NEMA LITES T-Shirts are
available for purchase. The LITES shirts are available in 3
colors - white, gray and royal blue. They come with either the
NEMA LITES logo only on the front or with 2 logos - NEMA LITES
on the front and regular NEMA logo on the back. The white shirts
are $10. The gray or blue are $12. The new LITES t-shirts can be
at The Race Depot/ Seymour Enterprises in Marlboro Mass or are
available from Cyndy Scrivani.
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
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.
As part of the arrangement,
Hoosier tire has selected long time NEMA supporter Seymour
Enterprises to be the exclusive dealer and service provider
to the Northeastern Midget Association.
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Cabral, Stergios Take
Rifchin Memorial Prize at Claremont
NEMA returned to the Claremont Motorsports Park for
the first time in five years this past Saturday. Randy
Cabral pulled off a "hail mary" pass with seven laps
remaining in the NEMA feature, passing Todd Bertrand and
leader Mike Horn to take down his third win of the season.
In the Lites feature, PJ Stergios passed leader Jim Santa
Maria with five laps remaining to take down the victory.
The race celebrated Marvin Rifchin, who was a long time
supporter of NEMA. Marvin's contributions to the industry
have been nationally recognized. In 1999, he was inducted
into the NEAR Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was inducted into
the SEMA Hall of Fame. Throughout the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, and
into the 90′s, Marvin's tires helped deliver countless NEMA
victories and championships with guys like Russ Stoehr, Bill
Eldridge, Al Pillion, Dave Humphrey, Lee Smith, Joey Coy,
and Drew Fornoro just to name a few.
In the NEMA
feature, pole sitter Mike Horn jumped out into the lead from
the start. Horn set a torrid pace at the front, while
further back veteran Doug Cleveland and Todd Bertrand
followed. Bertrand would make a pass on Cleveland for second
on lap eight, and begin to set his sights on Horn.
Cleveland, having an excellent season, held off seven time
champion Randy Cabral, until Cabral made a pass on lap ten
and moved into the third spot. Cabral would begin to close
the gap on Bertrand and Horn as the laps wound down. With
seven laps to go, Bertrand looked high on Horn, and Cabral
saw the opening, passing both cars, into the grass and over
the rumble strips. Contact with Horn got both cars sideways,
but both emerged unscathed. Cabral would go on to take down
the victory over Horn, Jake Trainor, Sammy Swindell, Doug
Cleveland, Paul Scally, Matt Obrien, Joe Bailey and Richie
"I felt bad that Mike and I had some contact,"
said Cabral. "I got a huge run off of four, and saw the hole
and went for it," he said. "It feels great to win for Marvin
and NEMA's return to Claremont."
"Good hard racing,"
said Horn. "This is a short track and there's going to be
some contact, I had a lot of fun racing with Randy," he
In the Lites feature, it was again Jim Santa
Maria at the front. Santa Maria has led the majority of the
laps in the last three NEMA lites events, but came up a
little short this past Saturday. He jumped out into the lead
from the front of the pack, and looked to be distancing
himself from the field in the early stages. Behind him,
Richie Coy was making a run as was Joe Bailey in the
Scrivani 21. As the laps wound down, PJ Stergios had worked
his way into third. He passed Coy for second, and then began
running down leader Santa Maria. Stergios would look to the
bottom and then to the top, eventually passing Santa Maria
into turn two with five laps left in the books. Bailey would
pass Coy for third, and that's the way they would end up.
Stergios took down the victory, followed by Santa Maria,
Bailey, Coy, Avery Stoehr, Chase Locke, Kyle Valeri, Drew
Eldridge, Matt Seavy, and Tiana Kibbe.
its season at the Waterford Speedbowl this coming weekened,
where championships will be decided. Todd Bertrand holds a
slim margin over teammate Randy Cabral entering the event.
SAT.-SUN., OCTOBER 10th-11th NEMA
MIDGETS race on Saturday
TRULY NEMA LITES race on Sunday
Zych, Cabral Victorious in NEMA
Hammond Memorial at Thompson World Series
Three time champion John Zych beat back
early race charges by Randy Cabral, and a late race
surge by Chase Dowling to take down the Northeastern
Midget Association victory at the Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park this past Saturday evening. Randy
Cabral passed Jim Santa Maria on lap sixteen and
fought off a last lap charge by PJ Stergios to take
down the LITES portion
Each year, NEMA
celebrates the life of fellow competitor Hammond
each year, who was tragically killed at Thompson in
April of 2008. "Shane's fatal crash was a cold April
day in 2008 at Thompson. There was chaos all around
the crash site and complete silence in the stands.
It did not look good yet we held onto hope as many
prayed. He was just 27, wheeling the car of his
dreams, the #4 Mike Jarret, Nokie Fornoro NEMA
midget which he had shaken down on many occasions.
He felt proud and privileged that day to be chosen
to wheel this ferocious machine. He was living his
dream especially with Nokie as his teammate, he
loved that man and how he shared all his inside
information about each track they ran together.
Shane was respected and loved by the NEMA family and
he shared all he had heart & soul with everyone in
the club," said Hammond's mother, Deb Marvuglio.
In the NEMA feature, Mike Horn jumped out into
the lead on lap one. Quickly, Mendon, MA's John
Zych, who started fifth and grabbed the lead from
Mike Horn just before a lap-eight caution for fluid
on the race track. Kingston, MA's Randy Cabral moved
into second on the restart and started to put the
pressure on. However, during the second caution on
lap 11 for Andy Lunt's spin, Cabral suddenly shut
down and went pit-side with a dead battery. Roxbury,
CT's Chase Dowling then passed Bertrand Motorsports
teammate Todd Bertrand for second after the green
lights came back on. Dowling tried to catch Zych as
the duo pulled away from the pack, but could never
mount a serious charge as Zych earned the win by .5
seconds. Bertrand held off Avery Stohr for third.
Ben Seitz was fifth followed by Horn, Jake Trainor,
Doug Cleveland, Richie Coy, and Paul Scally
completed the top-10 finishers.
great to get this monkey off our back. We've had so
many issues in the last year or so, and we are back
on track. To win the world series is awesome, it's
one of the biggest crowds of the year," said Zych.
In the LITES, Kingston, MA's Randy Cabral
ended his busy Sunoco World Series weekend by
topping an intense three-way duel for the victory in
the 25-lap Shane Hammond Memorial for the Truly Hard
Seltzer NEMA Lites. Jim Santa Maria ran away in the
first half of the caution-free event before Cabral
and Avery Stoehr reeled him in. Cabral ducked inside
Santa Maria in turn three to take the top spot on
P.J. Stergios and Richie Coy followed
Cabral around Santa Maria as Stoehr stalled out. The
front three then went wing-to-wing over the final
five laps for the coveted World Series victory.
Stergios made one last bid on the final lap, but
Cabral had just enough to hang on. Coy came in third
followed by Santa Maria and Stoehr. Chase Locke, Joe
Bailey, Kyle Valeri, Jake Trainor and Anthony Payne
completed the top ten.
Dowling and Stoehr
were heat race winners with NEMA and Jake Trainor
and Jim Santa Maria were heat race winners in the
NEMA heads to the Claremont Speedway
this coming weekend with open wheel legend Sammy
Swindell on hand.
NEMA's 1000th Race - Star Speedway - 8/23/14
CARLSON - CABRAL - ZYCH
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.