7ny - Cantor
44 - Breault
50 - Pernesiglio
81 - Heath
16 - O'Brien
18 - Gerbe
48 - Bertrand
33 - Spada
37 - Hammond
22 - Cleveland
13 - DeVoe (DNF)
29 - B. Santos
36 - R. Cabral
17 - Seitz
47 - Buonomo
45 - Payne
25 - S. Dolan
6 - Lawless
57 - Bradbury
77 - Lugelle
11 - Bundy (DNF)
10c - E. Santos(DNS)
June 13, 2004
Waterford Speedbowl - June 12th
Bobby Santos - Marlboro, MA***
Fornoro - Stroudsburg, PA
Payne - Fairlawn, NJ
Cabral - Plymouth, MA
Breault - Lincoln, RI
Pernesiglio - Long Island, NY
Richard Gerbe - Elmont, NY
Bertrand - Watertown, MA
Doug Cleveland - Sudbury, MA
Hammond - E. Bridgewater, MA
Bundy - Kennebunkport, ME
Bradbury - Wakefield, RI
Cantor - Dix Hills, NY
Paul Lawless - Holliston, MA
Heath - Lebanon, CT
Sean Dolan - Acton, MA
O'Brien - Wilmington, MA
Spada - Berlin, CT
Erica Santos - Marlboro, MA
Seitz - Monument Beach, MA
DeVoe - E. Hartford, CT
Mike Lugelle - Hull, MA
Buonomo - Waltham, MA
NEMA Speedbowl Win
Calling Waterford Speedbowl “the
most fun place to run Midgets,” Bobby Santos III added another
“memorable move” to his collection Saturday night, capturing the 25-lap
Northeastern Midget Association feature at the Connecticut oval. It was
Santos’ fourth career Speedbowl win.
He might have even surprised himself with an inside move exiting turn
two that moved him from third to first and propelled him to victory in
the Seymour #29. Santos not only slipped by Nokie Fornoro (in the Berrio
#2) for second but got leader Adam Cantor as well.
Santos then survived two more restarts to become NEMA’s third winner in
as many races this year. Fornoro held on for second with Joey Payne Jr.,
Randy Cabral and Ed Breault filling out the top five.
Fornoro was the target when, on a restart with 12 left, Santos “drove in
into turn one the hardest I could. I knew I had to get Nokie right
there. He’s pretty hard to pass on the straight with all that power.”
Pointing out “my car is better than most in the turns at Waterford,”
Santos “thought I was going to get Nokie but I didn’t expect to get Adam
at the same time.” He did, however, and quickly opened up a gap on a
Fornoro got by Cantor, now plagued with engine woes, but he had nothing
for Santos on restarts with four and nine left, the latter single file.
“He had it together,” Fornoro said of Santos. “What are you going to
Santos and Cantor were the heat winners. Mechanical woes caught both Tim
Heath and Ben Seitz, winners earlier this season. They came to the
Speedbowl running one/two in points.
NEMA’s next races are at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday,
July 1st and at Stafford Motor Speedway on Wednesday, July 14th, sharing
the latter show with ISMA.
Bobby Santos was also impressive in
Howie Lane’s #9
Super Modified in the special ISMA exhibition. Sister Erica (in Lane’s
second car), Justin Belfiore and Mike Badessa were also part of the 10
lap exhibition that left a favorable impression with Speedbowl fans.
New Faces Atop
Standings As NEMA Heads to Bowl
Call it the new breed. Call it the
new face of the Northeastern Midget Association. Call it what you want but
NEMA heads to Waterford Speedway Saturday with a couple of new winners Tim Heath
and Ben Seitz on top of the points race.
It is the first time since 1998 that the club has had back-to-back first-time winners.
Seitz, who captured the season-opener at Waterford, trails Heath, the winner at
Adirondack, by 25 points. Both came to NEMA in 2002.
Veteran Ed Breault, who trails Seitz by a single tally, is part of a group hoping to make
it three straight first timers. Breault, coming in off a career-best second at
Adirondack, was third earlier this season at Waterford behind Seitz and Heath.
Waterford has had six first-time winners over the past six years including Bobby Santos
III and Tim Bertrand, both possibilities this week. The 2002 Boston Louie winner, Santos
won twice last year and trails only four-time winner Mark Buonomo among active drivers on
the Waterford win list.
Buonomo points out its hard to find somebody who doesnt like racing at
Waterford. There are three, four lanes, a good surface and some straightaway. Its a
near-perfect Midget track. The Midgets cover Waterford in the very low 13s with
straightaway speeds in excess of 107 mph.
Kyle Carpenter, third at Adirondack, will be looking for justice, the youngster breaking
while dominating last May. Youngsters Bobby Santos III, Carpenter, Heath, Seitz, Randy
Cabral, Erica Santos and Adam Cantor have all put a new face on the 52-year old club.
Payne, last years Boston Louie winner, has been plagued with mechanical woes this
year. He understands theres a tough road ahead if hes to repeat as champion.
He heads up the veterans list that includes Pete Pernesiglio and Howie Bumpus, both
Waterford winners in the past.
NEMA will share the spotlight with the International Supermodified Association, the latter
group coming for an exhibition event. A growing number of drivers race in both
clubs including defending Payne and teenage sensation Bobby Santos III.
The last time NEMA had back-to-back first times was 1998 when Keith Botelho (Seekonk) and
Ted Christopher (Waterford) won on the same weekend.