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NorthEastern Midget Association & Hoosier Tire Ink Exclusive Three Year Deal

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. 

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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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Tulsa Ceremony to Honor 8 Latest NMARHOF Inductees

Tulsa, Okla. is the site for the annual January inductions for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, to be announced this weekend during the annual “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., comprise a mix of drivers and car owners whose names will be enshrined in the hall which is presently housed at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc.

The inductions are part of the festivities surrounding the annual “Chili Bowl” Midget spectacular at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds and they will be held on Friday, January 16.

Alphabetically, this year’s inductees are: Chuck Arnold, Nick Fornoro, Mike Gregg, Steve Knepper, Freddie Meeker, Norm Rapp, Jim Whitman and Ashley Wright.

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Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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Cabral Wins at Thompson, Clinches Championship

THOMPSON, CT — Randy Cabral didn’t need to win on Sunday to notch another NEMA championship, but you wouldn’t have guessed it the way he raced through the field and took the lead in the 25 lap feature at Thompson’s World Series. It was his sixth win of 2014. He also added to his record 10 wins at the Connecticut oval, while winning his fifth championship in 7 years.

Cabral, of Kingston, MA. led a Bertrand Motorsports assault, with his teammates finishing second and fifth.

Cabral could have clinched the championship with a decent finish in qualifying, but heats for the midgets were cancelled on Saturday due to a lengthy rain delay. NEMA started Sunday with a 20 minute warm-up session.

It only took Cabral 8 laps to run down and pass early leader John Zych of Mendon, MA. Zych stayed within a few car lengths of Cabral. When the caution came out on lap 14 for a spin by Jim SantaMaria of Burlington, CT, it allowed Zych the opportunity to restart alongside Cabral.
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Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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Revised Schedule for Sunoco World Series

Revised schedule for Sunday’s events at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Due to yesterday’s delays, below is an updated schedule of today’s events.

12:00pm – 12:20pm: ISMA Hot Laps
12:25pm – 12:45pm: NEMA Hot Laps
12:45pm: Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:00pm: Late Model Race (25 laps)
To follow: Granite State Pro Stock Series Race (50 laps)
To follow: NEMA Race (25 laps)
To follow: Sunoco Modified Race(30 laps)
To follow: ISMA Race (50 laps)
4:15pm NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150 laps)
To follow: New England Truck Series (19 laps)
To follow: XtraMart Limited Sportsman (20 laps)

Sources: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Cabral Leads NEMA Field to the World Series


The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway the ultimate “separate the men from the boys” facility. While any Thompson checkered is a treasure, the World Series is definitely the biggest plum. Four time champion and current point leader Randy Cabral of Plymouth looms as the man to beat when NEMA makes its annual appearance at the Thompson World Series on Oct. 18/19. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 18 with the 25-lap feature part of the busy Sunday, Oct. 19 agenda.

Ten victories, including five World Series triumphs, make Cabral the all-time Thompson maestro. Last year, Cabral charged to second place, then made a surprise pit stop for an adjustment before the halfway point, and then made a heroic run to the front again but fell short to John Zych and Bobby Santos. Zych’s historic run capped a brilliant championship season for the JZ Motorsports team. This year, Cabral enters the World Series with a 101 point lead over the young Avery Stoehr. If Cabral is able to start both the heat and feature events, he will wrap up the 2014 Championship.

Thompson’s long Midget history, however, is filled with surprises. Considering the last few seasons have been one of the most competitive seasons in NEMA’s 60+year history. It is safe to consider the possibility of another surprise. Cabral’s teammate Todd Bertrand (Bertrand 39), Seth Carlson (Feigel 71), Paul Scally (Scally 30), Avery Stoehr (Stoehr 15B), Zych (Zych 9), Jim SantaMaria (SantaMaria 54) and last week’s winner Ryan Bigelow (SantaMaria 99) are all coming to Thompson with high hopes.

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Cole Carter in NEMA World Series Field

Brockton, MA – Cole Carter, a USAC open-cockpit mainstay and a member of one of America’s premier racing families, will be in the Northeastern Midget Association field at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the World Series of Racing on October 18th and 19th.

The son of the legendary “Pancho” Carter, Cole will be a teammate of former series champion and current point leader Randy Cabral in Bertrand Motorsports entries. He’ll steer the #74 driven on occasion this season by 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and current point leader, Doug Coby. After switching engines for the Waterford Speedbowl finale, Coby looked strong in Sunday’s shortened practice session but was unfortunately side lined in a first lap crash when Bethany Stoehr

Carter will join a strong field led by Cabral, the all-time NEMA winner at Thompson, that includes Bertrand Motorsports teammate, Todd Bertrand – who was leading last year’s World Series until mechanical failure side lined him, 2013 Champion John Zych, Avery Stoehr, Seth Carlson and Paul Scally.

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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.

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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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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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Getting to Know John Zych

IMG_56881. Name: John Zych
2. Current Division: NEMA
3. Age/date of birth: 31 6/29/1983
4. Hometown: Mendon, MA
5. Occupation: District Sales Manager with The Hershey Company
6. Spouse/ girl-boyfriend: Wife Elizabeth
7. Car number and significance of number: 9 Bob McCreadie and Bill Elliott
8. Chassis: DRINAN
9. Engine builder: Esslinger
10. Owner: John Zych (father)

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Getting to Know NEMA Midget Driver Pete Pernesiglio

IMG_3737 This veteran driver has an impressive resume that spans almost 4 decades, with lots of track miles along the way.

1. Name – Pete Pernesiglio

2. Age/date of birth – 43 – 8/24/70

3. Hometown – Lake Grove, Long Island, New York

4. Occupation – Auto Parts Sales.

5. Spouse – wife/Angela

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NEMA: Cabral Takes Boston Louie

SEEKONK, MA – It was back to the egg for Randy Cabral at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday night. 15 years ago this week, Cabral’s breakthrough victory was the Boston Louie. The four-time NEMA champion from Plymouth, MA picked up his third Boston Louie Memorial Classic trophy (2000, 2008) over teammate Todd Bertrand and points leader Avery Stoehr.

It was a historic night for the Northeastern Midget Association. Seekonk Speedway, a charter track in 1953, hosted the 18th annual Boston Louie Memorial Classic presented by Acquia. The 29-lap features are dedicated to the patriarch of the Seymour family that campaigned a championship USAC team from Marlborough, MA.

Derek Pernesiglio and the MAVTV crew filmed the event for the SPEED SPORT program (August 14, 8PM ). It will be the first television broadcast in NEMA’s 62 year history.

The high profile event featured a heavy media presence including Victory Lane Forum Radio, Vault Productions for Sid’s View.

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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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Todd Bertrand Pulls down NEMA Midget Win at Twin State  

CLAREMONT, NH — On a night honoring special guests Whelen Engineering, Todd Bertrand, (#39), claimed his first win of the 2014 season in commanding fashion as he took the lead in the early stages of the caution free feature. Following in second was teammate Randy Cabral, (#47), with Bethany Stoehr home third.

Under a perfect sky, the Twin State facility played host for an evening of food, souvenirs and racing action for the employees of Whelen Engineering, located in nearby Charlestown, N.H. At intermission, the NEMA and NEMA Lites drivers passed out 350 NEMA fan appreciation tee shirts, followed by an on track meet and greet where fans were able to collect autographs, handshakes and photos.

As the racing action began, Bethany Stoehr, (#5b), pulled out to an early lead from her outside pole starting spot, followed by Bertrand and Ryan Bigelow, (#13).

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Cabral Chasing History at Twin State

CLAREMONT, NH — (June 27, 2014) — Four-time NEMA Midget champion Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA will be in pursuit of his third consecutive victory and a series record on Saturday night at Twin State Speedway. Cabral is looking to tie the series record for most consecutive wins at one track (5). Two drivers share the record: Johnny Mann at Thompson (1972-75) and NEAR Hall of Famer Drew Fornoro at Monadnock (1982-83). Fellow inductee Dave Humphrey had four in a row at Stafford (1969-70) and Star 70-71.

“It will be tough cause I’ll be starting out back,” Cabral said. “And three in a row hasn’t been done a lot or five in a row, so I got history against me right now.”

The flat, egg-shaped 1/3 mile opened in 1947. Six-time champion Dave Humphrey won the inaugural race in 1973. Kyle Carpenter won the second event in 2005, while Bobby Santos, III scored in 2008. Cabral has won the four events since.

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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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Monadnock’s “Iron Mike” Memorial NEMA Midget Feature to Randy Cabral

Winchester, N.H. – After 30 laps of tight racing on the banks of Monadnock Speedway, Kingston, MA resident Randy Cabral, (#47), claimed the Northeastern Midget Association’s checkers in a race slowed by four cautions on a loose race track. This race makes it two in a row for the #47. Jim Chambers, (#21), was second with 2013 NEMA champ John Zych, (#9), third.

This event was to honor and remember “Iron Mike” Scrivani, the legendary car owner from NEMA’s past who claimed feature wins and championships during his time with the club.

The special evening kicked off with a unique driver introduction as the top ten starters presented select fans with a souvenir gift bag filled with an official NEMA fan tee shirt and other gifts.

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Gateway Winner Returns to Waterford, Santos in Darling’s Ride at Seekonk

Bobby Santos, III of Franklin, MA is excited for the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl on June 21. Santos won his first NEMA Midget race, the 2002 Boston Louie Memorial, at Waterford. He would reel off three of the next six races there through 2004. “I’ve had a lot of success there with the Midgets and I’d like to go down there and try to get a win if we can,” Santos said.

The multi-groove 3/8 mile oval opened as a dirt oval in 1951 and was paved after three races. The track has been a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member since 2000.

“It’s a fun race track,” Santos said. “You can run on the outside. You can run the bottom. You get side-by-side in a race. That’s the big thing. Right now at a lot of race tracks the cars are so close in speed you kind of just gotta slam it in there and make the passes that way, where a place like Waterford you can get side-by-side and race each other hard without too much bumping and banging, just have a good clean race. It was definitely a well-designed race track. Hopefully things work out where it’s around for a long time because a lot of guys enjoy going there.”

Points leader Doug Coby opened the season with three podiums and won the most recent race at Stafford Motor Speedway two weeks ago. Icebreaker winner Justin Bonsignore and Woody Pitkat also have opened the season with top five finishes. Pitkat is only nine points away from the lead. Santos, the Spring Sizzler winner, is fourth with one win, two top fives and two top 10s.

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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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First Ever Evans Mills NEMA Midget Checkers to Hot Shoe Seth Carlson

EVANS MILLS, NY — “I just love these New York tracks” Brimfield, CT resident Seth Carlson (#71) stated after his second New York state win in as many years. Seth claimed the 2013 Oswego, NY feature last fall.

The record books will forever list Seth as the first Evans Mills NEMA feature winner. He accomplished that feat with a daring three wide move from third to first coming out of turn four. At the checkers he was followed by Jim Santa Maria (#99) and Todd Bertrand (#39).

Long time club member and veteran driver Doug Cleveland (#87) took the lead from the pole at starter Steve Grant’s green flag followed by Santa Maria, Carlson, Bertrand and Ian Cumens (#29).

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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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Gig Stephens Passes at 87

Leonard ‘Gig’ Stephens of North Reading, Mass., passed away on May 19 at age 87.

He made 12 USAC Champ Car/Gold Crown Series (IndyCar) starts from 1959 to 1972 at Langhorne, Milwaukee and Trenton. His best career finish was sixth in 1967 at Trenton in the #71 Atamian Ford for Karl Hall (Halibrand/Offy).

He raced in the Midgets from the 1940s to the 1960s. He won at Seekonk Speedway in 1949 in a UCOA sanctioned event and at Norwood Arena in 1951. He had six ARDC Midget wins from 1955 to 1960 at Hatfield, Wall, Trenton, Freeport, Danbury and Williams Grove. He won a NEMA Midget race at Catamount in 1965 in the Bahre Offy.

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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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