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All-Star Speedway - September 8th

For Marilyn


Marilyn Angelillo was, officially, the Northeastern Midget Association’s secretary for many years. Unofficially, she was the club’s social director, points keeper, publicity agent, organizer, sounding board, problem solver and, most importantly, its conscience

Marilyn passed away Tuesday after a brave bout with cancer.

“Her contributions to our club over the years are many, far too many to count,” said NEMA President Mike Scrivani. “Saying she will be missed seems trite at this point, but Marilyn touched so many of us in positive ways. Whatever the problem, she was there for us. It is a sad time.”

She came to NEMA with her husband Gene in 1980. It was Marilyn who named the team “Dumo’s Desire” in memory of Gene’s father.

Working with Gene, she helped engineer a NEMA surge in the 1990s. She fought fiercely for those competitors loyal to the club. Perfect attendance trophies, she believed, were to be valued as much as championships.

She had a number of awards including the coveted Johnny Thomson Memorial.

In addition to her husband, Marilyn is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Laura and Curt Kibbe, granddaughters Tiana and Brooke and brother and sister-in-law James and Catherine Zukauskas. NEMA extends its condolences to all her family and friends.

The family requests contributions be made in Marilyn’s memory to the Harold Leever Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT ( or to NEMA.

Route 27 - Epping, NH

Sat. - Sept. 8th

Seitz Caps Emotional Week for NEMA at All-Star Classic

by Tim Bertrand

Epping, NH (September 9, 2007): Ben Seitz of Pocasset, MA, became the first North East Midget Association three-peat winner during the 2007 season for the Helping Hands of America/Wirtgen America series with a stunning performance on Saturday night at the All-Star Classic. The victory came on the heels of an extremely emotional week for the North East Midget Association, when one of the club’s most beloved, Marilyn Angelillo, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Angelillo was, officially, the Northeastern Midget Association’s secretary for many years. Unofficially, she was the club’s social director, points keeper, publicity agent, organizer, sounding board, problem solver and, most importantly, its conscience. Marilyn, along with husband Gene, and the Dumo’s Desire crew amassed 14 owner championships throughout the last three decades.

After it was decided that the NEMA All-Star Classic would still go on, in honor of Marilyn, competitors rallied to support the event, which was officially ended on the white flag lap. Joey Payne, driving the Angelillo #45, was officially scored in second place, but carried the checkered flag around the speedway in Marilyn’s memory for one final lap.

The event started with a flurry of practice sessions, followed by thunderstorms, and then the first heat race, which took place on questionable track conditions. As conditions worsened, the cars were called back to the pits and the heat was declared finished on lap eight with rookie John Zych taking down his first ever heat race win. The second heat went off 90 minutes later with Joey Payne taking down the win in dominating style.

In the feature event, Pete Pernesiglio and Mike Lugelle brought the field down for the green flag. After a few failed attempts, Pernesiglio finally got the jump and sprinted into the lead. Randy Cabral, who started fourth, tried the outside of Pernesiglio on lap three, but the caution waved for Jeff Horn’s A1, which sat on the grass off of the back straightaway after a spin off the track.

On the restart, Cabral’s car faltered, causing the field to split him, as Pernesiglio rocketed into the lead once again. Behind him, the action heated up, as from deep in the pack, Seitz, Payne, Bobby Santos III and visiting Whelen Modified Tour driver & NEMA rookie Ryan Preece all invaded the top five. By lap six, it was Pernesiglio, followed by Preece, Seitz, Payne and Santos.

A lap nine restart changed the game, as Preece and Pernesiglio lined up for the green with Pernesiglio getting the jump. Seitz and Payne split Preece, as the race for the front began to heat up. Two laps later Seitz challenged Pernesiglio, coming out on top for the lead. On the next lap, Payne moved into second, and by the halfway point, it was Seitz, followed by Payne, Preece and Bobby Santos III.

Over the second half of the event, Payne maneuvered across every inch of the racing surface to find a line around Seitz, but couldn’t get the advantage. Santos and Preece battled for the third spot, swapping the spot a number of times with Santos gaining the advantage.

A restart with three laps to go was Payne’s last shot at an emotional victory, but Seitz used a defensive line, in order to shut down Payne’s chance to take command. Santos steadily rode in third, as Preece took up a battle with 20th place starter Greg Stoehr for fourth.

At the checkers, a close margin saw Seitz cap off the win over Payne, Santos, Stoehr and Preece. Pete Pernesiglio wound up finishing sixth, followed by rookies Jeff Abold & Jeremy Frankoski, Erica Santos and B.J. Macdonald.

An emotional victory lane ceremony took place with both the #17 and #45 teams of Seitz and Payne.

“We really wanted to win this one,” said an emotional Payne. “The effort and emotion of tonight’s run is dedicated to Marilyn. It’s been a tough time for the team and she will be missed more than words can express. I am sure she will still be watching over us at the track every week.”

“The club dedicates this race and our team dedicates this win to Marilyn,” said Seitz. “We’re all at a loss for words around her dedication to this club and how she’ll be missed.”

The win propelled Seitz, Peter Valeri, and the Cape Cod Aggregates team into both the owners and drivers points standings lead over Payne, Angelillo and Dumo’s Desire team.
       All-Star Speedway - Sat. Sept. 8th
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 17 Ben Seitz Pocasset, MA Pete Valeri
2 45 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Gene Angellilo
3 98 Bobby Santos III Franklin, MA Robert
Santos Jr.
4 26b Greg Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Greg Stoehr
5 48 Ryan Preece - Tim Bertrand
6 80 Pete Pernesiglio Lake Grove, NY Peter Pernesiglio
7 29 Jeff Abold Pennellville, NY Bobby Seymour
8  99 Jeremy Frankoski Newark Valley, NY Power Point
9 44 Erica Santos Franklin, MA Ed Breault
10 49 B.J. MacDonald Dublin, PA B.J. MacDonald
11 7ny Adam Cantor Dix Hills, NY Cantor Racing
12 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
13 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych
14 35 Cory Cleary Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
15 77 Mike Lugelle Hull, MA Mike Lugelle
16 33 Shawn Torrey Marshfield, MA Shawn Torrey
17 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
4 Nokie Fornoro Stroudsburg, PA Mike Jarret
A1 Jeff Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
P30 Mike Horn Ashland, MA Mike Horn
5 Mike Keeler Danbury, CT Larry Cheetham
78 Steve Powers N. Andover, MA Linda Cleveland
28l Paul Luggelle Holbrook, MA Paul Luggelle
21 Barry Kittredge Marlboro, MA Barry Kittredge
 37g Shane Hammond E. Bridgewater, MA Jack Glockner
47b Lou Ciconni Jr. Aston, PA Tim Bertrand
22 Chris Leonard Pelham, NH Dave Leonard

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