Cantor and Bobby Santos III, prominent members of the Northeastern Midget
Associations Youth Brigade, were the winners on a very busy weekend. Cantor grabbed
his first-ever NEMA victory in Saturday nights 25-lapper at Star Speedway while
Santos prevailed in Sundays 25-lapper at Waterford Speedbowls Budweiser
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 didnt 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
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.
Its 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