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Star Speedway

May 10, 2003


1 7ny Adam Cantor  
2 91 Drew Fornoro  
3 36 Randy Cabral  
4 29 Bobby Santos III Hard
5 45 Joey Payne  
6 2 Howie Bumpus  
7 62 Chuck Morton  
8 10c Sean Caisse  
9 44 Ed Breault  
10 35 Glen Cabral  
11 12 Kyle Carpenter  
12 50 Pete Pernesiglio  
13 32 Justin Barger  
14 77 Mike Lugelle  
15 57 Bob Bradbury  
16 10 Lee Bundy  
17 15 Ryan Dolan  
18 17 Ben Seitz  
19 46 Rudy Boetticher  
20 00 Doug Cleveland  
21 22 Andy Shlatz  
22 18 Rich Gerbe  
23 56 Bob Boetticher  
24 5 Nokie Fornoro DNS
25 81 Tim Heath DNS

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Cantor, Santos Capture NEMA Wins

Adam Cantor and Bobby Santos III, prominent members of the Northeastern Midget Association’s Youth Brigade, were the winners on a very busy weekend. Cantor grabbed his first-ever NEMA victory in Saturday night’s 25-lapper at Star Speedway while Santos prevailed in Sunday’s 25-lapper at Waterford Speedbowl’s Budweiser Modified Nationals.

It was especially busy for Santos who went from Waterford (where he qualified a SK-Modified) to Star (to finish fourth) and back to Waterford.

Cantor, who started second beside Ryan Dolan at Star, grabbed the lead on the third and final restart. On the two previous restarts, Cantor got a good jump but didn’t have enough to get past Dolan who was sliding up in one. “On the last restart,” said Cantor, “I drove it in as hard as I could and jammed on the brakes. When he [Dolan] pushed up, I just dove below him.”

The race went green the rest of the way. “I knew Drew Fornoro was coming, I knew the others were coming,” Cantor continued. “I just tried to maintain my line, stay smooth.” Fornoro was well behind in second followed by Randy Cabral, Santos and Joey Payne Jr.

A member of the heralded rookie class of 2002 and a very successful go-kart racer, Cantor admitted to “wondering if we were ever going to win again.” He said, “having Drew finish second in my first NEMA makes it the best,” Dolan said. “I have learned so much from him.”

Santos arrived with five minutes to spare, jumped into the car his sister Erica had qualified, and came from last to fourth. He was the hard charger.

If there was a hard luck award, it would go to Dolan who had mechanical problems at both spots. Santos actually inherited the lead from Dolan at Waterford. Dolan, the pole sitter, went out with a leaking motor after the second caution flew with nine laps remaining.

“It’s a lousy way to win a race,” said Santos, who started fifth and moved to second before the second lap was competed. “It was like Thompson. Someone else lost it more than someone won it.” Santos dominated at the season-opening Thompson World Series but was DQed when the car was found to be about a half inch too wide.

“I think there would have been a race at the end,” said Santos who was catching Dolan. Ben Seitz was second while Payne came from 20th to third, winning the Hard Charger award. Cabral and Mike Roselli Jr. filled out the top five.

Erica Santos, in her first NEMA feature, started 22nd but was idled by mechanical woes. She stopped in the third turn, bringing out the caution that eventually put his brother in front.

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