August 10, 2002
||R. Boetticher, Jr.
||J. Payne, Jr.
Fornoro Grab NEMA Wins
at Star and Canaan
|Veterans Howard Bumpus and Drew Fornoro
were the winners as the Northeastern Midget Associations 50th birthday celebration
continued with another weekend in New Hampshire. No doubt, both would like
more Granite State ventures.
Bumpus became the first NEMA driver in 30 races to post back-to-back victories, coming
from the back to prevail in the Don Berrio #2 at Star Speedway Saturday night. Bumpus, who
won at Hudson on July 14, capped off an eventful night passing Fornoro for the lead with
three laps left.
Fornoro, in the Campanale Brothers #54, started 13th and took the lead before the halfway
point in capturing the 25 lapper at Canaan USA on Sunday night. It was the second win of
the season (the first coming at Star on July 13) and the 81st career triumph for
NEMAs all-time feature winner.
Cautions played a key role for Bumpus who had come from 27th to second when the final
yellow waived with five left. Two laps later, Bumpus went around Fornoro heading into turn
Bumpus got a provisional start (one of three granted) after bending an axle in
his heat. Finally finding a suitable replacement (from Mark Buonomo), Bumpus, who missed
the B-Main, lined up last. Before the race was nine laps old, there were seven cautions
and Bumpus was sitting 12th.
Grabbing second from Barry Kittredge on lap 16, Bumpus began closing on Fornoro, the
latter leading since a lap nine restart. Bumpus was on Fornoros bumper when the
final yellow showed.
The Hard Charger prize went to Bumpus as well, but runs from the back were almost
commonplace. B-Main winner Randy Cabral came from 22nd to claim third. Involved in a lap
five incident (which eliminated Joey Payne Jr.), defending champ and current point leader
Russ Steohr stormed back to fourth. Adam Cantor was fifth.
Among the leaders throughout, Kittredge slowed on the final restart and drifted back.
Fornoro was the third leader at Canaan. He took over from Bobby Santos III on a lap 12
restart. Santos had assumed command from Chuck Morton on lap three and had a sizable lead
when the second yellow flew for Kyle Carpenters off-track (turns one and two)
Stoehr took advantage of a Santos bobble to grab second on the restart. Fornoro seemed to
have him covered, however, the #54 winning by a comfortable margin despite the final
caution with six to go.
Bumpus late rush earned a third at Canaan, capping off a great weekend. Randy Cabral
and Ryan Dolan completed the top five. Payne, who came from deep in the field to finish
seventh, was the Hard Charger.
Kyle Carpenter and Drew Fornoro each had two heat wins. Nokie Fornoro (Star) and Santos
(Canaan) won as well.
NEMA now gets a week off before the Aug. 24 Boston Louie Memorial at Waterford Speedbowl.
Breault and Mike Scrivani in addition to Buonomo were instrumental in Bumpus
getting his problem solved at Star
Stoehr was the last to win two straight back in
Doug Cleveland (in the Rosenfield #88) and Tommy Spada were also given
provisional stars at Star
Car counts remain strong 29 at Star, 28 at Canaan.