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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
MAY 3 NOON – 4 – PRACTICE – ALL DIVISIONS – PITS OPEN AT 11, 6 PM – WOODY’S STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, 4 CYL. & 8 CYL. ENDUROS
MAY 9 FRI OPEN PRACTICE 5-8 PM – PITS OPEN AT 4
MAY 10 PASS TOUR 150, PASS MODS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
MAY 17 EKEYS MODS, ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNER, N.E. CLASSIC LITES
MAY 24 ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, ENDUROS
MAY 31 EKEYS MODS PLUS LEGENDS, NEMA LITES, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
JUNE 7 WICKED GOOD VINTAGE PLUS EKEYS MODS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, NE CLASSIC LITES
JUNE 14 SBM 125 IV PLUS ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
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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.”
# 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!
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.”
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 email@example.com.
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 Builders, Genuine’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 DVA, Facchetti and Facchetti, Labonte Insurance, TMF Logistics, Northgate 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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
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!
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!
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.
Tickets for the NEMA Banquet, November 16th at Whites of Westport are available by emailing Deb Marvuglio for tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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. |
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.
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.
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.