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The Northeastern Midget Association announces the release of NEMA Vintage photo's on DVD. The presentation is from the collection of one of the most respected journalist, historians and statisticians in New England, Pete Zanardi.

The range of drivers, owners, tracks and race cars depicted in the collection are the who's who in Northeastern midget racing. The forefathers that laid the foundation for present day racing are illustrated in color and black and white photo's complete with captions. Bill Randall, Ray Roberts, Ronnie Evans and Jerry Russo just to name a few drivers from NEMA's infancy.

The early cage days drivers are represented by Bill Roth, Lee Smith, Hank Stevens and Len Thrall for example. And to finish out the last couple of decades are the Fornoros, Stoehrs, Scrivanis, Seymours and many many more. 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.

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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.
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The December General Membership meeting will be held at 12:00 PM on Sunday December 11, 2016 at the Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road W, Marlborough, MA 01752. Any member wishing to have a topic they want to discuss placed on the agenda for the general meeting must email it by midnight November 25th to  secretary@nemaracing.com.

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2016 NEMA Midgets Owner & Driver Champions
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NEMA MIDGETS CHAMPIONS:
John Zych Jr. & Sr.
Although they were after a third Northeastern Midget Association championship, John Zych Jr. and his car-owner/father John, were "defenders" for the first time in 2016. They were successful, the Mendon, MA team adding championship hardware to that collected in 2013 and 2015.

It didn't end the way Zych would have liked. A Pro-Four accident kept Randy Cabral out of the NEMA feature in the season finale at Waterford. Cabral had a slim point lead going into the race. "Obviously, it was unfortunate for Randy and [car owner] Tim Bertrand," Zych says. "You don't ever want to see that happen. You would prefer to battle it out on the race track."

Both former high school and college athletes, the father-son duo had eight top-five finishes including three wins in 2016. John bested Cabral by 55 points and John Sr. finished 11 in front of Bertrand. Cabral/Bertrand also won three times.

Zych and his father went into the campaign with defending the title the objective. "You are on top and you don't want anybody to take it away," he said in a pre-season story. "You want to prove something by maintaining the spot." He now adds, "going into the last race with the championship a possibility is the mark of a successful season." That has happened in three of the last four seasons for the Zychs, 2014 being the exception when business commitments resulted in some missed races.

Consistency, he maintains, is the major ingredient in a championship and he credits his father with not having a dnf over the last two seasons.

Over the past five seasons the No. 9 team has won 12 features starting with the season-opener at Waterford Speedbowl in 2012. It all started with a couple seasons at Whip City. He was the 2005 750cc Rookie of the Year and scored his first win in 2006. Then came five years of "paying their NEMA dues" in a car bought from the Stoehr family. "Paying your dues is important," Zych says. "People spend a lot of money and expect to win right away. That doesn't happen a lot. It takes time to get the set ups just right."

It was the purchase of a '99 Drinan chassis from Bertrand that turned things around. Zych points out the car came "with an extensive notebook" that has been a major factor in the success. It is ironic, perhaps, because the Zych-Cabral/Bertrand rivalry has become the face of NEMA.
 
While he doesn't like the word "rivalry" (he prefers "friendly racing") he understands why some see it that way. "Randy is a great racer, one of the best ever, with a great car owner," Zych says. "We finish close to each other frequently. Randy and Tim have a lot of titles (the last in 2014) and a lot of wins. The championships we have won, if we had not won them, they would have." Seventeen of Cabral's 49 NEMA wins have come in the last five years.

Zych, however, is not convinced that the spotlight should be totally on Cabral and himself. NEMA, in fact, had five other winners - Seth Carlson, Jim Chambers, Doug Coby, Avery Stoehr and Todd Bertrand - in 2016 and others like Bethany Stoehr, Dan Cugini and Ryan Bigelow are not strangers to Victory Circle.

"We were fast everywhere we went and that includes some new records," Zych points out. Among the new standards, is his 13.040 lap at Maine's Wiscasset Speedway. He expects that to continue in 2017.

A sales executive for the Hershey Company, John, 33, and wife Elizabeth have two daughters, Brooklyn and Anna.

2016 Driver Points: 1. John Zych Jr. 1754; 2. Randy Cabral 1699; 3. Avery Stoehr 1649; 4. Seth Carlson 1635; 5. Jim Chambers 1563; 6. Paul Scally 1380; 7. Todd Bertrand 1279; 8. Bethany Stoehr 976; 9. Dan Cugini 815; 10. Alan Chambers 730.

2016 Owner Points: 1. #9 John Zych Sr. 1754; 2. #47 Tim Bertrand 1743; 3. #15a Russ Stoehr 1646; 4. #71 Gene Feigel 1635; 5. #21 Mike Chambers 1563; 6. #30 Paul Scally 1380; 7. #74 Tim Bertrand 1181; 8. #39 Todd Bertrand 1099; 9. # 5a Greg Stoehr 976; 10. #51 Dan Cugini 815.
 
NEMA LITES CHAMPION:
Jim Chambers
Jim Chambers had four wins en route to the 2016 Northeastern Midget Association Lites championship. It was the first one, way back on May 21 at Star Speedway that was the most important. The second event of the year, it came a month after Chambers was involved in a crash at Thompson Speedway.

"A major win," says the Atkinson, NH resident. "There was a month to think about the crash, first wondering if the car could be rebuilt and then watching the check book empty as the rebuilding continued. Then the win at one of the places I think of as my home track. Now you are back in it, not thinking about the crash anymore. It was definitely a confidence booster."

The rest of the way Chambers was out of the top five only once. He capped off the season with a victory in the season finale at Waterford, winning both the driver and owner titles. The other checkereds: another win at Star and the prestigious Boston Louie at Seekonk.

Echoing the well-used "championships are won in the garage," Chambers credits his crew, especially his father Mike, for the consistency. "We had four cars in the garage," he adds.

An auctioneer by trade, Chambers, 29, like brother, Alan, did double-duty this season, competing in NEMA and the Lites. In his fourth full season in NEMA he was fifth in points with a win at Monadnock. He won at Groveton 2015 en route to a fourth place in the final standings.

On nights when NEMA and the Lites run together, Chambers puts down about 100 laps, which, he declares "is tough on the arms." He usually winds up with a "helmet full of sweat" but the resulting "seat time" is worth it."

He says Randy Cabral, who had driven both divisions since 2008, was the motivation. "You go into the second feature, your adrenalin is already under control," he says. "You are already in the zone. It really helped this season, our best one yet."

While the power of the NEMA cars excites him, he appreciates the Lites as "a fun division for a driver. Because of the rules, everybody has the same power. There are bigger car counts which means more passing and there are different people. You are always learning."

Chambers is no stranger to crashes. He has some five years to think about a crash in a PASS event at Star late in the 2008 season. He and Alan had impressive statistics as quarter midget racers and spent some time with the 350 Supermodifieds before joining PASS in 2007.

Following the crash, he didn't get in a race car again until the final two Lites events of 2012. He finished fifth and second in a car usually driven by Alan who had won in it earlier. He was back fulltime in 2013. The double duty started in 2015 when he made 11 Lites starts.

There is no reason to slow down although there will be one less car in the garage next season - three Beast chassis. In addition to Chambers' Esslinger-powered NEMA and Focus-powered Lites machine, they'll be Alan's car which has a MOPAR motor.

Driver Points: 1. Jim Chambers 2122; 2. P.J. Stergois 2005; 3. Dan Cugini 1825; 4. Anthony Payne 1708; 5. Randy Cabral 1626; 6. Paul Scally 1430; 7. Jim Cataldo 1377; 8. Ben Mikitarian 1377; 9. Megan Cugini 1268; Ryan Locke 1238.

Owner Points: 1. #12 Jim Chambers 2108; 2. #21 Mike Scrivani Jr. 1842; 3. #51 Dan Cugini 1825; 4. #35 Glen Cabral 1680; 5. #30 Paul Scally 1430; 6. #9 John Mikitarian 1372; 7. #38 Ken Locke 1360; 8. #11Bill Stergois 1337; 9. #41 Glen Cugini 1269; 10. #2 Jim Cataldo 1211.
 
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At the NEAR Hall of Fame Banquet on Sunday, November 13 at Maneeley's Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT, Nokie Fornoro was inducted into the NEAR Hall of Fame by Mike Scrivani. Nokie also received the plaque for the NEMA Hall of Fame Award from a few years back.
 
NEMA's 65th CONSECUTIVE YEAR
2017 CALENDAR
The Northeastern Midget Association announces the release of the 2017 Racing Calendar celebrating NEMA's 65th consecutive year.

This publication features colored photos and knock out graphics.The body of the calendar is full of current and historic information including past and present driver's first wins and the tracks they won at. Both NEMA and NEMA LIte drivers and car owner's birthdays are spread from front to back as well as the legends of yesterday.

And for the traditionalists, all the important dates and federal observances are included as well as a few surprises. All this information is set to a backdrop of team photos and outstanding graphics produced by race team owner and driver Matt O'Brien.

This calendar is a must have for the northeastern race fan and will serve as the perfect Christmas gift to be enjoyed all year long.

We are currently offering these units for a low price of $10 each with all profits funneled back into the club.

Quantities are limited; to order, send your check to
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd
THE SHANE HAMMOND MEMORIAL
2016 NEMA MIDGETS CHAMPIONS
JOHN ZYCH JR. & JOHN ZYCH SR. - #9
(JOHN DADALT PHOTO)
WINNER DOUG COBY #74 & OWNER TIM BERTRAND
WINNER DOUG COBY WITH BERTRAND MOTORSPORTS
& DEB AND ANTHONY MARVUGLIO FROM
THE SHANE HAMMOND FOUNDATION
DOUG COBY #74 BATTLES TODD BERTRAND #39
Photos by Norm Marx
& John DaDalt
2016 NEMA LITES CHAMPION
JIM CHAMBERS & FAMILY -  #12
RACE WINNER JIM CHAMBERS #12
BEN MIKITARIAN #9, 3rd; WINNER JIM CHAMBER #12;
& PJ STERGIOS #11, 2nd;
with DEB AND ANTHONY MARVUGLIO FROM
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JIM CHAMBERS #12 MAKES THE INSIDE MOVE TO TAKE
THE LEAD FROM JIM CATALDO #2, PAUL SCALLY #30,
AND NEIL BLATT #52
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Coby, J. Chambers Take Down
NEMA Wins in Bemer's Big Show
at NL-W Speedbowl
2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby charged from the sixth starting position in his Bertrand Motorsports #74 entry, after a side by side battle with teammate Todd Bertrand enroute to his second Northeastern Midget Association win of the season Sunday evening at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. In the Lites division, Jim Chambers sliced his way through the pack, and dominated the second half of the feature enroute to victory and the 2016 Lites championship.

The story of the evening, however, revolved around the tight NEMA points battle between Randy Cabral and John Zych. Cabral came into the event with a thirteen point lead, and extended that to seventeen after NEMA's time trial qualifying on Sunday afternoon. As the NEMA cars were staging, Cabral was participating in the Pro Four Modified feature event, as he also had at the Sunoco World Series, finishing second the previous weekend. Cabral's car came to a stop in turn two with handling issues, and was unfortunately hit extremely hard in the driver's door. After extricating him from the top of the vehicle, he was transported to a local hospital, later deemed to have broken ribs, a concussion and bruising.

The NEMA feature would go on, with Zych locking up the Driver's Championship by virtue of starting the feature. Joey Payne, who was quickly fitted into the Bertrand 47, would start at the tail of the field. When the green flag flew, Todd Bertrand would jump out into the lead from the pole, and was followed by Seth Carlson in the Feigel #71. Further back, teammate Doug Coby in the Bertrand #74, was using the high line to slice his way to the front. Coby was second by lap three when the caution flew for a Bethany Stoehr spin in turn four.

On the restart, Bertrand got the jump, but Coby was right on his tail. Coby both high and low, eventually drawing even with Bertrand in turn two on the outside. The duo ran side by side for three laps, with Coby coming out on top. He would go on to pull ahead by a straightaway and take down the victory over Bertrand, Carlson, Zych, and Avery Stoehr. Alan Chambers, Joey Payne, Jim Santa Maria, Paul Scally and Kevin Park rounded out the top ten. John Zych, and his father, John, locked up the 2016 Driver and Owner's championships for the season.

"Tonight we are thinking about our teammate, Randy Cabral. We hope he's OK and will be able to make a return to the driver's seat soon," Said Coby in victory lane. "I'm happy to be able to go out here and win for these guys in light of the circumstances. The car has never been as good at the Speedbowl as it was tonight," said Coby.

In the NEMA Lites feature, Jim Chambers would win the 2016 Lites Championship by virtue of starting the feature event. In the feature, Jim Cataldo would jump out into the early lead. Behind Cataldo, Ben Mikitarian was making a charge, as the young Mikitarian has been finding himself at the front of the pack over the last five events. Also in the mix at the front of the field was Paul "Dangerous" Scally. Scally was right in the mix at the front of the field as the leaders battled lapped traffic in the first half of the race.

Further back, Chambers was slicing his way through the pack, along with PJ Stergios. Chambers would make a three wide pass for the lead on lap twelve, and would quickly go to work pulling away from the field. He would go on to dominate the remainder of the feature event, winning over Stergios and Mikitarian. Behind them, 2015 Champion, Anthony Payne, made another great run from deep in the field in the Scrivani 21 to take down the fourth position. Joey Cipriano rounded out the top five, followed by Chad Labastie, Dan Cugini, Kevin Ianarelli, Nikki Carroll and Jim Cataldo.

"I knew we had to just start the feature to lock up the Championship. Once that happened, I just decided to go for it," Said Chambers. "We have typically not been very good at Waterford, and tonight we just hit it right on the head. The car was amazing," concluded Chambers.
NEMA MIDGETS - SPEEDBOWL - 10/23/16
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 74 Doug Coby Wethersfield, CT Tim Bertrand
2 39 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Todd Bertrand
3 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
4 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
5 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
6 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
7 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
8 47 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Tim Bertrand
9 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
10 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
11 28 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
12 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Greg Stoehr
13 77 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Mike Luggelle
NEMA LITES - SPEEDBOWL - 10/23/16
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
2 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
3 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
4 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Mike Scrivani
5 84 Joey Ciprianno III - Joey Ciprianno III
6 14 Chad Labastie Uxbridge, MA Chad Labastie
7 51 Danny CuginI Marshfield, MA Dan Cugini
8 27 Kevin Iannarelli Maynard, MA Kevin Iannarelli
9 24 Nikki Carroll Andover, NJ Nikki Carroll
10 2 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
11 94 Logan Rayvals Brockville, ON Craig Rayvals
12 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
13 35 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Glen Cabral
14 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
15 16 Myles DeVits - Chris O'Brien
16 52 Neil Blatt - Kevin Park
17 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
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RANDY CABRAL #47
NEW ENGLAND RACING FUEL &
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RANDY with MIKE & LU JARRET
BERTRAND MOTORSPORTS
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STERGIOS #57 with MIKE & LU JARRET
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NEMA LITES HEATS

NEMA LITES FEATURE
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Cabral, Stergios Storm to NEMA Victories in
Thompson Speedway Motorpsports Park's
Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing
Randy Cabral came from his sixth starting position to dominate the NEMA portion of the card this past Saturday evening at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. On Sunday, PJ Stergios came from deep in the field, avoiding a large wreck on lap one, to take down the Lites portion of the show.

The NEMA portion of the race card started with time trials in lieu of heat races. Brownsburg Indiana's Cole Carter driving the Bertrand Motorsports #74 set a blistering pace, setting a new track record for NEMA of 17.48 seconds breaking John Zych's previous record of 17.60, set at the World Series last season.

In the NEMA event, Seth Carlson jumped out into an early lead from his pole starting position. Sixth place starter, Randy Cabral, however wasted no time, as he moved by Jim Chambers for the second spot, and by Carlson into the lead by lap three. Cabral quickly went to work, stretching out his lead. Further back, Carter was slicing through the field and took over second on lap seven. The Cabral/Carter duo stayed equally distant for the next ten laps, until Cabral began to pull away with seven laps to go. He would go on to take down the victory over Carter, Seth Carlson, John Zych, Jim Chambers, Todd Bertrand, Avery Stoehr, Alan Chambers, Paul Scally and Doug Cleveland. Cabral goes into the final event of the season with a very slight points advantage over Zych.

"Being a kid saying 'watch, I'm going to be in victory lane' and now being able to do it I mean you wait all year long to come back here and try to win this race. It's so hard to do and I was pretty good today," Cabral said. "I didn't know if the car was going to stay that good. It felt good and I knew everyone else was good so I asked myself where they were going to be. I really put a lot of work into the car to make it handle better and it paid off today," said Cabral.

In the NEMA Lite portion of the show, an unfortunate incident involving contact between Randy Cabral and Ryan Locke turned into a scary accident, damaging a number of cars on lap one. When the green flag flew again, Joey Cipriano charged to the front of the field to take the lead in his #84 machine. Behind him, tenth place starter Todd Bertrand, who returned to the Lites field after a five year hiatus, worked his way from the tenth spot to second.

The Cipriano/Bertrand duo would run 1/2 for a series of laps, until multi feature winner PJ Stergios and current points leader Jim Chambers broke free of traffic. Stergios went by Bertrand for second, and went to work on Cipriano for the lead. Once in the lead, Stergios would go on to dominate the remainder of the feature. Chambers would go by Bertrand for third, and then get by Cipriano for second, and that's where the finish would land. Stergios took down the victory over Chambers, Cipriano, Bertrand and Anthony Payne staged a late race run in the famed Scrivani 21 to round out the top five. Ben Mikitarian put in a great run to finish sixth, running in the top five for much of the race, Chad Labastie, Meg Cugini, Nikki Carol and Kevin Iannarrelli rounded out the top ten.
NEMA MIDGETS - THOMPSON - 10/15/16
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
2 74 Cole Carter Indianapolis, IN Tim Bertrand
3 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
4 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
5 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
6 39 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Todd Bertrand
7 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
8 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
9 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
10 77 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Mike Luggelle
11 28 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
12 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
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NEMA LITES - THOMPSON - 10/16/16
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 57 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
2 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
3 84 Joey Ciprianno III - Joey Ciprianno III
4 45 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Tim Bertrand
5 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Mike Scrivani
6 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
7 14 Chad Labastie Uxbridge, MA Chad Labastie
8 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
9 24 Nikki Carroll Andover, NJ Nikki Carroll
10 27 Kevin Iannarelli Maynard, MA Kevin Iannarelli
11 16 Dennis O"Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
12 2 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
13 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
14 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
15 94 Logan Rayvals Brockville, ON Craig Rayvals
16
DNF
38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
17
DNF
35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
18
DNF
17 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
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JOHN ZYCH #9
Tight Points Battle Highlight NEMA's
Return to Sunoco World Series
The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Connecticut's Thompson Speedway the ultimate "separate the men from the boys" facility. While any Thompson checkered is a treasure, the World Series is definitely the biggest plum. In the NEMA division, two time champion, John Zych leads five time champion Randy Cabral of Plymouth, by a mere twenty one points, or roughly three feature finish spots coming into this Saturday's feature event. The Lites will also be on hand, however in this division, Jim Chambers has a commanding lead over PJ Stergios, well over 100 points, and Danny Cugini, who is hot on Stergios' tale in third spot.

Eleven victories, including six World Series triumphs, make Cabral the all-time Thompson maestro. Last year, Cabral passed Zych with three laps left in the books and pulled off pass that will go down for the ages against teammate Todd Bertrand in turns three and four that had fans on their feet. Zych's third place run capped a brilliant championship season for the JZ Motorsports team in 2015.

Thompson's long Midget history, however, is filled with surprises. Considering the last few seasons have been one of the most competitive seasons in NEMA's 60+year history. Cole Carter will again be on hand in the Bertrand 74, coming out from Brownsburg, Indiana. Carter, son of the famed Pancho Carter, has a storied career and legacy. Avery Stoehr comes into the race just 78 points back from Zych and Cabral and always a threat to win. Amongst other hopefuls are Todd Bertrand who finished second to Cabral last year, Seth Carlson who is overdue for a strong run, Paul Scally, and the Chambers brothers, Alan and Jim.

NEMA and Thompson have a relationship that goes back to 1960 when the legendary Dutch Schaefer was the winner. Since then, Thompson has helped write a ton of NEMA history and a credible part of that is World Series related.
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 Gene Angelillo's 100th NEMA win. A Nokie Fornoro romp in 2010 proved to be the last Midget ride for one of the sport's greatest competitors.
JIM CHAMBERS #12
Chambers Leads NEMA Lite Field to
Thompson's Sunoco World Series
of Speedway Racing
Unlike the NEMA division, where a mere twenty one points separates points leader John Zych and Randy Cabral, the story is a bit different in the NEMA's sister class, the Lites division. Jim Chambers takes a comfortable lead of nearly 100 points into the event, over the hard charging PJ Stergios, and Dan Cugini. The Lites will be part of a blockbuster card on Sunday this weekend that includes the Whelen Modified Tour and the ISMA Super Modifieds.

Cugini has been victorious in the Lites's last two trips to the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and is no doubt a favorite.

There are certainly no lack of favorites to win the event, outside of Cugini. Scott Bigelow, last year's winner, is unknown as to whether he will be present for this weekend's festivities. In addition to Bigelow, one cannot count out last year's NEMA Lites Champion extraordinaire, Anthony 'The Tornado' Payne in the Scrivani 21. Son of legendary open cockpit mainstay, Joey Payne, the young Payne had impressive outings at TSMP last season. NEMA competitor Paul Scally will be on hand with his Drinan car, as will John Zych in the Frank Manafort owned #76.

With a nearly twenty plus car field rumored, that's just the beginning of the list. Alan Chambers come to the World Series with a focus powered car, in addition to Brother, Jim. The Cugini family brings their two strong family owned entries to the Speedway. Ryan Bigelow is tentative to return to Thompson in his Chevy powered BEAST chassis as well. Other entrants include long time Northeastern racer, Chad Labastie, Ben Mikitarian in the #9, Jeremy Decourcy in his family owned #20, and the ever so impressive Ryan Locke in the Locke Family #38.

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.

No doubt, when the Lites are turned loose this Sunday, the action will be fast & furious.
 
Saturday, September 10th, 2016

AMES TRUE VALUE NEMA NIGHT
PLUS GROUP 1
ZYCH - BERTRAND - CABRAL
Photos by
Norm Marx
NEMA MIDGETS - WISCASSET - 9/10/16
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 74 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Tim Bertrand
2 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
3 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
4 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
5 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
6 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
7
DNF
99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Joe Santa Maria
8
DNF
30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
9
DNS
77 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Mike Luggelle
CUGINI - STERGIOS - CHAMBERS
Photos by
Norm Marx
NEMA LITES - WISCASSET - 9/10/16
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 57 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
2 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
3 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
4 38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
5 35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
6 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Mike Scrivani
7 20 Jeremy Decourcy Rochester, NH Jeremy Decourcy
8 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
9 27 Kevin Iannarelli Maynard, MA Kevin Iannarelli
10 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
11 16 Dennis O"Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
12 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
13 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
14
DNF
15a Bethany Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
15
DNF
7 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
16
DNF
17 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
MEET & GREET
Photos by
Norm Marx
Bertrand, Stergios Take Down
AMES True Value Night Wins
at Wiscasset Speedway
Todd Bertrand beat back two time champion John Zych Jr. on a restart with six laps to go to take down an impressive victory at Wiscasset Speedway this past Saturday night. In the Lites division, PJ Stergios romped through the field, and lapped all the way up to right outside of the top five, taking down an impressive NEMA Lites victory.

The evening started with time trials for the NEMA midgets. Randy Cabral set a blistering pace with a 13.050 second lap, one 100th off of John Zych Jr's track record of 13.040 set earlier this season. Zych was second, followed by Avery Stoehr. An 8 car invert would start the three at the top of the points standings toward the rear of the field. Coming into the event, Zych had a mere 13 point lead over five time Champion, Cabral.

Paul Scally in the Earth Movers #30 and Todd Bertrand in the K&N Engineering #74 brought the field to the green flag. Bertrand quickly jumped out into the lead. He quickly stretched out his lead to ten carlengths, but further back, John Zych Jr. was slicing through the field from his sixth starting spot, taking over the second position on the fourth lap from Alan Chambers. Zych quickly went to work, and started to narrow Bertrand's lead to six carlengths at the halfway point, and at this point, five time champion, Randy Cabral, had worked his way to third.

Zych got to within four carlengths of Bertrand, who appeared to be getting loose, when they approached the #99 of Jim Santa Maria. Santa Maria broke as the leaders went to lap him, and was avoided by only inches. The caution would fly, setting up a side by side restart for the finish.

After two failed restart attempts, Bertrand timed the last start perfectly, taking off and setting sail for the victory, never being seriously challenged over the final laps. Zych finished second, followed by Cabral, A. Chambers, Stoehr, Seth Carlson, Jim Santa Maria, Paul Scally, Doug Cleveland and Jim Chambers.

"I can't thank my brother Tim (Bertrand) enough for the opportunity to drive his race car tonight. We decided to only bring two cars up to the event due to the travel expense, and I think we made the right call on this 74 car tonight. Aside from a right front tire that was going flat in the time trials, we never touched a bolt on this car all evening," said Bertrand. "I knew John or Randy would likely be coming. We were really good, but I also know that you need to conserve tires here. I started backing up my corners with ten to go, in case there was a restart. I think it was the right call," he concluded.

In the NEMA Lites race, a disastrous wreck involving Bethany Stoehr, Jim Cataldo and Kevin Park occurred very early in the feature event. Stoehr's tail tank was thrown over thirty feet from the scene of the wreck, and Cataldo's car into the fence, destroyed. A red flag period saw a shaken Stoehr head to the ambulance to be checked out and was later released, with bruises, but was OK.

When the race resumed, PJ Stergios, who had charged from deep in the pack, took over the lead. Danny Cugini, also made an impressive run through the pack on the outside to get to the second spot.

Once in the lead, Stergios put on a clinic, lapping up to the sixth place car in the feature event, running times in the high 13 second range. He would never be seriously challenged enroute to victory. Cugini finished second, and Jim Chambers rallied through the field for third.

Stergios took down the victory over, Cugini, points leader Jim Chambers, Ryan Locke, Randy Cabral, Anthony Payne, Jeremy Decourcey, Ben Mikitarian, Kevin Iannarelli, and Paul Scally

NEMA concludes its final two events of the season at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the World Series of Racing and at the New London Waterford Speedbowl Finale.
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Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

NEMA LITES ONLY
CABRAL - PAYNE - HAMILTON
Photos by
Norm Marx
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Spirit of Jim O'Brien Awards,
Sponsored by Seymour Performance Products

Outstanding Innovator presented to Bill Stergios.
(For a mechanic of the race who displays talent and innovation, with the results evident on the racetrack)


Outstanding Competitor
presented to Kyle Hamilton.  
(For a driver who showed great and memorable skill moving through the field, putting on the best show for the fans)

Outstanding Racer presented to Jim Cataldo.
(For a driver or owner who shows the most dedication, ability, sportsmanship, and passion)
Photos by Norm Marx
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Photos by Tiffany Payne
 
NEMA LITES - NL-WS - 9/3/16
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Mike Scrivani
2 35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
3 76 Kyle Hamilton Speedway, IN Frank Manafort
4 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
5 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
6 57 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
7 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
8 84 Joey Ciprianno III - Joey Ciprianno III
9 32 Ryan Bigelow East Hampton, CT Scot Bigelow
10 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
11 39 RJ  Tufano West Haven, CT RJ Tufano
12 46x Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Andy Barrows
13 38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
14 20 Jeremy Decourcy Rochester, NH Jeremy Decourcy
15 17 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
16 2 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
17 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
18
DNF
15a Bethany Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
19
DNF
16 Dennis O"Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
20
DNF
42 Juris Kupris Brooklyn, NY Christian Briggs
21
DNF
36 Myles Devits - Glen Cabral
22
DNS
44 Christian Briggs Mattapoisett, MA Christian Briggs
23
DNS
13 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Randy Bigelow
Anthony Payne Victorious
in O’Brien Memorial
New London, CT  -  Anthony Payne beat back a late race charge from multi time NEMA champion, Randy Cabral, to take down a coveted win at the Jim O'Brien Memorial this past Saturday evening at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl. A full field of 21 NEMA Lites were on hand for the event to celebrate the O'Brien Memorial.

O'Brien's time in NEMA crossed a span of four decades, which personified the best of NEMA. At a very young age, he was introduced to the Midgets by his father and in 1970, joined the NEMA family as a car owner. He earned feature wins with Johnny Evans, driving his Falcon powered Kurtis, and Doug Cleveland who powered to victory in his home built "Pink Panther" laydown chassis. In 1975 he won the Coca-Cola dirt track championship with Hank Stevens at the wheel.

Jim was an innovative fabricator and engine builder and with his sons by his side, he always built his own cars and motors.

For years he served as a NEMA contest board member, once a vice-president, and for 13 consecutive years as the treasurer. His life-long dedication to the club was truly outstanding and in 2003, he was inducted into the NEMA Hall of Fame.

On Saturday evening, at the drop of the green, Paul Scally led the 21 car field to the green as Cabral, Payne and Ben Mikitarian followed. Cabral rocketed into the lead, only to have it called back on lap 3 as Bethany Stoehr came to a stop on the back straight.

On the restart, Cabral jumped out into the lead over Scally, Jim Chambers, Mikitarian, and Ryan Locke. Just two laps later, a yellow and then red flag flew for Juris Kupris, who was into the turn three wall, hard with heavy damage. Kupris was taken in the ambulance, but escaped with minor leg injuries.

When the action picked back up, Payne shot into the lead, followed by Cabral, Scally, Mikitarian and Danny Cugini from his 7th starting spot. The top five ran under a blanket, as further back PJ Stergios and visitor, Kyle Hamilton were slicing their way through the field.

By lap 10, Payne and Cabral were still puling away while Stergios and Hamilton broke the top 6 passing high and low.

Even though the top 10 were strung out by the 15th lap, the fast closing Stergios and Hamiliton finally broke the top 5. Mikitarian and 5th place starter Matt O'Brien were starting to fade back in the field.

Over the final laps, the leaders were now encountering heavy lapped traffic, but Denis O'Brien brought out the yellow, stalled on the back straight.

On the single file restart, Cabral turned up the pressure on leader Payne, but Payne was able to keep the lead. Hamilton put pressure on Stergios and got by in the closing laps for third. At the checkers Payne pulled away followed by Cabral, Hamilton, Scally and Jim Chambers who hung in the top five all day. Stergios, Danny Cugini, Joey Cipriano, Ryan Bigelow and Ben Mikitarian rounded out the top ten.

"It means a lot to win the Jim O'Brien memorial. He did so much for the club, and was very instrumental in the success of the club for many years," said Payne. "I'm excited for our team and can't thank the Scrivani family enough, Mike and Lu Jarrett, Jim Susi and the whole crew," he said.

Third place Kyle Hamilton enjoyed his second trip and second podium with the Lites this year as well. "The biggest adjustment I had to make when running a wing car was the corner entry speed. You have to drive in so much deeper to get the car to set. Once I figured that out, I was able to pass a lot more cars. With the way that NEMA does large inverts we've had to fight from deep in the pack and that has been a fun challenge. Last night the first 5 laps were hectic getting into position. Once we got in line I worked some passes. Waterford is awesome because you can sail the car down into the corner on the flat part and make some exciting passes. My final pass on Stergios was really fun because both of our tires were wearing down and we had to really fight. That's what I love about coming to run on the east coast. Clean hard racing!," he concluded.
NEMA Celebrates O’Brien Memorial at
New London Waterford Speedbowl
Saturday night 9/3, when the NEMA Lites series rolls into the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, it will be to celebrate legendary car owner and club supporter, Jim O'Brien.

Brothers Matt and Dennis O'Brien will both be competing - Dennis in a car owned by brother, Chris O'Brien and Matt in an Andy Barrows owned BEAST Chassis. An O'Brien Memorial win will be a coveted one, on the minds of many Lites racers. One of those is NEMA Champion and Lites competitor, Randy Cabral.

"Jim was such a good guy, and always thought about the little guy. Maybe we aren't considered the little guys anymore, but for many years when we were showing up with a 1979 Edmunds on a snow mobile trailer, Jim was always there to greet us with a smile. It would be such an honor to win this race," said five time champion, Randy Cabral. "He did so much for the club, I'd like all of the younger generation to understand who he was, and the impact he had on what we have today," Cabral went on to say.

"Jim O'Brien was a staple in the foundation of NEMA," said NEMA President Russ Stoehr. "He was one of the pioneers who helped pave the way for pavement midget racing in the Northeast, as we see it today," he said.

O'Brien's time in NEMA crossed a span of four decades, which personified the best of NEMA. At a very young age, he was introduced to the Midgets by his father and in 1970, joined the NEMA family as a car owner. He earned feature wins with Johnny Evans, driving his Falcon powered Kurtis, and Doug Cleveland who powered to victory in his home built "Pink Panther" laydown chassis. In 1975 he won the Coca-Cola dirt track championship with Hank Stevens at the wheel.

Jim was an innovative fabricator and engine builder and with his sons by his side, he always built his own cars and motors.

For years he served as a NEMA contest board member, once a vice-president, and for 13 consecutive years as the treasurer. His life-long dedication to the club was truly outstanding and in 2003, he was inducted into the NEMA Hall of Fame.

However, most notably Jim was always one that stood up and fought for fair competition and defended the "little guy" - racers who ran with small budgets.

In the same spirit of Jim O'Brien, the NEMA Lites were created with two principals - cost effectiveness and fair competition. While the NEMA midgets are considered the fastest midgets in the world, the NEMA Lites boast to be "lite" on the wallet, making them the perfect fit to highlight the Jim O'Brien memorial race.

The O'Brien family would like to thank the race sponsors, they are as follows:

Title Sponsors:
R.E. Dinneen Architects
United Consultants
Motor Cars International

Spirit of Jim O' Brien Awards Presented by:
Seymour Performance Products

Bronze Sponsors:
The Richmond Group, Inc.
Mike & Lu Jarrett
Daniel O'Brien
Eileen Engels
Chris O'Brien
The Oullette Family
Mike Scrivani
Liz Greenberg
 
NEAR Hall Tabs Trio of Veterans
Fred Meeker winner of 1st NEMA race
The New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame's veterans' committee covered a half century in selecting the Stanley Brothers, John Burgess and Fred Meeker. All deceased, they will be inducted at the NEAR Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday, Nov. 13 at Maneeley's Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT.

Maine natives Francis and Freelan Stanley not only produced one of the country's most famous automobiles, the Stanley Steamer, they built some of its first race cars. Boston-bred and educated, Burgess' prowess as a builder, businessman and promoter sent New England off in a new direction in the 1930s. Norwalk, CT's Meeker was an accomplished Midget driver in the post-World II era, twice winning national NASCAR championships.

They join broadcaster Jack Arute and championship drivers Ken Bouchard, Ricky Craven, Nokie Fornoro, the late George "Moose" Hewitt, Dwight Jarvis, Randy LaJoie and Jerry Marquis in the NEAR's Class of 2016.

Ticket information and order forms are on the NEAR website (www.near1.org).

Burgess moved from driving in Outlaw, AAA and IMCA action in the 1920s to building and marketing race cars and parts in the 1930s. He promoted races as well and is credited with being a key to bringing the Midgets to central New England. Trained as a naval architect, he was a noted racing artist as well.

The 1955 and '56 NASCAR titles capped off Meeker's career which started at drivers' schools at Candlelight Stadium (Bridgeport, CT) and West Springfield, MA after World War II. He was a definite force in the busy Midget wars driving for Fred Kernan. Among his laurels, he won the first-ever Northeastern Midget Association race in 1953.

Francis and Freelan Stanley's "Stanley Rocket" set the racing world ablaze more than a century ago - 1906 to exact - when he hit 127.66 mph on the Ormond Beach, FL sand. It was the highpoint of their brief but accomplished venture taking on all comers in automotive competition. The cars were built in Newton, MA.

Still to be announced is the winner of the Mitchell/Ratta media award.
 
Nokie Fornoro NEAR Hall of Famer
Nick "Nokie" Fornoro Jr., the 1981 champion and the holder of fifth place on the Northeastern Midget Association's all-time win list, is one of eight elected to the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Fornoro, who won 45 NEMA sanctioned features, will join his father Nick and brother Drew in the NEAR Hall.

Broadcaster Jack Arute and drivers Ken Bouchard, Ricky Craven, the late George "Moose" Hewitt, Dwight Jarvis, Randy LaJoie and Jerry Marquis join Fornoro in the NEAR Hall's Class of 2016. They will be inducted on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Maneeley's Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT.

Ticket information and order forms will be on the NEAR website (www.near1.org).

Fornoro won the last Midget race he drove at Thompson Speedway's World Series in 2009 in the Jaret #4. It was his 110th Midget victory, a startling statistic rivaled only by his 11 championships including six in ARDC. The win total includes his first NEMA checkered driving for Mike Scrivani Sr. at Hudson Speedway in 1980 and two Night Before The 500 wins with Jim Reider at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Born in Danbury, CT, Fornoro shares NEMA's consecutive win record, grabbing six in a row during the championship year when he and Scrivani won ten of 21 races. Fellow Hall of Fame Joe Csiki also had six straight NEMA wins.

Fornoro, equally proficient on dirt and asphalt, was a winner in TQ Midgets, Mini-Modifieds, Supermodifieds and Sprint Cars. Another startling stat - he has won on 57 different tracks including a dozen in NEMA.

NEAR's Class of '16 includes hundreds of wins and dozens of championships including two Busch titles for LaJoie and a national Modified crown for Marquis. Craven and Bouchard were both Winston Cups Rookies of the year, Craven wining on the Busch and truck circuits as well. Jarvis and Hewitt, 23 titles between them, were short track masters.

Others in the NEAR Hall with NEMA connections 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.
 
NEMA's 1000th Race - Star Speedway - 8/23/14
CARLSON - CABRAL - ZYCH

Recognizing Some
NEMA Milestones

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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