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NEMA pays tribute to one of this club's truest racers and most influential leaders. Butch was not only a champion driver, he was a fantastic mechanic, and a courageous President who's leadership changed NEMA forever.
See Butch's page at the NEMA History site:
Butch in the Bien Badger leading the Badgers
of Dave Humphrey and Johnny Evans
Photos by
Rich Hayes
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
2 47 Kyle Hamilton Plainfield, IN Bertrand Motorsports
3 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
4 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
5 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
6 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
7 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
8 33 Ben Seitz Bourne, MA Bobby Seymour
9 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
10 39 Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Bertrand Motorsports
11 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
12 A1 Mike Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
13 16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Matt O'Brien
14 77 Jesse Jakubajtys - Mike Luggelle
Photos by
Rich Hayes
NEMA LITES - STAR - 7/8/17
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 5 Dylan Duhaime Loudon, NH Jim Cataldo
2 57 Jake Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
3 12 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Jim Chambers
4 35 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA  Glen Cabral
5 38 Ryan Locke Raymond, NH  Ken Locke
6 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
7 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MA John Mikitarian
8 14 Chad Labastie Uxbridge, MA Chad Labastie
9 7 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
10 19 Richard Coy Haskell, NJ Richard Coy
11 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Mike Scrivani
12 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
13 52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
14 3 Chris Vose Gloversville, NY Chris Vose
15 41 Megan Cugini Marshfield, MA Glenn Cugini
16 51 Dan CuginI Marshfield, MA Dan Cugini
17 34ct Anthony Burr Wallingford, CT Anthony Burr
Cabral Celebrates Historic
50th NEMA Win in NEMA’s
Butch Walsh Memorial;
Duhaime Captures Lites
By Jim Snape

Exciting things can happen when NEMA is in town and Saturday July 8, 2017 was no exception at Bobby Webber's Star Speedway.

In the NEMA feature Seth Carlson out-dragged pole sitter Doug Cleveland of Sudbury MA and attempted to distance himself from a hungry pack behind him. It was looking like the Brimfield CT driver was on his way to victory lane, when things went sour for him with ten laps to go as his right rear tire slowly lost air. All the while Randy Cabral of Kingston MA, who started third, took over second place from Cleaveland and drew a bead on race leader Carlson, slowly closing in as Carlson began to have handling issues. Cabral finally caught and passed Carlson on lap 19 and went on to his 50th NEMA win, putting him 3rd behind Drew Fornoro and Dave Humphrey on the 65-year-old club's all time win list. It was also Cabral's 18th consecutive season with a victory,

"We were real lucky to start up front and go green to checkered like that. Its so tough now, everybody's got such good equipment and they're all good drivers. When your racing with Seth (Carlson) you're racing with the best of them, its tough to get by the kid. His car went away at the end. His car was better than mine at first, my car was better than his at the end. Lapped traffic played into effect also". He added "I didn't know he had a tire going down at the end. Sometimes that kid has no luck but he'll get a win soon," said Cabral.

Kyle Hamilton started mid pack and eased himself forward throughout the event. The Indiana standout, and this year's "Little 500" winner took over third place on lap eight and was on the chase o catch race leader Carlson and second place Cabral. By lap 19 Cabral was the new leader and Hamilton applied pressure on Carlson for the runner up spot, running the fastest laps of the race on laps 16-23. By lap 23 the pass was made but the laps ran out and Hamilton was second on the podium.

"Starting back in 8th, it was tough. I knew it was going to be a tall order but the car was actually better that I thought. To be that close to the leaders was good for our team. It took a couple of laps to get by some guys. I could go right around on the outside and didn't have to wait on some others. I would have liked to see a caution, but again I don't want to see anyone wreck, but we'll take it. And I got to thank everybody for bringing me out here from Indiana and we're planning to run the World Series at Thompson and maybe one or two others," said Hamilton.

Although Carlson jetted away and led a majority of the event, his tire issue relegated him to a third place finish. He had to be happy with the way his #71 performed and handled up to lap 18 and it looks like his team will visit victory lane in the near future.

"We started off with the early lead, car handled really well, then had a tire bleeder fall out towards the end there so we loss air in the right rear and ended up third and didn't wreck the car. I consider that still a pretty good day," he said.

Meg Cugini of Marshfield MA and Richie Coy of Haskell NJ brought the NEMA Lites to the green flag. Cugini would lead three laps before a stout Jake Stergios of Candia NH took over the top spot looking for another NEMA Lite victory, while Dylan Duhaime of Loudon NH raced his way from deep in the pack picking off competitors. Stergios was blazing a trail to the checkered flag but Duhaime had other plans, using three caution periods to his advantage and picking up valuable spots each restart. The last restart on lap 19 found race leader Stergios and Duhaime side by side. When the green flag flew so did Duhaime. Duhaime led the last six laps with Stergios and Jim Chambers of Atkinson NH in tow.

Chambers and Randy Cabral ran wheel to wheel for the last few laps before Chambers prevailed for a podium finish.

In victory lane Duhaime said, "We got a lot of good breaks, the track was pretty loose because of the early rain and I capitalized on that. The inside groove was really working for me. On the last restart on the outside I got a little shot from behind and that helped me get into the corner a little faster and got a good run on the back stretch. I didn't expect to get a little bump to help me win but it was great."

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