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Randy Cabral Takes “Perfect” Car to NEMA Midget Victory at Wiscasset

Wiscasset Maine - “Right out of the trailer, we never laid a wrench on the car, ” said winning car owner Tim Bertrand post race Saturday night. Winner Cabral added, “That car was perfect.”

The Northeastern Midget Association traveled north to Maine June 6th to run at the unseen Wiscasset Speedway for a show packed with both on and off track activities.

After a very tense start of the day. The Bertrand #47 had a good practice, timing in at 13.47 seconds. Things got worse from there. The machine failed to fire for the heat race and after troubleshooting a number of possible issues, a dead battery was found. Two concerns were now present, limited track time and starting last for the feature - 14th.

At the green, Ryan Bigelow (#13) grabbed the lead from his third starting spot followed closely by Jim Chambers (#21) who started fifth, Doug Cleveland (#87), pole sitter Matt O’Brien (#16), and Avery Stoehr (#15a).

Lap three saw the first of three yellows on the day as Todd Bertrand (#39) and Paul Scally (#30) got together in turn two and both spun.

On the restart Bigelow hold the point as Ian Cummens (#29) moved into the top five from his eight starting spot and would be a factor as the race progressed.

Tough luck hit Chambers as the #21 stalled on the back stretch on lap 6 for the race’s second yellow.

The show's biggest position shuffle would occur on the restart as Cumens would rocket into second bringing young Stoehr with him for third while Jim Santa Maria (#99) would break the top five all the way from his eleventh starting spot.

While the top of the leader board was getting sorted out, a patient Cabral was designing his “worse to first” run. He broke into the top five on lap eleven with the rundown: Bigelow, Cummens, Stoehr, Cabral and Cleveland. Lap fourteen would have a new fifth place runner in Bethany Stoehr (#5b).

The third and final caution would fly on lap nineteen for the O’Brien machine stalling on the back stretch. At this point the Bigelow Beast chassis midget began over heating and Cumens took the lead on the restart. Bigelow pulled off soon after.

Cumens held off a very fast Cabral until lap twenty three when the final lead change took place. The running order from that point to the finish would be Cabral, Cumens, A. Stoehr, B. Stoehr and Seth Carlson (#71), who reached the top five from his twelfth starting spot. The Bethany Stoehr and Carlson machines looked to be a dead heat at the checkers for forth but Bethany held on.

The next race on the NEMA schedule has the Winged Rockets heading to Monadnock Speedway in Winches, NH on Saturday June 21 for a special event. The “Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial” awards a trophy all drivers want in their case.

Cabral stated after the win, “I could not drive this car wrong, it was perfect.”

Mixed emotions for second place finisher Cumens, “We really need a win, but this was a great points day for us, we’re happy.”

“Really tired right now,” was the reaction from Avery Stoehr post race. “I don’t run power steering, and the car was lose all race, but we’re OK with third.

After a decisive heat race win, Paul Scally changed gears for the feature to improve the car.
This was Matt O’Brien’s first 2014 race. He had a lose car in the heat warranting a stagger change.
Doug Cleveland, not happy with his car, made no less than five major changes for the feature.
Feature winner Cabral presented his winning trophy to a race fan; as well as the winners cap, display a major NEMA sponsor logo, Allstar Performance.
As predicted, the track record fell. Avery Stoehr squeezed out a 13.38 in his heat race
In appreciation to the track and fans, the NEMA and Lites drivers took the time to sign autographs at the on track “Meet and Greet.“ A special five dollar fan appreciation tee shirt was the popular purchase for the day.
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
2 29 Ian Cumens Lydell, PA Bobby Seymour
3 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
4 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA MCI Racing/
Greg Stoehr
5 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
6 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Susan Santa Maria
7 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
8 39 Todd Bertrand Suffield, CT Bertrand Motorsports
9 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
46 Kenney Johnson Bethany, CT Jeff Johnson
13 Ryan Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Randy Bigelow
7 Joe Scanlon Salem, NH Jim Chambers
16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Matt O'Brien
21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
77x Steve Powers - Mike Luggelle
6 Frank Swan Plymouth, MA Frank Swan
77L Mike Luggelle Hull, MA Mike Luggelle
Heat 1: 15a-21-13-7-16-99 - 77L(DNF) - 47(DNS) - 6(DNS)
Heat 2: 30-39-29-46-87-71-5b - 77x(DNS)
Photos by Peter Taylor -

Scott Bigelow Makes it “Four for Five” NEMA Lite Wins for Team Bigelow at Wiscasset Speedway

Wiscasset Maine - The Bigelow winning ways continue for the East Hampton, CT based team as Scott claimed his second Northeastern Midget Association Lite feature of the year and made it four in a row for the team.

Scott is now the first repeat winner of the 2014 Lite season. The Lites 2013 season yielded 3 repeat winners.

At the green, Megan Cugini (#41) jumped to the lead from the outside pole, followed by Andy Borrows (46x), Jake Smith (#93), pole sitter Dennis O’Brien (#16), and Scott Bigelow (#32), from his eight starting spot.

On lap four, Bigelow’s biggest challenge for the win, Danny Cugini (#51) entered the top five from his seventh starting spot and would progress toward the front.

A caution on lap seven slowed the field as Paul Bigelow (#31), winner at Waterford on May 10th, stopped on the backstretch and pulled out of the race.

On the restart, it was inside second row driver Scott Bigelow that shot to the front followed by Barrows and Ryan Krachun (#29), who had made his way to the top five back on lap five, Danny Cugini, and PJ Stergious (#11).

The machine of young Matt Swanson (#9) brought out the next yellow on lap eleven as he stalled in turn four and exited the race.

Danny Cugini’s march towards the front continued as it took him 10 laps to finally got past the stout race cars of Krachun and Barrows for second by lap seventeen. He then set sail for leader Bigelow. Stergious was also able to best Krachun and Barrows and move to third by lap twenty.

The order remained the same and at the finish as it was Bigelow with a commanding win. Cugini was gaining in the closing laps but settled for second. Stergious was third with Krachun and Barrows closing out the top five.

Winner Bigelow would state later, “The car was on rails at the start but the tires started to go away at half way. I just held on, hit my marks, and hoped for the best.”

A fast-closing Cugini added, “I needed a few more laps - lapped cars played a roll, but I could have caught him. I have to thank my crew for all the hard work.”

The twelfth place starter Stergious offered, “Strange. My car was lose at one end and tight at the other. On that last restart, the 51 got away and that was the deciding moment of the race for second for me.”

The Lite division’s next race will be at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway on Saturday June 21st for the “Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial."

Christian Briggs prepared long and hard for the weekend's racing having to juggle an increasingly busy work schedule and ready two Lite race cars. He had to add crew members to handle the work load.
Anthony Payne spent hours in the paddock area signing autographs after his Scrivani #21 Lite lost an engine early in the program.
Big thanks to Sharon Spector for the cookies she baked for the Meet and Greet. Enjoyed by all the kids.
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
2 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
3 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
4 29 Ryan Krachun Neschanic Station, NJ Mike Krachun
5 46x Andy Barrows New Ipswitch, NH Jeff Johnson
6 42 Juris Kupris Williamsburg, NY Charles Thomas Motorsports
7 93 Jake Smith Stroudsburg, PA Ted Smith
8 44 Christian Briggs Mattapoisett, MA Charles Thomas Motorsports
9 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
10 25 Richie Morrocco Plainville, MA Richard Morrocco
11 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
12 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
13 20 Myles DeVits Barrington, NH -
27 Kevin Hutchens E.Waterborro, ME Dan Hutchens
9 Matt Swanson Acton, MA Matt Seymour
31 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Paul Bigelow
35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
Heat 1: 32-42-41-46-16-25-52 - 9(DNF)
Heat 2: 93-44-29-11-51-31-27-20
Photos by Tiffany Payne

Wiscasset Speedway & NEMA
Team Up for a June 7 Show

The Northeastern Midget Association will be returning to Maine's Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in 42 years. NEMA and the NEMA Lites will be part of the three eights-mile "NEMA Night" on Saturday, June 7.

NEMA's last and only visit to Wiscasset was July 1, 1972 when Butch Walsh, in the Connor #58, defeated Jerry Wall and Walt Gale.

"The Wiscasset fans are excited, and the anticipation is growing" said track owners Vanessa and Richard Jordon. "Fan chatter is on the rise and we can't wait until the 7th gets here."

NEMA makes a habit of showing up and toppling existing track records, especially on the shorter ovals. The winged warriors are expected to set a blistering pace. Doug Coby's 13.00 second lap at Evans Mills last week was a perfect example.

"Wiscasset is a new challenge and there is nothing NEMA likes better than new challenges," said club president Mike Scrivani Jr. "Our record in adapting to tracks is well documented."

Defending NEMA champion John Zych won twice last year on tracks he saw for the first time - Airborne and Riverside (Groveton, NH) Speedways. He'll adopt the same adjustment policy at Wiscasset. Four-time champion Randy Cabral also has a sterling record on tracks he has visited for the first time.

Last week's feature winner, Seth Carlson, loves racing at new ovals. "We approach a new venue with an open mind which I believe is an advantage, we get excited for a new challenge"

Long time car owner and former driver, Tim Bertrand, will field a pair of midgets next week with Randy Cabral, (#47), and brother Todd, (#39). "Our drivers like similar set ups, so we'll start more "neutral" and adjust from there."

In the NEMA Lites division, Connecticut's own "Team Bigelow" is on fire. They absolutely owned the month of May winning all three races on the schedule. Brothers Paul checkered at Waterford May 10, Scott May 24th at Evans Mills and Ryan just last weekend at Star. The rest of the field at Wiscasset will not only have to figure out the new oval, but also how to dethrone the Bigelows.

Owner Vanessa Jordon continues, "We're opening the track to the NEMA club, we consider them our guests for the night." So, in appreciation, a NEMA driver Meet and Greet is planed at 5:30 PM as well as souvenir giveaways for the fans. Plans are also in the works to make available NEMA race cars for the kids to sit in for photographs.

Along with the winged midgets, the racing card will also include the exciting Late Models, Strictly Streets, Thunder 4's and Trucks.

Full Event Schedule at    
NEMA Drivers Meet and Greet at 5:30 PM     Racing at 6:00 PM
Grandstand Admission = $5   (kids 6 and under Free)

(207) 491 – 3720      Location: 274 West Alna Road, Wiscasset, Maine 04578
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