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NEMA Adds Chemung Speedrome to Exciting 2015 Schedule; Coby to Compete

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.”

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Inaugural Tony Stewart Midget Classic

The NEMA leadership would like to encourage our members to attend this event, if possible. We are not going to book a date on this weekend, and hope that this turns out to be an exceptional event.

(INDIANAPOLIS) February, 14, 2015 – The Indianapolis Speedrome is proud to announce that on the night of Saturday, July 25, 2015, the historic fifth mile oval will be hosting the INAUGURAL TONY STEWART MIDGET CLASSIC.

The race will feature a 100 lap main event broken into 2 segments: 75 laps, and a 25 lap dash to the finish, with a 20 minute break in between the two.

Tony Stewart earned his very first USAC midget feature win in 1991 at the Speedrome, and went on to become the Speedrome USAC Midgets Rookie of the Year the very same year. “The Indianapolis Speedrome is a special place for me because it’s where I got my first USAC Midget win,” Stewart said. “It’s a huge honor to have a race named after me. I always enjoyed racing there and I’m sure Larry Curry will make this race enjoyable for the competitors and fans.”

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Locke to Compete with ISMA, NEMA Lites

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.

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Racing as a Stoehr Family Affair Continues in 2015

Bridgewater, MA — For many years, a NEMA race has not passed without a Stoehr family name on the starting grid – from grandfather Paul, to brothers Russ and Greg, to the new generation of Stoehrs – Avery and Bethany.  This year will be no different.

2015 runner up in the NEMA division, Avery Stoehr, will again campaign a full time ride on the NEMA schedule, and in addition will sport a new Lites ride at the Icebreaker bringing along his familiar sponsors Motorcars International, Skaters Edge, Maaco and Jon Andruk’s Circle Performance.  In addition, Stoehr will run select TQ races – as evidenced by his appearances in Trenton NJ and Atlantic City, and is working on other possible rides, including Stafford Speedway on Friday nights.

“2014 was a good year – I think we accomplished everything we set out to and then some.  I think we’ve got a very good season to build off of for 2015,” said Stoehr.

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NEMA Celebrates Successful Racer’s Expo

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. 

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Boardwalk Hall Wrap-up

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.

[Jan. 30 Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz
[Jan. 31 Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz

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NEMA Releases Preliminary 2015 Schedule

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.

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Seekonk Releases 2015 Schedule

Seekonk Speedway has released its 2015 schedule.


NEMA: Payne to Pilot Bertrand No. 74

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.

Randy Lindblad photo“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.”

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NEMA Board Finalizes Rules Package & Exciting Changes for 2015 Season

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.

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John McCarthy Passes at 84

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.

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NEMA General Membership Meeting Cites Strong Progress for 2015

Thompson, CT — NEMA held its annual membership meeting this past Sunday at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park clubhouse, with a strong showing of general members present. At the top of the agenda was a preview into the 2015 schedule, which will feature 3 events at Thompson, as well as events at Oswego, Seekonk, Monadnock, Evans Mills, Wiscasset, Lee USA and White Mountain – with tentative dates held for Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State, and Chemung, NY.

The club also elected a new President for the first time in over ten years – with Russ Stoehr running unopposed to take over the top seat in NEMA. Mike McCarthy and Mike Chambers were elected to the Vice President spots, Joe Santa Maria as Secretary and Paul Scally returns as Treasurer. A new Board was also elected with Tim Bertrand, Shawn Torrey, Paul Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Mike Scrivani and Dennis O’Brien taking over those seats.

The club also made additional major strides to help increase its membership base including the development of a Rookie Development program. Under this program, the club will secure track time for new drivers joining the NEMA Lite ranks to practice with the club, particularly noted – 12 and 13 year old drivers will be able to participate in the program. In addition, any driver that turns 13 during the competition season who has prior experience, that has passed the Rookie Development Program and has approval by the Board may compete with the Lite series. The minimum age for NEMA was also lowered to 15 years old with prior experience and Board approval.

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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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