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2014 Race Results & Photos

Race 13 - Thompson Speedway - 10-19-14

Race 12 - Waterford Speedbowl - 10-5-14

Race 11 - Oswego Speedway - 9-14-14

Race 10 - Star Speedway - 8-23-14

Race 9 - Angelillo Memorial - Waterford - 8-9-14

Race 8 - Shane Memorial - Waterford - 7-26-14

Race 7 - Boston Louie - Seekonk - 7-23-14

Race 6 - Oxford Plains Speedwy - 7-19-14

Race 5 - Twin State Speedwy - 6-28-14

Race 4 - Monadnock Speedway - 6-21-14

Race 3 - Wiscasset Speedway - 6-7-14

LITES Race - Star Speedway- 5-31-14

Race 2 - Evans MIlls - 5-24-14

LITES Race - Waterford Speedbowl - 5-10-14

Race 1 - Waterford Speedbowl - 4-12 & 13-14

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NEMA Releases Vintage
Slide Show on DVD
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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2013 Race Results & Photos

Race 15 - Thompson World Series - 10-20-13

Race 14 - Lee Oktoberfest - 10-13-13

Race 13 - Waterford Finale - 10-6-13

Race 12 - Oswego Speedway - 9-14-13

LITES Race - Star Speedway - 9-7-13

LITES Race - Star Speedway - 8-24-13

Race 11 - Riverside Speedway - 8-17-13

Race 10 - Angelillo Memorial - Waterford - 8-10-13

Race 9 - Airborne Speedway - 8-3-13

Race 8 - Shane Memorial - Waterford - 7-27-13

Race 7 - Seekonk Open Wheel Weds. - 7-17-13

Race 6 - Lee USA Speedway - 7-12-13

Race 5 - Stafford  Xteme Saturday - 6-29-13

Race 4 - Monadnock Speedway - 6-22-13

Race 3 - Star Speedway - 6-8-13

Race 2 - Boston Louie - Seekonk - 6-2-13

LITES Race - Lee USA Speedway - 5-31-13

LITES Race - Star Speedway - 5-18-13

Race 1 - Waterford Speedbowl - 4-6 & 7-13

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SAT. APRIL 11, 2015
Lites Make Historic Thompson Appearance
The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) the ultimate "separate the men from the boys" facility. While any Thompson checkered is a treasure, winning the first ever NEMA Lites feature at this year's ICEBREAKER event will be a goal high on the list of many attendees.

Sitting at the top of that list is the all time Thompson winner - with eleven victories, Randy Cabral, who will return at the ICEBREAKER in his family owned #35 Lites car. In addition to Cabral - former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and multi time USAC feature winner, Bobby Santos III will be wheeling the Frank Manafort #76 in the event. In addition to Santos and Cabral - ISMA competitor and feature winner Jeff Locke will be aboard his family owned Lites car, NEMA competitor Paul Scally will be debuting his new Drinan Lites car, and 2014 NEMA runner up Avery Stoehr, a new family owned ride as well.

With nearly a twenty car field rumored, that's just the beginning of the list. Teammates Christian Briggs and Juris Kupris will bring their RAM Bull racing entries to TSMP with high hopes of a feature victory. The Cugini family brings their two strong family owned entries to the Speedway,Anthony Payne in the Scrivani 21, and the always strong Andy Barrows will be debuting his new BEAST chassis at the ICEBREAKER. The Bigelow family, with 2014 owner's champion Scott, and multi feature winner, Paul - will undoubtedly be strong as well, with their Honda power plants. Other rumored entrants include Kenny Johnson, multi time feature winner PJ Stergios and Dennis Potter.

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. Last fall, Randy Cabral claimed the victory over another famous racing family name, Cole Carter - son of the great Pancho Carter.

The Lites kick off ICEBREAKER weekend with a 30 minute open practice beginning at 4:45PM on Friday April 10th, followed by practice on Saturday morning, 6 lap heat races Saturday afternoon and a 20 lap feature Saturday evening. One thing is for sure, with as close as some of the big track races were last season - reminiscent of Oswego, Thompson's ICEBREAKER should be a "barn burner."
NEMA Launches 2015 Advertising & Promotional Campaign
With the 2015 season upon us, NEMA is launching its 2015 Advertising & Promotional campaign, which will include a variety of new venues for teams, supporters, sponsors and tracks to get involved with the club.

First, instead of producing its once yearly annual yearbook - the club will be developing a 2015 program, to include driver bio's, club history, and advertisements - to be sold at the tracks on a weekly basis.

Second, the club will be selling side bar advertisements on the website - that will include the business logo and link to the company's website.

For organizations wishing to participate in both the program and website advertisement programs - there will be a bundle discount for those that purchase a half page ad in the Program - or larger, of $100 additional for the website
advertisement. For $300, a company can have a half page ad in the Program guide and a website ad on www.nemaracing.com.
NEMA Adds Chemung Speedrome to
Exciting 2015 Schedule; Coby to Compete
The Northeastern Midget Association proudly announced on Friday that it has added an inaugural event at the Chemung Speedrome to its schedule for May 22, 2015. Chemung will start an action packed weekend for NEMA, with an event the following day at Evans Mills Speedway. The NEMA Midgets will run extended 30 lap races at both tracks, with the Lites running 25 Laps.

An added bonus for the fans - reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby will be on hand competing in the #74 Bertrand Motorsports midget. In addition, NEMA will be providing a Lites car and is working with the Speedrome promoters to get Chemung regular Jimmy Zacharias into a car for the Lites event.

The Chemung Speedrome was originally built as a 1/4 mile dirt track in 1951 by the Bodine family of Chemung, NY it closed in 1978. As the story goes, in an article written by Bob Johnson, "It was by sheer coincidence that the track came to fruition in the first place. Eli Bodine Sr. was in Ithaca having his car repaired. The mechanic working on the car asked him if he liked stock car racing. Mr. Bodine's reply was that he indeed did. This led to a conversation about racing. The mechanic, Karl Beilou, brought up the fact that the local racers from the Finger Lakes racing club had become disenchanted with the track they were running at. The possibility of building a track on the Bodine farm was discussed. Bodine jokingly agreed to the request not thinking it would ever come to fruition. The next day was Saturday. Much to Bodine's surprise, members of the racing club came calling on the farm - and from there, the track was born."

After buying the track in 1985, the Stapleton family started to rebuild the track in 1997 and in October of 2000 had its inaugural race event. The track is currenly owned by the White family, run by John White. Events at Chemung since its re-opening include The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, ISMA Super Modifieds, Race Of Champions Modified Tour, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, SST Modified Tour, Cup Lite Racing Series and USAC Ford Focus Midget Series. The 3/8 mile Speedrome features all new TV-quality Musco lighting, a 3000 Seat Main Grandstand, a 28 stall paved pit lane and much more. The facility is situated on over 38 acres and is one of New York's finest paved oval tracks.

"I grew up watching guys like Johnny Coy run midgets on Long Island. Chemung should be a perfect track for the midgets, plenty of room, long straightaways - it should be a good night of racing," said John White, owner.

The Northeastern Midget Association is the oldest pavement midget racing club in the Nation. Midgets are typically four cylinder, pure bred open wheel racecars. They do not use starters, flywheels or clutches. If it is bolted into a midget, it serves one of only two purposes: safety or speed. The mighty midgets of NEMA are that and more. With their nearly four hundred horsepower motors, large wings, and wide hoosier tires - the NEMA midgets are the fastest asphalt midgets in the world.
The NEMA leadership would like to encourage our members to attend this event, if possible. We are not going to book a date on this weekend, and hope that this turns out to be an exceptional event.


(INDIANAPOLIS) February, 14, 2015 - The Indianapolis Speedrome is proud to announce that on the night of Saturday, July 25, 2015, the historic fifth mile oval will be hosting the INAUGURAL TONY STEWART MIDGET CLASSIC.

The race will feature a 100 lap main event broken into 2 segments: 75 laps, and a 25 lap dash to the finish, with a 20 minute break in between the two.

Tony Stewart earned his very first USAC midget feature win in 1991 at the Speedrome, and went on to become the Speedrome USAC Midgets Rookie of the Year the very same year. “The Indianapolis Speedrome is a special place for me because it’s where I got my first USAC Midget win,” Stewart said. “It’s a huge honor to have a race named after me. I always enjoyed racing there and I’m sure

Larry Curry will make this race enjoyable for the competitors and fans.”
Indianapolis Speedrome Managing Partner, Larry Curry says, “We are all very excited to have the opportunity to have such a great event in honor of Tony Stewart at the Speedrome.” Curry went on to say, “I was very lucky to have Tony as my race car driver, as well as work for him. He is a very special person, and one that I feel very lucky to refer to as a friend.”

For more event details, contact Larry Curry at 317-437-3600, or email: speedromelrc@gmail.com, or log onto www.speedrome.com.
Racing as a Stoehr Family Affair
Continues in 2015
Bridgewater, MA - For many years, a NEMA race has not been run without a Stoehr family name on the starting grid - from grandfather Paul, to brothers Russ
and Greg, to the new generation of Stoehrs - Avery and Bethany. This year will be no different.

The 2015 runner-up in the NEMA Midgets division, Avery Stoehr, will again campaign a full-time ride on the NEMA schedule, and also will sport a new NEMA
LITES ride at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Icebreaker on April 11th and 12th. Avery will be bringing along his familiar sponsors: Motorcars
International, Skaters Edge, Maaco, and Jon Andruk's Circle Performance. In addition, Stoehr will run select TQ races - as evidenced by his appearances in
Trenton NJ and Atlantic City - and is working on other possible rides, including Stafford Speedway on Friday nights.

"2014 was a good year. I think we accomplished everything we set out to and then some. I think we've got a very good season to build off of for 2015," said

A welder by trade, the young Stoehr says that Oswego and Thompson, two of NEMA's fastest tracks, are his favorite places, not unlike many of the young
drivers. "NEMA is a place where any given car can win on any given night at any track these days," he says.

Avery's #15A race cars are crewed by the familiar father & son combination of Carl and Curt Kibbe. The Kibbes have been a mainstay in NEMA for the last
four decades with Carl having won multiple championships as a car owner, and Curt having been a key crew member for his father and the late Gene

And it does not end there. Avery's cousin, Bethany, also a regular front runner in NEMA, is looking forward to the full NEMA schedule as well.

"Our plans for the 2015 season for the #5B team include building a new car over the winter and attending every scheduled event. Our goal is podium finishes
or a top 5 at every race," she says.

When asked about her favorite track, Bethany says "I like Oswego and Twin State the most, but it is awfully hard to narrow down a favorite. I like any track that
involves going fast and turning left!"

A race fan since she can remember, NEMA's top division only current female competitor has had the sport in her blood since a very young age. Bethany also
has a passion for music, singing the National Anthem at a number of NEMA races. She enjoys singing & writing music as a hobby, when she is not busy either
working on the race car, racing, or at her full time job at Motorcars International.

Longtime NEMA board member, tech inspector and chassis expert, Shawn Torrey will join Bethany's father Greg and mother Tara as the crew on her #5B in

There is one thing for sure, when the green flag drops at NEMA's season opener, the chances of a Stoehr on the podium, or in the winner's circle are very
strong for 2015.
NEMA Celebrates Successful Racer's Expo
NEMA was in strong form this past weekend at The Racer's Expo in Marlborough, MA. A wide variety of racers and vendors were brought together by the legendary Seymour Enterprises and Bobby Seymour, making this year's show the biggest yet.

The NEMA Board met early in the day to discuss the upcoming season. Topics included ensuring that the race format goes off as fast as possible and a number of ideas on that topic, picking the three "open" races for 2015, which will be announced prior to the start of the season, additional possible dates on the 2015 schedule, publicity updates, and continuing to work on the NEMA business plan for the future.

The club then hosted its final pre-season General meeting, where new president Russ Stoehr ran a very informative general meeting, where he mentioned some revisions to the current schedule - such as a possible race at Chemung, NY on Friday May 22nd and possible additional races at Waterford Speedbowl under new owner Bruce Bemer. Tim Bertrand then informed the membership of plans for a combination rookie orientation / safety inspection / test & tune day at a track TBD for some time in April. VIP Fan and Track Publicity co-chairs, Bill Van Slyke and Mariah Michalski ran down a list of PR / VIP plans for 2015. Mariah has taken the VIP program to a new level this year which will include armed forces involvement, involvement with local children's hospitals, and local community involvement.

NEMA also welcomed back Craig Merriman with great fanfare as its starter for 2015, as well as Bob Blanchette, Mike Scrivani as race director, and long time supporter Linda Cleveland on the banquet committee.

Elsewhere, NEMA was also busy on the weekend with Ed Breault's #44 Crown Collision machine on display at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) booth in Providence. NEMA will also be supporting TSMP's Open House at the Speedway in the Garage area on March 14th, with Champion Randy Cabral on hand along with a car from Bertrand Motorsports. NEMA will also have a display at Frank Marotta's Race a Rama on the weekend of February 28th.
NEMA Releases Preliminary 2015 Schedule
BROCKTON, Mass. — Established haunts make up the 2015 Northeastern Midget Association schedule, including a return to White Mountain Motorsports Park after an absence of many years and the season opener at Evans Mills Motorsports Park on May 23rd.

As NEMA President Russ Stoehr puts the finishing touches on the final schedule, there are 12 races currently on the NEMA agenda while the NEMA Lites will make 12 stops in what will be the club’s 63rd consecutive season, making it New England’s oldest sanctioning body. There is a possibility additional races will be added to one or both schedules at a later date.

Randy Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand will begin defense of their NEMA championships and the Lites will begin their eighth season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as they present The ICEBREAKER on April 11th and 12th. Scott Bigelow will begin defense of his Lites owner's crown, and there will be a new Lites driver's champion this year as Ryan Krachun will not be returning to the series in 2015.

Monadnock returns to the schedule hosting both NEMA and the Lites for the Iron Mike Scrivani Race on June 20. The club will honor the 32nd anniversary of the passing of the legendary car owner on the speedy high-banked quarter mile.

The full midgets and the Lites will share the billing at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Sunoco World Series of Racing for the first time ever in October, and NEMA will host the Angelillo Memorial at TSMP on August 12th in conjunction with the Whelen Modified Tour. Both divisions will return to New York State’s Oswego Speedway King of Wings program as well on July 11th.

Two other special events — the Marvin Rifchin Trophy Race at LEE USA Speedway on July 17th and the Shane Hammond Memorial at Monadnock on September 5th will also include the Lites.

NEMA will also return with great fanfare in a televised event on MAV TV to Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday/Boston Louie Memorial Classic (July 1) and Waterford’s Wings & Wheels (pending ownership issues are solved), two traditional stops.

NEMA looks forward to stops at Wiscasset Speedway on June 13th after a very successful event last season and Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH.
Chambers Brothers Among NEMA Threats
Brockton, MA – The Chambers family - brothers Jim & Alan, will celebrate their 20th year of open wheel racing during the 2015 season.
Although the team is still finalizing plans for next season, one thing is sure - they will be a force to be reckoned with, within both the NEMA and NEMA Lite ranks. The current plans include 2 NEMA cars (Beast Chassis) and a NEMA Lite car that will be shared amongst the two. The team also plans to have a few "guest" driver appearances - a phenomenon that has been popular in NEMA the last few years for a number of teams.

It's a family affair, no doubt for Chambers Racing. The team boasts two family businesses as sponsors in Michael Chambers Auctioneers as well as Alan's business - Mac's Auto world.

"My favorite track is Star speedway in Epping, as this was the track I grew up watching races at and started my adult racing career in the 350 supermodifieds," says Alan. "Jims favorite tracks are Lee Speedway and Monadnock because he always seems to run strong each time NEMA makes an appearance there," said Chambers.

"After racing in a few different series we have found a home with NEMA. We love racing with NEMA because of the high level of competition and the camaraderie between all the drivers and teams, NEMA is like a big family and its nice to travel with a group that will race us hard, but no matter what, the night always ends in handshakes and a good laugh," he says.

Outside of racing Jim is an automobile auctioneer and enjoys playing the drums and snowboarding as well as playing on anything with an engine. Alan owns a used car dealership, and when he is not busy working he enjoys playing the guitar, soccer and videogames.
Lawrence Fletcher "Larry" Cheetham Jr.
A long time NEMA member and supporter,
Larry Cheetham passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 7th.


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Paul Scally's NEMA Lites #4 in the Wiscasset Speedway booth
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Payne to Pilot Bertrand No. 74
By Nicholas Teto/YankeeRacer.com
Photos by Randy Lindblad and Crystal Snape
Former champion Joey Payne of Fairlawn, NJ will return to NEMA competition at Oswego (NY) Speedway July 11. The NEMA Midgets and Lites will accompany the ISMA Supermodifieds’ King of Wings VII card.  Payne recorded his most recent victory in the 2013 Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial at Monadnock (NH) Speedway. Previous drivers of the third Bertrand Motorsports entry include Cole Carter, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, Jeff Horn, and Anthony Marvuglio.

“I’m really excited,”Payne said. “I’ve known them guys for a long time and I’ve never driven for the Bertrands. We always talked about it, I always hound them for a ride, and finally last summer we were at Oswego and he (Car Owner Tim Bertrand) said to me, ‘We’re coming back here next year and you’re going to drive the 74 car.’ … They have great equipment and all three of their cars are fast on any given day. It’s kind of a top quality ride for my home track is going to be a real good thing.”

NEMA congratulates Anthony Nocella on his awesome effort and win at the 2014 Rumble!

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Rapid Rookie; Anthony Nocella Stuns Rumble In Fort Wayne, Wins On Opening Night
Audio and recap by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman
FULL STORY & AUDIO at RaceChaserOnline.com

For the third consecutive Rumble in Fort Wayne feature event and second straight year, a page of history was written at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Only this time — it was a true rookie who inked his name in the record books.

Woburn, Massachusetts native and 22-year-old college senior Anthony Nocella made the long haul from New England to make his debut appearance in this year’s 17th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne. He then forever left his mark on the concrete oval by passing defending race winner Justin Peck on lap 33 of Friday night’s 50-lap National Midget A-main and driving away to a stunning victory.

Nocella becomes the first driver to ever win in his first-career Rumble appearance, driving for noted car owner Bobby Seymour.  FULL STORY HERE

NEMA Board Finalizes Rules Package & Exciting Changes for 2015 Season
12-15-14  -  Bridgewater, MA  -  The newly elected NEMA Board wasted no time getting to work, as they met for the first time after being elected last weekend to ratify the 2015 rules proposals this past Sunday, and also agreed on a number of exciting changes for the 2015 season.

The biggest change for the NEMA series will be the addition of staggered heat race points for both divisions, as decided on by the Board. The heat winner will get 20 points, 2nd place 18 points, with 2 points between positions down to 6th place - at which all remaining cars will get 10 points. The Board felt that this change will encourage a better show for the fans during the heat races and reward those who run well in the heat races.

Also exciting for the 2015 season, the Board has adopted the inclusion of a Rookie Development program. Full details will be announced later in the winter, but the intent of the Rookie Development Program will be to provide track time, driver coaching and safety education to new teams and drivers. Drivers falling into the newly adopted age brackets (those who turn 13 during the competition season for the Lites, and 15 years old for NEMA - both with previous experience) must pass the Rookie Development Program and be approved by the NEMA Board prior to competing with NEMA.

NEMA will also be bringing back its NEMA Fan of the Week program in 2015, after a successful program the last couple of seasons. The Fan of the Week gets a free pit pass for themselves and a guest, as well as a tour of the NEMA pit, time with the drivers, and other benefits throughout the evening. In addition, the club will be providing a printed program each week at the race track versus its traditional year book, and will continue its Meet & Greet program under the leadership of Bill Van Slyke.

As previously announced, NEMA will also continue its relationship with Hoosier Tire, as the club signed an exclusive 3 year deal with Hoosier for its current plated NEMA tires. Hoosier East and NEMA have selected Seymour Enterprises as its authorized distributor for the 2015 season.

A number of technical rules were passed as well, and will be posted on this website durng the coming week.
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 - Annual General Meeting
12:00 Noon - Thompson Clubhouse
NEMA General Membership Meeting
Cites Strong Progress for 2015
12-8-14  -  Thompson, CT  -  NEMA held its annual membership meeting this past Sunday at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park clubhouse, with a strong showing of general members present. At the top of the agenda was a preview into the 2015 schedule, which will feature 3 events at Thompson, as well as events at Oswego, Seekonk, Monadnock, Evans Mills, Wiscasset, LEE USA and White Mountain - with tentative dates held for Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State, and Chemung, NY.

The club also elected a new President for the first time in over ten years - with Russ Stoehr running unopposed to take over the top seat in NEMA. Mike McCarthy and Mike Chambers were elected to the Vice President spots, Joe Santa Maria as Secretary and Paul Scally returns as Treasurer. A new Board was also elected with Tim Bertrand, Shawn Torrey, Paul Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Mike Scrivani and Dennis O'Brien taking over those seats.

The club also made additional major strides to help increase its membership base including the development of a Rookie Development program. Under this program, the club will secure track time for new drivers joining the NEMA Lite ranks to practice with the club, particularly noted - 12 and 13 year old drivers will be able to participate in the program. In addition, any driver that turns 13 during the competition season who has prior experience, that has passed the Rookie Development Program and has approval by the Board may compete with the Lite series. The minimum age for NEMA was also lowered to 15 years old with prior experience and Board approval.

Next, the club also voted to have 3 "open" events per year - where the current handicapping system will not be used, and a time trial system will be used similar to previous years at the Boston Louie Memorial, with the hopes of encouraging outside participants from other divisions as well as midget racers from the South and Midwest to participate.

A number of technical rules were proposed as well, and the new Board of Directors will be coming forth over the next week with a vote on those rules to be announced on this website.

NEMA hopes to announce its final schedule by year end, and will also be posted on the website.
NEMA and Hoosier Tire
Ink Exclusive Three Year Deal
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 for the 2015 season.

NEMA’s schedule will soon be published on www.nemaracing.com. Stay tuned for all of the latest updates.
NEMA BANQUET - Nov. 22nd
Royal Plaza Hotel - Marlboro, MA
Marlborough, MA - Champions were honored and achievements recognized during the annual awards banquet for the Northeastern Midget Association Saturday night.

Hundreds of competitors, crew members, fans and their families gathered for the gala event held at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. NEMA's announcer Pete Falconi was host for the evening assisted by Speed Sport News television announcer Derek Pernesiglio, who made the announcement that the 2015 Boston Louie Classic for NEMA will once again be nationally televised.

The crowd gave a rousing ovation to the night's special guest, six time champion and multi-hall of famer Dave Humphrey. Humphrey's first NEMA championship came in 1967 and his sixth in 1978 driving for Mike Scravani.

The team of driver Randy Cabral and car owner Tim Bertrand picked up their champion awards for the fifth time in seven seasons in NEMA's top division.

Bertrand was also the recipient of the Wen Kelley Memorial Award, given to a NEMA member that exemplifies outstanding dedication and service to the club, as Wen Kelley did for over 37 years.

NEMA Lites rookie driver Ryan Krachun took home the champion's hardware and so did Scott Bigelow as the champion owner for 2014.

Bigelow finished third in the drivers' standings.

Trophies were awarded to the top 15 drivers and owners in both the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites.

Race car owners with perfect attendance, push truck operators and weekly officials were all given awards.

Krachun was also named one of two Up and Coming Young Drivers for 2014, as well as the recipient of the Ed Clothier Memorial Rookie of the Year Award.

Avery Stoher took the Rookie of the Year honors for the NEMA Midgets.

Long time NEMA supporters Mike and Lu Jarrett were given a special award by club President Mike Scravani for their tireless devotion to NEMA and its competitors.

After almost 50 years, the final Johnny Thomson Memorial Award was presented.

Given annually by a small group of NEMA members from the Lowell, MA area, the award was given to honor the memory of New England's greatest open-cockpit racer. Besides an outstanding career in midget and sprint cars, Thomson raced the Indy 500 eight times, winning the pole in 1959. He died in a sprint car crash in Allentown, PA in the fall of 1960 at the age of 38.

Veteran NEMA member Bruce Beane announced that it would be the final time the award was given, as many of the originators of the award have passed.

The final recipient of the Johnny Thomson trophy was Linda Cleveland, long time NEMA official and secretary.

Linda is also the wife of veteran driver Doug Cleveland, who won the NEMA Associate Member Never Say Die Award.

Kevin Park was the recipient of the same award in the NEMA Lites.

Other prestigious awards given at the banquet include the Jim O'Brien Memorial Award, given by the O'Brien racing family. This year's honor went to Pete Pernesiglio, Sr. The award is given for outstanding contributions to family and racing.

The Ralph Miller Memorial Award for outstanding and continuing perseverance was presented by the O'Brien family and former NEMA President Dick Monahan. This year's recipient was car owner Jeff Johnson.

The Joe Csiki Most Improved Driver Awards went to Jim Chambers in the NEMA Midgets and Logan Rayvals in the Lites.

The Pat Thibodeau Youth and Determination Awards went to Kenney Johnson and Anthony Payne.

Joe SantaMaria was given the Ray Roberts Memorial Award and Scott Bigelow picked up the Brian Caruso Hard Charger Award.

The Gene and Marylin Angelillo Memorial Award is given for an outstanding "woman behind the man" in NEMA. This year's recipient was Rachel LeClerc, who works on the crew of Paul Scally's #30.

Deb and Anthony Marvuglio, mother and brother of the late Shane Hammond, awarded the annual Sportsmanship Award in his name to Kevin Park and Seth Carlson.

The Mechanic of the Year Awards went to Bertand Motorsports and Bigelow Motorsports.

The Ronnie Evans/Len Thrall Top Owner-Driver honors went to Paul "Dangerous" Scally in the NEMA Midgets and Scott Bigelow in the Lites.

The award that no one sets out to win, the Hard Luck Award was given to Dennis and Chris O'Brien in the Lites and Jeff and Kenney Johnson in the NEMA Midgets.

Allan Cantor was named this year's NEMA Lifetime Member.
2014 NEMA Midgets Owner and Driver Champions
Randy Cabral and Tim Bertrand
2014 NEMA Lites Driver Champion - Ryan Krachun & Family 
2014 NEMA Lites Owner Champion - Scott Bigelow & Family 
The Jim O’Brien Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to family
 and racing was presented by the O'Brien family to Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
The final Johnny Thomson Memorial Award was presented to Linda Cleveland 
Marlborough, MA - The Northeastern Midget Association gathers for their 62nd annual awards banquet on Saturday night at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. NEMA will crown their 2014 champions and distribute other prestigious awards for both the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites.

The team of driver Randy Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand will collect their fifth champion awards in the last seven seasons. A fete unseen by a consistent driver/owner combination in NEMA. Though the championship wasn't decided until the final race at Thompson, the Cabral/Bertrand team dominated victory lane with six wins in thirteen events. In their first championship season of 2008 they won eight of seventeen races.

They started the season with two DNF's, but had the most consistent record the rest of the way. They only finished out of the top five once, had one fifth place and the rest were first or second place finishes.

Throughout most of the season, Cabral and Bertrand battled the father/son team of Russ and Avery Stoehr for the point lead.

Avery was in his first full season of NEMA Midgets after a successful run in the Lites. He picked up six podium finishes, two of which were wins and never finished out of the top ten in his Kibbe-wrenched entry until the final race at Thompson.

A championship would have continued the family tradition, as father Russ has six of them. His most recent came in 2010 winning the last championship for the Angelillo/Dumo's Desire team, bringing that car ownership total to a record fourteen.

Ryan Krachun won the Lites driver's championship in his first full season with NEMA. The New Jersey driver was able to notch his laurels with consistent finishes. Krachun finished out of the top ten only once, had seven top fives and started the season with two runner-up finishes. His only win came late in the season at Star, his first in a winged midget.

The Lites owner's championship trophy will go to Scott Bigelow. Though he won three features during the season in his own car, the extra owner points came compliments of his brother Ryan, who subbed for him and won at a Lites stand-alone race at Star in May.

Bigelow was able to squeak by Krachun's RKR Enterprises to claim first place in the owners points.

There was no shortage of Bigelows in victory lane this season. Besides the aforementioned Scott Bigelow wins, brother Paul had a Lite win and brother Ryan had both a Lite and NEMA Midget win.

Beyond the champion awards, trophies are handed out to the top fifteen in both divisions, perfect attendance, mechanic of the year, rookie of the year and several prestigious memorial awards.

The big night begins with a social hour at 6:00, followed by dinner, awards and dancing.

This is the first year that the banquet is being held at the Royal Plaza in Marlborough, site of the annual wintertime Racer's Expo. Back in the 60's, the NEMA banquet was held just up the road at the famed White Cliffs Restaurant in Northborough.
Jerry Wall - Yellow Jacket
NEMA Vintage Slide Show on DVD
Once again, the Northeastern Midget Association is making available the NEMA Vintage Slideshow DVD just in time for Christmas. 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. On the DVD: 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.

Payment can be made through PayPal    HERE
to rewindles@sbcglobal.net or by sending a check or money order
(payable  to NEMA) as well as your name and address to Bill Van Slyke,
23 Horsestable Cir., Shelton, Ct. 06484.
Ronnie Evans
Seekonk Action
Len Thrall
Tony Romit - Fahey Offy
Joe Csiki
Bill Randall (3) & Bud Tatro (1) - Seekonk

October 17-19, 2014
2014 NEMA Midgets Driver and Owner Champions &
World Series Race Winner: Randy Cabral & Tim Bertrand
October 19,2014 - Randy Cabral didn't need to win on Sunday to notch another NEMA championship, but you wouldn't have guessed it the way he raced through the field and took the lead in the 25 lap feature at Thompson's World Series. It was his sixth win of 2014. He also added to his record 10 wins at the Connecticut oval, while winning his fifth championship in 7 years.

Cabral, of Kingston, MA. led a Bertrand Motorsports assault, with his teammates finishing second and fifth.

Cabral could have clinched the championship with a decent finish in qualifying, but heats for the midgets were cancelled on Saturday due to a lengthy rain delay. NEMA started Sunday with a 20 minute warm-up session.

It only took Cabral 8 laps to run down and pass early leader John Zych of Mendon, MA. Zych stayed within a few car lengths of Cabral. When the caution came out on lap 14 for a spin by Jim Santa Maria of Burlington, CT, it allowed Zych the opportunity to restart alongside Cabral.

Zych regained the lead until another caution 3 laps later. This one for a slowing Bethany Stoehr of Bridgewater, MA, who had a solid top 5 run going until the car broke. On the restart, Zych's car bobbled and shot to the infield entering turn 1. He slid back up onto the track in the middle of traffic. Everyone was able to get by, but Zych was done due to steering problems, retiring to pit road.

Cabral then opened a comfortable lead, but that was negated by the final caution on lap 21 for an incident involving Scott Bigelow of E. Hampton, CT that landed him against the inside retaining wall just out of turn 4.

The single file restart put second place driver and Cabral teammate for the day Cole Carter right on Cabral's bumper. Carter stayed with Cabral through the first and second turn, but Randy turned up the heat on the backstretch and cruised to victory.

Carter finished second, followed by Danny Cugini of Marshfield, MA in third, Jim Chambers of Atkinson, NH fourth and Cabral teammate Todd Bertrand fifth.

Cabral wins his fifth NEMA championship in 7 seasons, all of which accomplished by driving equipment owned by Tim Bertrand. After starting the season with 2 DNF's, he rarely finished out of the top 3, picking up 5 wins.

He had been point battling another consistent finisher, Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA. Stoehr had never finished out of the top 10 all season until Sunday - 7 of those were top 5s with 2 wins along the way.

Champion Cabral and NEMA Lite champion Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ will be honored at the annual awards banquet on November 22 in Marlborough, MA.
Photos by
Norm Marx
NEMA MIDGETS - Thompson - 10/19/14
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
2 74 Cole Carterr Indianapolis, IN Tim Bertrand
3 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
4 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
5 39 Todd Bertrand Sufield, CT Todd Bertrand
6 44 Russ Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Ed Breault
7 54 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Susan Santa Maria
8 46 Kenney Johnson Bethany, CT Jeff Johnson
9 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
9 John Zych Jr. Mendon,MA John Zych Sr.
87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
44b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Ed Breault
35 Andy Schlatz - Glen Cabral
71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
99 Ryan Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Joe Santa Maria
15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
50 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Pete Pernisiglio, Sr.

- 10:30 AM Sunday morning (Oct. 19) behind the grandstands at the fan entrance.

 -Top 10 in points in NEMA, ISMA, and Thompson
Sunoco Modifieds have been invited to participate.

-Free give-a-ways for kids and adults.
Current Top 5s
Top 10s
from each
Randy Cabral
Avery Stoehr
Seth Carlson
Todd Bertrand
John Zych Jr.
Jon McKennedy
Ben Seitz
Rob Summers
Jeff Locke
Mark Sammut
Ryan Preece
Keith Rocco
Todd Ceravolo
Keith McDermott
Kerry Malone
Cabral Leads NEMA Field to World Series
The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Connecticut's Thompson Speedway the ultimate "separate the men from the boys" facility. While any Thompson checkered is a treasure, the World Series is definitely the biggest plum.

Four time champion and current point leader Randy Cabral of Plymouth looms as the man to beat when NEMA makes its annual appearance at the Thompson World Series on Oct. 18/19. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 18 with the 25-lap feature part of the busy Sunday, Oct. 19 agenda.

Ten victories, including five World Series triumphs, make Cabral the all-time Thompson maestro. Last year, Cabral charged to second place, then made a surprise pit stop for an adjustment before the halfway point, and then made a heroic run to the front again but fell short to John Zych and Bobby Santos. Zych’s historic run capped a brilliant championship season for the JZ Motorsports team.

This year, Cabral enters the World Series with a 101 point lead over the young Avery Stoehr. If Cabral is able to start both the heat and feature events, he will wrap up the 2014 Championship.

Thompson’s long Midget history, however, is filled with surprises. Considering the last few years have  been some of the most competitive seasons in NEMA’s 60+ year history, it is safe to consider the possibility of another surprise. Cabral’s teammate Todd Bertrand (Bertrand 39), Seth Carlson (Feigel 71), Paul Scally (Scally 30), Avery Stoehr (Stoehr 15B), Zych (Zych 9), Jim Santa Maria (Santa Maria 54) and last week’s winner Ryan Bigelow (SantaMaria 99) are all coming to Thompson with high hopes.

NEMA and Thompson have a relationship that goes back to 1960 when the legendary Dutch Schaefer was the winner. Since then, Thompson has helped write a ton of NEMA history and a credible part of that is World Series related.
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 Gene Angelillo’s 100th NEMA win. A Nokie Fornoro romp in 2010 proved to be the last Midget ride for one of the sport’s greatest competitors.
Cole Carter in NEMA World Series Field
Brockton, MA – Cole Carter, a USAC open-cockpit mainstay and a member of one of America’s premier racing families, will be in the Northeastern Midget Association field at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the World Series of Racing on October 18th and 19th.

The son of the legendary “Pancho” Carter, Cole will be a teammate of former series champion and current point leader Randy Cabral in Bertrand Motorsports entries. He’ll steer the #74 driven on occasion this season by 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and current point leader, Doug Coby. After switching engines for the Waterford Speedbowl finale, Coby looked strong in Sunday's shortened practice session but was unfortunately side lined in a first lap crash when Bethany Stoehr's engine expired.

Carter will join a strong field led by Cabral, the all-time NEMA winner at Thompson, that includes Bertrand Motorsports teammate, Todd Bertrand - who was leading last year's World Series until mechanical failure side lined him, 2013 Champion John Zych, Avery Stoehr, Seth Carlson and Paul Scally.

Among current competitors, Russ Stoehr and Zych are the other previous Thompson winners scheduled to be on hand in the field.

Cole Carter’s racing genes include both grandfathers – Duane Carter and Carl Forberg – and an uncle – the late Dana Carter – as well as his dad Poncho who, in addition to many Midget and Sprint successes, had 17 Indianapolis 500 starts.

Cole has been running USAC periodically over the last fourteen years, climbing to as high as fourth in the 2005 USAC standings. He has also driven Sprints, Silver Crown and Infiniti Pro Series cars. His last start for Bertrand Motorsports resulted in a runner up effort to Cabral in 2010 at the World Series, and podium finishes earlier that season at both Stafford Speedway and Thompson.

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Photos by
Norm Marx
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 99 Ryan Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Joe Santa Maria
2 39 Todd Bertrand Sufield, CT Todd Bertrand
3 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
4 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon,MA John Zych Sr.
5 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
6 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
7 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
8 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
9 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
10 54 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Susan Santa Maria
11 80 Pete Pernisiglio, Jr. Ronkonkoma, NY Pete Pernisiglio, Sr.
44 Russ Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Ed Breault
7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
50 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Pete Pernisiglio, Sr.
79 Ian Cumens Lydell, PA Ian Cumens
46 Kenney Johnson Bethany, CT Jeff Johnson
5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA MCI Racing/
Greg Stoehr
74 Doug Coby Wethersfield, CT Tim Bertrand
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Photos by Norm Marx
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
2 9 Matt Swanson Acton, ME Matt Seymour
3 94 Logan Rayvals Brockville, ON, CA Craig Rayvals
4 25 Richie Morrocco Plainville, MA Richard Morrocco
5 32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
6 29 Ryan Krachun Neshanic Station, NJ Mike Krachun
7 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
8 18 DJ Moniz Fairhaven, MA David Moniz
9 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
10 35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
11 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
12 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
52 RJ Gage - Kevin Park
42 Juris Kupris Williamsburg, NY Charles Thomas Motorsports
31 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Paul Bigelow
45 Brandon Igo Enfield, CT David Igo
39 RJ Tufano West Haven, CT RJ Tufano
44 Christian Briggs Mattapoisett, MA Charles Thomas Motorsports
03 Dennis Potter New Boston, NH Dennis Potter
46x Andy Barrows New Ipswitch, NH Jeff Johnson
October 5, 2014 - Some lines were added to the NEMA history book on Sunday when the midgets ran at the Waterford Speedbowl's Fall Finale. Ryan Bigelow of E. Hampton, CT. became a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets and Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ became a first time champion in the Lites.

After all events were rained out on Saturday, NEMA's weekend schedule was whittled down to features only on Sunday. The midgets shared the day with a dozen other divisions of race cars.

As it has many times in the past, The Speedbowl produced a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets. Ryan Bigelow cruised to victory in the 25 lap main. Bigelow, a winner in the NEMA Lites earlier in the season was filling the seat normally occupied by Jim Santa Maria of Burlington, CT. Santa Maria was competing in a new ride and was the early leader of the race after starting on the pole.

The race started with drama when Bridgewater, MA driver Bethany Stoehr's car started smoking and spewing fluid just after the drop of the initial green flag. She piled into the first turn wall and collected CT's Doug Coby, driving a Bertrand Motorsports entry on the way in. Both cars ended up on the hook. Stoehr's car had to be towed from the front and back. Neither driver was injured.

The complete restart saw Santa Maria jump into the lead ahead of Doug Cleveland of Sudbury, MA., Bigelow and Paul Scally of Raynham, MA. After a few laps, Santa Maria was in a comfortable lead with Bigelow in second.

At the halfway mark Santa Maria's car had a suspension issue that caused him to spin coming out of turn 2 and relinquish the lead to Bigelow.

It was all Ryan Bigelow after the restart.

Todd Bertrand of Suffield, CT was slicing through the field and after battling teammate Randy Cabral of Kingston, MA, as well as Lakeville's Avery Stoehr near the front, he set sail to run down leader Bigelow.

Without another caution the laps ran out and Bertrand settled for second, finishing 1.5 seconds behind Bigelow. Avery Stoehr finished third, followed by John Zych of Mendon, MA and Seth Carlson of Brimfield, MA. Point leader Randy Cabral, who had worked into the top 3 earlier ended up in sixth.

In victory lane, an elated Bigelow thanked his crew and family for the support and noted that early in the race he worked as a "blocker" for Jim Santa Maria, who was the first half leader of the race and previous driver of Bigelow's winning car.

Bigelow turned in the fastest lap of the race at 13.16, for a average speed of 106 mph.

The NEMA Lites finished their season at Waterford's Fall Finale on Sunday. Danny Cugini of Marshfield, MA won the battle, but young Ryan Krachun won the overall war by claiming the championship. Krachun had been exchanging the point lead with Cugini over the second half of the season.

Cugini dominated the field, leading the event at one point by a straightaway. At the checkeredflag, he finished almost 3 seconds ahead of Matt Swanson of Acton, MA. It was Cugini's second win of the season, the first coming at Waterford as well.

Swanson finished 3 seconds ahead of Logan Rayvals of Brockville, Ontario. Richie
Morrocco of Plainville, MA was fourth, followed by Scott Bigelow of E. Hampton, CT in fifth.

Krachun finished sixth, but it was good enough to claim the drivers' championship. It was his first full year in the NEMA Lites. In the post race interview he said that "though it was a goal at the beginning of the year, he didn't think that they would end up winning it all."

The 25 lap NEMA Lite feature was marred by a first lap crash when third place runner Andy Barrows of New Ipswich, NH spun sideways out of the fourth turn and collected 5 other cars. Barrows, Christian Briggs of Mattapoisett, MA, RJ Trufano of West Haven, CT and Dennis Potter of New Boston, NH all went off on the hook. None were injured. Anthony Payne of Fairlawn, NJ and Richie Morrocco were able to rejoin the field after being involved.

The NEMA Midgets finish their season and crown a champion at Thompson Motorsport Park's World Series of Racing in two weeks.
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The Northeastern Midget Association will come out of the Waterford Speedbowl this weekend with one champion and only one race away from crowning another. The midgets make their annual appearance at the Speedbowl's Fall Finale this Saturday and Sunday.

It's the final race of the 2014 season for the NEMA Lites. Ryan Krachun of Neshanic
Station, NJ leads the drivers' standings by 110 points over Danny Cugini of Marshfield, MA. Both were winners in the division, coming in consecutive events in August. Cugini won at Waterford and Krachun at Star.

The owners' points are a different story.

Thanks to multiple victories and a couple of strong runs by brother Ryan subbing in his car, owner/driver Scott Bigelow of E. Hampton, Ct. trails Krachun's RKR Enterprises by only 1 point. Its very possible that the Lites could have different driver and owner champions in 2014. Bigelow currently sits fourth in drivers' points. He can advance his position, but not win the championship as a driver.

Cugini has a shot at both the owners' and drivers' championships with a good showing at the Waterford Finale. But, a decent run by Krachun will clinch the drivers' championship. A feat that would be accomplished in his first full season with the NEMA Lites.

The points are close enough that plenty of spots in the the top 10 of the Lites can
change hands this weekend before putting the cap on their season.

The NEMA Midgets have two more races to run, this weekend at Waterford and the season ender at Thompson in two weeks.

Randy Cabral of Kingston, MA sits atop the standings. He leads Lakeville's Avery Stoehr by 123 points going into Waterford. Cabral won the last race at Oswego with a last lap, last turn pass to claim is fifth of the season. He is eyeing his fifth NEMA championship.

But, Cabral has been absent from Waterford's Victory Lane for a frustrating long time and Stoehr has already won there this season, as well as 2 top 5's in the other Speedbowl races. This will be a battle to watch. Cabral has been flawless since 2 DNF's to start the season. He hasn't finished out of the top 5 since those early season hiccups. Stoehr's record has rollercoasted throughout the year.

Though Avery has a shot at winning the championship, he's got to keep an eye on the surging Seth Carlson of Brimfield, MA who is only 16 points back in third. Like Stoehr, Carlson has a pair of wins this season, one of which came at Waterford for both.

Those top 3 in points have a good lead over the rest of the field, but its tight from
fourth on back.

The owners' points are another story. Cabral's car owner Tim Bertrand has an even stronger lead over Avery's car owner and father Russ Stoehr. A third place finish at Evans Mills with brother Todd Bertrand in the car assured Tim a comfortable owners' points lead. Cabral was in the Breault 44 that day and had one of his two DNF's.

The NEMA Lites run their qualifying heats and feature event on Saturday, while the NEMA Midgets qualify Saturday and run their feature as the first race on Sunday.
NEMA Lites "Allstar" Awards
from Allstar Performance
The NEMA midget association is proud to announce a new corporate partner for their NEMA Lites Series - Allstar Performance out of Watervliet, Michigan.

NEMA has established a new contingency award that will recognize the outstanding efforts of NEMA LITES drivers both on and off the track. At each event the Allstar Performance “ Allstar of The Race” will receive a $100 dollar Allstar Performance gift certificate.

Additionally 9 winners will be picked at the 2014 NEMA Banquet to receive an “Allstar of the Season” award. These are open to the NEMA Lites drivers, car owners, and any associate members. These awards will be chosen for outstanding performance both on and off the track.

Allstar Performance recognizes NEMA as having a successful 62 year history and is proud to support the organization with these awards.

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