is World Series Winner
Thompson, CT - Grabbing the lead on lap 12, Randy
Cabral survived a restart six circuits later and went on to capture the 25-lap
Northeastern Midget Association segment of the World Series at Thompson Speedway. Cabral's
victory, his first of the year, brought NEMA's 51st season to a close.
Starting sixth, Cabral had the lead before the race was two laps old. He lost it to Adam
Cantor but then took it back at the halfway point. The last challenge came on a restart
with seven left, Cantor actually getting the jump before Cabral regained control in turn
"Adam got a great jump," Cabral said of the final restart. "He was getting
great jumps all race. Basically, we just drag raced in the first turn and he got there
first. Then I just kind of drove
around him. You can trust Adam. You know he's going to give you the room."
Cabral was fighting an ill-handling race car ("I made some set up mistakes")
when Cantor passed him earlier. "I decided to follow him but then he starting leaving
me," Cabral said. "I thought I had lost it, but then we got the last
Joey Payne Jr., who already had the championship
clinched, came home third despite having to pit on lap12 to clean his front screen of
leaves. The combination of wind and leaves was a key factor in only nine cars finishing
Ben Seitz was fourth and Nokie Fornoro, in the Campanale Bros. 91, fifth. Fornoro also
pitted on lap 12 to correct tire and overheating problems.
Mechanical problems ended Bobby Santos III bid for two straight wins. Electing to start
last and accept the Synergin Challenge, Santos charged to fifth by lap five before
Kyle Carpenter also came from deep in the field and was running third when he came to a
stop forcing the last yellow. Pete Pernesiglio was a definite factor before becoming one
of six or seven victims of the leaf problem.
"I just got lucky," said Cabral about the problem. "We've got the same
pickup everybody has."
It was the second Thompson but the first World Series win for Cabral who had suffered
through a season of near misses including a devastating DQ at the Boston Louie. "This
helps a lot,"Cabral said. "I was looking for a least one win this year. The
World Series is a big one because it was one of the first races I went to watch my father
race. This sort of soothes things; makes the winter a lot easier to take."
He is the eighth different winner this year