The Northeastern Midget Association made its highly anticipated return to Oswego Speedway this past Saturday evening, for the King of Wings VII race along with the ISMA Super Modifieds. A packed house was in order by the time the features rolled off, and the action was as hot as the midsummer day’s weather. When the checkered flags flew, it was John Zych Jr. taking down the NEMA portion of the show and Scott Bigelow taking down the Lites portion of the show.
In the NEMA event, Randy Cabral set quick time in the time trial portion of the event with a lap of 16.8 seconds. By virtue of an invert draw, Cabral would start sixth in the feature, and Todd Bertrand, an impressive heat winner would start on the front row along with young gun Avery Stoehr. At the drop of the green, Bertrand rocketed out into the lead. He would open up a large lead in the early stages of the event, but before the caution flew on lap twelve, Stoehr had cut Bertrand’s lead to eight car lengths.
When the green flag flew on the next restart, Stoehr rocketed into the lead, with Bertrand beginning to fade, with what was later discovered to be a flat right rear tire. Joey Payne Jr. in the Bertrand Motorsports #74 quickly moved into the runner up spot. On the next restart, John Zych Jr. who was slicing his way through the field, had moved into the fourth spot, behind Cabral, Payne and Stoehr. Within two laps, Zych made a power move into the lead on the outside, and Stoehr’s machine would come to a stop exiting turn four with a broken throttle arm.