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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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Jason Hentrich Joining NEMA Midget Field in 2014

Hentrich2Reigning 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.

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2014 Monadnock Speedway Schedule Announced

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.

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Member Alert from Linda Cleveland

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.

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NEMA Champ Zych Always Knew Where He Stood

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.

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NEMA Season Filled With Historic Victories

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.

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Zych Wins Race, Claims Championship

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.

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Pennink Makes Late Race Pass for World Series NWMT Victory

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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.

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Lee USA Oktoberfest Results

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.

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NEMA Battle Down to Wire at World Series

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.

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2013 World Series this Weekend at Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — The weekend that every race fan in the northeast looks forward to is this weekend at the Thompson International Speedway. The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart kicks off this coming Friday and runs through Sunday.

Fifteen different divisions of race cars and trucks will converge on the historic speedway to draw down the curtain on the 2013 racing season. The World Series of Speedway Racing is three days of non-stop activity on the race track and hours of fun and social activities for the fans. The entire weekend is a huge race and party gathering as fans say good bye to another year of auto racing.

The race track is the center of activity with hundreds of race cars and trucks and many race teams with hopes of capturing a championship in their respective divisions. The most talked about championship battle surrounds the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Two drivers are positioned to capture the 2013 title during the last race of the year for the most popular NASCAR touring division in the northeast. Ryan Preece and defending champ, Doug Coby are in a tight points battle for the crown. Preece holds a 26- point advantage over Coby. One of these drivers appears destined to end their weekend as the new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. Should Preece emerge with the title, he will be the youngest driver in the history of the Tour to capture the crown. Race fans will also be treated to an autograph session with the WMT drivers on Sunday afternoon.

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Derek Pernesiglio to Pull Double Duty at Thompson: Reporting and Racing in World Series Weekend

NASCAR on Fox Sports 1, pit road reporter, Derek Pernesiglio has a very busy week this week. Friday morning he’ll drive from his Charlotte, NC home to report the last NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race of the season at Road Atlanta in Georgia, where Dylan Kwasniewski brings a five point advantage over Brett Moffitt into the finale.

Right after the race, Jeremy Catania, broadcast spotter for the TV crew and brother of Thompson Sunoco Modified driver John Catania will take Derek to the Atlanta airport to catch a late evening flight landing in Boston and finally arriving at Thompson Speedway long after midnight.

Pernesiglio’s schedule for the weekend consists of doing his familiar reporting duties for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour broadcast on Sunday and driving a NEMA Midget for the family team. “It’s going to be a crazy weekend,” said an excited Pernesiglio. I’ve never raced and reported in the same day, there won’t be much down time.”

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Oktoberfest NEMA Prize to Cabral

Lee, NH — Randy Cabral wasted little time in getting to the front. Taking the lead four laps in, Cabral won the Northeastern Midget Association 25-lap feature Sunday at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest. It was the second straight Oktoberfest win for Cabral and car owner Tim Bertrand.

Coming from the eighth starting spot, Cabral went around Joey Payne (Pernesiglio 80), the only other leader out of two. He beat back a challenge from Ian Cumens (Seymour29s) and had to do some nifty maneuvering through lapped traffic at the finish to claim his 37th career NEMA win.

Cumens was second with Jim Chambers (Chambers 21) third. John Zych Jr.(Zych 9) claimed fourth with Todd Bertrand (Bertrand 39) fifth. Cabral takes a slim lead over Zych atop the points into this weekend’s World Series at Thompson, the season finale.

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NEMA: Cancer Walk & Meet & Greet

CANCER WALK and MEET & GREET Lee USA Speedway and the Northeastern Midget Association will join in a unique benefit for the American Cancer Society at this weekend’s Oktoberfest

It begins with a traditional walk around the speedway on Sunday at 8 am (registration at 7 am). Walkers are encouraged to form “teams”, each team becoming eligible to win a Pink and Black checkered flag signed by all the drivers in one of many features on the busy Octoberfest schedule.

There are no limits on team numbers. An individual can be a team. Each team will be asked for a $10 donation. The winners will be picked “out of the hat” and the presentation of the flag will be part of each victory lane ceremony.

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NEMA Heads to Oktoberfest; Points Battles in Spotlight

Brockton, MA — The Northeastern Midget Association’s Lites Division will crown a champion this weekend at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest. Leader Carl Medeiros Jr. will carry a 22-point lead on Danny Cugini into Sunday’s 25-lap feature. It is the final race of the season for the Lites.

Points grab the spotlight for the full Midgets as well, John Zych Jr. a scant 25 up on four-time and defending champion Randy Cabral heading into that feature which is also on Sunday. It is the next-to-the last event for the full midgets.

Although hardly an unknown quality, Lee remains a test for the Midgets. Bobby Santos III’s 13.018 lap (103.703 mph) en route to victory earlier this year is evidence it is a “take no prisoners” type of place. Cabral and Russ Stoehr have won twice at Lee while Joey Payne and Greg Stoehr have one win apiece.

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Bethany Stoehr NEMA’s Best At Speedbowl

Waterford, CT – Bethany Stoehr, beating back continued challenges from her uncle Russ Stoehr, won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature Sunday at Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale. It was the first Midget win for Stoehr, 18, who is only the second female winner in NEMA’s 61-year old history.

Taking the lead three laps in, Bethany, the daughter of NEMA competitor Greg, survived a series of unusual restarts to finish a tick over a second in front of Russ.

“I knew [Russ] was behind me,” she said. “I just kept telling myself to hold it together.”

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Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway October 11-13

The Last Party Weekend at the Lee USA Speedway is just around the corner.  The 28th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend presented by Haffner’s  will commence October 11, 12, &13. Whether  it’s gasoline, propane, or home heating oil, “for more than 80 years, Haffner’s has been dedicated to customer satisfaction with quality service and quality products at competitive prices” and has been a fervent Lee USA Speedway supporter  for many years.

Over 300 racing cars from all over the northeast are expected to compete in 14 exciting feature events.  All four regular NASCAR Whelen Weekly Racing Series divisions will be in action along with four major racing series events, and cars and competitors from many other New England tracks.  Oktoberfest Weekend is traditionally Lee USA’s premier autumn classic and a trophy from Oktoberfest is one that every driver wants.

One trophy that every American Used Auto Parts Ironman driver is going to want is the four- footer going to the winner of the 1st Annual Ironman Super Series Race, guaranteed to be the biggest of Oktoberfest Weekend.   A nearly $4,000 purse has been posted for this event  with $1,000 going to the winner.  ABSOLUTELY THE LARGEST PURSE AWARDED TO ANY ENTRY LEVEL DIVISION ANYWHERE.  The event will be in two 25 lap segments. The line-up for the first will be determined by heat races, the second will be inverted from the first.  The winner will be determined by the lowest point score.

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Former NEMA Midget Champion Lou Fray Passes at 88

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Lou Fray of Shelton, CT passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at age 88.

Born in Derby, CT on September 4, 1925, Fray was a stalwart midget competitor across four decades, with victories in ARA, ARDC, NASCAR, NorthEastern Midget Asssociation (NEMA) and the Super Midget Racing Club (SMRC) competition. He won races at Albany-Saratoga, Catamount, Oxford Plains, Quebec City, Stafford, Westboro, and West Haven.

He finished 10th in points on the NASCAR Midget circuit in 1958.

He was co-champion of the NEMA Midgets in 1970 with Dave Humphrey. Fray was a consistent finisher in the NEMA point standings, with five additional top-5 seasons between 1965 and 1972. He drove for car owners like John McCarthy, Bob Pascale, and Young.

He also won three consecutive titles from 1975-77 in the SMRC. Although he retired in the late 1980s, Fray was a a trustee of the Atlantic Coast Old Timers Auto Racing Club in recent years.

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Lou Fray Passes at 88

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Lived: Shelton

Louis Fray, age 88, of Shelton, entered into rest on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 64 years to Shirley (Erbe) Fray.

Louis was born in Derby on September 4, 1925 son of the late Julius and Elizabeth (Kovacs) Fray and has been a lifelong Shelton resident.

Louis was a proud US Navy veteran of World War II. He was a welder for Fray Welding Company with his brother before retiring. He was a four time Midget Auto Racing Club champion and a member of the Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT). Louis also enjoyed restoring his race car and working in his yard.

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Speedbowl Ready for Finale Weekend this Saturday & Sunday

13-division extravaganza closes racing season

Waterford, CT — History is on the line as Waterford Speedbowl’s hosts its Finale Weekend of racing this Saturday and Sunday, the close to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at the shoreline speedway for 2013. All of the track’s NASCAR divisions will race along with its popular Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday divisions. The Northeastern Midget Association headlines the visiting contingent along with the New England Truck Series and a special Outlaw Stock event. A total of thirteen divisions see action over the weekend, which begins with a Friday afternoon practice session.

Season championship battles have, for the most part, already been decided. However, one driver eyes history at the season finale. Meriden’s Keith Rocco, one of the track’s most successful drivers of the past decade, has already etched his name further into Speedbowl record books during 2013 and one more milestone is within reach. A 53-year old record for most wins in a single season, achieved when one of the Speedbowl’s all-time greats – Don Collins – notched 23 victories in 1960, is in jeopardy. Rocco enters the event with 22 victories for the year and plans to enter four races during Finale Weekend. Rocco already wrapped up the track’s SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model titles, the first to ever accomplish the feat in a season.

Finale Weekend begins Friday when pit gates open for practice at 12:00pm. Practice rounds for all divisions participating except NEMA and NEMA Lites is from 1:00 to 6:00pm. Hauler drop off for racers will be 6:00pm through 7:00pm. Pit admission fee is $25.00 for all entrants on Friday and the grandstands will be closed. Two-day admission for Saturday and Sunday’s events will be available for purchase Friday.

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Impressive Cast Set for NEAR Fame Fete

An all-star cast will induct an equally impressive group of inductees at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelleys in South Windsor, CT. It is the 16th NEAR Hall of Fame class.

Steve Pellerin and Bruce Elder will be inducting fellow Maine natives Ralph Nason and Stan Meserve respectively. Open cockpit racing is well represented by Chris Romano and Dick Monahan who will honor multi-time Northeastern Midget Association champions Drew Fornoro and Billy Eldridge respectively.

Lew Boyd will bring forth Bob Sharp, arguably New England’s greatest road racer.

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NEMA Stretch Run Begins at Waterford

Brockton, MA — Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale, Oct. 5-6, begins the traditional “stretch run” for the Northeastern Midget Association. Point races take center stage as both NEMA and the NEMA Lites have places on Waterford’s two-day season-ender.

John Zych Jr., a four-time winner this season, will take a 17-point edge on four-time and defending champion Randy Cabral in Sunday’s 25-lap feature. It is NEMA’s fourth visit to the Speedbowl this season.

The Lites point race – three-time winner Carl Mederios Jr. is 51 up on Danny Cugini – could well be decided in Saturday’s 25-lap Lites feature. Both NEMA and the Lites will qualify on Saturday.

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Thompson Readies for World Series in October

THOMPSON, CT — Thompson Speedway is a busy place these days as preparations are in full swing for the October 18th, 19th and 20th running of the annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. This three-day racing spectacular is unlike anything else in the country. It attracts hundreds of race cars spread over fifteen different racing divisions.

Fans and competitors alike look forward to this annual fall tradition of three days of non-stop racing featuring an amazing variety of race cars. The incredible winged Super Modifieds of ISMA and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour top the list. However, when you add the Midgets of NEMA, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, all five of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, Granite State Pro Stocks, Pro 4 Modifieds, New England Race Trucks and outlaw Limited Sportsman, outlaw Street Stocks and outlaw Mini Stocks, fans have the most incredible lineup of racing action found anywhere.

Fans travel from far and wide to be part of this annual racing weekend. In spite of the construction of the brand new road course, camping for the World Series will go on as it always has. Hundreds of campers converge on the Thompson facility for a weekend of great racing, great food and drink and some truly great parties all of which have become as much of the World Series tradition as the racing itself. The Raceway Restaurant and Lounge will be the center of social activities including breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday, a full Lounge menu all weekend, a D J on both Friday and Saturday nights and the traditional dinner and party on Saturday night as well.

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A First for Stoehr Family

Bethany Stoehr’s second and Greg Stoehr’s third Saturday at Oswego Speedway night marks the first time in the Northeastern Midget Association’s 61-year history that a father and daughter have been on the podium. It is still another chapter in one of the country’s most family-centric racing body.

Erica and Bobby Santos III remain the only sister-brother combo to share a podium. That happened at Stafford Speedway on July 3, 2008 when Bobby and Erica were second and third behind Randy Cabral.

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NEMA Oswego Honors for Carlson

Oswego, NY — Taking advantage of lapped traffic, Seth Carlson joined Midget racing’s elite Saturday night, winning the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Oswego Speedway.

Starting third, Carlson (Feigel 71) followed pole sitter Bethany Stoehr (Stoehr 5b), the only other leader, for 18 laps before making the winning pass through turns three and four. Carlson then ran out to a commanding lead, showing a 2.098 seconds advantage at the finish.

Bethany Stoehr held on for a career best second. Her father Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) edged Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) for third, the latter coming back from a first-lap spin. Jim Chambers (Chambers 21) was fifth with point leader John Zych Jr. (Zych 9) sixth.

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Cumens Among NEMA Favorites at Oswego

Brockton, MA – With three top fives on the half-miles this season, Ian Cumens rates among the contenders Saturday night when the Northeastern Midget Association visits Oswego Speedway. NEMA and the NEMA Lites will both be making the trip to the ultra-quick five-eighths oval.

Oswego remains one of the ultimate challenges for all Midget racing.

Coming off a win last weekend at Star Speedway, his second of the season, Cumens will be looking to repeat last year’s Lites victory at Oswego. Driving for the Seymour family, Cumens has shown a strong record on the bigger tracks including a Lites win earlier this year at Airborne Speedway. In the full Midgets, he has a second at Stafford and a fourth at Airborne.

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Gordon Bumpus Passes at 81

Gordon Galen Bumpus, aged 81 years, of Taunton, formerly of Lakeville, died at Morton Hospital, Taunton, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. He was born in Brockton, son of the late Galen L. and Viola P. (Bowles) Bumpus.

He served in the United States Army, during the Korean War. Gordon was a retired engineer, having worked for the Massachusetts D.P.W. Highway and Bridge Department. He was a member of the Union Congregational Church, Taunton. He was an avid auto race fan; especially open wheel, sprint, and midget racing.

Survivors include two sons, Howard G. Bumpus and Jeffrey W. Bumpus, both of Lakeville; a daughter, Sherri L. and her husband Mark S. Larson of Lakeville; four grandchildren, Kelsey Larson, Tyler Larson, Shawn Bumpus and Mitchell Bumpus. He was the former husband of Evelyn C. (Martins) Bumpus of Lakeville.

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Super Fast Oswego Next for NEMA

Brockton, MA — Through the month of August, the Northeastern Midget Association has featured speed – record lap times at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY, Waterford Speedbowl and Riverside Speedway in Groveton, MA.

Saturday, Sept. 14, NEMA returns to the citadel of speed – Oswego Speedway. Jim Miller’s 16.94 lap, set en route to victory last year, will be the objective. The NEMA Lites will also be returning to the five-eighths oval.

Coming off a victory at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, MA, John Zych and son John Jr. take the leads in the owner and driver standings respectively to Oswego. John Jr. leads two-time defending champion Randy Cabral by 33 points while John Sr. has the same edge on Tim Bertrand.

The Zychs are not strangers at Oswego, Syracuse native John Sr. fondly recalling his boyhood days cheering for track hero Nolan Swift. “I’m really excited about going to Oswego,” said John Jr. who has four victories this year including the half-miles Stafford and Airborne Speedways. “I’ve been going there forever to watch The Classic.”

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