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Waterford Speedbowl Adds April 11th Open Practice Day

Friday March 28 Practice Halted to weather; Rain Checked to April 11

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl management announced Friday that an open practice day has been added to its event schedule for Friday, April 11th in advance of Blastoff Weekend. The track was forced to stop its open practice on Friday a little more than three hours into the day when rain showers moved in.

Rain checks from Friday will be honored at the April 11th practice date with the gate stub issued on exit. The gate stub must be presented for pit area admission on April 11th. Pit gates will open that day at 10:00am with rotating practice beginning at noon. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will hold their practice at 5:00pm. Series teams are reminded to arrive early for inspections and registration. For those not holding a rain check, April 11th pit area admission will be $30.00 per person. The grandstands will be closed.

The Speedbowl season will officially begin next Saturday, April 5th when the track hosts its opening Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. Management has added the Super X-Car division to the program making for a seven division program, highlighted by a 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Pit gates will open at 1:00pm, one hour earlier than originally scheduled. Teams are urged to attend to accommodate inspections for approval to race. Qualifying will get underway at 5:30pm and main events will follow at approximately 7:00pm.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Victory Lane Radio to Partner in 2014

Thompson, CT — The historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has announced that Spencer, MA based Victory Lane Radio will embark on a first-of-its-kind program which will allow fans to listen to live lap-by-lap coverage, from the drop of the first green flag to the waving of the last checker flag, free of charge.

Never before has a NASCAR sanctioned track provided live, free coverage, which is available world-wide. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park General Manager, Josh Vanada had this to say, “We are excited about this partnership with Victory Lane Radio. Since we started discussing it, they have gone at it with a great deal of enthusiasm and professionalism. I am confident that this will be a high quality product, and a great opportunity for our fans to listen in on their smart phones while they are here, or from anywhere worldwide if they cannot make it to one of our events. All of us at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park look forward to offering this added coverage with Victory Lane Radio, beginning in a few weeks at the Icebreaker presented by Town Fair Tire.”

To listen to the live broadcast, simply go to www.victorylaneradio.com and click the ‘listen live’ button at the top of the page, or go to www.thompsonspeedway and click the link. All of these broadcasts will also be available, free of charge as a podcast, if you cannot listen live. The podcasts will be located on www.victorylaneradio.com and www.thompsonspeedway.com.

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Earl Grant Passes at 78

Earl W. Grant, 78, of Fall River passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of fifty-six years to Ruth M. (Joynt) Grant.

Earl was born in Fall River, the son of the late Carl and Mary (Taylor) Grant. He worked as a truck driver for the Teamsters out of local #56 in Fall River for over thirty years, retiring in 1988. Mr. Grant was very active during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with the Northeast Midget Racing Association as a flagman throughout New England and Canada, especially at the Stafford, Thompson, Westboro and Seekonk Speedways. Earl was the recipient of the D. Anthony Vendetti Memorial Award for his dedication to the sport of auto racing. Mr. Grant was also a vendor at flea markets from Maine to Florida.

Survivors besides his wife are a daughter: Earleen M. Phillips and her husband Brian of Fall River, MA; three sons: Stephen C. Grant of Fall River, MA; Scott J. Grant wife Colette of Deltona, FL; Thomas A. Grant and his wife Susan of Swansea, MA; eleven grandchildren: Kelly, Stephanie, Krystie, Katie, Scottie, Jacqueline, Rebecca, Nicholas, Stephanie, Samantha and Dorian; four great grandchildren: Tyler, Landon, Makayla and Bella; three sisters: Virginia Bledsoe and her husband Robert of Portsmouth, RI; Karen Allen and her husband Robert of Naples, FL; Sandra Seigel and her husband Thomas of Roy, WA; a brother: Ronald Grant and his wife Mary of Portsmouth, RI along with many nieces and nephews. He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends especially his friends Dave Humphrey, Pip Tavares, his friends at Town Taxi in Fall River, Nu Way Auto in Westport and at the fleamarkets he worked at.

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Earl Grant

“Hey, Poison Pen, get over here.”

Thus began my long friendship with one of the best flagmen ever to grace a starter’s stand. I forget exactly what I wrote to prompt Earl to give me the best nickname I’ve ever had, but I have no doubt that in the subsequent conversation he set me straight.

When Dick Berggren, Lew Boyd and Bruce Cohen put together the first Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway they called Earl Grant, who put his distinctive style on what would become one of the greatest annual events in New England Modified racing. It was a good choice. Earl came with a wealth of experience at Thompson, Stafford, Seekonk, and throughout New England. If guys like Bugsy, Richie, Eddie and Freddie respected you, that was as good an endorsement as any that you knew what you were doing.

And he did. Back before race directors, tour directors, yellow lights every thirty feet, the flagman ran the show. Earl laid out what he expected at the driver’s meeting and followed through on the flagstand. His signature move was turning his back on the field if he didn’t like the way they came down to take the green. The front row only got away with it once; you didn’t want Earl to turn his back on you a second time.

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NEMA Set for Racer’s Expo

 NEMA will have a general meeting at The Racer’s Expo on Saturday, February 8 from 11AM to 12:30PM. The meeting will include the schedule, safety equipment, and radios (with Waddell Communications providing info).

The Racer’s Expo is this weekend at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. Show hours are Friday, February 7 from 4PM to 9PM and Saturday, February 8 from 10AM to 5PM. Visit the NEMA booth or www.TheRacersExpo.com for more information.

Saturday night at 6:30 is Kart Klash IV at F1 Boston.  The cost is $79 per driver. There will be five weight clases. Visit www.TheRacersExpo.com for event information.

NEMA & NEMA Lites Rulebook  – PDF HERE

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NEMA Well Represented at Atlantic City TQ Indoor Event

Atlantic City, N.J. -Several Drivers and crew from The Northeastern Midget Association headed south for a weekend of close, fast, wheel banging indoor racing action at the beach city’s Boardwalk Hall. Even though the weather on the boardwalk resembled a freezer, the weather inside was like a pressure cooker. An astounding 99 TQ racers were on hand to fill 26 slots for the A-main feature Saturday night.

Five of NEMA’s best, both past and present, took part in the action with three racing in the TQ division; Carl Medeiros Jr, Joey Payne and Randy Cabral. In the Champ Kart’s: cousins Bethany and Avery Stoehr dusted off their machines and took to the track.

An intense qualifying procedure dictated the racers go through a series of time trails, heats, and B-mains to advance to the A-mains.

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Reino Tulonen Passes

NEAR Hall of Famer was 89

FITCHBURG — Reino Kalervo Tulonen, 89, of Fitchburg, died Jan. 26th at HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital, after an illness.

He leaves his wife of 69 years, Anna Mae (Deery) Tulonen; one son, Rodney Arthur Tulonen and his wife, Patricia Magrosky, of Springfield, VT; two daughters, Joanne Tulonen of Seattle, WA. and Elaine T. Pierce and her partner, Joel Slutsky, of Alstead, NH; six grandchildren, Gregory Tulonen, Sarah Pritchett, Melissa O’Dell, Michael O’Dell, Lucie Pierce and Jeremie Pierce and four great-grandchildren, Simone Parker, Connor and Riley Tulonen and Alina O’Dell; and many nieces and nephews, including Nancy, Ronald and David Riikonen, who became part of the family. He also leaves a close family friend, Claude Caswell, who was considered another son. He was predeceased by a daughter, Betty Tulonen, a sister, Elvi Berkio and two brothers, Urho and Toivo Riikonen.

Mr. Tulonen was born in Lunenburg, on August 20, 1924, a son of the late Emil Kaarle and Alina (Bjorbacka) Riikonen Tulonen. He was raised in Lunenburg and attended schools there. When he was young he worked for the Crocker-Burbank Company, and then moved to Custom Auto Body where he worked until starting his own business as a front end alignment specialist until he retired. But his real love was racing cars.

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Star Speedway Releases Schedule

StarSpeedway2014Star Speedway has released its 2014 schedule. Visit the redesigned Star-Speedway.com for more information.

2014 SCHEDULE
MAY 3 NOON – 4 – PRACTICE – ALL DIVISIONS – PITS OPEN AT 11, 6 PM – WOODY’S STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, 4 CYL. & 8 CYL. ENDUROS
MAY 9 FRI OPEN PRACTICE 5-8 PM – PITS OPEN AT 4
MAY 10 PASS TOUR 150, PASS MODS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
MAY 17 EKEYS MODS, ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNER, N.E. CLASSIC LITES
MAY 24 ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, ENDUROS
MAY 31 EKEYS MODS PLUS LEGENDS, NEMA LITES, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
JUNE 7 WICKED GOOD VINTAGE PLUS EKEYS MODS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, NE CLASSIC LITES
JUNE 14 SBM 125 IV PLUS ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
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In The O’Brien Book, “Final Chapter Not Written… Just Yet”

Dennis O’Brien, son of popular NEMA car owner, the late Jim O’Brien, will campaign a NEMA Lite entry for the full 2014 racing season. Elder brother of current NEMA driver, Matt O’Brien, Dennis will bring his life long racing experiences to the New England racing club with enthusiasm and a ton of resources.

This Deerfield, NH resident, and UPS driver, has sold his entire Dwarf racing team and has purchased a Stealth chassis and is currently installing a Ford Focus engine. He will be putting forth a top notch effort in the very competitive Lite division. Dennis is quick to point out that the O’Brien’s are a “racing family” and that will continue with sons DJ 19, and Mitchell 14, working the pits and brother Chris acting as car owner who will also overlook the finances. “Chris will handle his duties far away from the track as he doesn’t get his hands dirty”, Dennis points out with a laugh.

“Our father gave us the opportunity to get involved in racing at early ages and we just couldn’t get enough.” Dennis explains. “We were always at the track and at the shop with him and he taught us well through the years.” Starting his driving career in 1994 in stock cars, Dennis moved to mini-stocks and super streets then eventually to Dwarf cars. He explains, “I will heavily lean on brother Matt’s vast midget experience and he is fully behind this effort.”

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2014 NEMA & NEMA Lites Schedules Released

NEMA Schedule
# Date Track Site Winner
1 March 29-30  Sat-Sun  Day Race  Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT
2 May 24  Sat Night  Evans Mills Motorsports Park – Evans Mills, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
3 June 7 Sat Night Wiscasset Speedway – Wiscasset, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
4 June 21 Sat Night Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, NH Iron Mike Memorial
5 – June 28 Sat Night – Twin State Speedway – Claremont, NH-*
6 July 19 Sat Night Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
7 July 23 Weds Night-Seekonk Speedway – Seekonk, MA (Rain Date: July 24)
8 July 26 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Shane Hammond Memorial
9 – Aug 2 Sat Night – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
10 Aug 9 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Wings & Wheels
11 – Sept 13 Sat Night – Oswego Speedway – Oswego, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
12 Oct 4-5 Sat-Sun Day Race Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT THE FINALE
13 Oct. 18-19 Sat-Sun Day Race Thompson Intl. Speedway – Thompson, CT
Nov. Sat. NEMA Banquet-White’s of Westport-Westport, MA-Save the Date!

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NASCAR Modified Tour Champ Ryan Preece Aims for Indoor Racing Success at Atlantic City; Patrick Emerling Looks for Redemption After ’13 Disaster; First Battle of Trenton Indoor Race Follows AC

ATLANTIC CITY/TRENTON, NJ  — Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion Ryan Preece and 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Rookie of the Year Patrick Emerling bring youth and extensive outdoor paved track racing experience to Indoor TQ racing as entries in the pair of upcoming events in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and Trenton’s Sun Bank Center.

The twelfth annual NAPA KNOW HOW Atlantic City Indoor Races on Friday and Saturday Jan. 24 and 25 and the first ever Battle Of Trenton Indoor races presented by PRC Industries/ Angela House Charity on Friday and Saturday Feb. 7 and 8 will feature Three Quarter Midget racing along with Champ Kart and Slingshot races.

The pair of Indoor events are produced and promoted by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and make up the Fatheadz Eyewear Indoor Series.

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Gov. Malloy: Investment in the Iconic Thompson Speedway will Create Jobs

HARTFORD, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the state will provide Thompson International Speedway, LLC with an $800,000 loan to upgrade its existing facility in Thompson. Founded in 1940, the company has 48 employees and plans to hire at least 23 more employees over the next two years.

“This is a terrific story of a new generation bringing their talent, skills and entrepreneurship home to the family business and Connecticut,” Governor Malloy said. “It capitalizes on one of our state’s strengths – our location – and serves a growing regional market for sports entertainment and tourism, employs and create jobs for residents and brings out-of-state spending into the local economy.”

DECD will provide the $800,000 loan at 2 percent interest for a term of 10 years. DECD will forgive $200,000 of the loan principal if the company retains its existing 48 employees and creates 23 positions by 2015.

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Generation Next: Avery Stoehr Bound for NEMA Midgets Full-Time

Third Generation Driver Prepares for Rookie Season in #15a

Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA will be competing in the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets full-time for MCI Racing. Stoehr wants to “be competitive all year and learn as much as I can. … I think I learned a lot from driving the #3t, #26, and #44 this year and hopefully can build off that for next season.”

Both Avery and Bethany Stoehr’s cars are former Mike Jarret Beast-Gaerte Fords.  Avery Stoehr will drive a new spare chassis, while John Andruk is finishing engine work this week. Sponsors Motor Cars International of Bridgewater, MA, Skaters Edge Indoor Skatepark of Taunton, MA and Circle Performance Racing Engines of Berkley, MA will join Stoehr for his NEMA run.

Stoehr has four career NEMA Lite wins. He finished third in NEMA Lite points last year with wins at Stafford and Waterford. Stoehr also had two top 10 finishes in five NEMA Midget starts this past season. “I as well as Carl Kibbe are really looking forward to him moving up,” Russ Stoehr said. “His limited performances in the #44 showed a lot of promise and his Thompson debut showed me he is ready.”

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Oxford 250 Registration Form Now Available

OXFORD, ME — PASS President Tom Mayberry has now posted the 2014 registration form for the 41st edition of the Oxford 250 scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 20, 2014, on the PASS website at www.proallstarsseries.com.

It’s that time of year, stated Mayberry. The racers are anxious to secure their number for the colossal five-day event, which will start with the weekly Oxford Acceleration Series event on July on Wednesday, July 16th. There will be scheduled activities for the first time on Thursday night, July 17th. The card of events will be announced in the near future. Then Friday night, July 18th will be Sun Journal night featuring PASS Mods and PASS Sportsman as well as several support divisions. Saturday night, July 19th will be Dunkin’ Donuts night featuring the NEMA Midgets & NEMA LITES, Northeast Classic Lites, Wicked Good Vintage Racing and more. Then on Sunday, July 20th, the granddaddy of them all, The Oxford 250 will take the green at 2pm. This will be a gigantic weekend full of excitement and we are extremely pleased with the events that we have scheduled.”

Oxford 250 Sponsorship laps are also now on sale for only $100 each, and can be purchased by contacting Dick Therrien at the Oxford Plains Speedway office at 207-539-8865, or 802-274-8823. Therrien can also be reached by e-mail at opsdick@myfairpoint.net.

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Third Modified Racing Series Date Added to 2014 Event Schedule

Open wheel series helps close season at Finale Weekend October 4-5

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl management and Valenti Modified Racing Series officials have announced the popular New England based tour has been added to the track’s Finale Weekend in 2014. The series will highlight a busy 13-division weekend which also includes the NEMA Midgets as well as the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series plus other divisions. Practice and qualifying for the series is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th and the feature race will be run on Sunday, October 5th.

The additional appearance gives the Valenti Modified Racing Series a total of three stops to the Speedbowl in 2014. The series was already scheduled as part of the track’s opening Blastoff Weekend March 29th – 30th as well as the annual Wings & Wheels event on August 9th. All three races are scheduled for 100 laps of green flag racing.

Finale Weekend begins a busy stretch for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and is expected to play a key role in the series championship run. “Their races with us are always extremely competitive and the staff is top-notch to work with” offered Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. “There’s a lot of Speedbowl roots there and we’re excited to bring them back to close the season”.

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Tentative 2014 Lee USA Speedway Schedule Posted

LEE, NH – Lee USA Speedway has released a tentative 2014 schedule. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will begin their season on Sunday, April 13 with the traditional Governor’s Cup 150. Support classes are the North East Classic Lite and the NELCAR Legends Tour. ACT heat races start at 2PM.

A new event for the season is the recently announced Modified Bull Ring Bash on Sunday, May 11 at 12PM. The first event of the Tri-Track Open Series, the race will be operated by Jim Schaefer (AKA: Long Island Modified Maniac) and Dick Williams of the Racing Guys. The $5,000 to win open competition Modified race will also join then SBM 125 at Star SpeedwFay in Epping, NH and Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. For more imformation, visit their new web site, TriTrackOpenModifiedSeries.com.

The first of 14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events will take place on Friday, May 30. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will make its first visit to the seacoast 3/8 mile on June 27, with a return for Oktoberfest Weekend October 11-12.

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NEMA Lite’s Ryan Bigelow “Moving Up” for 2014

Northeastern Midget Association Lites standout Ryan Bigelow has announced his intention to move into the full NEMA division for the 2014 racing season. The East Hampton, Ct. native will be wheeling a newly acquired Beast chassis with Honda horsepower for the full NEMA schedule.

“I feel pure excitement about this move and can’t wait to start working with the new chassis.” Ryan goes on to say, “This plan has been three years in the making, and now everything is aligned to make the move.”

With the proven reliability of the Honda power plant Ryan is confident that he should be able to reach his 2014 goals of at least 1 win and possibly the NEMA rookie of the year honors.

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NEMA Midgets to Wiscasset

First NEMA Midget Appearance Since 1972

WISCASSET, ME — Saturday June 7th, 2014 Wiscasset Speedway will take “speed” to a whole new level as (North Eastern Midget Association) NEMA Midgets & NEMA Lites take to the high-banks of Maine’s fastest track. It will mark the series first appearance at the coastal speed plant and Wiscasset track promoter Ken Minott says that track records may be in jeopardy. “We’re very excited to bring NEMA to Wiscasset. This will showcase some of racing’s quickest cars on Maine’s fastest track. It’ll be a special treat for our fans.”

The NEMA Midgets are compact winged racecars with a very high power to weight ratio. With up to 400 horsepower and weighing approximately 1,000 pounds, Midgets are among the fastest cars on oval tracks ½ mile and under. For years Midget racing has played a significant role in the development of some of the nation’s finest and most successful drivers. More info is available at www.nemaracing.com.

Wiscasset Speedway’s full 2014 schedule will be released at the Northeast Motorsports Expo January 10, 11, 12.

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Evans Mills Speedway to Host Inaugural NEMA Midget Race on May 24

According to the track web site, Evans Mills Speedway will host its inaugural Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midget race on May 24, 2014. It will be the 72nd track to host a NEMA race. The 3/8 mile paved oval is located near Fort Drum in Evans Mills, NY. It will be the first new track since May 25, 2002, when Bobby Seymour won at Adirondack International Speedway in Lowville. Evans Mills is about 30 miles northwest of Lowville.

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2014 Tentative OPS Schedule Announced

OXFORD, ME –The 2014 Oxford Plains Speedway schedule has been posted. This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. This schedule will be updated on a regular basis and numerous items may be added and deleted. Please look at schedule often, and as soon as we can, we will post a final schedule.

2014 Tentative OPS Schedule

Fri. April 11-Practice All Divisions-11AM-5PM
Sat. April 12-Ripley & Fletcher Ford Opening Day-PASS Tour, PASS Mods, PASS Sportsman, Legends-2PM
Sun-April 13-Rain Date for April 12-2PM
Sat. April 19-Practice All Divisions-11AM-4PM
Sat. April 26-Practice All Divisions-11AM-4PM
Sun-April 27-Colossal Carnage 150-1:30PM

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NEMA Midgets Ready to Attack Oxford Plains Speedway on 250 Weekend

OXFORD, ME — Oxford Plains Speedway President, Tom Mayberry is pleased to announce that the NEMA Midgets, (Northeastern Midget Association will be part of the giant Oxford 250 weekend, July 18th through 20th. This will mark the first time in several years that the Midgets have appeared at Oxford.

The NEMA Midgets are a compact winged racecar with a very high power to weight ratio. With up to 400 horsepower and weighing approximately 1,000 pounds, Midgets are among the fastest cars on oval tracks ½ mile and under. Midget racing has long provided a pivotal role in the development of some of the nation’s finest and most successful drivers.

Joining the NEMA Midgets will be the NEMA LITES. The NEMA LITES are basically the same car except they are self starting, and they have basically the same chassis, wing package and tires, but have a limited race engine. The LITES are built so that they can easily be converted to a full NEMA Midget package.

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NEMA Releases Vintage Slide Show on DVD

The Northeastern Midget Association announces the release of NEMA Vintage photo’s on DVD just in time for Christmas. The presentation is from the collection of one of the most respected journalist, historians and statisticians in New England, Pete Zanardi.

The range of drivers, owners, tracks and race cars depicted in the collection are the who’s who in Northeastern midget racing. The forefathers that laid the foundation for present day racing are illustrated in color and black and white photo’s complete with captions. Bill Randall, Ray Roberts, Ronnie Evans and Jerry Russo just to name a few drivers from NEMA’s infancy.

The early cage days drivers are represented by Bill Roth, Lee Smith, Hank Stevens and Len Thrall for example. And to finish out the last couple of decades are the Fornoros, Stoehrs, Scrivanis, Seymours and many many more.

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NEMA’s Payne, Medeiros Compete in TQ’s at Wall’s Turkey Derby; Payne Claims Dirt Modified Portion

Wall Township, N. J. — 2013 Northeastern Midget Assoc. Lite Champion, Carl Medeiros Jr., and NEMA competitor Joey Payne took part in the 40th anniversary Wall Stadium Turkey Derby at the fast N.J. speedway Saturday. Both drivers entered the TQ portion of the show, and Payne competed in the Mike Mongiello owned Dirt Modified for that division.

The TQ event was the first for the newly acquired Medeiros machine and was fast right out of the trailer. The young driver time trialed seventh fastest after some minor chassis adjustments which placed him on the pole for the feature due to the inverted line-up.

At the drop of the green, Carl fell into the second slot in the field which he held despite two restarts, the first on lap one and again on lap four. It was at that time that the young Medeiros felt the engine start to tighten up and lose some power and finally expire during a lap seven caution as the power plant erupted in smoke and flame, ending his day. He exited the machine quickly and was not injured. “We’re happy the way the car ran and felt“, Medeiros said later, “We have another motor for the next race in Atlantic City, and have all winter to rebuild this one”.

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Seekonk Speedway Announces 2014 Schedule

Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Returns; Valenti Modified Racing Series Added to Season Opener May 4

SEEKONK, MA — Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce an action packed Event schedule for the 2014 season. We look forward to seeing the VMRS on opening day with the Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks as part of the Sim’s Spring Kickoff Classic! The Speedway welcomes back the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series for all 9 divisions  as well as a $5000 to win Pro Stock race and bigger Late Model race at this years Fall Classic!

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NEMA Sets Annual General Meeting for Dec. 8

Our Annual General Meeting will held on Sunday, December 8th at Noon in the Thompson Clubhouse.  Elections for all Officers and Board Members will be held. Remember, this is your club, so step up, take part!

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Zych, Medeiros Jr. Grab NEMA’ Tops Honors

Westport, MA — First-time champions were in the spotlight Saturday night at the Northeastern Midget Association’s Awards Banquet at White’s of Westport. Driver champions John Zych Jr. and Carl Medeiros Jr. along with owner champions John Zych Sr. and Donald Cugini carried off the bulk of the hardware as NEMA celebrated its 61st season.

The Zychs are the first “first-time” NEMA champions in five seasons while Medeiros Jr. and Cugini are the “first-ever” count-all-the races Lites division champions.

“A dream come true,” John Zych Sr. told the gathering, declaring “whether it was a good car or bad” his son “drove the wheels off the car.” John Sr. is the Mechanic of the Year; John Jr. is the Joe Csiki Most Improved Driver winner and proud wife and mother Janice Zych garnered the Angelillo Memorial Women Behind the Man award.

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Nokie Fornoro to Dick Gallagher Memorial NEMA Hall of Fame

Fornoro,Nokie (4) Erica Santos44 Thompson 10-25-09 Dadalt PhototNokie Fornoro, shown here in the Jarret #4 racing Eria Santos en route to victory in his final Northeastern Midget Association at the 2010 Thompson Speedway World Series, is the newest member of the Dick Gallagher Memorial NEMA Hall of Fame. The 1981 NEMA champ, Nokie sits fourth in all-time NEMA wins with 45. The announcement was made at Saturday’s NEMA awards banquet.

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NEAR Introduces “Class Of 2013” At 16th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

South Windsor, CT — On Sunday November 10, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT., the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region.

Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.

Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.

Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro, Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime car owner Ron Berndt.

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11/16 NEMA Banquet & Dec. Annual General Meeting

Tickets for the NEMA Banquet, November 16th at Whites of Westport are available by emailing Deb Marvuglio for tickets at dmarvuglio@comcast.net or shanebelieve@comcast.net or by calling (508) 245-0689.

Down the road, our Annual General Meeting will held in early December. Start putting together your proposals and items that you feel need improvement or change. Elections for all Officers and Board Members will be held as well. Remember, this is your club, so step up, take part! More details to come.

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Strong, Graham Partner to Field Supermodified Entry for Joey Payne

OSWEGO, NY — Strong Racing announced on Friday a partnership with Graham Racing to field a brand new Xtreme Chassis Supermodified full-time at Oswego Speedway in 2014 with New Jersey open-wheel ace Joey Payne as the driver.

Just weeks ago Strong Racing’s former driver, Michael Barnes, announced that he would be leaving the team to drive for Syrell/Hawksby Racing this season.

The Strong team will now bring Payne back to the fold, who drove weekly for the team from 2009-2011 before moving on to Mike Muldoon Racing in 2012. Payne did not compete weekly at Oswego in 2013, instead racing closer to home with the NEMA Midget Series.

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