2017 NEMA NEWS
Angelillo One of Several
NEMA Memorial Races
|Few, if any, racing
organizations celebrates its history, its foundation
builders, on the level the Northeastern Midget Association
does. In addition to a host of post-season "named" laurels,
there are a number of memorial races. Last Saturday Jim
Chambers and Anthony Payne were winners in the Marvin
Rifchin Memorial at Star Speedway.
The previous week,
Avery Stoehr, in Tim Bertrand's 39, and Dylan Duhaime,
captured honors in the Angelillo Memorial that was part of
the New London-Waterford Speedbowl's Wings and Wheels event.
The race memorializes NEMA Icons Gene and Marilyn Angelillo.
Stoehr and Bertrand are well aware of the significance of
It is the third time a Stoehr has won
the race, going back to Greg Stoehr's victory in the
"Marilyn's Passion" race at Monadnock in 2009. Husband Gene
and daughter Laura Kibbe put together the memorial to the
tireless woman who some saw as the very soul of NEMA before
her death in September of 2007.
passing, the event honors both. The first winner in 2010 was
Russ Stoehr in the Dumo's Desire #45. It was an inspired
result because Laura decided to carry on the effort Gene and
Marilyn had started back in 1980 with a Midget purchased at
the Cleveland airport. Marilyn suggested the team be named
after Gene's dad Domenic, called "Dumo" and the number
corresponded to Gene's age at the time.
and Dumo's Desire were the 2010 champions. It was the 14th
crown for the Dumo's Desire operation. Gene's 13 titles and
the 107 victories he and Marilyn shared once appeared to be
uncatchable marks. He won championships with Drew Fornoro,
Joey Payne and Russ Stoehr. They also won races with Nokie
Fornoro and Ted Christopher. With all the stories (some now
reaching folklore status) and the statistics, Gene and
Marilyn left behind truly incredible standards not only in
performance but in leadership roles.
knows and appreciates NEMA history and his place in it.
Since 2002, he and driver Randy Cabral each have five
championships. His cars have won over 60 times including the
three straight (2011-13) Angelillo Memorials brother Todd
captured. Mark Buonomo, Lou Cicconi and Doug Coby and Tim
himself have also won in Bertrand cars.
Scrivani Memorial is slated for Sept. 2 at Monadnock with
the Jim O'Brien Memorial at Star on Sept. 30. Both are
legendary car owners. Shane Hammond is memorialized at
Thompson's World Series. The Allan Cantor, Boston Louie
Seymour, Butch Walsh in addition to the Angelillo and
Rifchin races have already been run. The names all seem to
Angelillo's first victory with Drew
Fornoro aboard in 1981 came at Hudson Speedway. Early in the
race, Nokie Fornoro, in a Scrivani car, went off the track
bringing out the red. While waiting out the red, the right
rear on the Angelillo car was going down. "Iron Mike"
Scrivani ordered the right rear be taken off his damaged
racer and put on the Angelillo car. Drew then went on to win
Gene Angelillo loved telling that story.
Mike Scrivani Jr. continues to tell it, one of hundreds he
has mastered. It is one of the reasons NEMA loves memorial
“First Time” Winner
for 2017 Season
|New Award will be
presented by Seymour Performance for NEMA Midgets and by the
Mike Scrivani Family in honor of “Iron Mike” Scrivani for
the Lites Division.
|For the first time, the
Northeastern Midget Association has announced a new award
for the 2017 season, that will reward first time winners in
a "lottery" style system. Seymour Performance of
Marlborough, MA will present the award for the NEMA series.
The Mike Scrivani Jr. Family, in honor of legendary NEMA car
owner "Iron Mike" Scrivani, will present the Lite series
Each week, the presenting sponsor will put
$50 into a "fund" that will build up until each division
sees a first time winner. For example, if a first time
winner takes the checkers on the 5th race of the season, a
bonus of $250 will be paid to that driver, and the fund will
be reset for the next race.
With a number of new
teams signed up for both the NEMA series and the Lites
series for 2017, the effort will help promote the new teams
coming into the division.
"This is an awesome effort,
and I'm excited that Mike Scrivani brought this idea forward
to the club and owners," said newly appointed NEMA
President, Tim Bertrand. "Mike and his family have been a
beachhead team in NEMA for over forty years and we are very
excited to have them spearheading this new program for the
club," said Bertrand.
"When Mike called me with this
idea, I thought it was fantastic. It will be an awesome way
to reward first time winners in both series," said Bobby
Seymour of Seymour Performance.
In addition to the
award, the Scrivani Family presents the Iron Mike Memorial
race, which will take place this year at Monadnock Speedway,
on September 2nd, and the Seymour Family presents the Boston
Louie Memorial, which will take place at Seeknonk Speedway
on June 29th.
NEMA kicks off its schedule with the
Lites at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park at the
ICEBREAKER on April 1, and then moves on to the New England
mainstay, the New London Waterford Speedbowl on May 6th
(Lites) and May 7th (NEMA).
|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
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.
remembrance, donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 166,
c/o Grace United Methodist Church, 42 Church St., Nassau, NY
April 19, 2017
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.
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
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.
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.
Celebration of Life for
Jack L. Glockner
Friday, March 10, 4-8
Leighton-MacKinnon Funeral Home
4 West Washington St.
In lieu of flowers donations can be
made in his memory
The Shane Hammond Believe Foundation
164 Anna Dr. East,
Bridgewater MA, 02333
Wife of Jack Giannini
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.
Burial will be private and
at the convenience of her family.
Calling hours will be held
on Thursday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 AM at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may
be made to
V.N.A. Health Care Hospice Division,
Road, Waterbury, CT 06708.
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
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
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."
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."
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
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
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.
Chambers To Focus On
NEMA Midgets In 2017
Driver Looking To Take His Racing
The Next Level
Column By: MATTHEW WIERNASZ
|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
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
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.
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.
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
" 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
" 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
" 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.
NEMA Midgets will kickoff their 2017 season on Sunday May
7th at the New London Waterford Speedbowl.