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Photos by Norm Marx
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
2 39 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Todd Bertrand
3 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
4 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
5 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
6 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
7 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Greg Stoehr
8 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
50 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
(Photo by Tiffany Payne)
Photos by Norm Marx
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
2 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
3 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
4 76 Kyle Hamilton Speedway, IN Frank Manafort
5 84 Joe Cipriano Waterbury, CT Joe Cipriano
6 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Mike Scrivani
7 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
8 57 Jake Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
9 2 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
10 20 Jeremy Decourcy Rochester, NH Jeremy Decourcy
11 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
12 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
13 17 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
14 24 Nikki Carroll Andover, NJ Nikki Carroll
15 38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
16 46 Andy Barrows New Ipswich, NH Andy Barrows
3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris  Vose
35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
98 Jeff Schechter Mohegan Lake, NY Jeff Schechter
Chambers, Stergios Capture
Coveted Iron Mike Memorial

NEMA Wins at Monadnock
Jim Chambers dominated the feature event in the Northeastern Midget Association's Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial, in a race that was only slowed by a single caution. In the Lites segment, PJ Stergios captured an impressive victory, coming from deep in the field to win the event. The race commemorated Iron Mike Scrivani, long time NEMA car owner, and famous open wheel owner in the Northeast.

In the NEMA feature, Paul Scally and Todd Bertrand brought the field to green. By the first turn, Jim Chambers, starting in the second row, blasted by both Scally and Bertrand in to the lead. Scally faded with handling issues, while Bertrand hung within ten carlengths of Chambers for the first half of the race. A brief caution for Randy Cabral's machine, which came to a rest with a broken front axle, didn't slow down Chambers' march to victory. He stretched out his victory over Bertrand, running an impressive 11.74 lap time, one of the fastest times ever turned by a midget at Monadnock. Behind Chambers and Bertrand, Seth Carlson charged home to finish third after a great battle with Avery Stoehr, and John Zych who finished 4th and 5th respectively. Danny Cugini, Bethany Stoehr, Paul Scally, Kevin Park, and Randy Cabral rounded out the top ten.

"It was unbelievable. We hit the track for the first practice to scuff tires and ran a 12.09, I told my dad that with the car and tires we had a good shot at the win I thought there was a tenth still left in it. So for the rest of the night we didn't chase the track or my old tires - we knew it would come to us come the race. When the green flag flew I just took the momentum and the rhythm I had going like the race never ended and I never let up for a second the entire race. My car was perfect and I never missed my marks one time, I'm so proud to put it in victory lane for Iron Mike in the 21 car and for Father's day weekend, my dad has given us great equipment all season long and it's about time we put it all together I can't thank him enough," said Chambers.

In the Lites race, PJ Stergios charged from 9th position, quickly working his way into the lead in the feature event. The action was fast & furious at the front of the pack, with Stergios, Jim Chambers, and Meg Cugini all leading the way through heavy lapped traffic. Further back, notable open wheel driver from Speedway, Indiana - Kyle Hamilton was bringing the Frank Manafort #76 through the field, in impressive style, coming from the 11th position. When the checkered flag flew, it was Stergios taking down the victory over Chambers, Cugini, Hamilton, Joey Cipriano, Anthony Payne, Danny Cugini, Jake Stergios, Jim Cataldo, Jeremy Decourcey.

"I started 9th, and the bottom in turns 3&4 was working really well for me. The car was perfect through there, and even though I figured Jim was coming I had enough to hold him off. It felt good to win the Iron Mike race, which is really cool because the Scrivani's have been a part of midget racing for so long," said Stergios.

NEMA picks back up its schedule in front of a National television audience on MAV TV next Wednesday June 29th, at the Boston Louie Memorial.
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Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial
On Tap this Saturday at Monadnock
This Saturday evening NEMA brings its extreme action to Monadnock Speedway for the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial, remembering the long time NEMA stalwart and father of long time NEMA President and supporter, Mike Scrivani Jr. The night will feature a 30 lap feature for the NEMA feature and 30 laps for the Lites. Last year, a classic battle went down between Joey Payne Jr. and John Zych Jr., leading up to one of the best finishes of the year.

When Saturday rolls around, all eyes will be at the top of the points standings, with Avery Stoehr, Randy Cabral and John Zych Jr. all locked into a tight battle for the top spot in the NEMA series. Similarly, in the Lites, Danny Cugini, Jim Chambers and Randy Cabral are all locked in a tight battle for the top spot.

Known as a "driver's track" - Drew Fornoro holds the all time win record at the NH quarter mile. During the late 80s when NEMA frequented the 1/4-mile oval, Fornoro, in the Gene Angelillo machine, dominated with wins at the speedway during the 1982-1986 seasons. He also won during the final two seasons that the Club visited the Speedway with triumphs in 1996 and 1997. Other winners at Monadnock in the modern era include Mike Seymour, Russ Stoehr, Greg Stoehr, Cabral and Payne.

All of that said, the real reason for Saturday night's race is to celebrate a legend - Iron Mike Scrivani.

Proprietor of the legendary "Mike's Truck Stop" in Wrentham, MA, Scrivani's car-owning career began in the 1930s with the Big Cars and it included a successful run with the Modifieds in the late 1960s and early 70s, but Midgets, were clearly his first love.

Jerry Russo drove the Scrivani car in NEMA's first race at Seekonk Speedway on Memorial Day of 1953. The first of many wins for the Scrivani team came in 1956 at West Peabody with Russo aboard.

Butch Walsh and Nokie Fornoro won NEMA championships in Scrivani cars and are part of an extended list of drivers to have won in Scrivani equipment in both NEMA and ARDC. The group includes Dave Humphrey, Ray Burke, Dick Brown, Leigh Earnshaw, Hank Williams, Al Pillion, Billy Eldridge, Al Herman, Gene Bergin, Bert Brooks and Johnny Coy Sr.

In catching up with Iron Mike's son, NEMA stalwart - Mike Scrivani Jr., ironically he said "Monadnock was like our nemesis, so its ironic that we have the Memorial race there now. I actually don't think we ever won a race there to tell you the truth." "I remember one night, Nokie (Fornoro) was in our car and Johnny Evans was in (Carl) Kibbe's car. Nokie and Johnny got together, and then the (stuff) just hit the fan after that, I think the whole race fell apart at that point," he went on to say.

No doubt, the stories will continue to be written when NEMA returns to Monadnock this coming Saturday night.
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