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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.

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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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EPPING, NH
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th, 2017
NEMA MIDGETS & NEMA LITES
Marvin Rifchin
Memorial
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH
WINGS & WHEELS
John Zych #9, 3rd; Winner Avery Stoehr #39;
and Randy Cabral #74, 2nd.
Photos by
Norm Marx
NEMA MIDGETS - WATERFORD - 8/12/17
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 39 Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Bertrand Motorsports
2 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
3 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
4 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
5 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
6 47 Ted Christopher Plainville, CT Bertrand Motorsports
7 66 Chris deRitis Philadelphia, PA Dan deRitis
8 48 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Gill Bertrand
9 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
10 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Greg Stoehr
11 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
12 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
13 31 Ryan Bigelow Berlin, CT Paul Bigelow
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Megan Cugini #41, 2nd; Winner Dylan Dumaime #5;
and Ryan Locke #38, 3rd.
Photos by
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NEMA LITES - WATERFORD - 8/12/17
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 5 Dylan Duhaime Loudon, NH Jim Cataldo
2 41 Megan Cugini Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
3 38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
4 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
5 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
6 35 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA  Glen Cabral
7 51 Dan CuginI Marshfield, MA Dan Cugini
8 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
9 14 Chad Labastie Uxbridge, MA Chad Labastie
10 21 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA Mike Scrivani
11 7 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
12 46 Andy Barrows New Ipswich, NH Andy Barrows
13 19 Richard Coy Haskell, NJ Richard Coy
14 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
15 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
16 68 Danny Gamache No. Smithfield, RI Danny Gamache
17 57 Jake Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
18 13 Ryan Bigelow Berlin, CT Randy Bigelow
Stoehr, Duhaime Notch
NEMA Victories at
Waterford Speedbowl’s
Wings & Wheels
Angelillo Memorial
Avery Stoehr beat out teammate Randy Cabral by two feet at the line to take down the NEMA victory that left fans talking about the race for hours after at New London Waterford Speedbowl’s Wings & Wheels event this past Saturday. The race celebrates the famed Gene and Marilyn Angelillo, who dedicated nearly 30 years of service to the club, before their untimely deaths. It was redemption for Stoehr who had a scary ride just two nights before at Thompson Speedway. In the Lites race, there were no disappointments either, as Dylan Duhaime used the high line to pass race leader Meg Cugini on the back stretch of the final lap.

In the NEMA feature, Todd Bertrand and Alan Chambers brought the field to the green flag. Bertrand quickly jumped out into the lead from the pole, but the field was brought back to its original formation as the caution flew for Ted Christopher in the Bertrand 47, who was caught up in a first lap tangle.

When the race resumed, Bertrand jumped back out into the lead, and began to set a torrid pace. As the race approached lap ten, teammates Avery Stoehr and Randy Cabral worked their way through the field, as did John Zych and Chip Deritis.

When the caution flew on lap ten, Bertrand lined up next to teammate Stoehr, and quickly pulled away on the restart. Another caution for a Bethany Stoehr spin on lap fourteen would unfortunately see Bertrand retire to the infield with a broken oil tank baffle. Stoehr inherited the lead, and when the race resumed, he would take command.

By lap sixteen, teammate Cabral would shoot to the outside of Stoehr, and the duo would go wheel to wheel for nearly twelve laps in a row, bringing the fans to their feet. As they came down for the white flag, the pair would drag race down the back stretch into turn four, with both cars smoking the tires headed for the start finish line. Stoehr would cross the line first by two feet, over Cabral to take down his second win of the season. John Zych would finish third, followed by Alan Chambers, Paul Scally, Ted Christopher, Chip Deritis, Todd Bertrand, Jim Chambers and Bethany Stoehr.

“That was an awesome battle with Randy, and a lot of fun,” said Stoehr. “Tim, Randy and I worked on this car until early Saturday morning to get it ready after the Thompson wreck, and it was on the money tonight. It was great redemption after Thompson,” he said.

In the wire to wire Lites race, Meg Cugini would jump out into the lead from the start. For the first half of the race, she would distance herself from the field, while the action was hot behind her.

Paul Scally, Ryan Locke and Ben Mikitarian put on a duel for the second spot for eight laps, with the three running inches apart. As the laps wound down, multi feature winner Dylan Duhaime, who had come from the eleventh place, would also come into the mix.

Scally, who appeared to be getting a push, would give up third place to Locke with five laps remaining, and Duhaime on the outside, would pass the duo with four laps to go. He would then begin closing the gap on Cugini, when on the last lap off of turn two, he saw an opportunity to strike, passing Cugini and going on to take down the win.

“It was nice to finally be back at Waterford, a place where I got my first win five years ago,” said Duhaime. “I was disappointed earlier in the day, but we kept working on the car and I felt we had at least a top five car. Once I got by Paul (Scally) for second, I had a handful of laps to catch Meg. When I caught her, I saw an opportunity to use the outside and she ran me really cleanly,” he said.

NEMA is back in action this coming Saturday for the Marvin Rifchin Memorial at Star Speedway.
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Ted Christopher to Make NEMA Start
at New London Waterford
Speedbowl’s Wings & Wheels
Waterford, CT - Ted Christopher will make a rare start for Bertrand Motorsports when the Northeastern Midget Association visits the New London Waterford Speedbowl for its annual Wings & Wheels event.

A multi time national NASCAR "Tour" champ and 50+ event winner at the Speedbowl, Christopher will take a break from the Modifieds to drive the Bertrand #47 in the prestigious race. The car was driven previously this year by Kyle Hamilton, Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore, to a two second place finishes and a victory, respectively.

The versatile Christopher, who has multiple wins at Atlantic City and Providence, RI is not a stranger to the NEMA's Victory Lane. Driving a Marilyn Angelillo-owned car he won at Waterford Speedbowl on May 24, 1998. He battled Bobby and Mike Seymour over the final laps.

"I'm excited to race for the Bertrand's again. The last couple of times we have teamed up, we have had a really good car and Tim's stuff is always good. I really love racing the midgets, and especially at the Speedbowl. They are fast & fun to drive," said Christopher.

Among drivers best known for their "stock car" success, Doug Coby leads the pack with four wins, followed by Gene Bergin with two. Bergin won in a Scrivani car at Thompson in 1969 and on the dirt at Lakeville Speedway in 1973 driving the Leahy #18.

Christopher's hard-charging style, in fact, reminds many of Bergin. NEMA legend Mike Scrivani Jr. vividly recalls Bergin's run from the back to victory at Thompson. Again like Christopher, Bergin drove a number of different style cars with success.

Bergin also notched a pair of seconds in NEMA action. Christopher was third in his first-ever NEMA race at Hudson for Angelillo in 1990. He has driven for Bertrand before, putting on an epic battle with Mark Buonomo finishing third at Stafford Speedway in 2006, when Nokie Fornoro took down the victory.

With a few exceptions, NEMA has not been kind to outsiders. Geoff Bodine and Bugs Stevens recorded second place finishes at Stafford and Thompson respectively. Reggie Ruggiero fans remember his strong run at Riverside Park.

The late Hank Stevens was a Modified legend for many years but was a Midget regular when he won for Jimmy O'Brien at Antigonish in Canada in 1970.
 
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NEMA MIDGETS - THOMPSON - 8/9/17
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
2 47 Kyle Hamilton Plainfield, IN Bertrand Motorsports
3 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
4 A1 Mike Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
5 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Greg Stoehr
6 48 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Gill Bertrand
7 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
8 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
9 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
10 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
11 66 Chris deRitis Philadelphia, PA Dan deRitis
12 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
13 39 Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Bertrand Motorsports
14 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
15 31 Ryan Bigelow East Hampton, CT Paul Bigelow
16 77 Jesse Jakubajtys - Mike Luggelle
Cabral Conquers NEMA Field
at Thompson’s Budweiser 150
Randy Cabral put on a duel with John Zych that left fans on their feet as Cabral took down the Northeastern Midget Association victory at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this past Wednesday. It was the first stop of the season for the full size NEMA cars at TSMP, the second being the season ending World Series of Racing. For Cabral, it was his fourteenth win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, extending his lead on the all time win list.

When the field came down to the green flag, Doug Cleveland and Bethany Stoehr raced into turn one for the top spot. Disaster struck on lap four bringing out the red flag, when Seth Carlson and Avery Stoehr tangled racing for position on the back stretch. Stoehr’s Bertrand Motorsports #39 rode the back stretch wall nearly exiting the racing surface, while Carlson’s Feigel Motorsports #71 impacted the back stretch wall hard, destroying the car. Both drivers were able to walk away un injured.

When the green flag flew on the next restart, twelfth place starter Randy Cabral who had sliced his way through the field from twelfth place, rocketed into the lead. Quickly, John Zych in the JZ Motorsports #9 began haunting Cabral. The duo raced side by side for a number of laps, as Zych could not quite muster up enough to get by the veteran Cabral. Further back, eleventh place starter, Kyle Hamilton in the Bertrand #47 had worked his way past Jim Chambers into the third spot.

As the laps wound down, Zych’s #9 machine began to over heat, and expired on the last lap, with Cabral pulling away for the victory. Hamilton would finish second, followed by Chambers, Mike Horn, Bethany Stoehr, Todd Bertrand, Paul Scally, John Zych, Doug Cleveland and Alan Chambers.

“We have really found a few things on this 74 car that has it working to my liking the last few races,” said Cabral. “I’ve run the bottom groove here for years, but this car seems to really like the top and we had it working good up there tonight. I knew John was there, but also knew that if I could keep my momentum up, it would be hard for him to get by,” said Cabral.

NEMA returns to Thompson at the World Series of Speedway Racing in October.
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Stoehr Leads NEMA to Thompson’s
Budweiser King of Beers 150
This Wednesday 8/9
The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park the ultimate "separate the men from the boys" facility. A Thompson Checkered is always a treasured prize for any NEMA competitor.

Points leader Avery Stoehr in the Bertrand 39, leads an extremely close points chase that includes Jim Chambers, Cabral, Alan Chambers, Seth Carlson and John Zych - separated by less than 100 points from first to sixth. Zych has had a number of impressive TSMP runs over the past three seasons.

Five time champion Cabral of Plymouth, is the all time win leader at the facility with a dozen victories.

Also entering Wednesday's race, Plainville Indiana's Kyle Hamilton, will be in the Bertrand Motorsports 47 for the evening after a last minute Indy Car conflict for Indiana's Cole Carter prevented him from making the event. Hamilton was second in his last start with NEMA at Star Speedway, on July 8th.

Others that are seeking a Thompson victory, and have been close include Todd Bertrand and Seth Carlson, the later coming very close to victory a number of times this season. Paul Scally, who notched his first NEMA victory earlier this year, is also one to watch, as he was very strong in a couple of NEMA Lite outings at TSMP this season. Bethany Stoehr will also be back on hand in her new 5B machine on Wednesday, as will Doug Cleveland with his new power plant and Jesse Jakubajtys in the Luggelle 77.

Ryan Bigelow returns in his family's #13 powered by a new Esslinger power plant, and Chris Deritis will be returning to competition in his always fast #66 machine.

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. It is safe to consider the possibility of another surprise.

With lap times typically within 2-3 tenths across the top ten this year at most tracks, anything can happen on Wednesday.

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.
 
SATURDAY, JULY 29
CABRAL - CHAMBERS - CUGINI
Photos by
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Photos by
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NEMA LITES - SPEEDWAY 51 - 7/29/17
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
2 51 Dan CuginI Marshfield, MA Dan Cugini
3 35 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA  Glen Cabral
4 38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
5 19 Richard Coy Haskell, NJ Richard Coy
6 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
7 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
8 57 Jake Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
9 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
10 7 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
11 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
12 41 Megan Cugini Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
13 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
14 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
15 20 Jeremy Decourcy Rochester, NH Jeremy Decourcy
16 5 Dylan Duhaime Loudon, NH Jim Cataldo
Chambers Bests Cugini at the Line
in NEMA's Speedway 51 Return
The NEMA LITES division made a return visit to Speedway 51 this past Saturday evening, with a strong car count and beautiful weather on tap. Jim Chambers made an impressive run to the front from deep in the field to beat a hard charging Danny Cugini to the line when all was said and done.
When the Lites feature hit the race track, Kevin Park and Richie Coy brought the field down to the green flag. Coy, who has struggled in his first season with the Lites, really started to turn things around, as he jumped out into the lead when the green flag flew.

"When the green came out, I jumped out into the lead and just tried to hit my marks and do what I did in the heat. It was a great feeling every time I around and still had the lead and didn't feel any pressure from behind. I wanted the race to go green to checkered and when the caution flew on lap six I was pretty disappointed because I knew the fast guys were gonna be there - and they were," he said.

When the green flag flew on the restart, Jim Chambers, had worked his way from the ninth spot into fifth, and Danny Cugini, who started tenth, was up to fourth. Cugini took command on lap eight and the duo distanced themselves from the field. Further back, Coy battled with Randy Cabral and young gun Ryan Locke had worked their way into the top five.
As the laps wound down, Cugini led Chambers, as the two were deep into lapped traffic, separated by only two carlengths. With one lap to go, Cugini had to check up for a lapped car, and Chambers stuck his #12 on the bottom, and the two drag raced down the back stretch and back to the line. Chambers took down the win by a mere .05 second advantage over Cugini. Randy Cabral, Ryan Locke, Richie Coy, Dennis O'Brien, Paul Scally, Jake Stergios, Ben Mikitarian and Jim Cataldo rounded out the top ten.

"Speedway 51 is a fast and fun racetrack and a great facility. We felt the car was pretty good all day and we had a chance for the win if thing could go our way. When feature time came we starting 9th place and knew our best chance was to get out front as quick as possible. Danny was lined up 10th and i was sure he had a similar plan. With about 2 laps to go Danny was out front and slowed coming up to lap traffic and allowed me to close the gap. With one to go Danny entered turn one way on the high side and my only chance was to throw it in down the win," said Chambers.

NEMA picks back up its schedule at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on August 9th, with a combined show at the New London Waterford Speedbowl for Wings and Wheels on August 12th.
 
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NEMA LITES - SEEKONK - 7/15/17
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 51 Dan CuginI Marshfield, MA Dan Cugini
2 38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
3 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
4 27 Kevin Iannarelli Maynard, MA Kevin Iannarelli
5 21 Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Mike Scrivani
6 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
7 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
8 41 Megan Cugini Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
9 7 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
10 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
11 19 Richard Coy Haskell, NJ Richard Coy
12 34ct Anthony Burr Wallingford, CT Anthony Burr
13 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
14 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
15 95 Jeff Schechter Cortlandt Manor, NY Jeff Schechter
Cugini Storms to NEMA
Lites Victory at Seekonk
Danny Cugini beat back a hard charging Ryan Locke enroute to victory this past Saturday, as the NEMA Lites visited Seekonk Speedway during the track's American Canadian Tour 100 event. Fourteen Lite cars took the green, in what highlighted NEMA's second event of 2017 at the famed MA oval.

When the green flag dropped in the feature, Cugini, who started fourth, wasted no time in getting by front row starter, Jim Cataldo. Quickly, Cugini began a torrid pace, but quickly after, the young Ryan Locke made his way into second place. Further behind them, Jim Chambers was making his way through the field as well, with Kevin Iannarelli hot on his tail, and Paul Scally applying pressure as well. Scally would be black flagged at the halfway marker, for what appeared to be a potential fluid leak, and was sidelined for the remainder of the event.

By this point, Cugini and Locke were in to heavy lapped traffic. Cugini, passing cars both high and low, could not shake Locke, who remained within four carlengths for the majority of the event. As the laps wound down, however, Locke could not close the distance and Cugini would go on to take down the victory. Locke was second, followed by Jim Chambers, Iannarelli, Avery Stoehr in the Scrivani 21, Ben Mikitarian, Jim Santa Maria - making his first start of the season, Megan Cugini, Jim Cataldo and Dennis O'Brien.

"I started 4th, and hit a couple great gaps to work to the front early in the race. I concentrated on hitting marks and being smooth. The car was really hooked up and would work anywhere on the track. I was saving tires as much as I could in case there was a late race restart. I knew the 38 would be close and hats off to those guys they have that car figured out and Ryan is doing a great job driving. A huge thank you to Seymour Enterprises, Bobby and Matt set up my car all day and got us in victory lane. My father also for all the work he helps me with in the shop and at the track, I couldn't do this without him," he said.
     
 
SATURDAY, JULY 8th
THE BUTCH WALSH MEMORIAL
NEMA pays tribute to one of this club's truest racers and most influential leaders. Butch was not only a champion driver, he was a fantastic mechanic, and a courageous President who's leadership changed NEMA forever.
See Butch's page at the NEMA History site:
www.nemahistory.com/butch-walsh.html
Butch in the Bien Badger leading the Badgers
of Dave Humphrey and Johnny Evans
     
50th NEMA WIN for RANDY CABRAL
RANDY CABRAL - JC CROSSLEY
CARLSON - CABRAL - HAMILTON
Photos by
Rich Hayes
NEMA MIDGETS - STAR - 7/8/17
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
2 47 Kyle Hamilton Plainfield, IN Bertrand Motorsports
3 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
4 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
5 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
6 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
7 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
8 33 Ben Seitz Bourne, MA Bobby Seymour
9 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
10 39 Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Bertrand Motorsports
11 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
12 A1 Mike Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
13 16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Matt O'Brien
14 77 Jesse Jakubajtys - Mike Luggelle
     
DYLAN DUHAIME
JC CROSSLEY - DYLAN DUHAIME
CHAMBERS - DUHAIME - STERGIOS
Photos by
Rich Hayes
NEMA LITES - STAR - 7/8/17
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 5 Dylan Duhaime Loudon, NH Jim Cataldo
2 57 Jake Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
3 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
4 35 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA  Glen Cabral
5 38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
6 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
7 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
8 14 Chad Labastie Uxbridge, MA Chad Labastie
9 7 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
10 19 Richard Coy Haskell, NJ Richard Coy
11 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Mike Scrivani
12 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
13 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
14 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
15 41 Megan Cugini Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
16 51 Dan CuginI Marshfield, MA Dan Cugini
17 34ct Anthony Burr Wallingford, CT Anthony Burr
     
Cabral Celebrates Historic
50th NEMA Win in NEMA’s
Butch Walsh Memorial;
Duhaime Captures Lites
By Jim Snape

Exciting things can happen when NEMA is in town and Saturday July 8, 2017 was no exception at Bobby Webber's Star Speedway.

In the NEMA feature Seth Carlson out-dragged pole sitter Doug Cleveland of Sudbury MA and attempted to distance himself from a hungry pack behind him. It was looking like the Brimfield CT driver was on his way to victory lane, when things went sour for him with ten laps to go as his right rear tire slowly lost air. All the while Randy Cabral of Kingston MA, who started third, took over second place from Cleaveland and drew a bead on race leader Carlson, slowly closing in as Carlson began to have handling issues. Cabral finally caught and passed Carlson on lap 19 and went on to his 50th NEMA win, putting him 3rd behind Drew Fornoro and Dave Humphrey on the 65-year-old club's all time win list. It was also Cabral's 18th consecutive season with a victory,

"We were real lucky to start up front and go green to checkered like that. Its so tough now, everybody's got such good equipment and they're all good drivers. When your racing with Seth (Carlson) you're racing with the best of them, its tough to get by the kid. His car went away at the end. His car was better than mine at first, my car was better than his at the end. Lapped traffic played into effect also". He added "I didn't know he had a tire going down at the end. Sometimes that kid has no luck but he'll get a win soon," said Cabral.

Kyle Hamilton started mid pack and eased himself forward throughout the event. The Indiana standout, and this year's "Little 500" winner took over third place on lap eight and was on the chase o catch race leader Carlson and second place Cabral. By lap 19 Cabral was the new leader and Hamilton applied pressure on Carlson for the runner up spot, running the fastest laps of the race on laps 16-23. By lap 23 the pass was made but the laps ran out and Hamilton was second on the podium.

"Starting back in 8th, it was tough. I knew it was going to be a tall order but the car was actually better that I thought. To be that close to the leaders was good for our team. It took a couple of laps to get by some guys. I could go right around on the outside and didn't have to wait on some others. I would have liked to see a caution, but again I don't want to see anyone wreck, but we'll take it. And I got to thank everybody for bringing me out here from Indiana and we're planning to run the World Series at Thompson and maybe one or two others," said Hamilton.

Although Carlson jetted away and led a majority of the event, his tire issue relegated him to a third place finish. He had to be happy with the way his #71 performed and handled up to lap 18 and it looks like his team will visit victory lane in the near future.

"We started off with the early lead, car handled really well, then had a tire bleeder fall out towards the end there so we loss air in the right rear and ended up third and didn't wreck the car. I consider that still a pretty good day," he said.

Meg Cugini of Marshfield MA and Richie Coy of Haskell NJ brought the NEMA Lites to the green flag. Cugini would lead three laps before a stout Jake Stergios of Candia NH took over the top spot looking for another NEMA Lite victory, while Dylan Duhaime of Loudon NH raced his way from deep in the pack picking off competitors. Stergios was blazing a trail to the checkered flag but Duhaime had other plans, using three caution periods to his advantage and picking up valuable spots each restart. The last restart on lap 19 found race leader Stergios and Duhaime side by side. When the green flag flew so did Duhaime. Duhaime led the last six laps with Stergios and Jim Chambers of Atkinson NH in tow.

Chambers and Randy Cabral ran wheel to wheel for the last few laps before Chambers prevailed for a podium finish.

In victory lane Duhaime said, "We got a lot of good breaks, the track was pretty loose because of the early rain and I capitalized on that. The inside groove was really working for me. On the last restart on the outside I got a little shot from behind and that helped me get into the corner a little faster and got a good run on the back stretch. I didn't expect to get a little bump to help me win but it was great."
 
NEMA Announces
“First Time” Winner Awards
for 2017 Season
New Award will be presented by Seymour Performance for NEMA Midgets and by the Mike Scrivani Family in honor of “Iron Mike” Scrivani for the Lites Division.
For the first time, the Northeastern Midget Association has announced a new award for the 2017 season, that will reward first time winners in a "lottery" style system. Seymour Performance of Marlborough, MA will present the award for the NEMA series. The Mike Scrivani Jr. Family, in honor of legendary NEMA car owner "Iron Mike" Scrivani, will present the Lite series award.

Each week, the presenting sponsor will put $50 into a "fund" that will build up until each division sees a first time winner. For example, if a first time winner takes the checkers on the 5th race of the season, a bonus of $250 will be paid to that driver, and the fund will be reset for the next race.

With a number of new teams signed up for both the NEMA series and the Lites series for 2017, the effort will help promote the new teams coming into the division.

"This is an awesome effort, and I'm excited that Mike Scrivani brought this idea forward to the club and owners," said newly appointed NEMA President, Tim Bertrand. "Mike and his family have been a beachhead team in NEMA for over forty years and we are very excited to have them spearheading this new program for the club," said Bertrand.

"When Mike called me with this idea, I thought it was fantastic. It will be an awesome way to reward first time winners in both series," said Bobby Seymour of Seymour Performance.

In addition to the award, the Scrivani Family presents the Iron Mike Memorial race, which will take place this year at Monadnock Speedway, on September 2nd, and the Seymour Family presents the Boston Louie Memorial, which will take place at Seeknonk Speedway on June 29th.

NEMA kicks off its schedule with the Lites at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park at the ICEBREAKER on April 1, and then moves on to the New England mainstay, the New London Waterford Speedbowl on May 6th (Lites) and May 7th (NEMA).
 
NEMA 2017 Schedule
Final Version - 1/26/17

April 2017
1st Thompson - Icebreaker - Lites only

May 2017
13th Star
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 STATS
With 2016 Updates
Track Histories, Champions,
Wins, Midgets & Lites Stats

In the Left Hand Column HERE
 
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).
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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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