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Race 9 - Lee USA Oktoberfest - 10-2-21

Race 8 - Star Classic - 9-18-21

Race 7 - Oswego Speedway - 9-4-21

LITES Race - Seekonk - 8-25-21
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Race 6 - Wiscasset Speedway - 8-21-21

Race 5 - Hudson Speedway - 8-8-21

LITES Race - Claremont MP - 7-31-21

Race 4 - Monadnock Speedway - 7-24-21

Midgets Race - NL-W Speedbowl - 7-21-21

LITES Race - Lee USA - 7-16-21

LITES Race - Seekonk - 6-30-21 - Rainout

Race 3 - Wiscasset Speedway - 6-26-21

LITES Race - Hudson O'Brien - 6-13-21

Race 2 - Boston Louie - 6-9-21

Race 1 - Lee USA - 5-15-21

LITES Race - Star Speedway - 5-8-21

LITES Race - Thompson SMP - 4-10-21

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2020

Race 8 - NL-W Speedbowl - 10-24-20

Race 7 - Claremont MP - 10-17-20

Race 6 - Thompson SMP - 10-10&11-20

Race 5 - Lee USA Oktoberfest - 10-3-20

Race 4 - Star Classic - 9-19-20

Race 3 - Lee USA Speedway - 9-11-20

LITES Race - Star Speedway- 8-1-20

Race 2 - Monadnock Speedway - 7-25-20

Race 1 - Lee USA - 7-17-20


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NEMA Announces
2021 Contingency Awards
Presented by
Seymour Performance Products
The Northeastern Midget Association has announced that Seymour Performance Products (SPP ) will be presenting contingency awards from some of the most prominent names in the industry on a race by race basis to NEMA competitors. The NEMA LITES kick off their season at the Thompson Motorsports Park ICEBREAKER on April 11, and the combined group kicks off the season at LEE USA Speedway on May 15th.

"We really wanted to determine a way to give back more to the NEMA community," said SPP owner, Bobby Seymour. "We partnered with some of the best names in the motorsports industry to provide generous contingency awards to our NEMA Midgets and NEMA LITES teams on a weekly basis. This should drive excitement for our competitors and also brand loyalty to our sponsors," he said.

"The entire club thanks Bobby, Matt and the SPP team, as well as all of the contingency sponsors, for this great initiative," said club President, Tim Bertrand. "We are excited to increase engagement with the brands who have been so loyal to motorsports, and also give back to our competitors," he said.
The following partners will be
providing cash and product
to NEMA competitors:


nerfinc.com

mpdracing.com
"The Friends of Mike Rivard"
NEMA LITES/NEMA Midgets heat races will be sponsored by Sunoco Racing Fuels.

Each NEMA Midgets and NEMA LITES heat winner will receive 5 gals of Sunoco Racing Fuel.
Industry Sponsors who will be
supplying Gift Certificates:

bellracing.com

diversifiedracing.com

simpsonraceproducts.com

wintersperformance.com

ipcindy.com

fkrodends.com

proshocks.com

vahlco.com

advancedracingsuspensions.com
The contingency awards
will be as follows:
NEMA LITES Feature Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from one of the participating sponsors, of their choice.

2nd and 9th place finishers will receive a $50 gift certificate from one of the participating sponsors, of their choice.

The 3rd and 7th place in Lites will each be awarded $50 cash from "The Friends of Mike Rivard"

The NEMA LITES Hard Charger will receive a $25 gift certificate and $25 cash from MPD Racing.

The new "Future Stars" will be determined before the start of the season. These participants will compete at each event for an additional $50 cash award from Seymour Performance.
NEMA Midgets Feature Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from one of the participating sponsors, of their choice.

2nd and 9th place finishers will receive a $50 gift certificate from one of the participating sponsors, of their choice.

The NEMA Midgets Hard Charger will receive a $50 gift certificate from Valco Wheels.
At each event SPP, will have a
representative distribute cash
and gift certificates. Certificates
will be redeemable at Seymour
Performance Products.
  


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Gene Angelillo Memorial Page
 
 

 
NEMA and Hoosier Tire
Ink Exclusive Deal
Brockton, MA  -  NEMA announced 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.

As part of the arrangement, Hoosier tire has selected long time NEMA supporter Seymour Enterprises to be the exclusive dealer and service provider to the Northeastern Midget Association.
   
   
















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































 
 

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NEMA: A RACE THROUGH HISTORY
 
 
NEMA PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
 
 
In light of the horrible incident at Thompson
Speedway on Sunday, October 10th, and in
support of Danny Kaminski, the Northeastern
Midget Association would like to publicly
acknowledge that we are supportive of
diversity of all types including the LGBTQ
community and will not tolerate any
discrimination within our club.
  
 
SAT., OCTOBER 16th, 2021
NEMA MIDGETS & NEMA LITES
www.speedbowlct.com
     
NEMA MIDGETS
Photos by
John DaDalt
Heats>>
Feature>>
NEMA MIDGETS - NLWS FINALE - 10/16/21
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 8 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Mike Trainor
2 39 Avery Stoehr Assonet, MA Bertrand Motorsports
3 17 Ben Seitz Pocassett, MA Bertrand Motorsports
4 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
5 47 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Bertrand Motorsports
6 45 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Dave Shore
7 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
8 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
9 16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Matt O'Brien
10 20 Joe Bailey Monroe, NJ Bertrand Motorsports
11 A1  Mike Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
12 46 Kenny Johnson - -
DNS 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
HEAT 1: 47, 87, 20, 74, A1, 30, 99
HEAT 2: 17, 8, 39, 45, 16, 46
     
NEMA LITES
Photos by
John DaDalt
Heats>>
Feature>>
NEMA LITES  - NLWS FINALE - 10/16/21
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 29 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Matt Seymour
2 35 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Glen Cabral
3 28 Mike Pernisiglio Ronkonkoma, NY Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
4 19 Richie Coy Haskell, NJ Richie Coy
5 21 Joe Bailey Monroe, NJ Mike Scrivani
6 17 Kyle Valeri Monument Beach, MA Peter Valeri
7 11 Jeff Champagne - Bill Stergios
8 10 Avery Stoehr Assonet, MA Jackie Parker
9 26 Jacob Perry - Randy Cabral
10 59 Brayden Egan Ashford, CT Eric Egan
11 3 Christopher Vose Gloversville, NY Christopher Vose
12 08 Ethan Dion Oakdale, CT Stephen Dion
13 94 Tiana Kibbe Fairfield, CT Curt Kibbe
14 53 Dylan Coutu Hopeville, CT Ron Coutu
DNS 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
DNS 44 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Dave Shore
DNS 97 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
DNS 5 Kevin Merryfield Rochester, NH Kevin Merryfield
HEAT #1: 94, 35, 10, 26, 17, 11, 3, 59, 21
HEAT #2: 53, 28, 29, 19, 08, 97, 44, 5
     

Trainor Sweeps Waterford Finale
Cabral NEMA Champion

One of the Northeast's most promising up & coming young talents, Jake Trainor, topped off a dream season, winning the NEMA LITES Championship, and taking down both the NEMA and LITES victories at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl this past Saturday evening. Randy Cabral finished 4th in the NEMA feature, good enough for him to capture his 8th Championship, and the 10th overall for Bertrand Motorsports.

In the NEMA Midgets feature, Trainor jumped out into the lead from the outside pole. Once in command, it was all Trainor, as Ben Seitz chased him in the early portion of the feature, but had nothing for him. Further back, eighth starter Randy Cabral was moving through the pack, but only had enough speed to muster up a 4th place finish, good enough to capture his 8th championship, as he now sits 1 championship back from the all time championship leader, Drew Fornoro.

Trainor went on to dominate the remainder of the NEMA Midgets feature, and was followed by Avery Stoehr, Seitz, Randy Cabral, Todd Bertrand, Joey Payne, Paul Scally, Doug Cleveland, Matt O'Brien and Joey Bailey.

In the NEMA LITES feature, Trainor blasted from mid pack to take the lead in only four laps. Once at the front of the field, he began to rip off laps as fast as the LITES have seen in years at the Speedbowl, in the 13.9/14.0 range. Behind him, youngster Mike Pernesiglio was having his best run of the season, running consistent laps in second. As the race progressed, Randy Cabral would overtake Pernesiglio, but Pernesiglio would hold on for his first podium of the season. Trainor dominated the feature, and swept the night enroute to victory. Cabral was second followed by Pernesiglio, Richie Coy, Joey Bailey, Kyle Valeri, Jeff Champagne, Avery Stoehr, Jacob Perry, and Braden Eagen.
     
THE NEMA 
ANGELILLO MEMORIAL
Remembering Gene and Marilyn
Gene and Marilyn Angelillo were, for decades, the backbone of NEMA. Starting in 1983 Gene amassed 107 wins and 14 owner's championships. He also was president of the club for several years with Marilyn serving as secretary. The majority of his success came with Drew Fornoro, with Joey Payne, Jr. and Russ Stoehr also winning championships for him. Racing royalty drove Gene's cars, including the late Ted Christopher, who won for him at Waterford, Jimmy Broderick, a Waterford champion, and Joe Gosek, a Classic winner at Oswego.

They were a perfect partnership in NEMA and in life. If Gene was the stern dad of NEMA, Marilyn was the den mother, looking out for everyone, and every now and then keeping Gene in line (not an easy task)!

Gene's legacy transcends more than NEMA. Along with way he picked up an ARDC championship, and his #45 Dumo's Desire midget raced everywhere from Florida to Arizona. Gene had the means to field almost any type of race car, even on a national level, but his heart was forever with NEMA and the midgets.

While their accomplishments in NEMA are well noted, their devotion to family was paramount in their lives. If anyone could mellow Gene, it was his grandkids. Marilyn and Gene absolutely adored daughter Laura, and grandkids Tiana, Cami, and Brooke. Marilyn left us in 2007, Gene in 2010. Laura kept the team going for one more year, winning a last championship for Gene and Marilyn with Russ Stoehr.
ANGELLILO MEMORIAL PAGE HERE 
     
 
SAT. & SUN., OCTOBER 9th & 10th
NEMA MIDGETS - SAT 10/9 - 2:30 PM
NEMA LITES - SUN 10/10 - 12:30 PM

www.shanehammondfoundation.org
NEMA LITES
Photos by Mike Rothwell
NEMA LITES  - THOMPSON - 10/10/21
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
2 35 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Glen Cabral
3 10 Avery Stoehr Assonet, MA Jackie Parker
4 17 Kyle Valeri Monument Beach, MA Peter Valeri
5 29 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Matt Seymour
6 19 Richie Coy Haskell, NJ Richie Coy
7 97 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
8 28 Mike Pernisiglio Ronkonkoma, NY Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
9 53 Dylan Coutu Hopeville, CT Ron Coutu
10 21 Joe Bailey Monroe, NJ Mike Scrivani
11 94 Tiana Kibbe Fairfield, CT Curt Kibbe
12 59 Brayden Egan Ashford, CT Eric Egan
13 5 Kevin Merryfield Rochester, NH Kevin Merryfield
14 26 Anthony Marvuglio Bridgewater, MA Randy Cabral
15 3 Christopher Vose Gloversville, NY Christopher Vose
16 44 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Dave Shore
DNS 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
DNS 48 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Todd Bertrand
HEAT #1: 35, 29, 10, 94, 26, 59, 3, 53
HEAT #2: 19, 17, 11, 28, 97, 21, 44, 5


NEMA LITES

Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
Feature Winner:

PJ Stergios #11

Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
2nd in Feature:

Randy Cabral #35
  
Friends of Mike Rivard
(The Rivard Family, Bobby Seymour
and Kevin Park with the winners)
$100 Award

Heat 1 - Randy Cabral #35
Heat 2 - Richie Coy #19

Future Star
$50 from Seymour Performance
Mike Pernisiglio #28

Hard Charger Award

$50 DMI Certificate
Dylan Coutu #53

Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
9th in Feature:
Dylan Coutu #53
Photos by Tiana Kibbe
NEMA MIDGETS
Photo by L.A. Thomas

Photo by
L.A. Thomas
Photos by Norm Marx
Photos by Mike Rothwell
NEMA MIDGETS - THOMPSON - 10/9/21
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
2 17 Ben Seitz Pocassett, MA Bertrand Motorsports
3 39 Avery Stoehr Assonet, MA Bertrand Motorsports
4 47 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Bertrand Motorsports
5 45 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Dave Shore
6 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
7 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
8 A1  Mike Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
9 8 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Mike Trainor
10 19 Richie Coy Haskell, NJ Richie Coy
11 26 Eric Bacon Brimfield, MA Randy Cabral
12 3 Christopher Vose Gloversville, NY Christopher Vose
13 20 Chase Dowling Roxbury, CT Bertrand Motorsports
14 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Scrivani
15 97 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
DNS 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
HEAT 1: 74, 8,  20,  87, A1, 19, 94, 48, 26, 97, 30
HEAT 2: 8, 17, 47, 39, 21, 3, 53, 5,28, 45


NEMA MIDGETS

Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
Feature Winner:

Randy Cabral #74

Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
2nd in Feature:

Ben Seitz #17

Hard Charger Award

$50 DMI Certificate
Randy Cabral #74

Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
9th in Feature:

Jake Trainor #8
  
Five Gallons of
Sunoco Racing Fuel
Heat Winners:

Randy Cabral #74/John Zych Jr. #9
Photos by Tiana Kibbe
Cabral, Stergios Take
Shane Hammond Memorial
Thompson World Series Wins
The Northeastern Midget Association visited the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the annual ACT World Series of Racing this past Saturday and Sunday, as 30 winged NEMA warriors filled the pits for the annual Shane Hammond Memorial. Randy Cabral fended off an early race challenge by John Zych and a late race challenge by teammate Ben Seitz to take down the NEMA victory and come one step closer to his eighth championship, and PJ Stergios dominated the Lites portion of the racing card on Sunday.

NEMA celebrates the life of fellow competitor Hammond each year, who was tragically killed at Thompson in April of 2008.

Shane's fatal crash was a cold April day in 2008 at Thompson. There was chaos all around the crash site and complete silence in the stands. It did not look good yet we held onto hope as many prayed. He was just 27, wheeling the car of his dreams, the #4 Mike Jarret, Nokie Fornoro NEMA midget which he had shaken down on many occasions. He felt proud and privileged that day to be chosen to wheel this ferocious machine. He was living his dream especially with Nokie as his team mate, he loved that man and how he shared all his inside information about each track they ran together. Shane was respected and loved by the NEMA family and he shared all he had heart & soul with everyone in the club," said Hammond's mother, Deb Marvuglio.

In the NEMA feature, Randy Cabral got closer to the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) championship by winning the 25-lap Shane Hammond Memorial. Cabral snagged the lead from Ben Seitz on lap eight and quickly built up a comfortable margin.

John Zych Jr. passed Seitz for second shortly followed a restart for Jake Trainor's mechanical failure, and Zych seemed to be closing on Cabral. But as Zych came out of turn four with seven laps to go, his engine gave up the ghost. That left Cabral clear to cruise for the victory. Seitz, Avery Stoehr, Todd Bertrand, and Joey Payne completed the top-five. Doug Cleveland, John Zych, Mike Horn, Jake Trainor, and Richie Coy rounded out the top 10.

Candia, NH's P.J. Stergios took a dominating victory in the 25-lap NEMA Lites feature. Stergios moved to the front early and faced some initial pressure from Randy Cabral, who had won the NEMA Midget and Pro 4 Modified features the night before. But his bid for a weekend trifecta was denied as Stergios marched off and left him behind in a caution-free race.

The best battle was a fracas for fourth between Jake Trainor, Richie Morocco, Richie Coy, and Jim Santa Maria. Plainville, MA's Morocco eventually broke out of the tussle and stole third from Kyle Valeri with two laps left for good measure. Valeri ended up fourth with Trainor, Coy, Santa Maria, Mikey Pernisiglio, Dylan Coutu, and Joey Bailey the balance of the top-10.
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7th - 11:30 AM

Fornoro

Stoehr

Lindblad

Seymours

Falconi

Monahan
LEGENDS DAY TO HONOR THE STARS
OF
NEW ENGLAND MIDGET RACING
LOUDON, NH: The popular annual Legends Day event will be held on November 7 at the North East Motor Sports Museum (922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307). Headlining the afternoon will be the stars and VIPs of midget racing in New England. As always, Legends Day will be a fun time and will include a free lunch.

This year's event's co-emcees intimately know New England midget racing and the people who win midget races. Pete Falconi has been the Northeastern Midget Association announcer for many years. Dick Monahan has been deeply involved in NEMA as well, enough to co-write the history of midget racing in New England for the museum's book History of Auto Racing in New England. Both men appreciate the value of fun.

Living honorees includes a list of champion drivers. Russ Stoehr won six NEMA championships between 1990 and 2010, Drew Fornoro won nine NEMA championships, more than any other driver; Bobby Seymour won the 1987 driver championship and has fielded midgets for others to drive to wins for nearly his entire life. Rollie Lindblad has built the broadest array of winning race cars of anyone in New England. His construction includes winning drag race cars, supermodifieds, super-late model cars and midgets. His Badger midgets dominated NEMA competition for many years.

Drew Fornoro leads the NEMA all time win list with 85 victories and is followed by Dave Humphrey who had 73 trips to victory lane. Bobby Seymour will represent his family which includes brother Mike, a NEMA champion driver, and his father "Boston" Louie whose cars won the USAC Silver Crown Championship. Over a ten-year period, Boston towed race cars more than a million miles from New England to USAC races all over America. Bobby was with him most of the time.

There will be a dramatic banner unveiling in the museum's ceiling, adding to the banners depicting the stars of the three prior Legends Day celebrations. Deceased who will be honored in a special banner include some of New England's all-time greatest midget drivers: Johnny Thomson, Bob Blair, Bill Eldridge, Joe Sostillio, Dave Humphrey and Joe Ciski.

A free buffet beginning at 11:30 is included. The program will begin at 1pm and will be followed by the museum's Annual Meeting which is open to all paid members. Become a member at Legends Day and join the Annual Meeting where you can have a say in how the museum is run.

Seating is limited to 100 tickets so a sellout is likely, be sure to get a seat. You can purchase tickets on our website by clicking here. Tickets are $30 for museum members, $35 for non-members. You may also call 603-783-0183 to purchase tickets or send your payment to the North East Motor Sports Museum, 922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307. Questions can be answered by emailing nemsmuseum@gmail.com.

About the North East Motor Sports Museum
The museum is owned by the Racing History Preservation Group, a 501-c-3 educational non-profit organization that seeks to discover, preserve and share the history of motorsports in the Northeast. The 10,000 square foot museum opened in 2017 on the grounds of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. Call 603-783-0183 or visit nemsmuseum.com to learn more.
     
 
Tyler Rivard #52 NEMA LITE at Wiscassett on 9/8/18
Mike Rivard, from Woonsocket, RI, passed away from COVID on December 29, 2020. He was the owner of the tire company, The Tire Doctor, out of Blackstone, MA. He was a lifelong racer in karts, supers, and drag racing, but his favorites were the Midgets. Following his passion, he traveled the country to watch races.

In the past decade, he and his company became a race sponsor at several events including the Boston Louie Memorial. He raced his own #37 dirt Midget everywhere from the Northeast to Indiana and in 2018 and 2019, Mike along with Kevin Park competed in the NEMA LITES Series with Mike's son, Tyler, behind the wheel.

"Whenever Mike was around, I can guarantee everyone was laughing and having a great time. He could light up the room," remembers Bobby Seymour.

For the entire 2021 NEMA LITES season, we are honoring Mike by raising $100 per event for one lucky driver in Mike's name.

NEMA would like to extend a special thanks to his friends:

Kevin Park    Paul MacFee    Jackie Parker    Bobby Seymour 
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NEMA's 1000th Race - Star Speedway - 8/23/14
CARLSON - CABRAL - ZYCH

Recognizing Some
NEMA Milestones

Spring, 2016 -- The Northeastern Midget Association will open the season at Star Speedway on May 21. It will be the 1018th point-paying race in the club's 63-year history.

Passing unheralded was the club's 1,000th race at Star Speedway on August 23, 2014. Randy Cabral was the winner, besting John Zych Jr. and Seth Carlson.

New England's oldest and most enduring touring division, NEMA was formed in the late spring of 1953 at the Thompson clubhouse. Fred Meeker was the first NEMA winner at Seekonk Speedway on May 30, 1953. New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Bill Eldridge won the next afternoon at Waterford.

The NEMA Lites open at Thompson Speedway's Icebreaker on April 9. There have been 106 races for a division that started with an exhibition run at New London-Waterford in 2008. The 100th Lites race was won by Danny Cugini at Lee on July 17 of last year.

With two victories last year, Randy Cabral is now tied with Nokie Fornoro in fourth place on NEMA's all-time win list with 47. He has 16 seasons with a least one victory tying him with Bobby Seymour on that list. They have come consecutively, equaling a NEMA standard set by National Midget Hall of Famer Dave Humphrey. Most of Cabral's wins have come in Tim Bertrand's No. 47 but it all started when an upstart Cabral captured the 2000 Boston Louie in a family car.

Star Speedway, with 103 races going back to 1968, is the leader among tracks hosting NEMA events. Randy Cabral tops active NEMA competitors with four Star wins including three of the last four. John Zych Jr. has also won at Star.

NEMA is clearly one of the most competitive open cockpit divisions in the country. Over the past six years, there have been 23 different NEMA winners and in all but one of those seasons, at least one "first-timer" appeared. Over that span John Zych Jr., Todd Bertrand, Avery Stoehr and Seth Carlson have become top contenders. Danny Cugini and Jim Chambers were first time winners in 2015. Bertrand, Stoehr and Cugini are all products of the NEMA Lites. The Lites have had 20-different winners in the past three seasons, champion Anthony Payne and Megan Cugini among the 2015 first timers. Designed with competiveness in the forefront nine years ago, the Lites are a true success story.

Nominations are now being accepted for the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame. The nomination form and procedure are available on the New England Antique Racers' website - www.near1.org. Please disregard the posted deadlines.

Those with NEMA connections already enshrined are Gene Angelillo, Chuck Arnold, Burt Brooks, Ray Brown,Joe Csiki, Bill Eldridge, Frank Ferrara, Drew Fornoro, Dave Humphrey, Johnny Kay, Wen Kelly, Rollie Lindblad, John McCarthy, George Monsen, Al Pillion, Billy Randall, Marvin Rifchin, Mike Scrivani Sr., Louie Seymour, Hank Stevens, Ed Stone and Bentley Warren.
 
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