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Winchester, NH - Saturday, May 23rd

Feature - Monanock Speedway - Sat. May 23rd
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
2 63 Mike Keeler Danbury, CT TSR Motorsports Inc.
3 55w Aaron Wall Shrewsbury, MA Wall Motorsports LLC
4 5 William Wall Shrewsbury, MA Wall Motorsports LLC
5 7ny Adam Cantor Dix Hills, NY Cantor Racing
6 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych
7 4 Nokie Fornoro Stroudsburg, PA Mike Jarret
8 39 Jeff Horn Ashland, MA Tim Bertrand
9 26b Greg Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Greg Stoehr
10 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
11 55s Andy Shlatz Enfield, CT Mike Luggelle
12 2 Lee Bundy Kennebunkport, ME Lee Bundy
13 50 Neil Blatt Holbrook, NY Pete Pernisiglio
14 28 Paul Luggelle  Holbrook, MA Paul Luggelle 
99 Chris DeRitis PA Power Point
Race Cars
45 Russ Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Gene Angelillo
44 Erica Santos Franklin, MA Ed Breault
16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Jim O'Brien
30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
22 Chris Leonard Pelham, NH Dave Leonard
77m Jim Miller Weymouth, MA Mike Luggelle

Randy Cabral Grabs NEMA
Opener At Monadnock

Winchester, NH – Powering into the lead on a lap 17 restart, defending champion Randy Cabral won the 2009 Northeastern Midget Association season opener Saturday night May 23rd at Monadnock Speedway. Coming from the ninth starting spot, Cabral passed William Wall, the only other leader, and won going away.

Cabral, in the Bertrand #47, was sitting third when Wall (Wall #5) and Russ Stoehr (Angelillo 45), battling for the lead, tangled coming out of two, Stoehr winding up in the wall. The incident, which Cabral called “a racing accident” was “the turning point” of the race.

Sitting second when the green flew, Cabral, who scored his second straight season-opening win, pulled away heading down the backstretch. Two circuits later Cabral turned a 12.301, the fastest lap of the race.

Mike Keeler (Seaman #63) passed Aaron Wall (Wall 55w) for second on lap 19 and finished .713 of a second behind. William Wall wound up fourth followed by Adam Cantor (Cantor #7ny) and John Zych Jr. (Zynch #9).

It was the 22nd career win for Cabral but the first at Monadnock for him and for car owner Tim Bertrand. “It’s a good feeling getting that monkey off our backs,” said Cabral.

The Wall/Stoehr incident came on the second attempt to restart after the second caution. Stoehr had taken second from pole sitter Zych on a lap two restart. Cabral needed seven laps to move from ninth to third where he was “content,” believing he “had nothing for the leaders.”

But he also “had a feeling something was going to happen. I dropped back a little but I knew I had enough to catch back up if I had to. Still, catching up and passing are two different things.”

“Randy just had a lot more steam,” said William Wall who grabbed the immediate lead from pole sitter Zych. He beat a restart challenge from Zych on lap two and admitted to thinking “I might get a victory if there isn’t another restart.”

Cantor, forced to pit with a flat tire after a second lap incident with Jeff Horn, had an impressive run. Following Zych were Nokie Fornoro, Horn, Greg Stoehr, all in the lead lap. Doug Cleveland and Andy Shlatz came from deep in the starting field to claim tenth and 11th.

Russ Stoehr and Mike Keeler were the heat winners.

(During post race inspections, the #63 was disqualified due to a
violation of the newly adopted "maximum wing angle" rule for the 2009 season. After an appeal by TSR Motorsports to the NEMA Board, it was decided that the race finish and championship points would be reinstated, but a monetary fine & handicap point penalty were enforced.)

NEMA returns to action on Friday night June 26th at Lee USA Speedway with both the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites.

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