Top Three at Seekonk
OWW - L to R: Jeff Abold #29, 2nd: Winner
Randy Cabral #47; & Greg Stoehr #26b, 3rd.
Photos by Norm Marx
NEMA Feature - Seekonk OWW - Wed., July 20th
Susan Santa Maria
John Zych, Jr.
John Zych, Sr.
New Hyde Park, NY
Heat #1: 47 -
25 - 30 - 29 - 39 - 99 - 35 - 8 - 2
Heat #2: 9 - 45 -
22 - 7ny - 26b - 44 - 75 - 93x
Seekonk NEMA Honors to Cabral
Seekonk, MA – Surviving three restart
challenges, Randy Cabral (Bertand #47) won the
Northeastern Midget Association’s 25-lap feature at
Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday. It was the
first win of the season for Cabral, the fourth winner in
the last four NEMA races.
Eventual runner up Jeff
Abold (Abold #29) applied the last restart challenge
with six laps remaining. “It was my race to lose at that
point,” said Cabral. Starting sixth, he had led since
lap four when he passed Paul Scally (Scally #30) in the
Cabral, who is “always nervous about
restarts” got away from Scally (lap seven) and Jeremy
Frankoski (lap 10) earlier.
Greg Stoehr (Stoehr
#26b) edged Frankoski (Cantor #7ny) for third with point
leader Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire #45) fifth.
Abold passed Frankoski shortly after the second restart
and had followed Cabral for eight laps before the final
yellow.”I was thinking we had something for him on a
restart, that it was our best chance,” said Abold. He
added “at the point we were in very similar cars.”
“He [Abold] likes to go early,” explained Cabral. “I
saw him start to go so I guess I went a little early
too.” A three-time Seekonk winner, Abold did make a
serious inside challenge heading into one (“he showed me
the nose”) before Cabral grabbed a four car length
advantage and went on to win with a 0.741 advantage.
“We’re trying to keep it consistent,” said Greg
Stoehr who came from 12th. “We just hung in there.”
Sitting seventh at the second restart, he got third with
three laps left. Greg has emerged as the top contender
to brother Russ’ championship hopes.
“The way it
started, I didn’t think it would go this way,” said
Cabral, adding “we chased the car all day. It wasn’t
really good until the heat.” He called a ride in the
Pro-4 “a calming influence.” Cabral’s 11.256 in his heat
was the fastest competitive lap of the night. He also
had the fastest feature lap (11.327).
to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday July 30 for the second
annual Shane Hammond Memorial.
THANKS FROM A FAN
Please thank Randy Cabral and Bertrand Motor
Sports for letting a young boy (pictured with flag) at
the Open Wheel Wednesday Midget Show at Seekonk July
20th. Jim Jr. took his Son Adam up to winners circle and
was standing there when he was invited to be part of a
photo and was handed the checkered flag.
been following NEMA since I was 13 years old and Jim Jr
who turned 41 on July 20th has been following NEMA from
his very early childhood days. I worked for Ev Rogers
(61 Badger driven by Billy Mann) and followed the 94
Racing Team with Joey Coy for a good number of years. I
remember the Oswego trips with 94 racing team.
grandson will never forget the night he went to Seekonk
on Open Wheel Wednesday and was given the opportunity to
be in photo of the winning midget driver. Adam will be
another midget fan generation like his grandfather and
father. There is no auto racing show like a midget show.
For many years we followed NEMA through out the New
England States and the many trips to Star
Speedway,Hudson Speedway and all the other tracks NEMA
If you could get this thank you to
Randy Cabral and his team would be greatly appreciated.
It will be a night at the midget races my grandson wont
ever forget. NEMA put on a great show for the racing
fans on Open Wheel Wednesday.
Many Thanks Jim
Marsh Sr West Warwick, RI
Competition Red Hot as NEMA
Brockton, MA – With three
winners in the past three races, the Northeastern Midget
Association takes what has turned into a very
competitive situation into Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel
Wednesday (July 20). It is the club’s first Seekonk 2011
Greg Stoehr, a winner last Friday night at
Lee, will be looking for two straight in the 25-lap
feature. Point leader Russ Stoehr will be in pursuit of
his fourth triumph this year. Mike Horn, who ended Russ
Stoehr’s win streak at Thompson, is the other winner.
Greg has climbed to within 67 points of his older
brother. The siblings have eight Seekonk wins between
Randy Cabral, who continues to battle bad
luck, and Seymour Enterprises driver Jeff Abold head up
the challengers. Cabral has six career wins at the
“Cement Palace” while Abold has three including the last
two Boston Louie events. Abold posted a blistering
11.071 lap in last year’s Louie qualifying.
“Seekonk is one of those tracks where the better you are
off the hauler the better you are overall,” says NEMA
President Mike Scrivani Jr. “We’ve been coming to
Seekonk a long time and there are not a lot of secrets
left. You have to run hard there.”
hosted NEMA’s first-ever event back in 1953 and over the
years has not failed to produce some drama. Included in
the latter list is Keith Botelho’s triumph in the Stoehr
25 in last fall’s DAV. Bothelho returns in the same car.
Jeremy Frankoski, second at Lee, is a definite
contender in the Cantor 7ny. Among the other hopefuls
are John Zych Jr., third in last year’s DAV, Barry
Kittredge, Chris Leonard and B.J. MacDonald.
NEMA win list at Seekonk starts with Fred Meeker. Nokie
Fornoro’s eight wins top the list. The Seymour family
record at Seekonk is extraordinary. Not only have both
Mike and Bobby won there, Lou Cicconi, Bobby Santos III,
Mark Buonomo, in addition to Abold, have driven Seymour
cars to wins at Seekonk.
Bob Cherry (25)
and Dick Gallagher do battle in the 1960s.
Bugs Stevens drove this
Fusco car to a second at Seekonk 10/3/1976.
Paul Lawless (6), Ricky
Hart (62) and Jeff Horn (outside) at Konk in 1991.