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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.

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NEMA's 25th Anniversary
Boston Louie Memorial

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11/29/20 -- The Northeastern Midget Association has announced today that the annual Boston Louie Memorial will return to Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The International Supermodified Association will join the NEMA midgets and NEMA Lites on the card in what will be a spectacular Open Wheel Show. NASCAR star Ken Schrader has also announced his return to the racing card at Seekonk.

The race, one of the most coveted of the NEMA season, is in memory of legendary car owner Louie Seymour. Seymour, a Marlboro, Mass., native, died in 1996. He began in racing in the Midwestern-based USAC Silver Crown division, earning the nickname "Boston Louie" from fans and competitors who connected him with the capital of his home state. As a car owner, Seymour had more than 50 drivers in his equipment, including NASCAR star, Ken Schrader. Known as the "man who traveled a million miles," many legends of Silver Crown racing drove for Seymour, including Rich Volger, Gary Bettenhausen, Sheldon Kinser and Joe Saldana.

"If you have any open cockpit [racing] history, you understand just where 'Boston' Louie Seymour stands," said six time champion Randy Cabral. "To win a race with that name on it is very, very special and to have won it multiple times is even more special," said Cabral.

Making the race even more special, is the continued tradition and partnership with Seekonk Speedway. The first officially sanctioned NEMA race took place at the famed Seekonk, on May 30, 1953. Sixty eight years later, the midgets now storm around the banked, round oval in the low 11 second range.

"Seekonk Speedway is excited to continue the tradition of the Boston Louie on a midweek race. NEMA always brings great talent and puts on an exciting race that brings out all the great aspects of Midget racing. The Speedway has has a long running great partnership with NEMA and looks forward to being as part of their racing program for years to come. The return of the ISMA Supermodifeds on this new event just adds to the excitement," said Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development at Seekonk.

"We are very excited to continue our partnership with Seekonk," said NEMA President, Tim Bertrand. "Seekonk is and always has been the ideal track for the midgets - fast, wide, and combines handling with driver skill more than anything else," said Bertrand. "We're excited to be back, and thank Ed and the entire Seekonk family for having us."
 
NEMA Returns to Star Classic in 2021;
Announces Return to Oswego Classic
10/28/20 -- The Northeastern Midget Association released a sneak peek into its 2021 schedule, announcing the the first two races on the card today.

The first event that the club announced is a return to the 2021 Star Classic, also celebrating NEMA Legend Butch Walsh that evening for the Butch Walsh Memorial. NEMA has celebrated a long history with the Webber family and Star Speedway, this past year marking the 60th season of partnership between the two. Long viewed as one of the premier short track races in the Country, the Star Classic, this past season, became even more of a spectacle, spanning three days including the Granite State Pro Stocks and the Modified Racing Series. Alan Chambers took down his first ever NEMA victory at this year's Star Classic. Among the others to score their first win at Star were three-time ('89, '91, '93) champ Joey Coy, Hall of Famer Mike Favulli and 1984 champ Billy Mann.

"NEMA did a great job for us at last year's Classic, and we are excited to have them back for 2021," said Star Speedway owner & GM, Bob Webber Jr. "Starting with us dating back over 60 years, the midgets are a great addition to the Supers and 350 Supers. This past year's Classic Weekend was an incredible event for New England short track racing," he said.

"We are proud to announce the Star Classic a one of the pinnacle events for our 2021 schedule," said club President, Tim Bertrand. "This year's event was a huge success for all, and we look forward to being part of it again in 2021."

NEMA is also excited to announce that both divisions will return for the first time in fifteen years to the Labor Day weekend prestigious Oswego Classic, and the prestigious Marvin Rifchin Memorial. The last time the midgets competed in the Classic, ISMA regular Chris Perley defeated Lou Cicconi Jr., and Pete Pernesiglio Jr.

"We are so excited to be hosting the NEMA and NEMA Lites midgets on Saturday Labor day Classic weekend in 2021. Oswego is the open wheel capital of the East and the place to race on Labor Day weekend," said Race Director, Chuck Handley.

"When I got the call from Chuck, I knew that returning to the Classic was a no brainer. It's a tremendous race track and always provides exciting racing. To kick off with the Oswego Classic and head to Star the following weekend provides our teams and open wheel fans something to look forward to for 2021!," said club President, Tim Bertrand.

The midgets share the card with the Whelen Modified Tour on Saturday of Classic weekend with a $10,000 purse up for grabs, and it is rumored that Doug Coby will do double duty for the event in both the midgets and modifieds. The Super-Modified Oswego Classic will take place on Sunday. The five-eighths-mile oval provides for some fast laps for NEMA. The last time the midgets visited Oswego, lap times were in the high 16 second range, with 3 time champion John Zych turning a blistering lap in the 16.6 second range enroute to victory the last time the midgets visited Oswego in 2016. In the Lites, Scott Bigelow was the victor over Danny Cugini, and Anthony Payne, son of Oswego legend, Joey Payne.

Many of the experienced drivers consider Oswego to be a "rhythm track." If you can set a pace, get out of the groove and do your passing on the outside, you can really gain some ground. Among those that have followed that philosophy is six-time champion Russ Stoehr of Bridgewater, now handing the reins over to son, Avery who has followed in his footsteps, driving for Bertrand Motorsports. Other drivers that have run exceptionally well on the round, momentum tracks are Zych, Paul "Dangerous" Scally, with a lot of success at the fast, round Wiscassett Speedway, multi time champion Randy Cabral. In the Lites, NY's Chris Vose will be looking forward to this race closer to his home, and hungry for a win will be NJ's Joe Bailey in the Scrivani 21, Jim Santa Maria who came very close this year, and NJ's Richie Coy.

The full 2021 NEMA schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th
NEMA MIDGETS & NEMA LITES
2020 NEMA MIDGETS CHAMPIONS
Todd Bertrand - #48 Driver
Bertrand Motorsports - #48 Owner
PHOTOS BY JOHN DADALT
2020 NEMA LITES CHAMPIONS
PJ Stergios - #11 Driver
Bill Stergios - #11 Owner
  
PHOTOS BY JOHN DADALT
NEMA MIDGETS - WATERFORD - 10/24
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 39 Avery Stoehr Assonet, MA Bertrand Motorsports
2 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
3 48 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Bertrand Motorsports
4 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
5 16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Matt O'Brien
6 8 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Mike Trainor
7 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
8 A1 Mike Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
9 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
10 18 Andy Lunt Marion, MA Christian Briggs
11 47 Ben Seitz Bourne, MA Bertrand Motorsports
12 50 Lanson Fornoro Brockton, MA Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
Heat 1: 39, 16, 87, 74, 9, 50
Heat 2: 30, 47, 48, 8, A1, 18
PHOTOS BY JOHN DADALT
NEMA LITES  - WATERFORD - 10/24
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 29 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Matt Seymour
2 17 Kyle Valeri Monument Beach, MA  Peter Valeri
3 21 Joe Bailey Monroe, NJ Mike Scrivani
4 19 Richie Coy Haskell, NJ Richie Coy
5 97 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, Ct Jim Santa Maria
6 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
7 88 Chase Locke Chester, NH Jeff Locke
8 1 Ian Cumens Lydell, PA Seymour Performance
9 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
10 18 DJ Moniz New Bedford, MA Dave Moniz
11 35 Ryan Tidman Levittown, PA Glen Cabral
12 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
13 44 Jordan Eldridge Merrimack, NH Jordan Eldridge
14 2 Mikey Pernisiglio Ronkonkoma, NY Jim Cataldo
15 16  Matt Seavy Pittsfied.NH Christopher Butterweck 
16 94 Tiana Kibbe Fairfield, CT Curt Kibbe
17 55 Drew Eldridge No. Chelmsford, MA Drew Eldridge
DNS 53 Dylan Coutu Hopeville, CT Dylan Coutu
Heat 1: 11, 16, 97, 1, 9, 30, 18, 55, 53
Heat 2: 29, 17, 19,88, 21, 35, 2, 94, 44
Avery Stoehr and Jake Trainor
Take Speedbowl Finale Wins
Todd Bertrand and PJ Stergios
Crowned 2020 Champions
Avery Stoehr came from the sixth starting spot using his father (Russ)'s patented outside moves and ran away from the field to take down the NEMA victory as the Northeastern Midget Association returned to the New London Waterford Speedbowl this past Saturday evening. In the Lites, it was a similar story as Jake Trainor dominated the feature in the Seymour 29. Todd Bertrand finished one spot ahead of teammate Randy Cabral taking down the 2020 NEMA championship, and PJ Stergios was crowned the 2020 Lites Champion.

Thirty midgets filled the pit area as NEMA made its first visit to the Speedbowl after a three year hiatus. In the NEMA feature, Paul Scally and Matt O'Brien led the field to the green flag. O'Brien, a long time club veteran blasted out into the lead and would lead the first five circuits in his best ever NEMA outing. A lap five caution for the stopped car of Lanson Fornoro which did not clear pit road bunched up the field. On the restart, Avery Stoehr, using the outside lane, blasted into the lead. Stoehr began clicking off blistering fast laps, his quickest a 12.975 coming on lap seven, one lap after he took the lead.

Behind Stoehr, John Zych was moving to the front of the field, moving by Randy Cabral, and then into second past points leader Todd Bertrand on lap 23. Stoehr would take down the victory and never be seriously challenged, winning by 3 seconds, and was followed by Zych who made a late season surge, Bertrand who would take down the 2020 championship, Randy Cabral, Matt O'Brien in his best ever NEMA finish, Jake Trainor, Paul Scally, Mike Horn, Doug Cleveland and Andy Lunt.

"I knew that it would be tough to pass running after the pro stocks on different rubber," said Stoehr. "I figured I had to make quick work of it if the car was good on the outside. Tim and Keith made some solid changes before the feature, and the car was spot on. It feels really good to close out the season with a win," he said.

In the Lites race, pole sitter Jake Trainor jumped out into the lead from his pole starting position in the Seymour 29. Trainor quickly went to work on the field pulling away handily, running laps in the high 13 second range. The field was caution flagged, and then quickly red flagged on lap nine when it was learned that starter, Craig Merriman, was hit by track debris in the foot and went down on the flag stand. Merriman was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and is recovering at home.

When the green flag flew, Trainor took off and set sail again, and Kyle Valeri settled into second place in his best run yet this year. As the race wound on, Trainor pulled away, and behind him Richie Coy and Joe Bailey battled for the third spot, with Bailey coming out on top. At the checkers it was Trainor, followed by Valeri, Bailey, Coy, Jim Santa Maria, PJ Sergios, Chase Locke, Ian Cumens, Ben Mikitarian, and DJ Moniz. Stergios is the 2020 NEMA Lites champion.

NEMA has concluded its season and will announce its 2021 schedule shortly.
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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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