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Brockton, MA  -  NEMA President, Mike Scrivani, announced today that the Northeastern Midget Association and Hoosier Tire East have inked an exclusive, three year deal. Under the deal, NEMA will have exclusive rights in the Northeast to the current plated compounds (RR 7, 7.3, RF 5, LR, 5 and LF, 4, 5) and will be the only series in the Northeast running these particular tires.

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

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NEMA MIDGETS & LITES RACE ON
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th
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 Jim O'Brien Memorial Race
at the STAR Classic on 9/19
The Northeastern Midget Association will invade Bobby Webber's STAR Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday night September 19th, for what's sure to be New England's largest open wheel race of 2020 - the annual STAR Classic. The NEMA Lites will take the green for the annual Jim O'Brien Memorial Race, which will be a 50 lap event for the NEMA Lites, and a 25 lap event for the NEMA midgets. The NEMA Lites & NEMA will run the O'Brien race alongside the main event of the International Super Modified Association (ISMA) as they compete in the Bob Webber Sr Memorial 125, and the 350 Supers running the Randy Witkum Memorial 60.

The O'Brien brothers are very proud to have their father's annual memorial event at Star, a track that dates back as far as any along with the Northeastern Midget Association. Star is a very special place for the O'Briens - it's where Jim earned his first victory in 1973 with driver Johnny Evans, where Jim's son
Matt began his midget driving career in 1990, and where Jim helped his son Dennis earn victories in roadrunners and street stocks for over a decade. It's only fitting to honor Jim's legacy at this historic event.

As the Webber family celebrates their 40 th year of promoting at Star, the O'Brien's commemorate their family's 50 th consecutive season of NEMA racing. Brothers Matt and Dennis O'Brien will both be on hand with Matt competing in the NEMA midgets, and Dennis as crew chief on his brother Chris' Lite car along with his driver, 350 Supermodified stand out, Matt Seavey. All of Jim O'Brien's grandkids will also be there turning wrenches, providing support, and cheering them on.

An O'Brien Memorial win will be a coveted one and on the mind of the O'Brien's driver, Matt Seavey, and many other NEMA Lite racers. A few of those include hot shoe brothers - Ryan and Chase Locke; recent winners Jim Cataldo and Paul Scally; the always fast PJ Stergios and Richie Coy; up and coming drivers Kyle Valerie, Drew Eldridge, and Tiana Kibbe; and former NEMA Champion and Lites competitor, Randy Cabral. As the only two-time winner of this event, Randy will certainly be looking for the hat trick.

"Jim was such a good guy as he always thought about the little guy. Maybe we aren't considered to be 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 Cabral, a five-time NEMA champion. "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. Jim O'Brien was a staple in the foundation of NEMA. He was one of the pioneers who helped pave the way for pavement midget racing in the Northeast as we see it today," said Cabral.

Jim O'Brien was a legendary car owner and club officer who, for a span of four decades, personified the best of NEMA. He was an innovative fabricator and mechanic, 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 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.

Jim O'Brien will be on the minds of the NEMA midgets as well. Matt O'Brien will be looking to shine in his new Drinan chassis, as will other NEMA regulars Doug Cleveland, Paul Scally, Alan Chambers, and former champion and last year's O'Brien Memorial NEMA winner John Zych Jr, who will be looking to
turn his season around with another victory. NEMA rookie of the year contenders Matt Merry and Jake Trainor will be looking to upset the field with a win. Jake was the 2018 O'Brien Memorial winner in the Lites. NEMA legend Jeff Horn will be taking a break from racing dirt midgets and sprint cars for a special appearance driving the family's A1 midget. Responsible for writing a lot of NEMA history at Star, the
ageless Horn will be looking for his 7 th victory at Star and his first since his Stafford victory in 2005.

Bertrand Motorsports will have a stable full of midgets on hand, together with NEMA champion and third generation driver Avery Stoehr, multi-feature winner Todd Bertrand, multi-time champion Randy Cabral, stock car champion Alby Ovitt, and multi-feature winner Mike Horn, who will be looking for
redemption after having to settle for second the last time he sat in a Bertrand seat.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this prestigious event. Please email Matt O'Brien at arcracer16@yahoo.com.
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th
Photos by
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NEMA LITES  - LEE USA - 9/11/20
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 88 Chase Locke Chester, NH Ken Locke
2 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
3 21 Joe Bailey - - - Mike Scrivani
4 38 Ryan Locke Chester, NH Ken Locke
5 97 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, Ct Jim Santa Maria
6 19 Richie Coy Haskell, NJ Richie Coy
7 35 Anthony Marvuglio Bridgewater, MA Glen Cabral
8 2 Barry Kittridge Marlboro, MA Barry Kittredge
9 17 Kylie Valeri Monument Beach, MA  Peter Valeri
10 16  Matt Seavey Pittsfield, NH Christopher Butterweck 
11 94 Tiana Kibbe Fairfield, CT Curt Kibbe
12 18 DJ Moniz New Bedford, MA Dave Moniz
HEAT 1: 88, 11, 35, 2, 97, 18
HEAT 2: 19, 38, 17, 21, 16, 94
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NEMA MIDGETS - LEE USA - 9/11/20
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
2 47 Lanson Fornoro Brockton, MA Bertrand Motorsports
3 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
4 17 Ben Seitz Bourne, MA Bertrand Motorsports
5 8 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Mike Trainor
6 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
7 16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Matt O'Brien
8 48 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Bertrand Motorsports
9 35 Anthony Marvuglio Bridgewater, MA Glen Cabral
10 69 Matt Merry Plaistow, NH Matt Merry
11 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
12 A1 Mike Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
13 39 Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Bertrand Motorsports
HEAT 1: 9, 48, 7, 8, 39, 16
HEAT 2: 74, 47, 87, A1, 17, 69, 35
Chase Locke and Randy Cabral
Best in NEMA at LEE USA’s
First Responder Freedom 300 Night
The Northeastern Midget Association rolled into the Wrenn family's LEE USA Speedway this past Friday evening for the Freedom 300/First Responder's September 11th tribute. Great car counts across all divisions showcased some of the best drivers in New England at the New Hampshire oval. In the NEMA Lites, after so many "so close" scenarios for the youngster Chase Locke, he finally took down his first ever NEMA Lites victory, and in convincing style. In the NEMA feature, Randy Cabral inherited the lead after teammate Todd Bertrand suffered a heart breaking flat tire with seven laps to go, as the eight time champion took down his first back to back victory in many years.

In the Lites feature, NJ's Richie Coy blasted out into the lead from the pole position on lap one. Coy was quickly hounded by the young Chase Locke in the Chester General Store/Locke Crane Services #88. Locke followed Coy closely, and made a bid for the lead on lap nine. Once in command, Locke began to set a torrid pace, with his fastest lap of the feature coming on lap nine, a 14.182 second lap. Lap after lap, Locke began to distance himself from the field, clicking off consistent 14.3 second laps. Behind him, veterans Jim Santa Maria and PJ Stergios were engaged in a battle for the second spot, with Stergios taking over the spot on lap twenty.

As the laps wound down, Locke went unchallenged, as Stergios settled into second, and Joe Bailey in the Scrivani 21, made his way up through the field to take over the third spot on lap 25. Locke would go on to take down his first ever Lites win after heart breakers in 2019 at the Wiscassett Speedway, where he was leading and engine troubles plagued him, and a DNF at the LEE Oktoberfest after leading the majority of that feature event. Stergios would finish second, followed by Bailey, Ryan Locke, Santa Maria, Riche Coy, Anthony Marvuglio, Barry Kitteridge, Kyle Valeri and Matt Seavy.

Locke was a heat race winner earlier in the evening turning a blistering 14.0 second lap, with brother, Ryan Locke taking down the second heat race.

In the NEMA portion of the event, veteran Doug Cleveland jumped out into the lead from the pole position. Cleveland set the pace for the first seven laps, and two restarts. Further back, seventh place starter Todd Bertrand was making his way to the front of the field on the outside lane. Bertrand would go around the outside of Cleveland on lap ten and begin to distance himself from the field. Behind him, eight time champion Randy Cabral and Lanson Fornoro were tied up in a battle for the second spot. Cabral would move into second on lap thirteen, and four laps later Bertrand would suffer misfortune as he cut down a right rear tire, keeping the car off the wall.

On the restart, Cabral would pull away from Fornoro, taking down the win in convincing fashion. Fornoro took his second podium finish at Lee this year for Bertrand Motorsports in the #47. John Zych had his best run in a number of races to finish third, followed by four time Champion, Ben Seitz, returning for Bertrand Motorsports. Jake Trainor finished fifth, Doug Cleveland sixth, followed by Matt O'Brien, Bertrand, Anthony Marvuglio, and Matt Merry. It was Cabral's second win in as many races on the shortened NEMA schedule this season.

Up next, NEMA and the Lites visit the Star Speedway for the annual Star Classic this coming weekend and the O'Brien Memorial.
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NEMA Driver Spotlight:
Avery Stoehr
"Good all around," is the way Avery Stoehr states his reflections upon his 2019 NEMA championship season. The Sturbridge, MA native went into the year with goals of winning the Boston Louie at Seekonk and a race at Thompson. He accomplished that, and more. "Those were our main objectives, and out of that we became champions. I feel with the motor and car package we have; we can compete for a top three every week, which we hope to carry into 2020." In addition to his two wins, he put together an impressive eight top five finishes, all of which were podium spots.

Unlike most cars, Stoehr runs a Ford head Gaerte in his 39 Bertrand Motorsports car, "I feel that this engine package suits my driving style more so than an Esslinger. We may not have the outright power over the Esslingers, but we have the drive-ability along with the torque to get out of the corner. Every motor has its' strengths and weaknesses, and with our program we are able to exploit those strengths."

Stoehr knows that backing up his championship is no easy task, especially against his teammates Randy Cabral, Todd Bertrand, and Alby Ovitt. Stoehr states, "If we can stay competitive and fun, we should have no problem replicating 2019 to 2020."
 
NEMA Driver Spotlight:
Ryan Locke
"It's left me hungrier for more championships," stated 2019 NEMA Lites champion Ryan Locke. "It's crazy to think we have come this far in just four years. We are racing with the best drivers in New England, and to think to we came out on top is just unbelievable."

The pivotal moment for the Raymond, NH native was his win at the Seekonk Speedway in the NEMA Lite portion of the "Boston Louie Seymour Memorial." "Winning that race was a huge confidence boost. I realized that we have the ability to compete for wins one a weekly basis." The young driver has proven his worth in the series by scoring two wins, 10 top five's, and 11 top 10's from 12 races in 2019. His consistency this season was nearly unmatched, with only one other driver matching his top fives.

Two tracks that Locke has not raced at, Claremont Motorsports Park & Hudson Speedway have been added to the 2020 schedule. Ryan has previous experience in karts at the 1/8th track at Claremont, formerly Twin State Speedway but feels that he should no issue adapting to these unique and challenging racetracks. "I feel we will adapt well to those tracks. Additionally, I feel we are just as good, if not the best tea, to adapt to new situations."
 
If there's a championship favorite, it may be Locke, "We just need to take our 2019 program in 2020 and repeat it." High on talent and confidence, his mission in 2020 is to claim a first owner's title, in addition to defending his drivers title.
 
NEMA's 1000th Race - Star Speedway - 8/23/14
CARLSON - CABRAL - ZYCH

Recognizing Some
NEMA Milestones

Spring, 2016 -- The Northeastern Midget Association will open the season at Star Speedway on May 21. It will be the 1018th point-paying race in the club's 63-year history.

Passing unheralded was the club's 1,000th race at Star Speedway on August 23, 2014. Randy Cabral was the winner, besting John Zych Jr. and Seth Carlson.

New England's oldest and most enduring touring division, NEMA was formed in the late spring of 1953 at the Thompson clubhouse. Fred Meeker was the first NEMA winner at Seekonk Speedway on May 30, 1953. New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Bill Eldridge won the next afternoon at Waterford.

The NEMA Lites open at Thompson Speedway's Icebreaker on April 9. There have been 106 races for a division that started with an exhibition run at New London-Waterford in 2008. The 100th Lites race was won by Danny Cugini at Lee on July 17 of last year.

With two victories last year, Randy Cabral is now tied with Nokie Fornoro in fourth place on NEMA's all-time win list with 47. He has 16 seasons with a least one victory tying him with Bobby Seymour on that list. They have come consecutively, equaling a NEMA standard set by National Midget Hall of Famer Dave Humphrey. Most of Cabral's wins have come in Tim Bertrand's No. 47 but it all started when an upstart Cabral captured the 2000 Boston Louie in a family car.

Star Speedway, with 103 races going back to 1968, is the leader among tracks hosting NEMA events. Randy Cabral tops active NEMA competitors with four Star wins including three of the last four. John Zych Jr. has also won at Star.

NEMA is clearly one of the most competitive open cockpit divisions in the country. Over the past six years, there have been 23 different NEMA winners and in all but one of those seasons, at least one "first-timer" appeared. Over that span John Zych Jr., Todd Bertrand, Avery Stoehr and Seth Carlson have become top contenders. Danny Cugini and Jim Chambers were first time winners in 2015. Bertrand, Stoehr and Cugini are all products of the NEMA Lites. The Lites have had 20-different winners in the past three seasons, champion Anthony Payne and Megan Cugini among the 2015 first timers. Designed with competiveness in the forefront nine years ago, the Lites are a true success story.

Nominations are now being accepted for the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame. The nomination form and procedure are available on the New England Antique Racers' website - www.near1.org. Please disregard the posted deadlines.

Those with NEMA connections already enshrined are Gene Angelillo, Chuck Arnold, Burt Brooks, Ray Brown,Joe Csiki, Bill Eldridge, Frank Ferrara, Drew Fornoro, Dave Humphrey, Johnny Kay, Wen Kelly, Rollie Lindblad, John McCarthy, George Monsen, Al Pillion, Billy Randall, Marvin Rifchin, Mike Scrivani Sr., Louie Seymour, Hank Stevens, Ed Stone and Bentley Warren.
 
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