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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.
“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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Richie Coy Joins NEMA Lites Ranks

The third generation of one of Midget racing's greatest families, Richie Coy will campaign a Focus-powered Beast chassis in the Northeastern Midget Association's Lites Division in 2017. "We plan on being as competitive as possible right out of the box," says the Haskell, NJ resident. "We are looking to win, to grab a championship."

The Lites Division opens its 10th season April 1-2 at Thompson World Series. It is the first of 18 races on the 2017 agenda, making the Lites one of the northeast's fastest growing divisions. It is one of the most competitive as well. There were seven winners in 16 races last year.

The Coy family owns 36 NEMA victories - 20 for Richie's grandfather Johnny, 15 for his uncle Joey and one for his father Johnny Jr. A successful Legends Car competitor the past six years, Coy is more than aware of that history. "I believe I can be the first third generation winner in NEMA," he says. "It is a goal."

A racer since 1992, Coy, 43, says it all came together at last fall's Thompson's World Series. "Walking through the pits I saw the Midgets," he explains. "I said to myself we need to go Midget racing again. It all clicked, all came back into focus again. We needed to go back to our roots."

He had a brief fling with NEMA back in 1996 and has some experience in the TQs, but Coy's racing was primarily in Late Models and asphalt Modifieds before taking up with the Legends. Twice a New Jersey Legends champion, he was successful in off-road racing as well. He says he came along late in his grandfather's legendary career but has heard over and over about him. He did get to watch his father and uncle.

He feels he never really got a fair chance with the Midgets and looks forward to correcting that.

"I really find the Lites concept attractive," he says. "It allows us to run a full midget on a budget we can afford. It is very comparable to the Legends." He adds he "thought about the number 21 because that was our Legends number but that belongs to Mike Scrivani." He decided on number 19. Ironically, both Johnny and Joey Coy won in Scrivani equipment.

NEMA NOTE: The last NEMA win for a Coy came at Riverside Park on Aug. 10, 1996 when Joey made a last-lap pass on Mike Seymour work. Third was Drew Fornoro followed by Bobby Seymour and Mark Buonomo.
 
Alan Chambers To Focus On
NEMA Midgets In 2017

Driver Looking To Take His Racing
Program To The Next Level
Column By: MATTHEW WIERNASZ / RPW
ATKINSON, NH - NEMA driver Alan Chambers will focus on running full time in the NEMA Midgets in 2017. He may run a few races in the NEMA Lites but will primarily focus on the NEMA Midgets next season to bring his program to the next level.

NEMA released a tentative schedule just last week. He believes the schedule looks great for the 2017 season.

" Star Speedway is my home track and where I run best and we have a lot of races there so I like that." Chambers Said

Chambers believes he tends to run better on the smaller tracks such as the quarter mile ovals in which he thinks is a good portion of the schedule.

" If we get Speedway 51 and White Mountain on the schedule as well. I think it will really play into my favor." Chambers Said

Last season started off great for Chambers. He had won a heat race and had a big lead in the feature until he lost the belt and the car stalled. It went all down here from there.. The engine blew up a few weeks later and side lined him for most of the season. By the end of the year, between him and his brother Jim. They had lost three engines.

They were able to put everything back together for the end of the year. Jim's brother Alan won the 2016 NEMA Lites Championship. There were a lot of ups for the team as they won five races this past season that can carry momentum into the 2017 season.

Chambers knows he needs to do better on the big tracks such as the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Wiscasset Speedway. He has run well there and finish very respectable. He feels he needs to find a little more speed to break onto for the podium finishes and challenge for wins.

He feels all the guys in NEMA are great to race with. He likes racing with his brother Jim because of the sibling rivalry. With multi time champions Randy Cabral and John Zych are contenders every week as they win races but Chambers believes they run real hard but most importantly they run clean.

" I like going wheel to wheel with the past champions and when I don't beat them. I definitely learn from them." Chambers Said

Mac's Auto World will return as a sponsor for the 2017 season. He is working with other sponsors to see what the team can put together since the tentative schedule is out and hopes to get definite answer.

Chambers goals for the 2017 season are to finish every race and pick up that first NEMA win and also finish the year top five in points.

The NEMA Lites will kick off their 2017 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday April 1st. The NEMA Midgets will kick off their 2017 season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday May 7th.
 
John Zych Shows No Mercy
In NEMA Midgets

Taking Third Series Championship In 2016,
Driver Still Just Taking It One Race At A Time
Column By: MATTHEW WIERNASZ / RPW
MENDON, MA - John Zych, Jr. took down his third NEMA Midgets title in 2016. His plans are to continue in 2017 in the NEMA Midgets.

" We never to promise to run for points. Just one race at a time so that is what we are looking to do next year." Zych Said

For Zych to win his first championship was unbelievable. To win the second one was important to Zych to prove that it was no fluke. The third championship was really a great feeling because it is great to prove that we can be ultra competitive year after year.

While most teams have a crew where it can be not a lot or have many. Zych's crew is him and his father John, SR. What makes it special with those championships is Zych and his father have turned into a pretty good duo. Sometimes it is a little more challenging only having two people but at the same time it does make it a little sweeter for Zych and his father.

"The midgets are great because it is possible for a small team which I think is different than a lot of other groups right now." Zych Said

With winning the three championships in NEMA, Zych feels its best to enjoy it as a family. The pictures are priceless to him and the success is really family success because it takes everyone to do this beyond his dad and him. Its his wife Elizabeth and John's mother who support them and have to deal with it.

Zych's kids got to enjoy the championship celebrations. His two daughters got to enjoy it. John and his wife Elizabeth welcomed their third child a baby boy back on November 9th. The whole family was there to celebrate the banquet with him back in December. Everyone is doing well.

To win those championships, Zych has had to battle with Randy Cabral and Bertrand Motorsports. These two drivers have put on great battles at the track and have respect for each other.

" They are both great competitors. Randy (Cabral) is one of the best drivers NEMA has seen and Tim (Bertrand) is determined as anyone to be successful. They are a great team all around and very challenging to compete against. I have a lot of respect for those guys." Zych Said

Zych believes the 2017 NEMA Midgets schedule is spread across the summer at some of the best tracks in New England.

" There are multiple tracks yet multiple dates at most of the tracks so that is good for the newcomers to build their notebooks and hopefully get more teams involved." Zych Said

Zych felt he was fairly consistent in 2016 but there were a few races that he looked back at knowing the setup was missed and there were things that he would have changed bur feels that is part of the learning though. He tries to make things a little better year after year so he can take what he learned at those tracks on those nights and hopefully apply it for next year.

Sponsors are needed for Zych's team. Finding sponsors has been challenging for a lot of reasons. It is important to him that a sponsor sees and feels the value of that type of investment. That would be priority number one and would want them to enjoy the sport of auto racing as much as he and his family does.

He would first and foremost like to thank his family. He would also like to say thanks to the teams and the people to make our series work officials, volunteers and race tracks.

His goals for next season are to win as many races as he can.

The NEMA Midgets will kickoff their 2017 season on Sunday May 7th at the New London Waterford Speedbowl.
 
NEMA 2017 Schedule
Final Version - 1/26/17

April 2017
1st Thompson - Icebreaker - Lites only

May 2017
6th Waterford - Lites only
7th Waterford - NEMA Midgets only
20th Wiscasset

June 2017
3rd Riverhead - Alan Cantor Memorial
14th Thomson - Lites only
17th Star
28th Seekonk - Boston Louie Memorial

July 2017
8th Star - Butch Walsh Memorial
15th Seekonk - Lites only
29th Speedway 51 - Lites only  (NEW)

August 2017
9th Thompson - NEMA Midgets only
12th Waterford - Wings and Wheels / Angelillo Memorial
19th Star - Marvin Rifchin Memorial
26th Waterford - Lites only

September 2017
2nd Monadnock - Iron Mike Memorial
9th Waterford - Lites only
23rd Wiscassett - Lites only  - 75 laps
30th Star - Jim O'Brien Memorial

October 2017
14th Thompson - NEMA Midgets only - Shane Hammond
 Memorial
15th Thompson - Lites only - Shane Hammond  Memorial

December 2017
2nd NEMA Banquet - Royal Crown Plaza
 
NEMA Holds Elections
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Marlboro, MA - After a long 2016 racing season, the Northeastern Midget Association kept with tradition by holding its annual off-season general meeting. On the card, elections of the competition board members as well as voting on newly proposed rules for the upcoming season.

President Russ Stoehr welcomed nearly 60 club members to the Royal Plaza Hotel for what would become the opening event of the 2017 season. Russ thanked the group for attending the meeting as well as supporting the club for the 2016 season. A tentative schedule for 2017 has been drafted and Russ reviewed it for the club.

Secretary Joe Santa Maria gave his annual report touching upon such topics as upcoming rule proposals, election of board members and insurance policies for 2017. Treasurer Paul Scally gave the accounting status, passing out the financial report for the group's review.

The club then held board member elections via secret ballots, resulting in Russ Stoehr remaining "unopposed" president, and  Tim Bertrand and Mike Chambers being elected vice-presidents.

The balance of the Board Members are Dennis O'Brien, John Mikitarian, Seth Carlson, Paul Bigelow, John Zych Jr., and Shawn Torrey.

After the election, Russ Stoehr took a moment to thank long- time club member and president Mike Scrivani for his years of service on the board.

The board then held it's first 2017 meeting with the new board members after adjournment of the general meeting.

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2016 NEMA Midgets Owner & Driver Champions
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2016 NEMA Lites Owner/Driver Champion
Jim Chambers and family
The Jim O’Brien Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to family
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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.
 
Photos by John DaDalt
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
Bill Van Slyke, 23 Horsestable Cir., Shelton, Ct. 06484
(Checks made out to Bill Van Slyke).
 
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
THE SHANE HAMMOND FOUNDATION
JIM CHAMBERS #12 MAKES THE INSIDE MOVE TO TAKE
THE LEAD FROM JIM CATALDO #2, PAUL SCALLY #30,
AND NEIL BLATT #52
Photos by
Norm Marx
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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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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