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2017 NEMA NEWS

 
BOB HART
MAY 15, 2017
Bob Hart, 90, of Nassau, NY passed away on May 15, 2017. Bob was the son of the late Harold and Hazel (Burns) Hart and husband of the late Patricia C. Hart. He is survived by his loving children Marcy Hart Palmer, Rick Hart, Mitzi Hart, and Rob Hart; and predeceased by children, Melba Hart Gaitor and Lawrence Hart. Bob leaves behind nine beloved grandchildren and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was a strong center in all our lives.

Bob was a life-long lover of all things racing and speed. An avid and accomplished race car driver, he was a long standing member of the Northeastern Midget Association, champion in the '50's with MARC, and held the land speed record on Daytona Beach. Later he raced with the Atlantic Coast Old Timers, for a career that spanned over 60 years. Now the final checkered flag has dropped. Bob was a mentor, friend, and guide to all whose lives he touched, and his delightful sense of humor left all with a smile.

Starting with NEMA's first season (he finished 8th in the standings), Bob was a regular NEMA competitor into the seventies. He won 3 NEMA features. He was awarded the Johnny Thomson trophy and NEMA's Sportsmanship award in 1969. He was named to the Wen Kelley trophy in 1994. He spent many years on NEMA's Contest Board.

Bob was the patriarch of a racing family. His late wife, Pat, was NEMA's first female driver, and both sons ran with NEMA for many seasons. Son Rob is still very involved in racing, currently the crew chief for Jarett Andretti's USAC sprint car team.

In remembrance, donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 166, c/o Grace United Methodist Church, 42 Church St., Nassau, NY 12123.
 
Christopher Desrosiers
April 19, 2017
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Mr. Christopher Desrosiers, of Nashua, N.H., died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 19 at his residence. He was the loving companion of Sharon Hamer. He was born 50 years ago in Taunton, the son of Armand “Joe” and Nancy (Monroe) Desrosiers, Jr. He was educated in Taunton and had been a Nashua resident for the past 20 years.

Christopher was a self-employed boat mechanic. He was a member of The Taunton Boys Club, the Taunton Eastern Little League, the Babe Ruth Baseball League, and the Junior Football League. He enjoyed building midget race cars, bicycles, and boating. He was a communicant of the former St. Jacques Parish in Taunton.

In addition to his parents, of Taunton and his companion, of Nashua, he leaves: 3 children: Taylor, Timothy and Hannah Garcia Desrosiers; 3 sisters: Doreen Vogel and her husband Rick of So.Carolina, Cheryl Sylvia and her husband, Robert of E. Taunton, and Michelle Toli of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours will be held at The Riendeau-Mulvey Funeral Home, 467 Bay Street, Taunton, on Monday, April 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. A Prayer Service will follow the Visiting Hours, Monday, at 7:00 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Celebration of Life for
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Jack L. Glockner
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Friday, March 10, 4-8 PM
Leighton-MacKinnon Funeral Home
4 West Washington St.
Hanson, MA
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In lieu of flowers donations can be
made in his memory to:
The Shane Hammond Believe Foundation
164 Anna Dr. East, Bridgewater MA, 02333


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Nancy Giannini
Wife of Jack Giannini
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Her funeral will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM from Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT to Saint Michael’s Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.
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Burial will be private and
at the convenience of her family.
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Calling hours will be held on Thursday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 AM at the funeral home.
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Memorial contributions may be made to
V.N.A. Health Care Hospice Division,
50 Brookside Road, Waterbury, CT 06708.
 

Richie Coy Joins NEMA Lites Ranks

The third generation of one of Midget racing's greatest families, Richie Coy will campaign a Focus-powered Beast chassis in the Northeastern Midget Association's Lites Division in 2017. "We plan on being as competitive as possible right out of the box," says the Haskell, NJ resident. "We are looking to win, to grab a championship."

The Lites Division opens its 10th season April 1-2 at Thompson World Series. It is the first of 18 races on the 2017 agenda, making the Lites one of the northeast's fastest growing divisions. It is one of the most competitive as well. There were seven winners in 16 races last year.

The Coy family owns 36 NEMA victories - 20 for Richie's grandfather Johnny, 15 for his uncle Joey and one for his father Johnny Jr. A successful Legends Car competitor the past six years, Coy is more than aware of that history. "I believe I can be the first third generation winner in NEMA," he says. "It is a goal."

A racer since 1992, Coy, 43, says it all came together at last fall's Thompson's World Series. "Walking through the pits I saw the Midgets," he explains. "I said to myself we need to go Midget racing again. It all clicked, all came back into focus again. We needed to go back to our roots."

He had a brief fling with NEMA back in 1996 and has some experience in the TQs, but Coy's racing was primarily in Late Models and asphalt Modifieds before taking up with the Legends. Twice a New Jersey Legends champion, he was successful in off-road racing as well. He says he came along late in his grandfather's legendary career but has heard over and over about him. He did get to watch his father and uncle.

He feels he never really got a fair chance with the Midgets and looks forward to correcting that.

"I really find the Lites concept attractive," he says. "It allows us to run a full midget on a budget we can afford. It is very comparable to the Legends." He adds he "thought about the number 21 because that was our Legends number but that belongs to Mike Scrivani." He decided on number 19. Ironically, both Johnny and Joey Coy won in Scrivani equipment.

NEMA NOTE: The last NEMA win for a Coy came at Riverside Park on Aug. 10, 1996 when Joey made a last-lap pass on Mike Seymour work. Third was Drew Fornoro followed by Bobby Seymour and Mark Buonomo.
 
Alan Chambers To Focus On
NEMA Midgets In 2017

Driver Looking To Take His Racing
Program To The Next Level
Column By: MATTHEW WIERNASZ / RPW
ATKINSON, NH - NEMA driver Alan Chambers will focus on running full time in the NEMA Midgets in 2017. He may run a few races in the NEMA Lites but will primarily focus on the NEMA Midgets next season to bring his program to the next level.

NEMA released a tentative schedule just last week. He believes the schedule looks great for the 2017 season.

" Star Speedway is my home track and where I run best and we have a lot of races there so I like that." Chambers Said

Chambers believes he tends to run better on the smaller tracks such as the quarter mile ovals in which he thinks is a good portion of the schedule.

" If we get Speedway 51 and White Mountain on the schedule as well. I think it will really play into my favor." Chambers Said

Last season started off great for Chambers. He had won a heat race and had a big lead in the feature until he lost the belt and the car stalled. It went all down here from there.. The engine blew up a few weeks later and side lined him for most of the season. By the end of the year, between him and his brother Jim. They had lost three engines.

They were able to put everything back together for the end of the year. Jim's brother Alan won the 2016 NEMA Lites Championship. There were a lot of ups for the team as they won five races this past season that can carry momentum into the 2017 season.

Chambers knows he needs to do better on the big tracks such as the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Wiscasset Speedway. He has run well there and finish very respectable. He feels he needs to find a little more speed to break onto for the podium finishes and challenge for wins.

He feels all the guys in NEMA are great to race with. He likes racing with his brother Jim because of the sibling rivalry. With multi time champions Randy Cabral and John Zych are contenders every week as they win races but Chambers believes they run real hard but most importantly they run clean.

" I like going wheel to wheel with the past champions and when I don't beat them. I definitely learn from them." Chambers Said

Mac's Auto World will return as a sponsor for the 2017 season. He is working with other sponsors to see what the team can put together since the tentative schedule is out and hopes to get definite answer.

Chambers goals for the 2017 season are to finish every race and pick up that first NEMA win and also finish the year top five in points.

The NEMA Lites will kick off their 2017 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday April 1st. The NEMA Midgets will kick off their 2017 season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday May 7th.
 
John Zych Shows No Mercy
In NEMA Midgets

Taking Third Series Championship In 2016,
Driver Still Just Taking It One Race At A Time
Column By: MATTHEW WIERNASZ / RPW
MENDON, MA - John Zych, Jr. took down his third NEMA Midgets title in 2016. His plans are to continue in 2017 in the NEMA Midgets.

" We never to promise to run for points. Just one race at a time so that is what we are looking to do next year." Zych Said

For Zych to win his first championship was unbelievable. To win the second one was important to Zych to prove that it was no fluke. The third championship was really a great feeling because it is great to prove that we can be ultra competitive year after year.

While most teams have a crew where it can be not a lot or have many. Zych's crew is him and his father John, SR. What makes it special with those championships is Zych and his father have turned into a pretty good duo. Sometimes it is a little more challenging only having two people but at the same time it does make it a little sweeter for Zych and his father.

"The midgets are great because it is possible for a small team which I think is different than a lot of other groups right now." Zych Said

With winning the three championships in NEMA, Zych feels its best to enjoy it as a family. The pictures are priceless to him and the success is really family success because it takes everyone to do this beyond his dad and him. Its his wife Elizabeth and John's mother who support them and have to deal with it.

Zych's kids got to enjoy the championship celebrations. His two daughters got to enjoy it. John and his wife Elizabeth welcomed their third child a baby boy back on November 9th. The whole family was there to celebrate the banquet with him back in December. Everyone is doing well.

To win those championships, Zych has had to battle with Randy Cabral and Bertrand Motorsports. These two drivers have put on great battles at the track and have respect for each other.

" They are both great competitors. Randy (Cabral) is one of the best drivers NEMA has seen and Tim (Bertrand) is determined as anyone to be successful. They are a great team all around and very challenging to compete against. I have a lot of respect for those guys." Zych Said

Zych believes the 2017 NEMA Midgets schedule is spread across the summer at some of the best tracks in New England.

" There are multiple tracks yet multiple dates at most of the tracks so that is good for the newcomers to build their notebooks and hopefully get more teams involved." Zych Said

Zych felt he was fairly consistent in 2016 but there were a few races that he looked back at knowing the setup was missed and there were things that he would have changed bur feels that is part of the learning though. He tries to make things a little better year after year so he can take what he learned at those tracks on those nights and hopefully apply it for next year.

Sponsors are needed for Zych's team. Finding sponsors has been challenging for a lot of reasons. It is important to him that a sponsor sees and feels the value of that type of investment. That would be priority number one and would want them to enjoy the sport of auto racing as much as he and his family does.

He would first and foremost like to thank his family. He would also like to say thanks to the teams and the people to make our series work officials, volunteers and race tracks.

His goals for next season are to win as many races as he can.

The NEMA Midgets will kickoff their 2017 season on Sunday May 7th at the New London Waterford Speedbowl.
 

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