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Zych, A. Payne Score
Evans Mills Victories
After exciting races at the Chemung Speedrome on Friday evening, claimed by modified regulars Doug Coby (NEMA) and Jimmy Zacharias (Lites) - NEMA concluded its weekend at the 3/8 mile Evans Mills Speedway. Known for its distinctive flat surface and round corners, the Speedway proved challenging for many teams in terms of set up. One of the teams early in the day, who appeared to be struggling was the John Zych Racing team, who didn't transfer through their heat race, winding up at the tail of the field.

Zych, starting scratch on the field, would have his work cut out for him. "We were terrible in the heat race. We threw a bunch of changes at the car for the feature, and were amazed at how well they worked," the Mendon, MA driver said after the feature. When the green flag dropped, Bethany Stoehr jumped out into the lead in the Breault 44 machine. She would dominate the majority of the feature event, while Zych was methodically working his way to the front using the high line. A caution was thrown with seven laps to go, when Zych made contact with NEMA regular Paul Scally. The caution tightened up the field, and Zych made his march to the front.

With two laps to go, it appeared that Stoehr would hold on for the victory, but coming to the white flag, Zych darted to the outside of Stoehr and made a pass that stuck entering turn one. He went on to take down the victory and was followed by Stoehr, Jim Chambers, Todd Bertrand and Randy Cabral.

"It's kind of like an out of body experience," said Zych. "We were so bad earlier today I just can't believe we won. I feel really bad that I got into Paul, it was not intentional at all," he went on to say. "It feels great to win up here in New York, where a lot of my family grew up."

In the Lites division, Anthony "the Tornado" Payne, son of legendary Joey "the Jersey Jet" Payne, looked very strong from the start of the day, winning his heat race. Payne, who drives for NEMA charter family, the Scrivani's - had come close previously, but had not tasted his sweet first victory until this past Saturday. Payne started fourth in the feature event, and quickly worked his way to the front of the field. He looked to have the dominant car as the feature went on, despite the always strong Scott Bigelow, who came charging through the field, with NEMA regular, Danny Cugini in tow.

Payne went on to cross the line victorious, followed by Bigelow, Cugini, Meg Cugini, and Randy Cabral. Payne thanked his sponsors - the Jarrett family, crew, his parents, and the Scrivani family in victory lane.

The Lites division resumes its schedule at the New London Waterford Speedbowl on June 6th, and both divisions the following weekend at Wiscasset Speedway.

The Northeastern Midget Association is the oldest pavement midget racing club in the Nation. Midgets are typically four cylinder, pure bred open wheel racecars. They do not use starters, flywheels or clutches. If it is bolted into a midget, it serves one of only two purposes: safety or speed. The mighty midgets of NEMA are that and more. With their nearly four hundred horsepower motors, large wings, and wide Hoosier tires - the NEMA midgets are the fastest asphalt midgets in the world.
NEMA MIDGETS - EVAN MILLS - 5/23/15
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon,MA John Zych Sr.
2 44b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Ed Breault
3 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
4 39 Todd Bertrand Sufield, CT Todd Bertrand
5 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
6 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
7 74 Doug Coby Milford, CT Tim Bertrand
8 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
9 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
10 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
11 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
12 32 Ryan Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Randy Bigelow
13 31 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Susan Santa Maria
NEMA LITES - EVAN MILLS - 5/23/15
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
2 32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
3 51 Danny CuginI Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
4 41 Megan CuginI Marseld, MA D.  Cugini
5 35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
6 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
7 30b Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
8 15a Randy Brunelle - Russ Stoehr
9 31 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Paul Bigelow
10 21c Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
His name is Riley. He is 5 years old - his birthday was the day of our race at Evans Mills. His favorite driver was Anthony 'Tornado" Payne because he loves tornados. He has a service dog named Gunnar. Below is what his dad had said after the NEMA VIP experience.

"Hey it's Aaron French, Riley's father. I just wanted to thank you again for last night. Rileys face was lighting up more than I have seen in a very long time and he had an amazing time. The entire family had a blast. It was especially special when Tornado which is Riley's favorite racer let him take photos with him in victory lane. He was so excited. The NEMA organization will definitely be leaving a great impression on this family. Thank you so much again!"
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DOUG COBY
Modified Aces Invade NEMA,
Score Chemung Midget Wins
By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Pennsylvania/Central New York Editor
The Northeastern Midget Association is a club that boasts a loyal group of drivers and owners, but on this Friday night at Chemung Speedrome (NY) it was a couple racers that have been recognized for their skills in another open wheel machine that took the victories.

2012 and 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby has dabbled in the NEMA car on occasion when he has weekends off, and appeared to be the car to beat from the beginning after dominating his heat race. The Milford, Connecticut driver would have to start fifth in his feature and contend with a relative newcomer to the full-powered Midgets for the top spot early on.

Massachusetts driver Danny Cugini fought off Coby for several laps, but when the caution displayed on lap 11 for an incident Cugini's car would also slow and never come back to life. With Cugini on the sidelines, it was all Coby up front holding off teammate Todd Bertrand in the race that was shortened to 20 laps due to time constraints.

"(Danny) was gaining on me in certain spots and I was gaining on him, and I think in the long run I would have run him down," Coby told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. "I think I was better than him in three and four, which were the critical corners here. When he broke and the track is covered in speedy dry, you don't know who is going to be fast after that. Our car kind of settled in and it was pretty consistent the rest of the way."

Despite this being only Coby's second start at Chemung and eighth in a NEMA Midget, there are some similarities that drivers used to wheeling the Tour-Type Modifieds can pick up on.

"A lot of the sensations in these cars are kind of like running a Modified at Bristol," Coby explained. "It's just really fast and you have to react quickly. They handle really well, but when they get out of shape it's different from a Modified. It's like you kind of wheel them around to save them and jerk the car around a little bit. I think once you drive one of these cars once or twice and you learn more from these guys on how they like to go and what adjustments they make, a good handling car is a good handling car no matter if it's a Late Model, Modified, a Midget, or a Go Kart. If it handles right through the corners, as a driver, you get the same feeling."

Coby was driving for the champion owner from 2014 and annual supporter of the series, Tim Bertrand. He additionally had some help from the defending champion driver Randy Cabral, who helped install the motor they ran for the event. Coby's start in a Bertrand-prepared Midget began a few short years ago with a test session at Waterford Speedbowl (CT).

"After three or four laps that I took it out he told me that I was running some of the fastest lap times he had seen there," Coby said. "We have played around with some different engine combinations and different chassis. He and I are good friends so we hang out anyway outside of racing and talk business together a lot, and so when we can race together it's fun. Nice to start off the season with the NEMA guys with a win and I'm happy for them. They work hard and it's nice to see them get a trophy."

In the more underpowered NEMA Lites division, a first time driver in the car who is no stranger to success at the facility picked up a convincing win. Candor, New York's Jimmy Zacharias touched wheels once and then passed Thompson Speedway (CT) opener winner Scott Bigelow for the lead coming to five laps to go.

For Zacharias, Friday was the first time he ever sat in a Midget racecar. The opportunity came when owner Russ Stoehr and family were looking for a driver with track experience to pilot their machine. That experience turned out to make the biggest difference.

"They called and asked me to drive, and I'll drive anything with a steering wheel and four wheels," Zacharias said. "We got here for early practice and knowing the track, unlike these guys coming here for their first time, it was a big advantage to me. After practice they all started coming over to me asking questions about the track. Having the speed, having the control of the cars, and the knowledge of the track and where to be was the big factor with the win tonight."

According to the multi-time track champion, even Coby came over to ask for some tips prior to the green flag. Zacharias noticeably ran a lower line through the corners than his NEMA Lites competitors, which was exactly the same as he would run in his Modified and proved to be beneficial.

"No matter what you drive here it's the best way to get around this place," Zacharias added. "I don't care if it's a Legends car, Bandolero, Four Cylinder, Midget, or Modified. It's all going to be the same. You have to figure out how to get around it and being that I have raced here since I was 11 years old it has really been a big factor in how I get around this place."

Zacharias was thankful for the opportunity, and hopes to get the chance to do it again sometime after winning in his initial NEMA Lites start. The tight-knit organization of teams was also a positive.

"They were a great group of people to work with," Zacharias said. "That's what racing is about; helping each other out and I feel as though I gave them enough knowledge to help each other out, and we put on a show for the fans."

Zacharias later went on to gain the lead on the first lap of the weekly Sunoco Modified feature, which was also cut short to 37 laps due to track curfew. He went on to dominate the remaining circuits for his second victory in the division during the young 2015 season.
Evan Canfield
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NEMA MIDGETS - CHEMUNG - 5/22/15
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 74 Doug Coby Milford, CT Tim Bertrand
2 39 Todd Bertrand Sufield, CT Todd Bertrand
3 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon,MA John Zych Sr.
4 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
5 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
6 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
7 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
8 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
9 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
10 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Susan Santa Maria
11 44b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Ed Breault
12 32 Ryan Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Randy Bigelow
13 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
NEMA LITES - CHEMUNG - 5/22/15
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 15a Jimmy Zacharias - Russ Stoehr
2 32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
3 51 Danny CuginI Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
4 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
5 35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
6 31 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Paul Bigelow
7 21c Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
8 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
9 41 Megan CuginI Marseld, MA D.  Cugini
10 30b Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
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Evans Mills Welcomes NEMA & VIP Fans for NEMA New York Weekend
As the "second act" in the upcoming "NEMA New York" weekend, the division will bring a strong field to Evans Mills Speedway this Saturday evening. The Evans Mills staff has been busy promoting the event with anticipation of an exceptional show, and NEMA has been participating in the promotional activities throughout the winter and spring months. Last weekend, NEMA star Bethany Stoehr and family visited the Speedway in an effort to promote the upcoming race.

Last year's Evans Mills winner Seth Carlson is also excited to return to the Speedway. He brings his newly redone Gene Feigel, Esslinger powered #71 back to New York with high hopes of a victory. Paul Scally, who didn't have good luck at Evans Mills last year, was very strong at some of the "round" race tracks last year, nearly winning the Seekonk Boston Louie Memorial race in July. Scally also has high hopes for Evans Mills. Last year's winner and opening day winner, Scott Bigelow, has high hopes in the Lites division.

Perhaps one of the most exciting additions to the weekend is the return of the VIP Fan program, spearheaded by Mariah Michalski of Bertrand Motorsports. This weekend's VIP fans are 5 year old Riley French and 3 year old Izabella French. Riley, an autistic child, is no different than many other children - he loves to play legos, play on his iPad, and brings his pal & work dog, Gunnar, with him wherever he goes. The French family is very excited to attend their first NEMA race, and NEMA will give them a whole hearted welcome as this week's VIP fans.

NEMA will run extended distance races of 30 laps at both Chemung and Evans Mills and the Lites 25 laps. Doug Coby's 13.000 lap, clocked by Evans Mills Officials last season stands as the fastest lap turned by the midgets to date. Surely many will be aiming for that range, including Coby, as he returns to the facility this weekend.
 
The Northeastern Midget Association is the oldest pavement midget racing club in the Nation. Midgets are typically four cylinder, pure bred open wheel racecars. They do not use starters, flywheels or clutches. If it is bolted into a midget, it serves one of only two purposes: safety or speed. The mighty midgets of NEMA are that and more. With their nearly four hundred horsepower motors, large wings, and wide Hoosier tires - the NEMA midgets are the fastest asphalt midgets in the world.
Zacharias, Coby Highlight
NEMA Trip to Chemung
NEMA kicks off its opening weekend action at Chemung Speedrome this coming Friday night. Two of the headline drivers taking the main stage at Chemung will be 2013 New York State NASCAR Modified Champion Jimmy Zacharias and 2012/2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby. Zacharias will be behind the wheel of the Motor Cars International 15B Lites car, and Coby behind the wheel of the Bertrand Motorsports #74 NEMA entry.

"I'm excited about making my first NEMA (Lites) midget start. The cars have always looked fun and racey whenever I've seen them run. Being a regular at Chemung should help me and I'm looking forward to the race," said Zacharias.

In the Lites division, one cannot count out the Bigelow family, brothers Scott & Paul, Scott, was very strong in the Lites season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The Cugini family brings their two strong family owned entries to the Speedrome - Danny proving very strong at Thompson and Anthony Payne in the Scrivani 21. NEMA Champion Randy Cabral will have his family owned #35 on hand as well. Paul Scally has been very strong in early starts so far this season in his new Lites ride, and will be on hand at both events.

In the NEMA field, Coby is looking forward to his return to the midgets. "I like having fun in whatever I'm driving and I have fun driving these cars," Coby said. "I like challenging myself to do something different and showing people that I can drive something other than a Modified, so it's fun to go into different divisions and try to win if you can."

A strong field of midgets heads to Chemung, headed by 2014 champion Randy Cabral. Cabral is joined by Coby & Todd Bertrand as teammates. 2013 Champion, John Zych, has been strong at the New York tracks - finishing 2nd at Oswego, and winning the previous year at Airborne Park. Seth Carlson has been one of the drivers to beat in recent history on the flat New York tracks, winning last year's race at Evans Mills, and the previous year at Oswego. Bethany Stoehr will be in the Breault #44, and the always strong Avery Stoehr will be in his familiar 15B entry, and always a threat to win.

The Northeastern Midget Association is the oldest pavement midget racing club in the Nation. Midgets are typically four cylinder, pure bred open wheel racecars. They do not use starters, flywheels or clutches. If it is bolted into a midget, it serves one of only two purposes: safety or speed. The mighty midgets of NEMA are that and more. With their nearly four hundred horsepower motors, large wings, and wide Hoosier tires - the NEMA midgets are the fastest asphalt midgets in the world.
 

NEMA's First Annual Test & Tune A Success
With the help of the newly owned New London Waterford Speedbowl, NEMA hosted its first annual test & tune last Sunday. Twenty three cars were in attendance, under nearly 80 degree picture perfect skies, as well as three rookie candidates in the Lites class - Ben Mikatarian, Jim Cataldo, and Ryan Locke. The latter, Locke, come from the famed Locke family racing team, a stalwart in the ISMA series - and Mikatarian, out of the Seymour racing family, a NEMA pioneer family.

2014 NEMA champion Randy Cabral was on hand with his familiar Bertrand Motorsports #47 machine. Although Cabral never admits that a Championship ever crosses his mind this early in the year, he will surely be a threat in 2015. Cabral's teammates were on hand as well - Todd Bertrand in the #39 machine, outfitted this year with an Esslinger Engineering power plant, and 2014 Modified Tour champion Doug Coby in the #74 machine, who reportedly turned in the fastest lap of the day on the AMB transponder system. Coby, along with both Bertrand Motorsports teammates will be on hand for opening weekend at Chemung Speedrome and Evans Mills Speedway in 3 weeks.

The Chambers family was on hand with their beautifully prepared machines, the #7 machine sporting a new Mazda power plant this year, with Alan Chambers at the wheel. The Stoehr family had two entries on hand, with 2014 points runner up Avery in the #15B Motor Cars International machine turning in some fast laps, and Bethany Stoehr in the Crown Collision #44 machine. 2013 champion John Zych was on hand breaking in his newly freshened #9 machine and engine, and multi feature winner Seth Carlson in the Gene Feigel/Esslinger entry was on hand as well. The Cugini family was on hand as well - with Meg behind her Ford Focus Lites machine, and brother Danny in his newly freshened NEMA/Spike chassis.

The Bigelow family was on hand with Ryan Bigelow's Honda/NEMA entry, and Paul Bigelow was on hand with his Honda powered Lites entry. The Santa Maria family was also on hand, but a mechanical issue early in the day sidelined their efforts, unfortunately.

Former NEMA Champion Bobby White was on hand for the first time in many years, bringing out his VW powered entry. Deb Marvuglio made her debut in a midget - in preparation to run with the antique series this season. Deb is the mother of the late Shane Hammond, and NEMA winner Anthony Marvuglio.

NEMA also performed technical inspections with the help of Bob Blanchette, and Linda Cleveland & Vice President Mike McCarthy tested out the new AMB transponder system and Race Monitor system, which will allow races to be live casted on the Web this season for NEMA. Long time NEMA member and previous President Mike Scrivani was also on hand, making sure that the day went smoothly, along with the Speedbowl staff - whom the Club would like to thank.

NEMA kicks off its season at Chemung Speedrome and Evans Mills Speedway on Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd.
 

SAT. APRIL 11, 2015
Scott Bigelow Roars to Thompson ICEBREAKER Win in NEMA Lites
The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) the ultimate "separate the men from the boys" facility. With times in the mid 19 second range, Saturday's first ever NEMA Lites appearance at the facility, taking place on a beautiful Spring day - left no doubts on the table. Scott Bigelow in his #32 Bigelow Electric / BEAST / Honda Powered entry, was victorious when it was all said and done, besting the sixteen NEMA Lites competitors in the pits.

The action started fast & furious right out of the gate. In the first heat, Christian Briggs in his RAM-Bull Racing entry jumped out into the lead from the pole, and dominated the event. Paul Bigelow came through the field to finish second, followed by Briggs' teammate Juris Kupris. In heat 2, the racing action was wheel to wheel, right from the drop of the green. Paul Scally, debuting his new Drinan chassis jumped out into the lead, but by the end of the heat race, it was a three way race for the win between Scally, Stoehr, and Modified Tour regular Bobby Santos. Scally came out victorious by a half a carlength.

Briggs and Stoehr led the field to the green in the feature. Stoehr quickly jumped out into the lead, followed by Briggs and Scally. Scally overtook second, and a short time later, both Bobby Santos III and Scott Bigelow had begun their march to the front. Briggs retired while running fourth around the halfway mark, and Stoehr, Scally, Bigelow and Santos all diced for the top positions, with Bigelow making a strong move for the lead on the back stretch, and Santos following.
Scally's hope for a win came to an end when an oiling issue brought out the red flag, and ended his day. On the ensuing green flag, Santos' car would not restart - and the already strong Bigelow had smooth sailing ahead of him. NEMA and NEMA Lites regular Danny Cugini made a fantastic run at the end of the feature, getting past Stoehr, but did not have the steam to catch Bigelow.

At the finish, it was Bigelow taking down the win by a comfortable margin, followed by Cugini, Stoehr, Paul Bigelow and young star Anthony Payne with a strong top five run. Juris Kupris, Meg Cugini, Kevin Park, Santos and Scally rounded out the top ten.

NEMA makes its next stop at the Waterford Speedbowl for its first inaugural test & tune session on May 3, and then kicks off the season in upstate NY at Chemung Speedrome on May 22nd and Evans Mills Speedway on May 23.
Photos by
Norm Marx
NEMA LITES - THOMPSON - 4/11/15
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
2 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
3 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
4 31 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Paul Bigelow
5 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
6 42 Juris Kupris Williamsburg, NY Christian Briggs
7 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
8 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
9
DNF
76 Bobby Santos III Franklin, MA Frank Manafort
10
DNF
30b Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
11
DNF
44 Christian Briggs Mattapoisett, MA Christian Briggs
12
DNF
35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
13
DNF
16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
14
DNF
38 Jeff Locke Raymond, NH Jeff Locke
15
DNS
46 Andy Barrows New Ipswitch, NH Andy Barrows
16
DNS
45 Brandon Igo Enfield, CT David Igo
HEAT 1:  44 - 31 - 42 - 51 - 16 - 35 - 46 - 76
HEAT 2:  30b - 15a - 76 - 32 - 38 - 21 - 52 - 41 - 45 DNS
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Lites Make Historic Thompson Appearance
The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) the ultimate "separate the men from the boys" facility. While any Thompson checkered is a treasure, winning the first ever NEMA Lites feature at this year's ICEBREAKER event will be a goal high on the list of many attendees.

Sitting at the top of that list is the all time Thompson winner - with eleven victories, Randy Cabral, who will return at the ICEBREAKER in his family owned #35 Lites car. In addition to Cabral - former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and multi time USAC feature winner, Bobby Santos III will be wheeling the Frank Manafort #76 in the event. In addition to Santos and Cabral - ISMA competitor and feature winner Jeff Locke will be aboard his family owned Lites car, NEMA competitor Paul Scally will be debuting his new Drinan Lites car, and 2014 NEMA runner up Avery Stoehr, a new family owned ride as well.

With nearly a twenty car field rumored, that's just the beginning of the list. Teammates Christian Briggs and Juris Kupris will bring their RAM Bull racing entries to TSMP with high hopes of a feature victory. The Cugini family brings their two strong family owned entries to the Speedway,Anthony Payne in the Scrivani 21, and the always strong Andy Barrows will be debuting his new BEAST chassis at the ICEBREAKER. The Bigelow family, with 2014 owner's champion Scott, and multi feature winner, Paul - will undoubtedly be strong as well, with their Honda power plants. Other rumored entrants include Kenny Johnson, multi time feature winner PJ Stergios and Dennis Potter.

Thompson, known for its long straightaways and high banked corners presents a "mental wrestling match from mid straightaway into the turns," pointing out to be successful "you have to pretty much keep your foot in it deep into the corner" says long time NEMA member and multi time winner Greg Stoehr.

NEMA and Thompson have a relationship that goes back to 1960, the legendary Dutch Schaefer the winner. Since then, Thompson has helped write a ton of NEMA history. Greg Stoehr, driving for John Zahar, passed brother Russ in the closing laps to win in 1994. In 2001, Joey Payne, who like Greg Stoehr started last, passed the same Russ Stoehr on the final lap en route to the checkered. The latter was the famed car owner Gene Angelillo's 100th NEMA win. Last fall, Randy Cabral claimed the victory over another famous racing family name, Cole Carter - son of the great Pancho Carter.

The Lites kick off ICEBREAKER weekend with a 30 minute open practice beginning at 4:45PM on Friday April 10th, followed by practice on Saturday morning, 6 lap heat races Saturday afternoon and a 20 lap feature Saturday evening. One thing is for sure, with as close as some of the big track races were last season - reminiscent of Oswego, Thompson's ICEBREAKER should be a "barn burner."
 
NEMA Launches 2015 Advertising & Promotional Campaign
With the 2015 season upon us, NEMA is launching its 2015 Advertising & Promotional campaign, which will include a variety of new venues for teams, supporters, sponsors and tracks to get involved with the club.

First, instead of producing its once yearly annual yearbook - the club will be developing a 2015 program, to include driver bio's, club history, and advertisements - to be sold at the tracks on a weekly basis.

Second, the club will be selling side bar advertisements on the website - that will include the business logo and link to the company's website.

For organizations wishing to participate in both the program and website advertisement programs - there will be a bundle discount for those that purchase a half page ad in the Program - or larger, of $100 additional for the website
advertisement. For $300, a company can have a half page ad in the Program guide and a website ad on www.nemaracing.com.
NEMA 2015 PROGRAM
AD FORM PDF HERE
 
NEMA Adds Chemung Speedrome to
Exciting 2015 Schedule; Coby to Compete
The Northeastern Midget Association proudly announced on Friday that it has added an inaugural event at the Chemung Speedrome to its schedule for May 22, 2015. Chemung will start an action packed weekend for NEMA, with an event the following day at Evans Mills Speedway. The NEMA Midgets will run extended 30 lap races at both tracks, with the Lites running 25 Laps.

An added bonus for the fans - reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby will be on hand competing in the #74 Bertrand Motorsports midget. In addition, NEMA will be providing a Lites car and is working with the Speedrome promoters to get Chemung regular Jimmy Zacharias into a car for the Lites event.

The Chemung Speedrome was originally built as a 1/4 mile dirt track in 1951 by the Bodine family of Chemung, NY it closed in 1978. As the story goes, in an article written by Bob Johnson, "It was by sheer coincidence that the track came to fruition in the first place. Eli Bodine Sr. was in Ithaca having his car repaired. The mechanic working on the car asked him if he liked stock car racing. Mr. Bodine's reply was that he indeed did. This led to a conversation about racing. The mechanic, Karl Beilou, brought up the fact that the local racers from the Finger Lakes racing club had become disenchanted with the track they were running at. The possibility of building a track on the Bodine farm was discussed. Bodine jokingly agreed to the request not thinking it would ever come to fruition. The next day was Saturday. Much to Bodine's surprise, members of the racing club came calling on the farm - and from there, the track was born."

After buying the track in 1985, the Stapleton family started to rebuild the track in 1997 and in October of 2000 had its inaugural race event. The track is currenly owned by the White family, run by John White. Events at Chemung since its re-opening include The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, ISMA Super Modifieds, Race Of Champions Modified Tour, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, SST Modified Tour, Cup Lite Racing Series and USAC Ford Focus Midget Series. The 3/8 mile Speedrome features all new TV-quality Musco lighting, a 3000 Seat Main Grandstand, a 28 stall paved pit lane and much more. The facility is situated on over 38 acres and is one of New York's finest paved oval tracks.

"I grew up watching guys like Johnny Coy run midgets on Long Island. Chemung should be a perfect track for the midgets, plenty of room, long straightaways - it should be a good night of racing," said John White, owner.

The Northeastern Midget Association is the oldest pavement midget racing club in the Nation. Midgets are typically four cylinder, pure bred open wheel racecars. They do not use starters, flywheels or clutches. If it is bolted into a midget, it serves one of only two purposes: safety or speed. The mighty midgets of NEMA are that and more. With their nearly four hundred horsepower motors, large wings, and wide hoosier tires - the NEMA midgets are the fastest asphalt midgets in the world.
 
The NEMA leadership would like to encourage our members to attend this event, if possible. We are not going to book a date on this weekend, and hope that this turns out to be an exceptional event.

INAUGURAL TONY STEWART
MIDGET CLASSIC

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

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

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

Larry Curry will make this race enjoyable for the competitors and fans.”
Indianapolis Speedrome Managing Partner, Larry Curry says, “We are all very excited to have the opportunity to have such a great event in honor of Tony Stewart at the Speedrome.” Curry went on to say, “I was very lucky to have Tony as my race car driver, as well as work for him. He is a very special person, and one that I feel very lucky to refer to as a friend.”

For more event details, contact Larry Curry at 317-437-3600, or email: speedromelrc@gmail.com, or log onto www.speedrome.com.
 
Racing as a Stoehr Family Affair
Continues in 2015
Bridgewater, MA - For many years, a NEMA race has not been run without a Stoehr family name on the starting grid - from grandfather Paul, to brothers Russ
and Greg, to the new generation of Stoehrs - Avery and Bethany. This year will be no different.

The 2015 runner-up in the NEMA Midgets division, Avery Stoehr, will again campaign a full-time ride on the NEMA schedule, and also will sport a new NEMA
LITES ride at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Icebreaker on April 11th and 12th. Avery will be bringing along his familiar sponsors: Motorcars
International, Skaters Edge, Maaco, and Jon Andruk's Circle Performance. In addition, Stoehr will run select TQ races - as evidenced by his appearances in
Trenton NJ and Atlantic City - and is working on other possible rides, including Stafford Speedway on Friday nights.

"2014 was a good year. I think we accomplished everything we set out to and then some. I think we've got a very good season to build off of for 2015," said
Avery.

A welder by trade, the young Stoehr says that Oswego and Thompson, two of NEMA's fastest tracks, are his favorite places, not unlike many of the young
drivers. "NEMA is a place where any given car can win on any given night at any track these days," he says.

Avery's #15A race cars are crewed by the familiar father & son combination of Carl and Curt Kibbe. The Kibbes have been a mainstay in NEMA for the last
four decades with Carl having won multiple championships as a car owner, and Curt having been a key crew member for his father and the late Gene
Angelillo.

And it does not end there. Avery's cousin, Bethany, also a regular front runner in NEMA, is looking forward to the full NEMA schedule as well.

"Our plans for the 2015 season for the #5B team include building a new car over the winter and attending every scheduled event. Our goal is podium finishes
or a top 5 at every race," she says.

When asked about her favorite track, Bethany says "I like Oswego and Twin State the most, but it is awfully hard to narrow down a favorite. I like any track that
involves going fast and turning left!"

A race fan since she can remember, NEMA's top division only current female competitor has had the sport in her blood since a very young age. Bethany also
has a passion for music, singing the National Anthem at a number of NEMA races. She enjoys singing & writing music as a hobby, when she is not busy either
working on the race car, racing, or at her full time job at Motorcars International.

Longtime NEMA board member, tech inspector and chassis expert, Shawn Torrey will join Bethany's father Greg and mother Tara as the crew on her #5B in
2015.

There is one thing for sure, when the green flag drops at NEMA's season opener, the chances of a Stoehr on the podium, or in the winner's circle are very
strong for 2015.
 
Chambers Brothers Among NEMA Threats
Brockton, MA – The Chambers family - brothers Jim & Alan, will celebrate their 20th year of open wheel racing during the 2015 season.
Although the team is still finalizing plans for next season, one thing is sure - they will be a force to be reckoned with, within both the NEMA and NEMA Lite ranks. The current plans include 2 NEMA cars (Beast Chassis) and a NEMA Lite car that will be shared amongst the two. The team also plans to have a few "guest" driver appearances - a phenomenon that has been popular in NEMA the last few years for a number of teams.

It's a family affair, no doubt for Chambers Racing. The team boasts two family businesses as sponsors in Michael Chambers Auctioneers as well as Alan's business - Mac's Auto world.

"My favorite track is Star speedway in Epping, as this was the track I grew up watching races at and started my adult racing career in the 350 supermodifieds," says Alan. "Jims favorite tracks are Lee Speedway and Monadnock because he always seems to run strong each time NEMA makes an appearance there," said Chambers.

"After racing in a few different series we have found a home with NEMA. We love racing with NEMA because of the high level of competition and the camaraderie between all the drivers and teams, NEMA is like a big family and its nice to travel with a group that will race us hard, but no matter what, the night always ends in handshakes and a good laugh," he says.

Outside of racing Jim is an automobile auctioneer and enjoys playing the drums and snowboarding as well as playing on anything with an engine. Alan owns a used car dealership, and when he is not busy working he enjoys playing the guitar, soccer and videogames.
 
NEMA and Hoosier Tire
Ink Exclusive Three Year Deal
Brockton, MA  -  NEMA President, Mike Scrivani, announced today that the Northeastern Midget Association and Hoosier Tire East have inked an exclusive, three year deal. Under the deal, NEMA will have exclusive rights in the Northeast to the current plated compounds (RR 7, 7.3, RF 5, LR, 5 and LF, 4, 5) and will be the only series in the Northeast running these particular tires.

Hoosier will also continue to be a major contributor to the NEMA point fund, and in addition have offered fixed pricing for the racer over the next three years.
“NEMA has enjoyed a long history with Hoosier. This sport is about supporting those who take care of you, and supporting each other. We feel that we have the best product in Hoosier and look forward to a long relationship with them,” said NEMA President, Mike Scrivani. “We have an exciting schedule brewing for 2015 and expect great car counts,” said Scrivani.

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 for the 2015 season.

NEMA’s schedule will soon be published on www.nemaracing.com. Stay tuned for all of the latest updates.
 
Jerry Wall - Yellow Jacket
NEMA Vintage Slide Show on DVD
Once again, the Northeastern Midget Association is making available the NEMA Vintage Slideshow 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. On the DVD: 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.

The cars are as big as the drivers on this DVD that range from the Badgers to the uprights, cage and cageless, even some Offy's.

The DVD is 332 pictures strong and is a must for any early day racing enthusiast.

The cost is $20 each with all proceeds going directly to NEMA to help carry on the rich traditions these early pioneers built.

Payment can be made through PayPal    HERE
to rewindles@sbcglobal.net or by sending a check or money order
(payable  to NEMA) as well as your name and address to Bill Van Slyke,
23 Horsestable Cir., Shelton, Ct. 06484.
Ronnie Evans
Seekonk Action
Len Thrall
Tony Romit - Fahey Offy
Joe Csiki
Bill Randall (3) & Bud Tatro (1) - Seekonk
 
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