shoulder issues. Jim Chambers (Chambers 21), Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47), Ian Cumens (Seymour 29) and Paul Scally (Scally 30) completed the top five.

Coming from the seventh starting spot, Marvuglio took the lead from Scally on a lap-four restart. Running laps in the high 10s, Marvuglio had a half lap lead on Zych coming up to lap teammate Todd Bertrand and Russ Stoehr. Bertrand cut a tire down shooting up the track. Marvuglio caught his right rear wheel and hit the wall violently.

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Riverside-Groveton Next for NEMA

Brockton, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association will visit Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH Saturday for the first time since 1996. While it will be “new” to many, they’ll hardly have to search for info on the high banked quarter-mile. It will be the fourth overall visit.

The NEMA Lites, engaged in a point battle for the first time in its history, will be on the agenda as well.

Now the owner of the car Ian Cumens drives, Bobby Seymour was a winner in 1987 and finished third in NEMA’s last visit to the Northern New Hampshire track. Russ Stoehr was second in ’96. Stoehr’s current owners, the Dumo’s Desire team, had thirds with Drew Fornoro and Lou Rettenmeyer in 1987 and ’89 respectively.

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Keith Rocco Doubles Up at Waterford

IMG_9513bWATERFORD, CT — Keith Rocco of Meriden, CT had himself a milestone night at Waterford Speedbowl, winning his 50th career SK Modified feature on Wings and Wheels night, driving his own SK #88 to a hard fought win over Kyle James of Ashaway, RI and Ed Puleo of Branford, CT. Rocco steadily advanced to the front of the field using the outside lane to his advantage.

Kid Rock returned to the track in the Valenti Modified Racing Series portion of the event in the John and Maina Rufrano #68 to win qualifying heat #3, then go on to ace a stellar field of drivers. Rocco mastered every restart to take his first series VMRS win at the Speedbowl, marking the seventh different division he has won at the Waterford track. “It’s awesome to win two feature races on the same night, no matter what divisions were running,”
Rocco said.

32 potent modifieds signed in for the 100-lap grind. After three heats and a consi, the stage was set for some exciting wheel-to-wheel racing, and that is just what the packed grandstands got. As soon as chief starter Rich Keator dropped the green flag on the field, the first of eight yellows flags was displayed when Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, driving the Joe Brady #00, pile drove the turn four wall, eliminating him from contention. ‘TC’ was unshaken but his mount suffered heavy front-end damages, and his crew was left with unanswered questions as to how this happened.

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Bigelow Bests Lites Field at Speedbowl

Waterford, CT – Scott Bigelow withstood a strong restart challenge from Ian Cumens and went on to win the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association Lites feature Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl’s Wings & Wheels. The race was added to the program following rain at the scheduled race at Lee USA Speedway Friday night.

It was a strong run for Bigelow (Bigelow 320) who ran consistent low 14 second laps en route to his first win of the season.

The yellow flew at the halfway point when Carl Mederios Jr. and Avery Stoehr came together. Bigelow, who had led most of the race, lined up with Cumens beside him. They went through one and two side-by-side, Cumens backing a bid on the outside heading down the back chute.

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Cumens Romps to Lites Win

Plattsburgh, NY – No problems, a good night,” understated Ian Cumens after a dominating win in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association Lites 25-lap feature Saturday night at Airborne Speedway. Coming from fourth, Cumens (Seymour 9) had the lead by lap two and went on to a 14.242 advantage over runner-up Brandon Igo (Igo 45)at the finish.

Only a lap 19 restart hindered the romp, Cumens enjoying a straightaway lead when yellow showed. While the stoppage had little effect on Cumens’ run, it did result in a lot of passing over the final laps. Logan Rayvals (Rayvals 94) was third followed by Danny Cugini (Cugini 51) and point leader Carl Medeiros Jr.

The Lites return to action Aug. 9 at Lee USA Speedway’s Ollie Silva Memorial Summer Classic.

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NEMA Points Tight Heading to Airborne

Brockton, MA – A mere five points separates point leader John Zych Jr. and defending champion Randy as the Northeastern Midget Association visits Airborne Speedway Saturday night. The championship battle is sizing up as one of the most intense in years.

Carl Medeiros Jr. has a comfortable but hardly insurmountable 131-point lead atop the Lites standings. There are only six points, however, between second and fourth place – Danny Cugini, Avery Stoehr and Andy Barrows.

Both NEMA and the Lites will challenge the Airborne Speedway half-mile for the first time since 1971 when Jerry Wall and the legendary “yellowjacket” prevailed.

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NEMA Returns to Airborne Speedway on August 3

Marvuglio & Bertrand Motorsports Seek Back-to-Back Wins

Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will host the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites on Saturday night, August 3. Ending a four-decade hiatus, this will be the third NEMA event at the progressively-banked, 4/10-mile oval. A pair of NEAR Hall of Famers showed the way 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 the late Don Keller and Butch Walsh.

Fresh off his first win of the season at Waterford, Anthony Marvugilo will drive the Bertrand #74 once again. “(I’m) just looking forward to going back to a big track,” Marvuglio said. “I feel like I can excel there. The bigger the track, the better. I’ve heard it’s the nicest track and I’m looking forward to bringing the #74 back to the front, where I have to start in the back because I won the last race. But the main thing is to keep the car in one piece, have fun and let this track be a great learning experience.”

“I love new tracks,” car owner Tim Bertand said. “We are extremely on our game with setups – and can adapt very quickly. I like new tracks better than old ones!”

“From the videos I have watched – it looks like a cross between Oswego and Stafford with a little more banking,” Bertand said. “We’re going to shoot for a set up in between.”

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NEMA Challenge at Airborne

Brockton, MA — Although the Northeastern Midget Association has been there before (42 years ago), Saturday night’s host Airborne Speedway is brand new territory. Both NEMA and the NEMA Lites will challenge the Plattsburgh, NY half mile.

NEMA’s last visit to Airborne was 1971 when Jerry Wall drove the iconic yellow jacket to victory. It will be the third visit over all, Dave Humphrey winning in 1968.

Even Greg Stoehr, who ran Late Models at Airborne two decades ago, sees it as a new challenge.

Last week’s winner Anthony Marvuglio, back in the Bertrand 74, leads the assault on Airborne. His teammates Randy Cabral and Todd Bertrand, point leader John Zych Jr., Seth Carlson, Paul Scally and rookies Jim Chambers and Ian Cumens are all contenders.

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Stoehr Tops NEMA Lites at Waterford

Waterford — Avery Stoehr made it two straight Northeastern Midget Association Hammond Memorial Lites wins Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl. It was the second win of the season for the third generation racer who came from the ninth starting spot.

Taking the lead with an inside move on Scott Bigelow with 14 left, Stoehr survived a restart challenge from Kenny Johnson five laps later and went on to a .730 margin of victory. Johnson (Johnson 46) and Ian Cumens (Seymour 9), both fighting tight race cars, completed the podium. Point leader Carl Mederios (Mederios 50) and Brandon Igo (Igo 45) completed the top five.

Stoehr and Johnson, the latter starting eighth, battled most of the night. A lap after Stoehr assumed command, Johnson passed Bigelow in the back for second and was well within striking distance when the final yellow showed. Unfortunately Bigelow, who ran well all night was involved.

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NEMA Points Battle Tight Heading to Waterford

Brockton, MA — Point leaders Randy Cabral and Carl Medeiros Jr. lead the Northeastern Midget Association to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night for the Shane Hammond Memorial. Cabral and Medeiros lead NEMA and the NEMA Lites respectively and neither has a lot of room to spare.

Only 23 points separate Cabral and John Zych Jr. with rookie Ian Cumens (-61) and Todd Bertrand (-80) trailing. Bertrand was the winner in the season-open at Waterford .

There are a mere 17 points between Medeiros, the winner last time at Lee USA Speedway, and Andy Barrows in the Lites standings. Medeiros was second to Cabral earlier this year at Waterford.

There are few if any secrets left at Waterford. “Very often,” offers Russ Stoehr, “the place you run the best all year is Waterford.” Led by Anthony Marvuglio’s 12.619 Stoehr, Bertrand, Cabral, Zych all ran in the 12 seconds bracket earlier this year at The ‘Bowl.

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Medeiros Back on Top in NEMA Lites

Lee, NH — Checking out after a lengthy clean up delay, Carl Medeiros Jr. won the Northeastern Midget Association’s 20-lap Lites feature Friday night at Lee USA Speedway. The victory, the second of the season, put Medeiros back in the point lead.

Medeiros needed only two turns to take the lead from Kevin Hutchens on a mid-race restart. Lou Cicconi, in the Seymour 9, also got by Hutchens on the restart. Medeiros, who waited for a Cicconi challenge that never came, finished two and half seconds ahead. Rookie Hutchens was third followed by Kenny Johnson and Richie Morocco, still another rookie.

A winner at Lee in the past, Medeiros started seventh and by lap five was on Hutchens’ bumper. He was still there when a multi-car crash that featured some airborne gyrations by Andy Barrows and eliminated a number of cars brought out the only yellow.

In addition to Barrows, the point leader going in, Jake Stergios, Avery Stoehr, Steve Powers and Logan Rayvals went off on the hook. It took 45minutes to clean up the oil which caused the crash.

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Points Tight as NEMA Heads for Lee

Brockton, MA — Two-time defending Northeastern Midget Association champion Randy Cabral insists he doesn’t look at the point standings, not this early in the season anyway. He might not be looking but others are and that includes two-time winner John Zych Jr.

Only 13 points separate leader Cabral and Zych as NEMA visits Lee USA Speedway Friday night. Fact is, Todd Bertrand (-26), Russ Stoehr (-38) and Ian Cumens (-45) are locked into a tight battle atop the standings. .

Andy Barrows takes a 51-point bulge into the accompanying NEMA Lites event. Carl Medeiros Jr., who won twice at Lee last year, is determined to cut into that gap. Dan Cugini, Avery Stoehr and P.J. Stergois hold down spots three through five.

There are hardly any secrets left at Lee, a NEMA mainstay for many years. Adam Cantor had the best lap (13.307) a year ago but speeds have been up everywhere this season. Expect that to happen at Lee as well.

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Stafford Lites Laurels to Stoehr

Stafford, CT — Avery Stoehr made an inside bid on lap 12 that fell short. A lap and a half later, out of four, he went to the outside passing Paul Bigelow and taking a lead he never relinquished en route to victory in the 20-lap Northeastern Midget Association Lites feature at Stafford Motor Speedway’s Carquest Super Saturday.

“I tried low and it wasn’t good,” understated Stoehr, who recently celebrated his 17th birthday. “I went to the outside and it seemed to stick.” Pointing out “the car was just getting better and better,” Stoehr had a 0.58 second advantage on Bigelow at the end of the caution-free event.

Behind Bigelow (Bigelow 31) was Brandon Igo (Igo 45), Danny Cugini (51) and Kenny Johnson (46). Carl Medieros (Medieros 50) was sixth. Johnson owned the fastest lap (19.408) which came on the 14th circuit.

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Lichty, Zych, Stoehr, & Meservey Score CARQUEST Super Saturday Feature Wins at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Saturday night, June 29th, was the 10th annual CARQUEST Super Saturday program at Stafford Motor Speedway. Mike Lichty won the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature, John Zych, Jr. won the 30-lap NEMA Midget feature event, Avery Stoehr won the 20-lap NEMA Lite feature, and Dan Meservey, Jr. won the 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event.

In the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature event, Mike Lichty got a good run in the outside groove to take the lead at the start of the race. Lou Cicconi, who started the race in 9th, was absolutely blistering his way to the front as he moved into second place on lap-2. Polesitter Dan Bowes was third, with Rob Summers and Tim Ice was fifth. The caution came out with 2 laps complete for debris on the backstretch.

Back under green, Cicconi smoked past Lichty to take over the lead. Bowes was third, with Summers fourth and Chris Perley got by Ice to move into fifth place. Perley made a move to get by Summers for third on lap-6 but he had a lot of distance to close down to Lichty and Cicconi at the front of the field. The caution came out and erased Cicconi’s large lead with 15 laps complete for Justin Belfiore, who came to a stop in turn 4.

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PJ Stergios Take Iron Mike trophy in NEMA Lite Feature

WINCHESTER, NH — In the 30-lap NEMA Lite portion of the evening, Scott Bigelow and Paul Bigelow lined up one, two with Paul the early leader at the drop of the green. It only took two laps before Kevin Hutchens came from the third row into second place. Behind the leader they were already four wide off turn four with PJ Stergios taking the advantage and moving into third. He did not stop there because by lap eight PJ shot by Hutchens into the runner-up spot. Stergios was not going to settle for runner-up and charged after Paul Bigelow, catching and passing him on lap 13. When Avery Stoehr tried an inside move on Hutchens, they made contact and Stoehr spun on the backstretch, bringing out a lap 17 caution flag.

When everyone was put in order, Stergios was leading with P. Bigelow, Hutchens, Andy Barrows and Canadian Logan Rayvals the top-5.

A lap 18 spin for Avery Stoehr, his second of the race, brought out the yellow and Stoehr got the black flag for the two spin rule.

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