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Wednesday, July 23rd - Seekonk Speedway
presented by
Wednesday night’s NEMA Boston Louie Memorial Classic did not disappoint any of the 5,000 fans in attendance at Seekonk, MA Speedway and turned out to be the perfect event for NEMA’s first nationally televised races in its 61 year history. Both the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites provided all the action and drama a spectator or viewer could want.

The season’s largest field of midgets turned out for the series’ most prestigious race of the season. Something the late “Boston” Louie Seymour would have been proud of.

The historic event was taped for rebroadcast by MAVTV and sponsored by Burlington, MA computer software company Acquia.

The most coveted trophy of any collection was up for grabs and NEMA’s Paul Scally of Raynham, MA had time to think about where he would put it while he cruised to a near half lap lead in the 29 lap main. Scally rocketed from his front row starting spot and set a blistering pace with the fastest lap of field of 11.454 on lap 6. He was living up to his handle as “Dangerous,” looking like a sure bet for victory until the first caution flew on lap 24.

Scally now had the likes of Randy Cabral of Plymouth, Ma, Todd Bertrand of Suffield, CT and Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA restarting around him. Scally got the jump and held off a charging Cabral for a couple of laps, but Cabral motored on by with his fastest lap of the race on lap 27, bringing his teammate Bertrand with him. Stoehr got by Scally on the last lap. Scally wound up with a season high fourth. Seth Carlson from Brimfield, MA was fifth.

Cabral complimented Scally during the post-race interview, saying that he was rooting for him, “but knew he had to pass him if he wanted to keep his job!” Cabral, the winningest midget driver at Seekonk dedicated his win to the late Irene Vendetti, the matriarch of the track known as “The Cement Palace.”
28 NEMA Lites took the green in their 29 lap main event and when the checkered flag fell PJ Stergios of Candia, NH had notched his fourth win of the season. Young Stergios turned in the fastest and only lap under 12 seconds in the entire field on his next to last circuit. PJ credited his brother Jake and dad Bill for the help they provide in fielding an almost perfect car.

He won by two seconds over Chris Lamb of Greensboro, NC., who had a tremendous run for his first time at Seekonk. The multi-time winner and USAC Eastern HPD Midget Champion looked to spoil the NEMA regulars big night, but didn’t have enough for the hard charging Stergios.

Saturday night’s winner Jake Smith of Stroudsburg, PA had another good run finishing third, followed by Vermont dirt track ace Adam Pierson in Frank Manafort’s pavement car. Lites point leader Ryan Krachun from NJ was fifth.

NEMA moves on to the Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night for third event in a week, before having the following week off. Saturday’s event honors the late NEMA driver Shane Hammond. A big night is planned through the efforts of Shane’s mom, Deb Marvuglio and the Shane Hammond Believe Foundation.

Photos by
Norm Marx
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
2 9 Chris Lamb Greensboro,NC Butch Lamb
3 93 Jake Smith Stroudsburg, PA Ted Smith
4 76

Adam Pierson

East Corinth, VT

Frank Manafort

5 29 Ryan Krachun Neschanic Station, NJ Mike Krachun
6 9s Matt Swanson Acton, MA Matt Seymour
7 31 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Paul Bigelow
8 25 Richie Morrocco Plainville, MA Richard Morrocco
9 46x Andy Barrows New Ipswitch, NH Jeff Johnson
10 18 DJ Moniz Fairhaven, MA David Moniz
11 24 Calvin Carroll Andover, NJ Joe Carroll
12 27 Kevin Hutchens E. Waterborro, ME Dan Hutchens
13 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
14 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
15 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
16 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
94 Logan Rayvals Brockville, ON, CA Craig Rayvals
04 Ryan Preece Berlin, CT Craig Rayvals
42 Juris Kupris Williamsburg, NY Charles Thomas Motorsports
32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
44 Christian Briggs Mattapoisett, MA Charles Thomas Motorsports
39 RJ Tufano West Haven, CT RJ Tufano
6 Jessica Bean Farmland, IN Butch Lamb
35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
13 Ryan Bigelow E.Hampton, CT Ryan Bigelow
45m Joey Mucciacciaro Wolcott, CT Frank Mucciacciaro
20 Myles DeVits Barrington, NH Myles DeVits
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
2 39 Todd Bertrand Suffield, CT Bertrand Motorsports
3 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
4 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
5 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
6 46 Kenney Johnson Bethany, CT Jeff Johnson
7 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
8 29 Ian Cumens Lydell, PA Bobby Seymour
9 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
10 9 Bobby Santos III Franklin, MA John Zych Sr.
11 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA MCI Racing/
Greg Stoehr
12 16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Matt O'Brien
13 80 Pete Pernisiglio Jr. Ronkonkoma, NY Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
14 44 Russ Stoehr Lakeville, MA Ed Breault
4 Anthony Nocella Woburn, MA Bobby Seymour
74 Doug Coby Milford, CT Bertrand Motorsports
1s Jeff Horn Ashland , MA Babe Shaw
85 Michael Barnes Mexico, NY Michael Barnes
99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Susan Santa Maria

Presented by
Boston Louie Memorial Sponsors
Event Sponsor

Associate Sponsors
Total Seal Piston Rings
Phoeniz, AZ
Bentley's Saloon
Blackwatch Farm
Weathersfield, VT
Ellington, CT

NEMA Feature Sponsors
Motorcars International
Bridgewater, MA
Crown Collision
Pawtucket - Bristol - Middletown, RI
Randy Cabral #47

NEMA LITES Feature Sponsors
Blackwatch Farm
Weathersfield, VT
FMR Racing
Weathersfield, VT
East Ontario Hay Sales
Brockville, Ontario
Seekonk Grand Prix
Seekonk , MA

Dr. James Cataldo
Sterling, MA
PJ Stergios #11

NEMA LITES Hard Charger Award

K-Tron Corporation
Marlboro, MA
PJ Stergios #11

NEMA LITES Hard Luck Award
The Seymour Family

Rayvals Racing #94 & #04

NEMA Hard Charger Award
Mike Jarrett
Bellingham, MA
Randy Cabral #47

NEMA Hard Luck Award
The Seymour Family

Paul Scally #30

NEMA LITES Heat Sponsors
Viveiros Insurance
Fall River, MA
Pro Stock Kitchens
Peterborough, NH
Doug Howells
Hunter, ND
Heat 1 - Ryan Krachun #29
Heat 2 - DJ Moniz #18
Heat 3 - RJ Tufano #39

NEMA Heat Sponsors
Falconi Energy
Southborough, MA
Mike Jarrett
Bellingham, MA
Heat 1 - Paul Scally #30
Heat 2 - Randy Cabral #47

by Chris Romano

Eighteen years ago the Northeast Midget Association held its first Boston Louie Seymour Memorial at Seekonk Speedway, and it rapidly became a signature event for midget racing in the northeast. On July 23 the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will invade Seekonk Speedway again for Open Wheel Wednesday, joining the Modifieds for a night of record breaking lap speeds and three abreast racing.

This year’s Boston Louie will be special as Ralph Sheheen and the crew of MAVTV’s SpeedSport Magazine show will be on site to film the 29 lap event for broadcast on August 14. For co-founders Mike and Bobby Seymour, the broadcast of their father’s race brings the legacy of Boston Louie Seymour full circle. For years Boston Louie towed the family’s Sprint Car to the Midwest to race with USAC’s finest, and in 1976 with Billy Casella the team won the USAC Silver Crown championship.

“From 1971 to 1980,” said Bobby, “ABC’s Wide World of Sports broadcast USAC Sprint Cars from Terre Haute, and our car won the first year, the second year, and the last year.” That exposure, said Seymour, helped propel his father to a national stage.

Asked if he thought the race would grow to the size and stature it has, Seymour responded, “In some ways, yes, and in some ways no. I never thought we’d get a TV deal. But I knew a lot of people in the Midwest were behind it because of his notoriety. You’ve got to work it all the time, and that’s what we do now. There’s a lot of history there but there are fans who weren’t even born when my father was racing. That’s when I show them the Wide World of Sports clip.”

Coming on board for corporate sponsorship this year is Acquia, A Burlington, MA commercial open source software company. Other associate sponsors also on board will help make the Boston Louie one of the best paying shows on the NEMA calendar.

In addition to NEMA regulars like Randy Cabral, Todd Bertrand, and Avery and Bethany Stoehr, the NEMA field will see former Whelen Modified Tour champions Doug Coby and red hot Bobby Santos seeking to repeat their own Boston Louie wins. Coby is the defending champion of the race and will drive for Tim Bertrand, while Santos won the race in 2002 and will drive the car normally driven by John Zych. Santos comes to Seekonk off of wins in the USAC Silver Crown Series in St. Louis, and a last lap pass at New Hampshire International in the Modifieds.

NEMA Lites will be represented by P.J. Stergios, Paul Bigelow, Anthony Nocella and rookie Anthony “The Tornado” Payne. Overall Bobby Seymour is expecting a record turnout for the event.

“Between the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites,” said Seymour, we’re expecting between forty and fifty cars. Given the way things are in racing, I’d say that is pretty good.”

Doug Coby Ready For Defense Of NEMA Boston Louie Victory At Seekonk Speedway

July 10, 2014 By Shawn Courchesne - Story at HERE

When Doug Coby and Northeastern Midget Association team owner Tim Bertrand sat down to figure out Coby’s part-time schedule with the team this series, there was one event they knew Coby would unquestionably be running.

In 2013 Coby got his first career NEMA victory in one of the division’s biggest events, the Boston Louie Memorial at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway.

And when the event runs on July 23 at Seekonk, Coby will be in the lineup looking to defend his win.

Coby, of Milford, will also be running the No. 20 Czarnecki Brothers Tour Type Modified in the Open Wheel Wednesday Modified feature at Seekonk that evening.

“We’ve been talking about it since last year so we made sure that was on our schedule first and foremost,” Coby said of the Boston Louie Memorial event. “I’ll be there anyway for the [Open Modified] race. It’s a good day for me to have both cars there. They’re both going to be fast. I’m excited.”

This year’s Boston Louie Memorial event is expected to be broadcast on MAVTV.

“It’s a little bigger this year because I hear it’s going to be televised,” Coby said. “That’s kind of cool. That’s awesome for them to be able to put that little TV package together. It’s obviously their most prestigious race on the schedule in terms of the history. They have a handful of big one’s but I think that’s the biggest one for them.”

Coby made his first NEMA start for Bertrand Motorsports in 2012. He made three starts for the team in 2013, finishing fifth in an event at the Waterford Speedbowl and second in another event at Seekonk. Coby, who runs full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and in the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway, has made two NEMA starts this year for Bertrand Motorsports.

“It’s kind of cool to be the outsider who won [the Bosto
n Louie] last year,” Coby said. “I’d like to be the outsider who wins it again this year.”

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