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The Northeastern Midget Association announces the release of NEMA Vintage photo's on DVD. The presentation is from the collection of one of the most respected journalist, historians and statisticians in New England, Pete Zanardi.

The range of drivers, owners, tracks and race cars depicted in the collection are the who's who in Northeastern midget racing. The forefathers that laid the foundation for present day racing are illustrated in color and black and white photo's complete with captions. Bill Randall, Ray Roberts, Ronnie Evans and Jerry Russo just to name a few drivers from NEMA's infancy.

The early cage days drivers are represented by Bill Roth, Lee Smith, Hank Stevens and Len Thrall for example. And to finish out the last couple of decades are the Fornoros, Stoehrs, Scrivanis, Seymours and many many more. The cars are as big as the drivers on this DVD that range from the Badgers to the uprights, cage and cageless, even some Offy's.

The DVD is 332 pictures strong and is a must for any early day racing enthusiast.

The cost is $20 each with all proceeds going directly to NEMA to help carry on the rich traditions these early pioneers built.

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Brockton, MA  -  NEMA President, Mike Scrivani, announced today that the Northeastern Midget Association and Hoosier Tire East have inked an exclusive, three year deal. Under the deal, NEMA will have exclusive rights in the Northeast to the current plated compounds (RR 7, 7.3, RF 5, LR, 5 and LF, 4, 5) and will be the only series in the Northeast running these particular tires.

Hoosier will also continue to be a major contributor to the NEMA point fund, and in addition have offered fixed pricing for the racer over the next three years.
“NEMA has enjoyed a long history with Hoosier. This sport is about supporting those who take care of you, and supporting each other. We feel that we have the best product in Hoosier and look forward to a long relationship with them,” said NEMA President, Mike Scrivani. “We have an exciting schedule brewing for 2015 and expect great car counts,” said Scrivani.

As part of the arrangement, Hoosier tire has selected long time NEMA supporter Seymour Enterprises to be the exclusive dealer and service provider to the Northeastern Midget Association.
   
   










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NEMA Announces New Opening Date, Saturday, May 6 at Star Speedway
Epping, NH   -   With the cancellation of the New London Waterford Speedbowl opening event, the Northeastern Midget Association will head to the famed Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday night, May 6th. It has been a favorite stop for the midgets since the 60's, in fact Star has hosted more NEMA events than any other facility.

"NEMA is extremely excited to return to Star Speedway and especially as part of their PASS weekend, and further, to expand our 2017 schedule with the Webber family," said NEMA President, Tim Bertrand. "Some of the best races in the history of the club have gone down at Star, and we look forward to making some more memories together. Our car counts are looking strong for 2017, and the club is on the upswing," said Bertrand.

"We learned of the issues with Waterford, and extended the opportunity to our friends at NEMA to participate in our opening weekend," said Bob Webber Jr. "This show should be an unbelievable bargain for the fans, with both the PASS, NEMA and NEMA Lite cars on hand," he went on to say.

Some of the greats have gotten their first NEMA victory at Star including Joey Coy, Mike Favulli and Billy Mann, as well as modern day drivers like Randy Cabral, Jeff Horn, Joey Payne, Bobby Seymour and Russ Stoehr. There will be plenty of drivers gunning for their first on Saturday night May 6th, including New Hampshire's Alan Chambers.

Russ Stoehr leads all active drivers with 10 wins at Star, and Randy Cabral captured last year's Star race in convincing fashion. Drew Fornoro is the all-time NEMA winner at Star with 23, the first coming in 1982. The others in double figures are Dave Humphrey (16) and Russ Stoehr.

Among the others to score their first win at Star were three-time ('89, '91, '93) champ Joey Coy, Hall of Famer Mike Favulli and 1984 champ Billy Mann. There are two sets of brothers (Drew and Nokie Fornoro and Bobby Seymour) and three father-son combinations on the win list. The later category includes Johnny and Joey Coy, Johnny and Billy Mann and Ronnie and Johnny Evans, the latter winning for Jimmy O'Brien.

Additional announcements will be forthcoming about NEMA's participation in the upcoming opener at Star, over the coming week.
Kyle Hamilton to Do Double Duty
for Bertrand Motorsports at
Star Speedway NEMA Opener
On the heels of the Northeastern Midget Association announcing that it had inked a deal with Star Speedway for the opening race for the NEMA division, Bertrand Motorsports has announced that 24-year-old Kyle Hamilton of Plainfield, Indiana will do double duty for the team on Saturday May 6th. He will run the Bertrand Motorsports #45 in the Lite division and the famed #47 in the NEMA division. Hamilton made two appearances for Frank Manafort & Bobby Seymour in 2016, finishing 2nd and 4th, respectively, in the NEMA Lite series.

Hamilton is no stranger to the cockpit of powerful open wheel cars. The 2009 USAC Ford Focus National Champion and USAC National midget feature winner, also has experience racing Silver Crown cars and non-wing Sprint cars. Hamilton has driven for famed car owners such as Bob East, Don & Mel Kenyon and Steve Lewis/9 Racing.

“I’m excited to team up with Bertrand Motorsports. They have a top notch program that demands respect from the competition and I’m looking forward to joining forces at Star Speedway,” Hamilton said.

“The competition in the NEMA series is very high. The racers will run side by side with you and keep everything clean. I felt like I was up to speed quickly and can't wait to get back behind the wheel of a NEMA Midget in 2017,” he went on to say.

Hamilton is also no stranger to mile bullring tracks. The 2016 winner of the “Rumble at Fort Wayne,” one of the most prestigious races of the year, also has extensive track time at bull rings such as Andersen, Grundy, and Toledo Speedway in Ohio.

“In my experience in the Midwest, my best finishes have come at bullring tracks like Star Speedway, which is a good sign. I have a lot of laps around tracks like that. Those tracks provide intense, close racing. I am looking forward to the opportunity to get back to the East Coast!,” said Hamilton.

Although most of his experience comes without a wing, Hamilton has enjoyed his rides in NEMA’s winged warriors. “I was amazed at how quickly the cars get through the center of the corner and how much throttle you can use,” he said.

NEMA joins a blockbuster card at Star Speedway on May 6th, with the PASS Late Model Tour on hand, in addition to the 350 Super Modifieds, and a full card of racing action.
 
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.
 
 


43rd Annual
ICEBREAKER
SAT. APRIL 8th
TODD BERTRAND #45 - DAN CUGINI #51
Photos by
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ICEBREAKER to Bertrand
While riding on a right rear Hooiser tire that was first used in 2016, Todd Bertrand in his Bertrand Motorsports #45, dominated the ICEBREAKER 20 lapper Saturday. The New England air was cold, but the competition was hot as three wide racing was the order of the day.

Over 20 cars stuffed the pits to kick off NEMA's long anticipated 65th consecutive racing season. The qualifiers were won by Paul Scally (30), and Chad LaBastie (14).

As veteran starter Craig Merriman threw the green for the feature, pole sitter Chris Vosey led the field to the first turn. Three wide racing started immediately but the P.J. Stergios (57), machine spun in turn one on the second lap to bring out the yellow flag.

After a "hold your breath" restart, Avery Stoehr (5), looped around in turn four bringing out another caution. Ryan Locke (38), and Kevin Iannarelli (27), pulled into the pits with mechanical issues. At the green, Anthony Payne (21), who had charged from mid pack, Danny Cugini (51) and Bertrand were battling their way to the front, to be factors later. Veteran Paul Scally (30), while putting on a driving clinic, led the early going but faded with an engine overheating issue and ended up sixth. On lap six, Bertrand stormed to the inside of Scally to take the lead. At the crossed flags it was Bertrand, Cugini, Scally, LaBastie and Jim Chambers (12). Payne also faded due to a clogged injector nozzle.

As the field entered the second half of the race and Cugini pressuring Bertrand, lapped cars were a big factor. Chambers and Ryan Bigelow (13), went high and low to enter the top five. With a few laps remaining, in car video shows Cugini actually drew even with the leader, but a lapped car that Bertrand used as a "pick" prevented the pass. At the "bumper to bumper" checked flag it was Bertrand, Cugini, LaBastie, Chambers and Bigelow.

Post race: Bertrand stated "the car got lose late in the race, and we had to contend with lapped cars but the motor ran really well. I really need to thank Glen Cabral who worked his tail off to get this car together, and also to Danny Cugini, who let us borrow a fly wheel so we could get here."

Finishing third, LaBastie said the motor was getting hot but the car was still handling well.

Cugini said "The last few laps were awesome. We ran down the 45 from a straightaway back, and I saw him start to free up. The lapped cars played a big role in the outcome. Todd battled me hard and clean and he was driving his butt off, and our cars were almost identical at the end. It was a great race. I really need to thank my Dad who worked nearly all week to get this car together."

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rebullet.gif (1845 bytes) Newcomer and multi-generation driver, Richie Coy, had early morning trailer problems, adding many hours to his trip.

rebullet.gif (1845 bytes) Due to the cold temps, long time tire supplier, Bobby Seymour, had to actually pre-warm a tire in order to dismount it.

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Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 45 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Bertrand Motorsports
2 51 Dan CuginI Marshfield, MA Dan Cugini
3 14 Chad Labastie Oxbridge, MA Chad Labastie
4 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
5 13 Ryan Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Ryan Bigelow
6 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
7 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Mike Scrivani
8 3 Chris Vosey Gloversville, NY Chris Vosei
9 5 Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Jim Cataldo
10 16 Denis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
11 52 Tyler Rivard Woonsocket, RI Kevin Parks
12 2 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
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24 Nikki Caroll Andover, NJ Nikki Caroll
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35 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA  Glen Cabral
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19 Richard Coy Haskell, NJ Richard Coy
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27 Kevin Iannarelli Shirely, MA Kevin Iannarelli
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38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
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57 PJ Stergios Newmarket, NH Bill Stergios
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9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
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41 Meg CuginI Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
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20 Jeremy Decourcy Rochester, NH Jeremy Decourcy
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NEMA Lites Kick Off at ICEBREAKER
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
to Offer "Bounty" to NEMA Lite Teams
The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) the ultimate 'separate the men from the boys (or girls!)' facility. While any Thompson checkered is a treasure, winning on opening day in the NEMA Lites feature at this year's ICEBREAKER event will be a goal high on the list of many attendees.

To add to the excitement, TSMP is offering a "bounty" of $150 to any teams that forfeit their qualified starting positions and drop to the rear of the field, and come through to win the feature event.

2016 Lites champion Jim Chambers will lead the field to Thompson. Chambers was battling for the lead last year, when disaster struck in turns three and four with another competitor, ending his day. In addition to Chambers, NEMA's all time winner at TSMP Randy Cabral, will be on hand in his family owned #35. Ben Mikitarian, who had an impressive run last Fall at TSMP, will be on hand with his family owned New England Truck Solutions sponsored machine.

In addition to Chambers, Cabral and Mikitarian, one cannot count out 2015 NEMA Lites Champion, Anthony 'The Tornado' Payne in the Scrivani owned #21. Son of legendary open cockpit mainstay, Joey Payne, the young Payne had impressive outings at TSMP last season.

A number of new teams are rumored to be at TSMP for the ICEBREAKER as well, including one of NEMA's most famous families, the Coy's, returning full time with Richie Coy at the helm.

With a twenty plus car field rumored, that's just the beginning of the list. Jeremy Decourcey will be debuting his new chassis at the ICEBREAKER, while the Cugini family will bring their two family owned vehicles to the event with brother and sister, Dan and Meg at the wheel. Dan is a multi time Lites feature winner at the Speedway, and always a threat to win.

Ryan Bigelow is set to return to Thompson in his ECOTEC powered BEAST chassis as well. Other entrants include PJ Stergios, a multi time NEMA Lite winner, set to run a full season in pursuit of a Championship in 2017, and p long time Northeastern racer, Chad Labastie.

Todd Bertrand, who had an impressive run last Fall at the World Series, in the Lites division will be on hand in his family owned Drinan chassis, as will long time NEMA owner Paul Scally in his Drinan Chassis.

Kevin Iannarelli will be on hand debuting his new BEAST chassis, hot off the lettering presses from 32 Signs, and Chris Vose is looking forward to his second season with the Lites kicking off at TSMP as well.

Thompson, known for its long straightaways and high banked corners presents a 'mental wrestling match from mid straightaway into the turns,' pointing out to be successful 'you have to pretty much keep your foot in it deep into the corner' says long time NEMA member and multi time winner Greg Stoehr.

NEMA and Thompson have a relationship that goes back to 1960, the legendary Dutch Schaefer the winner. Since then, Thompson has helped write a ton of NEMA history. Greg Stoehr, driving for John Zahar, passed brother Russ in the closing laps to win in 1994. In 2001, Joey Payne, who like Greg Stoehr started last, passed the same Russ Stoehr on the final lap en route to the checkered. The latter was the famed car owner Gene Angelillo's 100th NEMA win.
 
NEMA Announces
“First Time” Winner Awards
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 award.

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).
 

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.
 
NEMA 2017 Schedule
Final Version - 1/26/17

April 2017
1st Thompson - Icebreaker - Lites only

May 2017
6th Waterford - Lites only
7th Waterford - NEMA Midgets only
20th Wiscasset

June 2017
3rd Riverhead - Alan Cantor Memorial
14th Thomson - Lites only
17th Star
28th Seekonk - Boston Louie Memorial

July 2017
8th Star - Butch Walsh Memorial
15th Seekonk - Lites only
29th Speedway 51 - Lites only  (NEW)

August 2017
9th Thompson - NEMA Midgets only
12th Waterford - Wings and Wheels / Angelillo Memorial
19th Star - Marvin Rifchin Memorial
26th Waterford - Lites only

September 2017
2nd Monadnock - Iron Mike Memorial
9th Waterford - Lites only
23rd Wiscassett - Lites only  - 75 laps
30th Star - Jim O'Brien Memorial

October 2017
14th Thompson - NEMA Midgets only - Shane Hammond
 Memorial
15th Thompson - Lites only - Shane Hammond  Memorial

December 2017
2nd NEMA Banquet - Royal Crown Plaza
 
NEMA STATS
With 2016 Updates
Track Histories, Champions,
Wins, Midgets & Lites Stats

In the Left Hand Column HERE
 
NEMA's 65th CONSECUTIVE YEAR
2017 CALENDAR
The Northeastern Midget Association announces the release of the 2017 Racing Calendar celebrating NEMA's 65th consecutive year.

This publication features colored photos and knock out graphics.The body of the calendar is full of current and historic information including past and present driver's first wins and the tracks they won at. Both NEMA and NEMA LIte drivers and car owner's birthdays are spread from front to back as well as the legends of yesterday.

And for the traditionalists, all the important dates and federal observances are included as well as a few surprises. All this information is set to a backdrop of team photos and outstanding graphics produced by race team owner and driver Matt O'Brien.

This calendar is a must have for the northeastern race fan and will serve as the perfect Christmas gift to be enjoyed all year long.

We are currently offering these units for a low price of $10 each with all profits funneled back into the club.

Quantities are limited; to order, send your check to
Bill Van Slyke, 23 Horsestable Cir., Shelton, Ct. 06484
(Checks made out to Bill Van Slyke).
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NEMA's 1000th Race - Star Speedway - 8/23/14
CARLSON - CABRAL - ZYCH

Recognizing Some
NEMA Milestones

The Northeastern Midget Association will open the season at Star Speedway on May 21. It will be the 1018th point-paying race in the club's 63-year history.

Passing unheralded was the club's 1,000th race at Star Speedway on August 23, 2014. Randy Cabral was the winner, besting John Zych Jr. and Seth Carlson.

New England's oldest and most enduring touring division, NEMA was formed in the late spring of 1953 at the Thompson clubhouse. Fred Meeker was the first NEMA winner at Seekonk Speedway on May 30, 1953. New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Bill Eldridge won the next afternoon at Waterford.

The NEMA Lites open at Thompson Speedway's Icebreaker on April 9. There have been 106 races for a division that started with an exhibition run at New London-Waterford in 2008. The 100th Lites race was won by Danny Cugini at Lee on July 17 of last year.

With two victories last year, Randy Cabral is now tied with Nokie Fornoro in fourth place on NEMA's all-time win list with 47. He has 16 seasons with a least one victory tying him with Bobby Seymour on that list. They have come consecutively, equaling a NEMA standard set by National Midget Hall of Famer Dave Humphrey. Most of Cabral's wins have come in Tim Bertrand's No. 47 but it all started when an upstart Cabral captured the 2000 Boston Louie in a family car.

Star Speedway, with 103 races going back to 1968, is the leader among tracks hosting NEMA events. Randy Cabral tops active NEMA competitors with four Star wins including three of the last four. John Zych Jr. has also won at Star.

NEMA is clearly one of the most competitive open cockpit divisions in the country. Over the past six years, there have been 23 different NEMA winners and in all but one of those seasons, at least one "first-timer" appeared. Over that span John Zych Jr., Todd Bertrand, Avery Stoehr and Seth Carlson have become top contenders. Danny Cugini and Jim Chambers were first time winners in 2015. Bertrand, Stoehr and Cugini are all products of the NEMA Lites. The Lites have had 20-different winners in the past three seasons, champion Anthony Payne and Megan Cugini among the 2015 first timers. Designed with competiveness in the forefront nine years ago, the Lites are a true success story.

Nominations are now being accepted for the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame. The nomination form and procedure are available on the New England Antique Racers' website - www.near1.org. Please disregard the posted deadlines.

Those with NEMA connections already enshrined are Gene Angelillo, Chuck Arnold, Burt Brooks, Ray Brown,Joe Csiki, Bill Eldridge, Frank Ferrara, Drew Fornoro, Dave Humphrey, Johnny Kay, Wen Kelly, Rollie Lindblad, John McCarthy, George Monsen, Al Pillion, Billy Randall, Marvin Rifchin, Mike Scrivani Sr., Louie Seymour, Hank Stevens, Ed Stone and Bentley Warren.
 
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