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Thursday, July 1st
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NEMA Feature - Thompson - Thurs. July 1st
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
2 45 Russ Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Dumo's Desire Racing
3 39 Cole Carter Indianapolis, IN  Tim Bertrand
4 93x Mike Horn  Ashland, MA   Mike Horn  
5 A1 Jeff Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
6 26b Greg Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Greg Stoehr
7 3m Jim Miller Weymouth, MA Jim Miller
8 9 John Zych, Jr. Liverpool, NY John Zych, Sr.
9 7ny Adam Cantor Dix Hills, NY Cantor Racing
10 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
2 Lee Bundy Kennebunkport, ME Lee Bundy
44 Erica Santos Franklin, MA Ed Breault
75 Chris deRitis Philadelphia, PA Dan deRitis
Cabral By Inches At Thompson
Thompson, CT – Randy Cabral withstood a late challenge from Russ Stoehr and won the Northeastern Midget Association’s 25-lap Marvin Rifchin Trophy race by a foot Thursday night at Thompson Speedway.

The leader since lap 15, Cabral (Bertrand #47) survived a last-lap counterattack that began in turn three and fell inches short at the line.

It was the second win of the season (and the eighth career Thompson triumph) for Cabral and a big night for Bertrand Motorsports, visiting Cole Carter claiming third. Early leader Mike Horn and his dad Jeff Horn filled the top five.

Losing his brakes (and battling heating woes) soon after taking the lead, Cabral “couldn’t enter the turns like I wanted too.” He decided “if anybody is going to get by me, it will be on the outside.”

“I have complete faith in Randy,” explained Stoehr who got even with Cabral in the middle of three and fourth and then lost the drag race to the checkered.

Cabral said he was not aware of the threat “until I looked down at my gages and saw Russ out there. That’s why I never look at my gages.”

The only caution on lap eight wiped away Mike Horn’s wide lead. Starting third, he moved to the lead immediately and when yellow showed was almost a half straightaway in front of a Carter-Stoehr battle for second.

Stoehr grabbed the lead from Horn with an outside move into three on lap nine, leaving Cabral to battle teammate Cole several lengths behind. Cabral quickly erased the advantage, taking the lead with an inside move heading into on lap 15.

Carter had “a great run,” emerging the winner of a battle with Mike Horn over the final five laps.

Midweek action continues for NEMA with CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday at Stafford Speedway.

Cabral moved back to Esslinger for the race after experiencing problems with the Honda at Lee.
“The kind of finish Marvin would have enjoyed,” offered Stoehr. Cabral also acknowledged the late tire maker who for many years was a mainstay of NEMA.
Mike Horn ran with a Bertrand set-up, the “same as Randy has,” offered Tim Bertrand.
”Any time you can get along side of Randy on the last lap at Thompson you’re doing something,” said Russ Stoehr after his fourth top five this year.
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NEMA Takes Show To Thompson
Brockton, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association comes to Thompson Speedway Thursday night with three winners in as many events.

Chris Leonard, defending two-time champion Randy Cabral and Adam Cantor have been victorious. Russ Stoehr, however, has been the most consistent. He is the only driver with top-fives in all three events.

Cabral, the all-time NEMA winner at Thompson with seven, Cantor, a winner last week at Lee USA Speedway, and the crafty Stoehr are all very much in the championship picture. All agree, a Thompson win can do wonders when it comes to confidence.

“Everybody wants a Thompson victory,” says NEMA president Mike Scrivani Jr. “It is very fast, very demanding and coming prepared is a must.”

Stoehr would like nothing better than putting the late Gene Angelillo’s Dumo’s Desire #45 in victory lane. Stoehr’s third and last Thompson win came in an Angelillo car back in 2002.

Usually the fastest stop on the NEMA schedule, Cabral’s Bertrand Motorsports hopes to put the #47 in victory lane there. They are determined to put a poor finish at Lee behind them.

The Bertrand stables, which also includes contender Chris deRitis (nothing below sixth this year) will be joined by Cole Carter, the USAC stalwart slated to drive the Bertrand #39.

Absolutely “hooked up” at Lee, Cantor aims to carry the momentum over to Thompson.

Other contenders heading into Thompson include Greg Stoehr, a Thompson winner back in 1993, Jeff Horn, second at last year’s World Series, Barry Kittredge, coming off a very impressive second-place run at Lee, Jim Miller and Erica Santos.

Back in 1974, Dave Humphrey toured the the five/eights Thompson in a record 21.428 seconds. Nokie Fornoro’s 18.198 was the fastest feature lap in 2010.
Cabral set the “unofficial” Thompson standard (17.630) two years ago.
There have been different motors in Victory Lane – Chris Leonard’s Autocraft at Waterford, Cabral’s Honda at Twin State and Cantor’s Mopar at Lee.
Cole Carter Returns To Bertrand Midget
Brockton, MA - The Cole Carter-Bertrand Motorsports relationship continues when Carter drives the Bertrand #39 in Northeastern Midget Association action at Thompson (Thursday night, July 1) and Stafford (Tuesday, July 6).

Carter, part of one of open wheel racing’s most storied families, collected a fourth at last year’s Thompson World Series for Bertrand. He was also second at Seekonk Speedway’s Boston Louie.

He’ll be part of NEMA’s busiest pit, a teammate of both Randy Cabral and Chris DeRitis.

Following grandfather (Duane) and father (Pancho), Carter has been driving family-owned equipment since 2000. He was fourth in the 2005 national standings.
Crew chief Don Mardirosian, right, joins John McCarthy and
Dave Humphrey in photo taken at Thompson.
NEMA Looks Back At Thompson Speedway
Dave Humphrey drove John McCarthy’s #47 Chevy II-powered upright to countless victories including a conquest of Len Thrall and Russ Klar, both in Offys, at Thompson Speedway on Sept. 19, 1971.

NEMA’s long association with Thompson dates back to 1960 and continues Thursday night (July 1). Then as now, it is usually the fastest venue on the NEMA schedule.

Humphrey, driving McCarthy’s Badger, turned a then record 21.428 seconds lap at Thompson.

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