# 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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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.
Continue reading ‘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’
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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!
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!
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.
Nokie 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.
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.
Tickets for the NEMA Banquet, November 16th at Whites of Westport are available by emailing Deb Marvuglio for tickets at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Reigning Borgers Speedway 600 Dirt Micro Sprint champion Jason Hentrich of Willow Grove, PA will be moving up to the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets in 2014. “We are really looking forward to it, Hentrich said. “This has been something we had always wanted to do. We just came off a successful season in asphalt Micros so we decided that it was time to try it.”
Hentrich has driven for two seasons at Borgers Speedway, a 1/7 mile paved oval in Saylorsburg, PA. Hentrich described the track as “absolutely perfect for TQ Midgets and Micros.” Hentrich found success at Borgers: nine wins in the last year and a half, including seven wins and the 600 Micro championship this season. “We ran 25 races; every one of them was in the top three. I had only one DNF this season. We were pleased with everything, and about a month ago we were giving an opportunity to buy someone’s USAC program out.”
Hentrich sold his Hyper asphalt car and purchased two Midgets from a USAC national Midget team. He will drive the #67 for his father, Larry Hentrich, with a new Ford Esslinger powerplant. Hentrich will retain all of his current sponsors: Hyper Racing, NPS Racing Engines, Bitner Automotive, Keizer Wheels, and Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic. Beast Chassis and Esslinger Engines will join the new venture.
NASCAR WMT, VMRS, GSPSS & NEMA Highlight 2014 Season
WINCHESTER, NH — Monadnock Speedway announced its 2014 schedule. Spring Dash 2014 will open the season on April 19th featuring the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Pro 4 Modifieds, the first of 7 races for the Pro 4 Mods. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will also compete on July 5 for Firecracker Night and August 23 for the Victor Johnson Memorial.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make two appearances on May 24 and August 9.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return on July 27.
The Iron Mike Memorial for the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will be on June 21.
Weekly Saturday night racing will have Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Lightning Stocks and Young Guns through September 27.
PRE-Annual General Meeting at the Thompson Clubhouse on Sunday, November 3, 2013 beginning promptly at noon.
Please forward to me any items that you feel need to be discussed by Tuesday, October 29th so I can Include them on the agenda. Remember this is your club, so participate, get involved.
I am still accepting nominations for Officers & Board Members and proposals. November 8th is the last day I can accept nominations and proposals to be voted on for the 2013 Annual General Meeting. The agenda will be sent out 2 weeks before the meeting.
I will also be taking reservations for the 2013 NEMA Banquet on Sunday if you haven’t contacted Deb Marvuglio yet and this Thursday, Oct 31st is the last day for discounted hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn.
Northeastern Midget Association driver champion John Zych Jr. admits he looked at the standings. “I always had a pretty good idea where we stood,” he says. “I knew we had a shot at it and that made me drive harder.” John and his dad, the owner champion, showed up expecting to win.
They needed a victory at the season-ending World Series at Thompson. They went into the race five points behind two-time defending champion Randy Cabral. He actually battled Cabral for much of the 25 lapper before claiming his fifth victory.
Ironically, the Zychs, both Mendon, Ma residents, won with a Drinan chassis purchased from the Cabral’s owner Bertrand Racing two years ago.
Already rich in history, the Northeastern Midget Association added another chapter in 2013. Led by champion John Zych Jr.’s five triumphs, there were nine different winners, some with historical significance.
Zych’s fifth win at the Thompson’s World Series gave him and his dad the drivers and owners championship respectively. It was the only way he could have accomplished it because Randy Cabral’s second win of the season (and the 37th of his career) came at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest. It gave Cabral, a four-time champ, a five-point lead heading into the World Series.
A Hollywood script writer couldn’t have done it better. Zych’s dramatic win added a fitting chapter to a season that also saw Todd Bertrand (2), Seth Carlson, Modified star Doug Coby, Anthony Marvuglio, veterans Bobby Santos and Bobby Santos III and Bethany Stoehr visit victory lane.
Thompson, CT — John Zych Jr. won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association 25-lap feature Sunday at Thompson Speedway’s World Series. He captured the 2013 driving championship as well in a series of acts worthy of a classic script.
En route to his fifth win of the season, Zych (Zych 9) inherited the lead when a leaking Todd Bertrand fell victim to a black flag. He then beat back two restart challenges from Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) who had a five-point edge atop the standings going in.
“I absolutely didn’t want that,” said Zych, “knowing the way Randy runs here. But I always felt it was in my hands.” He was, in fact, “thankful” that winning the championship came down to such a challenge.
Thompson, Conn — The Sunoco World Series of Auto Racing presented by Xtra Mart was highlighted by an exciting NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finish that saw Rowan Pennink drive to victory lane and Ryan Preece earn a solid third place finish to earn the series championship. Other feature winners on the final day of the World Series were Kerry Malone in the Sunoco Modified Series, John Zych, Jr. in NEMA midgets, Ben Seitz in ISMA action, and Larry Gelinas in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.
Rowan Pennink used a late-race pass on lap 133 to take the lead and eventual win in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart Sunday afternoon. The victory was Pennink’s second win in the series. Ryan Preece’s third place finish secured the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship for the driver, who becomes the youngest champion in series history at 22 years, 11 months and 25 days old. The championship also marks the second title for Flamingo Motorsports. The team previously won with driver Mike Stefanik in 2006.
Bobby Santos led Justin Bonsignore and Mike Stefanik at the start of the 150-lap event. Doug Coby brought out the first caution on lap four after spinning in the middle of turns one and two. Coby was then penalized a lap for pulling up to pit too soon.
Lee, NH – With well over 300 race teams in attendance for the season-ending Oktoberfest event, action was the name of the game, and lots of familiar names were playing. Among the weekend highlights was the culmination of Rowan Pennink’s championship drive in the Valenti Modified Racing Series, taking his first series title aboard the Gary Casella-owned Roscoe Racing entry.
Tommy Barrett grabbed his second consecutive Oktoberfest victory in the 100-lap feature event, which ran well past the halfway mark before the first caution waved to slow the action, but in the end, Barrett won the battle, and Pennink won the war.
Steve Masse collected runner-up honors after leading the event in the late going, with former Lee USA regular and three-time VMRS champion Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA coming on strong in the late laps to take third in the Art Barry entry.
Brockton, MA — The more things change, the more they stay the same goes the old adage. Once again, the Northeastern Midget Association driver and owner champions will be determined at Thompson Speedway’s World Series.
Randy Cabral and car owner Tim Bertrand, winners Sunday at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest, take an ever-so-slim five-point lead over John Zych Jr and his dad into Sunday’s 25-lap feature. It is hardly new territory for Cabral, a four-time champ, who has faced the challenge before.
NEMA’s all-time Thompson winner, five of Cabral’s 10 wins have come in World Series events including four of the last six. Zych, however, comes well prepared, checkereds at Stafford and Airborne Speedways evidence he can handle the ”big” tracks. Zych has four wins this year.