Twin State Feature - 9/17/05
||Dix Hills, NY
||Lake Grove, NY
||E. Bridgewater, MA
||Mike Ordway Jr.
Cape Cod Aggregates "Hard Charger"
- Bobby Santos
Scores NEMA Victory
at Twin State Speedway
|Claremont, NH: In a season that has
had its ups and downs, Kyle Carpenter of Gloucester, MA was riding high on Saturday night.
Carpenter took the lead on lap seven of the 25-lap main event for the Northeastern Midget
Association and went on to score a popular victory at Twin State Speedway.
We have been fighting all year to get a win in the Midget, said Carpenter.
It feels good to finally get one.
Early in my career I raced go-karts nearby at Sugar Hill Speedway in Weare,
NH, continued Carpenter. There are a lot of people here that I used to race
with. It was kind of like winning in front of the hometown fans. My deepest thanks to my
sponsors Helping Hands of America and VIP Discount Auto Centers, who helped make this
The determined driver made the feat look easier than it was in reality. Carpenter, who is
nursing a broken shoulder, had to fight a faltering racecar to take down the win.
My motor was dying the whole race and the car was real loose, said Carpenter
matter-of-factly, but we still managed to pull one off. Every caution I was fighting
to keep the motor running.
This is the second win of the 2005 season for Carpenter, who also scored a victory in the
International Supermodified Association (ISMA) at the prestigious Sandusky Speedway back
Carpenter suffered a broke shoulder and a torn rotator cuff in a crash in his
Supermodified at Toledo Speedway in June. He re-aggravated the injury trying to qualify
his Midget for the July 4th special at Thompson. When it finally appeared that Carpenter
was on the road to recovery, an incident, not of his own making, at Seekonk Speedway last
month resulted in another break of the shoulder. Despite it all, Carpenter has only missed
a single Midget race and only one Supermodified race. In fact, both of Carpenters
wins have come while injured.
The eventual winner started the race from the fifth position. He ran quietly in the
opening stages of the race behind early leaders Shane Hammond and Pete Pernesiglio.
Carpenter showed patience and waited for the right opportunity to make his move.
From the fifth position, Carpenter had the best seat in the house for a heated battle for
the third position between Ben Seitz and Joey Payne.
They were battling pretty hard in front of me, said Carpenter. I just
waited for things to sort themselves out and then I went for it.
On lap three the caution flew for an incident between Seitz and Payne. Both drivers went
to the rear of the field leaving the battle up front to Pernesiglio, Hammond, and
A caution set the stage for the race-winning move. A single lap after taking the green
after a lap six restart, Carpenter made his move passing Pernesiglio for the lead. Adam
Cantor and Mike Keeler had moved into contention by this time as well. In the late stages
of the event, both Payne and Seitz had worked their way into the top five.
Carpenter proved to have the car to beat. On the final restart, he drove away from Payne,
who had found his way back to the second position. Payne settled for second over Cantor,
Keeler and Seitz inside the top five.
Twin State Speedway beat the rain and Carpenter bested the field to win his first NEMA
Midget event of the 2005 season.
My hat is off to the promoters at Twin State, commented Carpenter. They
stuck it out and despite some clouds and a bad forecast it was a beautiful night to race.
It was a gamble for the track to run tonight and it paid off.
In 1978, when the Midgets last ran at the speedway now known as Twin State Speedway, Kyle
Carpenter was not even born yet. Now the 21-year old is a race champion at the facility.
By virtue of his win Carpenter will receive a Bell Dominator helmet from long-time friend
and former employer Bobby Seymour of TheRaceDepot.com.
Randy Cabral, who sat third in the point chase prior to the event, was missing from the
line-up at Twin State on Saturday night. The rescheduled event caused a conflict with a
previous race commitment that the Plymouth, MA driver had made to run a Pro-Four Modified
at Seekonk Speedway.
It was a tough decision to make, said Cabral. It was hard for me to miss
a NEMA race. It is the first race I have missed since I started racing with the
Cabral will certainly be back in action with his NEMA counterparts when they take to the
Seekonk Speedway on October 1-2, 2005. Next up for the Northeastern Midget Association is
the prestigious D. Anthony Venditti Memorial event at Seekonk. Qualifying will take place
on Saturday with feature action for the Midgets on Sunday. For a complete schedule of the
D.A.V. Memorial event log on to www.seekonkspeedway.com.