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Heat 1
4 - B. Seymour
44 - E. Breault
12x - K. Carpenter
45 - R. Stoehr
77 - M. Lugelle
7ny - A. Cantor
63 - C. Morton
16 - M. O'Brien
33 - J. Libby
34 - P. Pernesiglio

Heat 2
47 - T. Bertrand
9 - B. Santos
17 - B. Seitz
76 - M. Buonomo
1s - J. Horn
14 - K. Weeks
6 - P. Lawless
87 - D. Cleveland
79 - K. Botelho
88 - D. Rosenfield

Heat 3
2 - H. Bumpus

54 - D. Fonoro
15 - R. Dolan
46 - R. Boetticher
35 - R. Cabral
81 - T. Heath
5 - L. Cheetham
57 - B. Bradbury
22 - A. Shatz
3 - T. Spada

87 - D. Cleveland
16 - M. O'Brien
57 - B. Bradbury
3 - T. Spada
33 - J. Libby
34 - P. Pernesiglio
88 - D. Rosenfield
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Race 7

Star Speedway

July 12, 2002


1 54 D. Fonoro Hard
2 17 B. Seitz -
3 15 R. Dolan -
4 47 T. Bertrand -
5 4 B. Seymour -
6 12x K. Carpenter -
7 35 R. Cabral -
8 2 H. Bumpus -
9 45 R. Stoehr -
10 76 M. Buonomo -
11 9 B. Santos -
12 46 R. Boetticher Jr. -
13 14 K. Weeks -
14 81 T. Heath -
15 6 P. Lawless -
16 7ny A. Cantor -
17 16 M. O'Brien -
18 77 M. Lugelle -
19 44 E. Breault DNF
20 1s J. Horn DNF
21 62 C. Morton DNF
22 5 L. Cheetham DNF
23 87 D. Cleveland DNF
24 57 B. Bradbury DNF
25 3 T. Spada DNS
26 33 J. Libby DNS
27 34 P. Pernesiglio DNS
28 88 D. Rosenfield DNS
29 79 K. Botelho DNS
30 22 A. Shlatz DNS

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Fornoro, Bumpus NEMA Winners
at Star and Hudson

July 12 & 13 - Drew Fornoro and Howard Bumpus were the winners as the Northeastern Midget Association continued its 50th birthday celebration with the first Star Speedway-Hudson Speedway since 1994. Fornoro scored his 80th NEMA victory at Star on Saturday while Bumpus prevailed Saturday night at Hudson.

NEMA has now had seven winners in eight races.

Starting 11th, Fornoro (in the Campanale Brothers #54) took advantage of Ben Seitz (Cape Cod Aggregates) bobbled in turn three and went on to a two-car length win at Star. Starting third, Seitz passed pole sitter Mike Luggelle out of two before three laps were complete. He had a half-straightaway lead when Fornoro, coming from 11th, took second.

" I knew Drew was there," said Seitz. "I heard him. I had to get going because I knew he’d get me on the bottom. I just slipped up. Traffic was coming and I was thinking too far ahead of myself. I threw it too hard and it didn’t hold. The time before I threw it in hard and it stuck. This time it didn’t."

It was all according to plan for NEMA’s all-time winner. "He was running very good," said Fornoro. "I probably had a tad more. I was waiting for traffic and saw him getting loose a couple times. I figured if I could lead through traffic all the better, That’s when I decided to drive in a little bit extra [in turn one] to shake him up."

Fornoro was the hard charger as well.

Seitz, a rookie, then had his hands full with Ryan Dolan, Tim Bertrand and Bobby Santos in the closing laps. The charging Santos lost a tire on lap 24 to bring out the second yellow, the first coming before the race was a lap old. Bobby Seymour finished behind Dolan and Bertrand to complete the top five.

Bumpus, who started fifth in the Don Berrio #2, got past Mark Buonomo on a restart nine laps in at Hudson. He went on to a convincing win, leaving behind a torrid Buonomo-Fornoro duel that Buonomo finally won with three laps remaining.

Coming from third, Buonomo had a wide lead when, on lap nine, Tim Heath’s journey off turn three brought out the red. On the restart Buonomo got away but heading into three Bumpus moved inside him and was quickly gone.

"He jumped the start a little bit and I let him go," said Bumpus. "He had been running the middle to high groove before the red and I figured he’d take it in fairly deep. I wanted to pinch it off and get underneath him and that’s the way it played out."

"We were on a harder tire than anybody else," Buonomo said. "Right before the red the car was really coming to me. Than after the tires cooled and then heated up again – that cycle – they never came back." He called the closing laps "really skatty."

Fornoro, who ran out of rubber late, got second from Buonomo on lap 14 and then gave it back with three to go in a classic duel. Randy Cabral and Russ Stoehr completed the top five. Cabral, who started 16th, was the hard charger.

Seymour, Bertrand and Bumpus were the Star heat winners with Doug Cleveland claiming the consi. Stoehr, Bumpus and Buonomo were Hudson heat winners with Horn taking the consi.

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NEMA Rekindles Star-Hudson ‘Double’

The Northeastern Midget Association’s all-time feature winner Drew Fornoro "can’t wait to get back to Hudson Speedway." NEMA will return to the historic New Hampshire oval Sunday (Sept. 14) on the back end of a doubleheader that begins Saturday night at Star Speedway,

Star-Hudson weekends were once common for NEMA. The last Hudson visit back in 1994 was part of such a doubleheader. Two-time defending champion and current point leader Russ Stoehr, then in a Bruce Beane car, won the last NEMA show at Star besting Mike Seymour and Fornoro.

"We used to do it all the time," says Fornoro who swept a pair of Star-Hudson doubleheaders in 1989. The first of Fornoro’s record 79 NEMA wins came at Hudson in 1983. He has added six more. All of the Hudson successes came driving for Gene Angelillo.

Among active drivers, Bobby Seymour has won three times at Hudson. Stoehr, who now drives for Angelillo, and Nokie Fornoro have each won twice there. Nokie Fornoro was the first to post a Star-Hudson double, doing it in back in 1981

Bob Webber, who has promoted both ovals for some time, proposed the doubleheader as part of NEMA’s 50th anniversary. Legend Tony Bonadies won the firswt NEMA race at Hudson in 1958. Midgets actually opened Hudson back on May 9, 1948, Bud Tatro winning the Bay State Racing Club feature.

"Hudson is probably the best Midget track there is for those who like racy racing," remembers Stoehr. "The thing about Hudson is you have go go, go, go. You can’t hesitate, you can’t wait, and you can’t slow down. You have to race the entire time, take every opportunity that comes your way."

Paul Lawless calls Hudson "a great traditional Midget track, small, tight and banked and a lot of fun to drive." He recalls going off the backstretch in the Jack Currie #83 and "coming to a stop in the trees."

"I love the place," offers Doug Cleveland who once "spun twice and came all the way to finish third" at Hudson. "Hudson in a Midget is awesome."

Fornoro’s first win, however, tops the list of stories. Brother Nokie, driving a Scrivani car, was burning up NEMA that year. On that particular night, Nokie flew out of turn three bringing out the red. Drew left his car to see about his brother. He came back to find his car in the pit, the right rear flat. The team did not have a spare.

"Nokie’s car was coming in on a hook," remembers Angelillo. "I can still remember Mike Scrivani yelling at his crew to take the tire off his car. It would up on our car and Drew came from the back to win. That was my first win in a Midget."

Butch Walsh worked the double in 1984 and Dave Humphrey in 1986.

NEMA has not had a back-to-back win situation in 25 races. There have been five winners in six events this year, Stoehr coming into the weekend off a win in Thompson Speedway’s Mini Indy.

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