MA: On Saturday night January 15th, Ben Seitz of Monument Beach, MA was honored as
the 2004 Northeastern Midget Association Champion. White's of Westport was the site of the
festivities that celebrated not only the feats of Seitz and the Valeri Motorsports team
but also those of his fellow competitors.
together and impressive run this season, posting 11 top-five finishes in 12 starts
including four trips to victory lane. The
season-long performance allowed the #17 team to best a
stellar field of competitors including second-place finisher Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA
and Joey Payne of Fairlawn, NJ. Mark Buonomo
of Waltham, MA and Pete Pernesiglio of Ronkonkoma, NY rounded out the top-five finishers
in the point standings.
It is the knowledge, determination, and dedication of my car
owner Peter Valeri that has gotten our team here, said Seitz on Saturday night. The Valeri Family is the foundation for what we have
accomplished. They have given me every advantage from reliable equipment to unwavering
addition to his championship honor Seitz was also awarded the Joe Csiki Most Improved
Driver Award. The young driver credits the
step-up in his performance to the quality and
commitment of his team and the level of competition in this club.
of competition was found all season through out the entire roster. Sixth place point-man Ed Breault of Lincoln, RI
also took home the Evans/Thrall, Top Owner/Driver Award. Tim Heath
finished seventh in the point standings after posting his first career NEMA win in 2004. Adam Cantor, Shane Hammond and Matt OBrien
rounded out the top-ten overall in 2004. Hammond
was presented with the Ed Clotheir Rookie-of-the Year honors as well.
stories history, the Northeastern Midget Association presents a number of special awards
that recognize the accomplishments of current drivers while honoring the memories of great
individuals who left an indelible mark on the Club. This
year Bill Estabrook presented Mike Luggelle with the coveted Johnny Thomson Memorial Award
and Pete Pernesiglio was
honored with the Wen Kelley Memorial Award for his outstanding dedication and service to NEMA.
champion driver Mike Seymour along with championship car owners Bill and Nickie Tapply
were the 2004 inductees into the Dick Gallagher Memorial Hall of Fame. Each received a trophy donated by Doug Steward in
memory of Dick Gallagher and Helen Gallagher Donaghey. Other specialty award winners on the night
included Jack Glockner with the Ray Roberts Memorial; Lee Bundy with the Associate
Member Never Say Die Award; and Sean Dolan with the Pat Thibodeau Youth and Determination
Award. This year a new award was added to
retiring long-time official Dick Annis. The
new award named "The Pat Hart Award" went to head scorer Linda Cleveland. Mike Scrivini and Gene Angelio were
recognized as Lifetime Members while Jennifer Scrivini, Angela Pernesiglio,
Deb Fornoro, and Deb Marvuglio received Appreciation Awards.
honor of the night also included Mr. & Mrs. Stu Murray and Mr. & Mrs. Mike Jarret. Series sponsors Murray of Wirtgen America and
Jarrett of Helping Hands of America were presented with NEMA jackets for their dedication
to the Series and its members. Both
sponsors addressed the crowd, speaking of their continued support for 2005 and their
enthusiasm for the upcoming season.
true Mike Jarret-style, the owner of Helping Hands of America presented Valeri and Seitz
with a bonus over and above the point fund.
2005 schedule was discussed with enthusiasm. The
season will kick-off with the much anticipated Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway
on April 23 & 24, 2005. The return to
Star Speedway in Epping, NH and the addition of Twin State Speedway (formerly Claremont
Speedway) to the line-up in 2005 promises even more excitement for the ground-pounding