Repeats as NEMA Seekonk D.A.V. Champion
|Seekonk, MA: For the second straight year Mark Buonomo of Waltham,
MA drove the Seymour Family #29 to victory in the prestigious D. Anthony Venditti Memorial
at Seekonk Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Buonomo, who has run sparingly with the
Northeastern Midget Association during the 2005 season, took the lead from reigning NEMA
champion Ben Seitz late in the race to score the win.
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Seekonk DAV Feature - 10/2/05
||Dix Hills, NY
||E. Bridgewater, MA
||Mike Ordway Jr.
||Lake Grove, NY
||So. Attleboro, MA
||Gill & Tim Bertrand
Cape Cod Aggregates "Hard Charger" - Chris Perley
|NEMA Heat 1 (10
laps) - Seekonk 10/1
1. #55-Mike Keeler, Danbury, CT
2. #2-Joey Payne, Fairlawn, NJ
3. #7NY-Adam Cantor, Dix Hills, NY
4. #4-Ben Seitz, Monument Beach, MA
5. #11-Lee Bundy, Kennebunkport, ME
6. #37-Shane Hammond, East Bridgewater, MA
7. #29-Mark Buonomo, Waltham, MA
8. #3-Tommy Spada, Berlin, CT
9. #35-Keith Botelho, South Attleboro, MA
10. #37b-Ed Breault, Lincoln, RI
|NEMA Heat 2 (10
laps) - Seekonk 10/1
1. #45-Joey Payne, Fairlawn, NJ
2. #A1-Jeff Horn, Ashland, MA
3. #17-Ben Seitz, Monument Beach, MA
4. #47-Randy Cabral, Plymouth, MA
5. #26-Greg Stoehr, Bridgewater, MA
6. #50-Pete Pernesiglio, Lake Grove, NY
7. #22-Andy Shlatz, Enfield, CT
8. #21-Barry Kittredge, Marlboro, MA
9. #55L-Shawn Torrey, Marshfield, MA
10. #5-Larry Cheetham, Bristol, RI
Buonomo Repeats as NEMA Seekonk D.A.V. Champion
Seekonk, MA: For the second straight year Mark
Buonomo of Waltham, MA drove the Seymour Family #29 to victory in the prestigious D.
Anthony Venditti Memorial at Seekonk Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Buonomo, who has run
sparingly with the Northeastern Midget Association during the 2005 season, took the lead
from reigning NEMA champion Ben Seitz late in the race to score the win.
The talented driver put an exclamation point where there may have once been a question
mark. Buonomo is a capable, confident, winning racer.
"I had to work hard for this one," said an excited Buonomo. ?I knew I had a good
racecar and I thought I could get by Ben. I knew my chances were going to be better when
we got into lapped traffic. You are not going to be to just drive by him."
The tradition-laden D. Anthony Venditti Memorial saw the NEMA Midgets pace the field in
four-wide formation and take the initial green flag from Steve Grant who stood trackside.
Unfortunately, the excitement of the time-honored start was marred by an incident that
involved top runners Joey Payne and rookie standout Mike Keeler.
Pole sitter Lee Bundy failed to come up to speed, leaving cars scrambling. When the
caution flew, both Payne and Keeler headed to the pits for repairs. Both returned to the
event. After an additional attempt at the complete start, Adam Cantor launched to the lead
from his third starting position only to
lose the top spot a single lap later to Seitz. Buonomo followed through to take over
second position on lap two.
During the green flag run Seitz entered lap traffic allowing Buonomo to close up.
Meanwhile, Payne and Keeler were on the move. After restarting in the 21st and 22nd
positions respectively on lap 2, Payne had already moved his way into the top-ten by lap
10 while Keeler had wheeled his way to 11th.
The first in a pair of scary incidents occurred on lap 12 when contact was made between
Greg Stoehr and Larry Cheetham in turn three. Stoehr ended up making hard contact with the
outside retaining wall while the Cheetham machine came to rest on its side. Randy Cabral,
making his debut in the Bertrand Motorsports #47, spun to avoid the wreck as it unfolded.
Both Stoehr and Cheetham were uninjured.
Just prior to the wreck, Buonomo had worked his way around Seitz to take over the lead.
The pass was negated when the caution flew on lap 12. On the restart, Seitz led Buonomo,
Cantor, Jeff Horn, and Shane Hammond inside the top five. Payne was already sixth followed
by Mike Ordway, Jr., Chris Perley, Keeler, and Andy Schlatz inside the top ten.
A single lap of racing went on the new lap counter at Seekonk Speedway when the second and
scariest incident of the day brought out the caution. Cabrals machine broke loose
rocketing up the banking and began barrel rolling along the outside wall in turns one and
"My ankle is a little sore but my feelings are hurt worse than I am," said
Cabral after the race. "I really dont know what happened with the car, it
happened so fast. I do know that is the worse wreck I have ever had. The car hit the
ground really hard and it just kept slamming the ground. I feel horrible for Tim and Gil
The restart on lap 13 added yet more excitement to the race. Some jostling up front found
Horn, who had been running third, falling back. With Seitz leading and Buonomo chasing
once again, Horn was scrambling to get back inside the top five.
Hammond was the man on the move once back to green. The young driver took over sixth
position and set his sites on the top five. Hammond patiently stalked Perley and was able
to complete the pass on lap 20. At the front of the pack, Buonomo was glued to the back of
With only two laps to go, Buonomo used lapped cars to his advantage and took the lead from
Seitz. They leaders took different lines around the slower cars. With the crowd on their
feet, Buonomo came out on top.
"I just kind of rode for most of the race," said Buonomo. "I saved the
tires and the racecar for the end of the race. I wanted to have something when it was my
chance to make a challenge. I saw the opportunity and lapped traffic and took it. This is
a great win."
After leading the most laps, Seitz had to settle for second over Payne, who put on a great
show coming back from the early race incident.
"We would have liked to win," said Seitzs car owner Peter Valari,
"but Mark had a great car. We had a great day."
In the big picture, Seitz was able to gain a precious three points over Payne in the
heated point race for the 2005 season championship chase.
Cantor and Hammond rounded out the top-five. Horn, Perley, Keeler, Ordway and Barry
Kittredge, making only his third start of the season, completed the top-ten. A very tired
Chris Perley, who drove all night after winning the ISMA race in Mansfield, OH on Saturday
night, earned the Hard-Charger award.
Two races remain on the 2005 Northeastern Midget Association schedule including this
weekend's Finale at the Waterford Speedbowl. These two races promise excitement as Ben
Seitz leads Joey Payne by only 13 points in the quest for the 2005 season championship.
Qualifying for Waterfords Finale will be Saturday, October 8th with feature racing
on Sunday. Log on to www.speedbowl.com for more
scheduling and pricing information.