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Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA will move to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in the KLM Motorsports No. 64.
“(I) want to thank Mike Murphy and Ron both for offering me the ride and having the confidence in me,” Nocella said. “So hopefully we’ll run good with them and it’s definitely a big opportunity for me. … It’s something that we can go out and have some good strong runs and get top tens and fives and hopefully better than that. Maybe get the Rookie of the Year, which would be a big deal.”
“I was pretty excited when I got the call to be able to go and try to run that. Pretty tough competition I’d say and I was excited that they thought that I’d be able to do it and giving me the opportunity. … Mike Murphy there and Ron both seem pretty excited and I thought it was a real great opportunity to be able to go out try to run.”
Mike Murphy’s car has been driven by Ron Yuhas, Jr. recently. He was injured last September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Yuhas posted on Facebook that he is still recovering from his injuries and thankful for the support. The Groton, CT driver has raced for Murphy since 2011 in the Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors car.
The Northeastern Midget Association proudly announced on Friday that it has added an inaugural event at the Chemung Speedrome to its schedule for May 22, 2015. Chemung will start an action packed weekend for NEMA, with an event the following day at Evans Mills Speedway. The NEMA Midgets will run extended 30 lap races at both tracks, with the Lites running 25 Laps.
An added bonus for the fans – reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby will be on hand competing in the #74 Bertrand Motorsports midget. In addition, NEMA will be providing a Lites car and are working with the Speedrome promoters to get Chemung regular Jimmy Zacharias into a car for the Lites event.
The Chemung Speedrome was originally built as a ¼ mile dirt track in 1951 by the Bodine family of Chemung, NY it closed in 1978. As the story goes, in an article written by Bob Johnson, “It was by sheer coincidence that the track came to fruition in the first place. Eli Bodine Sr. was in Ithaca having his car repaired. The mechanic working on the car asked him if he liked stock car racing. Mr. Bodine’s reply was that he indeed did. This led to a conversation about racing. The mechanic, Karl Beilou, brought up the fact that the local racers from the Finger Lakes racing club had become disenchanted with the track they were running at. The possibility of building a track on the Bodine farm was discussed. Bodine jokingly agreed to the request not thinking it would ever come to fruition. The next day was Saturday. Much to Bodine’s surprise, members of the racing club came calling on the farm – and from there, the track was born.”
Jeff Locke of Raymond, NH will return to the ISMA Supermodifieds in pursuit of a championship. He finished fourth in points last year with five top fives and 11 top tens in 13 starts. One of his best performances came in the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson. He led 41 of the 50 laps before finishing fifth.
“(We) made a lot of progress on being more consistent, better at end of races,” Locke said. “(We) finished every race last year, which was cool. (There is) still room for improvement. We need to get better. The competition level and talent of drivers is huge in the ISMA tour.”
Locke plans to enter two NEMA Lite races, the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and the King of Wings at Oswego (NY) Speedway. His 12-year-old son Ryan will practice the car this year ahead of his rookie season once he meets age requirements.
Marlborough, MA — NEMA was in strong form this past weekend at The Racer’s Expo in Marlborough, MA. A wide variety of racers and vendors were brought together by the legendary Seymour Enterprises and Bobby Seymour, making this year’s show the biggest yet.
The NEMA Board met early in the day to discuss the upcoming season. Topics included ensuring that the race format goes off as fast as possible and a number of ideas on that topic, picking the three “open” races for 2015, which will be announced prior to the start of the season, additional possible dates on the 2015 schedule, publicity updates, and continuing to work on the NEMA business plan for the future.
The club then hosted its final pre-season General meeting, where new president Russ Stoehr ran a very informative general meeting, where he mentioned some revisions to the current schedule – such as a possible race at Chemung, NY on Friday May 22nd and possible additional races at Waterford Speedbowl under new owner Bruce Bemer. Tim Bertrand then informed the membership of plans for a combination rookie orientation / safety inspection / test & tune day at a track TBD for some time in April. VIP Fan and Track Publicity co-chairs, Bill Van Slyke and Mariah Michalski ran down a list of PR / VIP plans for 2015. Mariah has taken the VIP program to a new level this year which will include armed forces involvement, involvement with local children’s hospitals, and local community involvement.
Atlantic City, NJ — Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY took down the win in the 40 lap TQ Midget feature at Boardwalk Hall Saturday night. Ryan Flores of Davidson, NC came in second with Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ third, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY fourth and Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY rounding out the top five.
Emerling led the field to the green. Rudolph took the lead from Emerling on lap 27. Rudolph led the final 13 laps to take down the win. Rudolph won the TQ Midget championship for the overall indoor series. Rudolph and Flores were tied, but with Rudolph having a win at Trenton last month. “Three or four years ago, we were able to win this race and the championship all in one year,” Rudolph said. “Last couple of years we have been coming and we have been fast, but luck has not been on our side. This year things fell into place to get the championship and the win tonight. It’s real special.”
The cautions did not help Rudolph as he felt he was gaining on Emerling for the lead. “I was gaining on him (Emerling),”Rudolph said. “Then the yellow came out. I was stuck in second and third for a while. I was kind of getting a little impatient. I was able to set him (Emerling) up and make a move on him for the lead. I had to deal with him on the outside on restarts. He hung right in there. I don’t know what happened to him at the end. I thought we were going to finish 1-2.”
The TQ Midget that Rudolph won with on Saturday night has been sold.
BROCKTON, Mass. — Established haunts make up the 2015 Northeastern Midget Association schedule, including a return to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the Jim O’Brien Memorial race after an absence of many years and the season opener at Evans Mills Motorsports Park on May 23rd.
As NEMA President Russ Stoehr puts the finishing touches on the final schedule, there are 12 races currently on the NEMA agenda while the NEMA Lites will make 12 stops in what will be the club’s 63rd consecutive season, making it New England’s oldest sanctioning body. There is a possibility additional races will be added to one or both schedules at a later date.
Randy Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand will begin defense of their NEMA championships and the Lites will begin their eighth season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as they present The ICEBREAKER on April 11th and 12th. Scott Bigelow will begin defense of his Lites owner’s crown, and there will be a new Lites driver’s champion this year as Ryan Krachun will not be returning to the series in 2015.
Seekonk Speedway has released its 2015 schedule.
Former champion Joey Payne of Fairlawn, NJ will return to NEMA competition at Oswego (NY) Speedway July 11. The NEMA Midgets and Lites will accompany the ISMA Supermodifieds’ King of Wings VII card. Payne recorded his most recent victory in the 2013 Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial at Monadnock (NH) Speedway. Previous drivers of the third Bertrand Motorsports entry include Cole Carter, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, Jeff Horn, and Anthony Marvuglio.
“I’m really excited,”Payne said. “I’ve known them guys for a long time and I’ve never driven for the Bertrands. We always talked about it, I always hound them for a ride, and finally last summer we were at Oswego and he (Car Owner Tim Bertrand) said to me, ‘We’re coming back here next year and you’re going to drive the 74 car.’ … They have great equipment and all three of their cars are fast on any given day. It’s kind of a top quality ride for my home track is going to be a real good thing.”
Payne is open to additional races for Bertrand if the scheduling can be worked out. “We went into it as a one shot deal, but now Timmy’s talking about some more races, and once I get in that car maybe I won’t get out.”
Bridgewater, MA — The newly elected NEMA Board wasted no time getting to work, as they met for the first time after being elected last weekend to ratify the 2015 rules proposals this past Sunday, and also agreed on a number of exciting changes for the 2015 season.
The biggest change for the NEMA series will be the addition of staggered heat race points for both divisions, as decided on by the Board. The heat winner will get 20 points, 2nd place 18 points, with 2 points between positions down to 6th place – at which all remaining cars will get 10 points. The Board felt that this change will encourage a better show for the fans during the heat races and reward those who run well in the heat races.
Also exciting for the 2015 season, the Board has adopted the inclusion of a Rookie Development program. Full details will be announced later in the winter, but the intent of the Rookie Development Program will be to provide track time, driver coaching and safety education to new teams and drivers. Drivers falling into the newly adopted age brackets (those who turn 13 during the competition season for the Lites, and 15 years old for NEMA – both with previous experience) must pass the Rookie Development Program and be approved by the NEMA Board prior to competing with NEMA.
NEAR Hall of Famer, NEMA President & Championship Owner
Tilton, New Hampshire – John L. McCarthy, 84 a long time resident of Tilton died at his home Saturday, December 6, 2014 after a period of declining health.
Son of Alma (Levis) and John L. McCarthy, Sr., he was born in Mount Vernon, NY on June 21, 1930. John spent his youth in Quincy, MA. He was a graduate of Boston College High School (’48), attended Boston College, and earned an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He served his country in the Army National Guard and lived for many years in Shrewsbury.
During his youth, John was a clubhouse boy for the Boston Red Sox and during breaks, often played cribbage with Ted Williams. John had a brilliantly analytical mind and was at the forefront of the Electronic Data Processing/Information Technology revolution as a Senior Executive at Wyman-Gordon Company for 29 years, retiring in 1985. He revolutionized Midget Auto Racing as well.
Upon retirement, John relocated to Tilton, NH from Shrewsbury and began a long career in public service as an active civic leader, having served as Selectman (chair), Police Commissioner, Planning Board member, and School Board member. He was hugely instrumental in the development of the Lakes Region Mall and often spoke at State House and Senate hearings on issues he felt important for the citizens of Tilton. He was involved with charitable work and served on the Board of Directors at St. Vincent Hospital and was a member of the Local Elks Lodge in Laconia and Worcester.
Inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2007, McCarthy was a championship car owner, designer/builder, and innovative promoter who brought Midget Auto Racing from the brink of extinction to the mainstream as President of the North East Midget Association during the 1960s-70s. Also in retirement, McCarthy pursued his first love – Auto Racing – at New Hampshire International Speedway where he was Vintage Coordinator for 20 years, bringing antique race cars from across America to the largest gathering of its kind in the country.
Thompson, CT – Officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) – the famed 5/8-mile speedway in Connecticut’s quiet corner – released a creative and innovative seven (7) event schedule today, featuring twelve different touring series and sanctioning bodies, and boasting over $500,000 in posted awards. Two weekend events, and a five event Wednesday summer series – with four rain dates – make up the calendar. The schedule is highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) events, two new Triple Crown Series, and significant enhancements to the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
“A lot of effort went into taking a fresh look at the schedule, and providing the best events we could for our race teams and fans. We have some traditional fan favorites that will return, and we have made some valuable additions to complement that core. We are very proud of the finished product and are excited to announce our 2015 schedule of short track events,” Josh Vanada, TSMP General Manager, remarked.
For the 29th season, the track will operate under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner, offering Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock competitors the benefits of NASCAR membership, awards, as well as state and national championship competition.
Brockton, MA — NEMA President, Mike Scrivani, announced today that the Northeastern Midget Association and Hoosier Tire East have inked an exclusive, three year deal. Under the deal, NEMA will have exclusive rights in the Northeast to the current plated compounds (RR 7, 7.3, RF 5, LR, 5 and LF, 4, 5) and will be the only series in the Northeast running these particular tires.
Hoosier will also continue to be a major contributor to the NEMA point fund, and in addition have offered fixed pricing for the racer over the next three years.
“NEMA has enjoyed a long history with Hoosier. This sport is about supporting those who take care of you, and supporting each other. We feel that we have the best product in Hoosier and look forward to a long relationship with them,” said NEMA President, Mike Scrivani. “We have an exciting schedule brewing for 2015 and expect great car counts,” said Scrivani.
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.
Continue reading ‘NEMA Closes 62nd Season with Awards Banquet’
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.
Continue reading ‘Teenage Rookie Logan Rayvals Looks to Continue Canadian Supermodified Tradition at Oswego’
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, 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Name: Megan Cugini
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
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.
Continue reading ‘NEMA Lites Midget “Iron Mike” Memorial to Stergios at Monadnock’
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
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.”
Continue reading ‘Wiscasset Speedway & NEMA Team Up for a June 7 Show’
EPPING, 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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