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Joey Payne, 2nd; Kyle Carpenter, 3rd, and Winner Ben Seitz

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NEMA Feature - Stafford Sizzler - Sun. 4/30/06
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 17 Ben Seitz Monument
Beach, MA
Pete Valeri
2* 45 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Gene Angellilo
3 11 Kyle Carpenter Gloucester, MA Don Berrio
4 4 Nokie Fornoro Stroudsburg, PA Mike Jarret
5 99 Mike Ordway Jr. Freemont, NH Power Point
6 77 Mike Lugelle Hull, MA Mike Lugelle
7 36 Cory Cleary - Glen Cabral
8 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
7ny Adam Cantor Dix Hills, NY Cantor Racing
37g Shane Hammond E. Bridgewater, MA Jack Glockner
98s Bobby Santos Marlboro, MA Robert Santos Jr.
21 Barry Kittredge Marlboro, MA Barry Kittredge
A1 Jeff Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
33 Shawn Torrey Marshfield, MA Shawn Torrey
35 Andy Shlatz Enfield, CT Glen Cabral
55 Mike Keeler Danbury, CT Kevin Keeler
DNS 80 Pete Pernesiglio Lake Grove, NY Peter Pernesiglio
DNS 3 Tommy Spada Kensington, CT Gino Spada
DNS 16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Jim O'Brien
*Cape Cod Aggregates "Hard Charger"- Joey Payne
Heat Winners: #11 Kyle Carpenter & #17 Ben Seitz

Seitz Repeats as NEMA
Sizzler Champ

Stafford Springs, CT: For the second year in a row, the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) took part in the Annual TechNet Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway. And for the second year in a row it was Ben Seitz of Monument Beach, MA scoring the prestigious victory. It only took the defending champ two laps to get to the front in Sunday’s main event for the Club. Once in control, nothing phased Seitz, not even the late race cautions. Seitz cruised to the victory over Joey Payne of Fairlawn, NJ, Kyle Carpenter of Gloucester, MA, Nokie Fornoro of Stroudsburg, PA, and Mike Ordway, Jr. of Freemont, NH

“To win the Sizzler is big,” said Seitz after the race. “It is probably the biggest event of the year for NEMA. We race in front of such a great crowd…and its the Spring Sizzler at Stafford.”

Another 2005 NEMA winner at Stafford, Jeff Horn led the field to green; however, it was Kyle Carpenter who led the first lap. Defending race winner Seitz immediately went to work on Horn and was able to take the position on lap two.

While still on lap two, Seitz was making a run on the leader when the caution flew for a stalled Mike Keeler. On the ensuing restart, Seitz used the outside grove to perfection to take over the top spot from Carpenter. Bobby Santos III followed through to take over second as Carpenter began to fade.

Randy Cabral had moved into the third position and began to close the substantial gap between himself and second running Santos. Joey Payne was also making his march to the front from his ninth-place starting spot.

As the race approached halfway, Seitz had stretched out his lead over Santos. The margin between Santos and third running Cabral had stabilized as did the interval back to Payne.

On lap 16, Santos relinquished the second position heading to pit road with an overheating problem. This handed the runner-up spot to Cabral. On the same lap, the mount of Shane Hammond went up in smoke to bring out the event’s second caution. Adam Cantor experienced problems as well as attrition began to play a major role in the 30-lapper.

While under the caution the #47 of Cabral came to rest on the backstretch. He, too, would give up the second position for an overheating problem. This set up a battle of the front row on the restart that pitted Seitz with his rival Payne, who had already taken round one in 2006.

The restart order with 14 laps remaining was Seitz, Payne, Carpenter, Mike Luggelle, and Nokie Fornoro inside the top five. Seitz handily resumed his lead after the second attempt to restart the event.

Payne appeared to falter a bit allowing Carpenter to close in quickly while Fornoro had moved around Luggelle. The leader meanwhile had worked out to a considerable lead with the laps winding down. The distance between Payne had Carpenter had stretched out a bit again as well.

Over the waning laps of the Sizzler, little changed in the top five as Seitz cruised to the victory over Payne, Carpenter, Fornoro and Mike Ordway, Jr. Payne was named the events “Hard Charger”.

“At the end of the race the car was starting to get loose,” continued Seitz. “I’m glad the race ended when it did. There were some really strong cars and great competitors behind me. This win means a great deal to me and my Cape Cod Aggregates team.”

The next event for the NEMA Midgets is schedule for May 27th at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA. The “Cement Palace” has been the site of many exciting Midget races over the years and 2006 will be no different.

Excitement Abounds for NEMA with Preparation for Stafford's Sizzler

Manchester, CT: On April 29 & 30, the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) will take part in the 35th Annual Tech Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway. To NEMA the Sizzler is more than just the second race of the 2006 schedule. It is an occasion. The addition of the Sizzler to the NEMA schedule in 2005 was a huge boost to the Club and continues to be a great source of pride for the entire organization.

"Stafford is an extra special place for me," said Andy Shlatz driver of the Rafferty Fine Grading #22, echoing the sentiment of many NEMA competitors. "As a kid I went to Stafford every Friday night to watch Bugsy Stevens and all the great Modified drivers race. It was a dream come true when NEMA finally got to race here."

The prestigious event is a perfect fit for an organization that is laden with racing tradition. The Northeastern Midget Association is thrilled to be able to take part in an event that holds such a special place for race fans and competitors alike.

Last year the Sizzler victory went to Ben Seitz of Monument Beach, MA. This season there are several drivers gunning for the defending champion and race winner including his 'nemesis' opening day winner Joey Payne. Other contenders will include Randy Cabral, Nokie Fornoro, Adam Cantor and Bobby Santos III.

Since the return of the Midgets to Stafford in 2004, there have been no repeat winners. In 2004, Nokie Fornoro scored the win while Seitz and Jeff Horn shared top honors in 2005. Each one of those drivers would like to change that statistic.

At Stafford; however, you cannot count out the 'dark horse'. Pete Pernesiglio, who was very disappointed to miss opening day at Waterford, is very hungry and ready to win for his host of new sponsors. Other drivers poised to return to victory lane include Keith Botelho, Ryan Dolan and Barry Kittredge. This race could also prove to be the breakout event for such young drivers as Mike Keeler and Shane Hammond.

In fact, Hammond of Bridgewater, MA, is especially excited to get to the Spring Sizzler. Hammond heads to Stafford with enthusiasm and a new level of confidence.

'I broke a rocker arm adjuster at Waterford while leading," said Hammond. "But the car is ready to go for Stafford. As disappointed as I was when it broke, I am also so excited that the car is capable of running up front."

The anticipation will come to an end on Sunday, April 30th when the mighty midgets roar into Stafford Motor Speedway for their 30-lap feature event. Qualifying heat races for the Northeastern Midget Association will be held on Saturday afternoon, April 29 following time trials for the Whelen Modified Tour. For a complete schedule of the weekend's events log on to

"Stafford is one of the nicest, well-run places that we run at," said Tim Bertrand, car owner for Randy Cabral, "couple that with thousands of fans in the stands and the presence of other great touring series there, the Spring Sizzler is poised to be one of the better events of 2006."

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