CT - Drew Fornoro was "not crazy about it but Ill take it. He had no
choice. The veteran got the win in Sundays 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association
win at Thompson Speedways Icebreaker when the car Bobby Santos III drove failed
Santos finished a half-straightaway ahead of Fornoro but his Seymour-owned car failed the
bulge test and was too wide by about a half inch. The 17-year old
dominated the race, taking the lead on the third and last restart and quickly opening a
Fornoro, in the Campanale Bros. #91, took second from Ed Breault heading into turn one
with 14 laps remaining. I could see where he was, said Fornoro. I could
run as quick but I went into cruise control hoping wed get a yellow and maybe
Id have more than him, but it never came.
After early problems - two yellows and a red before it was three laps old the race
ended with 22 straight green flag laps despite a slippery surface. Santos was never
I thought Bobby [Seymour] was kidding when he told me[about the DQ], said
Seeking to correct a stagger problem, Seymour put a new wheel and tire on the car before
the feature. In all the rushing around, I didnt check, he admitted.
Im mad at myself and I apologized to the kid for taking a win away from
It was the 83rd checkered for Fornoro, NEMAs all-time win
leader. It was Fornoros sixth season opening win and it is the 21st season in which
he has won, both club records.
Adam Cantor (Cantor #7), Randy Cabral
(Cabral #36), Howard Bumpus (Berrio #2) and Joey Payne Jr. (Angelillo #45) completed the
top five. Rookie Shawn Caisse (Caisse #10c) came from 22nd to finish seventh just behind
There is a positive, insisted Santos. We know we won the race. Our goal
is to win as many races as we can and this isnt going to slow us down. I know this
isnt going to happen again.
Santos started sixth and grabbed second following the first restart. He actually had the
lead when Buonomo crashed and had little trouble reclaiming it. I knew the car was
really good and I felt pretty sure nobody was going to catch us, he said. The
car had more but I didnt need to use it.
Seventh on the final restart, Fornoro needed two laps to grab third behind Breault.
The Wirtgen America-NEMA series is now idle until a doubleheader weekend on May 10-11.
NEMA will visit Star Speedway on Saturday night and be part of Waterford Speedbowls
rescheduled Budweiser Modified Nationals on Sunday.