L to R: Bobby Santos, 2nd; Mike Jarret from Helping
Mark Buonomo, 1st; and Ben Seitz, 3rd.
DAV Festival of
Sat. & Sun. Oct. 2/3
The Cape Cod Aggregates 25
|1. #29 - Mark
Buonomo, Waltham, MA
2. #35 - Bobby Santos III, Marlboro, MA
3. #17 - Ben Seitz, Monument Beach, MA
4. #45 - Joey Payne, Fairlawn, NJ
5. #2 - Nokie Fornoro, Stroudsburg, PA
6. #36 - Randy Cabral, Plymouth, MA
7. #50 - Pete Pernesiglio, Ronkonkoma, NY
8. #44 - Ed Breault, Lincoln, RI
9. #117- Keith Botelho, Attleboro, MA**
10. #7NY-Adam Cantor, Dix Hills, NY
11. #18 - Rich Gerbe, Elmont, NY
12. #16 - Matt O'Brien, Wilmington, MA
13. #25 - Sean Dolan, Acton, MA
14. #49 - B. J. MacDonald, Dublin, PA
15. #33 - Tommy Spada, Berlin, CT
16. #57 - Bob Bradbury, Wakefield, RI
17. #77 - Mike Luggelle, Hull, MA
18. #22 - Doug Cleveland, Sudbury, MA
19. #37 - Shane Hammond, East Bridgewater, MA
20. #A1 - Jeff Horn, Hudson, MA
21. #81 - Tim Heath, Lebanon, CT
22. #26 - Russ Stoehr, Lakeville, MA
23. #54 - Don Zrinski, Piscataway, NJ
24. #98 - Erica Santos, Marlboro, MA (DNS)
Dominates in D.A.V. Memorial Win at Seekonk
Seekonk, MA: It has been a long time coming and
finally, Mark Buonomo of Waltham, MA has posted his first win of the 2004 season in
Northeastern Midget Association competition. The talented young driver has been in
contention on many occasions for both car owners Tim Bertrand and Bobby Seymour but
mechanical troubles have shut him out of victory lane. It all changed on Sunday at Seekonk
Speedway with a dominating performance in the NEMA 25 presented by Cape Cod Aggregates
when he led 21 of 25 laps to score the win.
"I really want to thank the Seymours for believing in me and giving me the
opportunity to show what I can do in a racecar," said an excited but hoarse Buonomo,
who was suffering from laryngitis. "Bobby (Seymour) had this car absolutely on a rail
all weekend and Mike (Seymour) worked hard on the motor. You can't ask for more on a
beautiful Sunday afternoon."
On the initial start, Pete Pernesiglio put his car upfront as Bobby Santos III and Buonomo
battled for the runner-up spot. Santos put up a brief fight before relinquishing the
position to Buonomo. On lap four, Buonomo completed his march to the front taking over the
top spot from Pernesiglio. He quickly ran out to a sizeable lead, leaving Santos to do
battle with Pernesiglio.
Santos went around Pernesiglio on the backstretch on lap eight but a spin by his teammate
Randy Cabral brought out the caution to negate the pass. On the restart, it was Buonomo,
Pernesiglio, Santos, Ed Breault, and Joey Payne inside the top five. Point leader Ben
Seitz was just outside the top five looking in.
A second attempt at lap eight was cut short when the #33 of Tommy Spada went spinning.
Buonomo was able to maintain his spot at the head of the field when racing resumed. Santos
stormed passed Pernesiglio while a three-car battle for third was developing between
Pernesiglio, Payne, and Seitz. Seitz came out on top to claim third. Payne went to fourth
moving Pernesiglio back to fifth. Jeff Horn, making his first start of the 2004 season,
was cruising toward the front in the outside groove.
At the halfway marker, Buonomo continued to lead with Santos, Seitz, Payne, and Nokie
Fornoro taking chase. Pernesiglio had fallen back to sixth while Horn was up to seventh
and Cabral had worked his way back to eighth after his problem earlier in the event.
The best battle on the field pitted Seitz against Santos for the second position. Payne
and Fornoro were locked in a fight of their own. Santos was successful in holding off
Seitz. Payne could not hold off the charge of Fornoro.
Attrition began to play a role as the race progressed. Early season feature winner Tim
Heath dropped off the pace on lap 13. Russ Stoehr headed for the infield on lap 20. Horn
saw his good day go sour when his new A-1 went up in smoke on lap 20 to bring out the
The action was hot behind Buonomo on the restart. Seitz made a bold move to dive low on
Santos in an effort to take over second but he could not make the pass stick. He had to
settle back in line in third. Payne, not satisfied with fourth, took back third from
Fornoro with the race back under green.
The dicing from second on back allowed Buonomo to head unchallenged to the checkers.
Santos held off Seitz for second while Payne and Fornoro rounded out the top five.
Cabral's comeback resulted in a sixth-place finish. Pernesiglio settled for seventh over
Breault, Keith Botehlo, and Adam Cantor. Botehlo of Attleboro, MA, who started 21st after
encountering mechanical troubles during qualifying, earned the hard-charger award and an
extra $50 for passing the most cars.
With only two races remaining in the 2004 season, Seitz continues to the lead the point
"It was a good day points-wise," said Seitz. "We gained points by finishing
ahead of both Payne and Cabral. I really have to thank my car owner Pete Valeri and our
sponsor Cape Cod Aggregates. They have given me a championship caliber team and I am going
to do everything I can to get them the title."
Sunday's race was the 57th appearance of the Midgets at Seekonk but the first in some
two-seasons. It was a welcome return for both NEMA competitors and fans. Rookie Shane
Hammond put into perspective the prestige of a Midget race at Seekonk when he said,
"It has been my lifelong dream to run at Midget at Seekonk."
Unfortunately Hammond's first appearance ended early with mechanical problems.
As the presenting sponsor of Sunday's event Cape Cod Aggregates and owner Sam Lorusso, a
long-time supporter of NEMA racing, helped to make the D. Anthony Venditti Memorial even
more special for the Northeastern Midget Association. An additional $2,500 in the purse
made the D.A.V. Memorial one of the highest paydays for NEMA all season.
Next up for the Northeastern Midget Association is the Waterford Speedbowl's Finale on October 9&10, 2004 followed by the
XTRA-Mart World Series at Thompson International Speedway on October 15-17, 2004.
The action at Waterford gets underway with qualifying heats on Saturday beginning at
approximately 1:00 PM. The 25-lap NEMA feature is expected to roll-off at 1:15 PM Sunday
afternoon, October 10. For details visit www.speedbowl.com.
- NEMAs Mighty
Midgets Return To Seekonk
Recent Seekonk Winners
- NEMA History Unfolds at Seekonk
- Saturday - Heat 1 (10 laps)
1. #36-Randy Cabral, Plymouth, MA
2. #45-Joey Payne, Fairlawn, NJ
3. #50-Pete Pernesiglio, Ronkonkoma, NY
4. #44-Ed Breault, Lincoln, RI
5. #81-Tim Heath, Lebanon, CT
6. #37-Shane Hammond, East Bridgewater, MA
7. #18-Rich Gerbe, Elmont, NY
8. #A1-Jeff Horn, Hudson, MA
9. #57-Bob Bradbury, Wakefield, RI
10. #54-Don Zrinski, Piscataway, NJ
11. #98-Erica Santos, Marlboro, MA
12. #16-Matt O'Brien, Wilmington, MA (DNS)
Saturday - Heat 2 (10 laps)
1. #29-Mark Buonomo, Waltham, MA
2. #2-Nokie Fornoro, Stroudsburg, PA
3. #35-Bobby Santos III, Marlboro, MA
4. #7NY-Adam Cantor, Dix Hills, NY
5. #17-Ben Seitz, Monument Beach, MA
6. #26-Russ Stoehr, Lakeville, MA
7. #22-Doug Cleveland, Sudbury, MA
8. #25-Sean Dolan, Acton, MA
9. #33-Tommy Spada, Berlin, CT
10. #77-Mike Luggelle, Hull, MA
11. #117-Keith Botelho, Attleboro, MA
12. #49-B. J. MacDonald, Dublin, PA (DNS)
Look at the front wheel angles in the #29/#50 passing
Nikon D2H takes 8
shots per second.
A lot going on in less than a second.