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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9th, 2021
The Legacy of Boston Louie
Lives On in the 25th Annual
Boston Louie Seymour Memorial
For the past 25 years, the race held in honor of the Massachusetts based car owner who campaigned his winning #29 midgets, sprints and Silver Crown cars across America, has brought together the very best in open wheel Midget racing.

When the NEMA Midgets roll into Seekonk Speedway for the 25th Annual Boston Louie Memorial, NEMA will honor Boston Louie with 29 laps for the NEMA Midgets and 50 laps for the NEMA LITES portion of the event.

A special thanks to Seekonk Speedway, NEMA, the many sponsors, fans and dedicated race coordinators, who have helped produce this spectacular event for the past two and a half decades.

The Seymour Family

2021 NEMA LITES WINNER:
JAKE TRAINOR #29
Photos by John DaDalt
Photos by Norm Marx
NEMA LITES  - SEEKONK - 6/9/21
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 29 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Matt Seymour
2 2 Ken Schrader Concord, NC Barry Kittredge
3 21 Joe Bailey Monroe, NJ Mike Scrivani
4 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
5 19 Richie Coy Haskell, NJ Richie Coy
6 1 Anthony Nocella Woburn, MA Matt Seymour
7 5 Jessica Beane Farmland, IN Jessica Bean
8 28 Mike Pernisiglio Ronkonkoma, NY Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
9 12 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Randy Cabral
10 18 David Moniz New Bedford, MA Dave Moniz
11 9 Ben Mikitarian Northborough, MMA John Mikitarian
12 47 Hunter Wise Allentown, PA  Hunter Wise
13 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
14 3 Christopher Vose Gloversville, NY Christopher Vose
15 35 Jeff Champagne Westfield, MA Glen Cabral
16 4x Darren Long Duxbury, MA Paul Scally
17 16  Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Dennis O'Brien
18 17 Kyle Valeri Monument Beach, MA Peter Valeri
19 53 Dylan Coutu Hopeville, CT Ron Coutu
20 10 Richie Morrocco Plainville, MA Jackie Parker
21 08 Ethan Dion Oakdale, CT Steve Dion
22 94 Tiana Kibbe Fairfield, CT Curt Kibbe
23  68 Danny Gamache Jr. No. Smithfield, RI Danny Gamache Jr.
24 59 Brayden Egan Ashford, CT Eric Egan
DNS 4 Jake Garcia Monroe, GA  Jake Garcia
DNS 99 Kyle Cline - - Kyle Cline
HEAT #1: 5, 2, 30, 4, 3, 94, 10, 53, 59
HEAT #2: 47, 11, 12, 9, 1, 99, 4w
HEAT #3: 29, 21, 18, 16, 19, 17, 68, 08

Top Finishing Father & Son Team
In Memory of Jim O'Brien
$100 Cash from the O'Brien Family
Awarded to PJ & Bill Stergios
Best Appearing Car
$100 Cash - Vivo Architecture, Inc.
Awarded to Curt Kibbe


NEMA LITES
Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
Feature Winner:

Jake Trainor #29
Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
2nd in Feature:

Ken Schrader #2
Friends of Mike Rivard
$100 Award
3rd in Feature:

Joey Bailey #21
Friends of Mike Rivard
$50 Award
7th in Feature:
Jessica Beane #5
Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
9th in Feature:
Randy Cabral #12
Fast Time
$100 from Radical Race Gear
Ken Schrader #2
Hard Charger Award
$100 Certificate
Jeff Champagne #35
Future Star
$100 from Seymour Performance
Mike Pernisiglio #28
Hard Luck Award
$100 from John Chambers Racing
Jake Garcia #4
Heat 1 Winner:
Five Gallons of
Sunoco Racing Fuel
plus $100 Certificate
Case of Pepsi - Tri Track Series
Jessica Beane #5
Heat 2 Winner:
Five Gallons of
Sunoco Racing Fuel
plus $100 Certificate
Case of Mntn. Dew - Tri Track Series
Hunter Wise #47
Heat 3 Winner:
Five Gallons of
Sunoco Racing Fuel
plus $100 Certificate
Case of Pepsi - Tri Track Series
Jake Trainor #29
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2021 NEMA MIDGETS WINNER:
PAUL SCALLY #30
   
Photos by John DaDalt 
Photos by Norm Marx
NEMA MIDGETS - SEEKONK - 6/9/21
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
2 74 Randy Cabral Kingston, MA Bertrand Motorsports
3 39 Avery Stoehr Assonet, MA Bertrand Motorsports
4 17 Chase Dowling Roxbury, CT Bertrand Motorsports
5 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
6 47 Ben Seitz Bourne, MA Bertrand Motorsports
7 48 Todd Bertrand Danielson, CT Bertrand Motorsports
8 69 Matt Merry Plaistow, NH Matt Merry
9 A1 Mike Horn Ashland, ME Jeff Horn
10 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
11 8 Jake Trainor Medway, MA Mike Trainor
12 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon, MA John Zych Sr.
13 18 Andy Lunt Marion, MA Christian Briggs
14 50 Kyle Valeri Monument Beach, MA Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
DNS 5 Kevin Merrifield - - - -
Heat 1: 17, 47, 74, 69, 30, A1, 5
Heat 2: 8, 9, 39, 48, 7, 87, 18, 52


NEMA MIDGETS
Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
Feature Winner:
"Dangerous" Paul Scally #30
Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
2nd in Feature:

Randy Cabral #74
Seymour Performance Products
$50 Certificate
9th in Feature:
Mike Horn #1A1
Fast Time
$100 from Radical Race Gear
Ben Seitz #47
Hard Charger Award
$100 from Carolina Dock Stairs
Avery Stoehr #39
Hard Luck Award
$100 from Carolina Dock Stairs
Kevin Merryfield #5
Heat 1 Winner:
Five Gallons of
Sunoco Racing Fuel
plus $100 Certificate
Case of Pepsi - Tri Track Series
Chase Dowling #17
Heat 2 Winner:
Five Gallons of
Sunoco Racing Fuel
plus $100 Certificate
Case of Mntn. Dew - Tri Track Series
Jake Trainor #29
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NEMA LITES Practice, Qualifiers, and Heats
NEMA MIDGETS Practice, Qualifiers, and Heats
Photos by Norm Marx
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PITS
NEMA LITES
NEMA MIDGETS
Photos by Mike Rothwell
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Scally, Trainor Take Coveted
Boston Louie NEMA Victories
For the past 20+ years, the race held in honor of the Massachusetts based car owner - "Boston Louie" Seymour, who campaigned his winning midgets, sprints and Silver Crown cars across America, has brought together the very best in open wheel Midget racing. This past Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway was no different as Paul "Dangerous" Scally fought off the NEMA field to take down his first Boston Louie Memorial victory and Jake Trainor took down the Lite portion from deep in the field.

The day started with Jessica Bean, Hunter Wise, and Jake Trainor taking down heat race wins in the Lites, with superstar Kenny Schrader taking honors for "Fast Time" in qualifying. In the NEMA group, Jake Trainor and NASCAR star Chase Dowling took down heat race wins, with Ben Seitz taking quick time honors.

When the cars rolled out for the feature event in the NEMA group, pole sitter Paul Scally beat 2020 champion Todd Bertrand into the first turn. Scally, whose car was working flawlessly, quickly went to work on the field, pulling away by ten lengths.

Scally looked to be cruising to victory in the 29 lap Louie, when a caution flew on lap 19 for a Kyle Valeri spin. On the restart, Scally lined up against multi time champion Randy Cabral. Scally, flawless in his restart execution, pulled away from Cabral after a brief one lap battle. Two laps later, the caution flew again for an Andy Lunt spin. Once again, Scally pulled Cabral on the restart, and Avery Stoehr passed teammate Chase Dowling for third in the Bertrand 39.

Scally went on to dominate the closing laps, showing his strength to take down his career best feature win in NEMA. Cabral was second, followed by Stoehr, Dowling, Alan Chambers, Ben Seitz, Todd Bertrand, Matt Merry, Mike Horn and Doug Cleveland.

"When I jumped out to an early lead, I was trying to drive fast but settle into a rhythm that would be good on my tires and equipment. I figured I would need the best tires I could have when I got up on lapped cars. When the yellow came out, I looked on the board and saw the 74, "oh boy here we go again" I said. Then it happened again another yellow just like 2014, and then the third time. I was thinking that, they (the other racers) were just out to get me. I told myself to settle down start fast and run the line that would get me back into that earlier rhythm," said Scally. "If I had to sum it up in one word Determination. Just never giving up, trying to improve on the last result, and no matter what do not get discouraged," said Scally. "I have to thank Rachel Leclerc, My Dad Paul, Rachel's Brother Eddie Leclerc, and Ron Lum for being my crew that day. Sponsors - Earth Movers, Charter Environmental, Frank Capone, American Anchor, Circle Performance Machine, and the race sponsors Nocella Paving, Seymour Performance Products, and the Seymour family," he said.

In the Lites Division, multi time USAC champ, Jessica Bean looked very strong out of the gate. Bean looked to be dominating the first half of the feature event, leading the first 30 laps in her Radical Race Gear #5.

Further back in the field, the action was intense. Jake Trainor, who started in the 9th spot, had marched into fourth by lap 21, and moved into second by lap 22. Quick time and legendary competitor, Ken Schrader, was making his march to the front as well, after starting in the 15th spot. Schrader moved into fourth on lap 34, and into second on lap 35.

As the laps wound on, Bean slipped to third, then fifth, and tenth place starter Richie Coy advanced into fifth. With Trainor out front, Schrader started to set his sights on him, as they approached lapped traffic closing the gap lap by lap. Behind them, Joe Bailey in the Scrivani 21 was also making a march to the front. With three to go, Schrader closed the gap to two carlengths on Trainor, and when the white flag flew, a blanket would fit over the front duo. Trainor would go on to best Schrader by a half carlength, and Bailey would finish third. PJ Stergios was fourth followed by Coy, Anthony Nocella, Bean, Michael Pernesiglio, Randy Cabral and DJ Moniz rounded out the top ten.

"It was my most memorable achievement in racing and to get it done in the 29 car for the Seymour family just made it that much more of a special win!," said Trainor. "The team has worked so hard on this car, and it was just spot on tonight. To win over Kenny Schrader was also very special." he said.
 
 2021
BOSTON LOUIE
FORMAT
(Revised 6/5)

NEMA MIDGETS


Qualifying times will be based upon the fastest time from the warmup sessions.

An invert of 4 or 6 will be drawn for the heat races.

5 cars will qualify out of each heat.

The 10 qualifiers will be stacked ranked by their times for the entire day. Times 1-5 will draw for positions 6-10 in the feature. Times 6-10 will draw for positions 1-5 in the feature.
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NEMA LITES


Qualifying times will be based upon the fastest time from the warmup sessions.

An invert of 4 or 6 will be drawn for the heat races.

5 cars will qualify out of each heat for a total of 15 qualifiers.

The 15 qualifiers will be stacked ranked by their times for the entire day. Times 1-5 will draw for positions 11-15 in the feature. Times 6-10 will draw for positions 6-10 in the feature. Time 11-15 will draw for positions 1-5 in the feature.
 
BOSTON LOUIE MEMORIAL SHAPING
INTO A WHO’S WHO OF STARS

WATCH LIVE: BOSTON LOUIE MEMORIAL ON SPEED51.TV
Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent
Seekonk Speedway has a long history of racing in Eastern Massachusetts since it opened in 1946, but the racing division with the most history there is Midget racing; the class Seekonk was designed primarily to host in its early years. In 1996, the Seymour racing family created what has now become a staple for Midget racing not just in the Northeast, but all across the land; named for the family’s patriarch “Boston” Louie Seymour.

Now a quarter-century later, the race is the flagship event every year for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets and Lites. After a year’s pause for COVID-19 in 2020, this great event is back this Wednesday, June 9 at Seekonk, now with a great new addition, the ISMA Supermodifieds which return to ‘The Cement Palace’ for the first time in 10 years.

“We started 25 years ago when my dad passed away and a friend of his Earl Grant was a promoter back then and I remember him telling me at the wake that we got to get a race going for Boston, that’s what he would love the most. So we did, thought we were only going to do one or two, and 25 years later with all the support from his friends we still got it going on,” said Boston Louie’s son Bobby Seymour.

The hype around this race is the highest it’s been in some time, not just for the return of the Supermodifieds, but also the drivers they are bringing in.

“I think it’s going to be one of the best ever, and that’s partly because of the addition of the ISMA Supermodifieds with all of their stars. We have Otto Siterly coming from Oswego, he’s a seven-time champion there. Bobby Santos is coming with the Supermodified of Jeff Wes from Indianapolis. You got the locals; Chris Perley has multiple ISMA championships. Mike Ordway Jr. is coming with Clyde Booth’s car, and then we got Jon McKennedy who’s won the last four ISMA races.”

Not to be outdone, NEMA is also sporting some impressive entries with a couple of drivers even running double-duty between the Midgets and Supermods.

“We’re going to have 45 to 50 Midgets on hand with NEMA and the NEMA Lites. Randy Cabral is a six or seven-time champion, Todd Bertrand last year’s champion, Ben Seitz who is doing double duty in the Bertrand Midget and Howie Lane’s Supermod. We got Anthony Nocellla who is doing double duty with my son Matt in the Lites and he’s running Howie Lane’s other Super.”

This year’s event is even dipping into the talent pool of Late Model racing in the Southeast.

“At the last minute, we did a deal with Jake Garcia who ran a Boston Louie race when he was 11 or 12 years old. I heard he wanted to come up, so we got him a car. When you have guys coming from all over the country to participate, it’s just the greatest thing.”

The 2021 Boston Louie Memorial will even have a driver on hand that won many race’s driving for legendary car owner and racer himself.

“One more guy that’s coming, Kenny Schrader is going to run the 50-lap Lite race. That was my dad’s favorite driver, that was the guy that made Boston Louie a Hall-of-Famer. He won three Copper Classics in the Silver Crown cars and just had a great career with Kenny as his driver. Kenny is driving for my cousin, it’s a first-class machine, and I think he’s one of the favorites to win it. I know my dad would love to see Kenny win it, but you never know with this great competition.”

Of course, the event wouldn’t be what it is without Seekonk itself.

“Through all my years and all the tracks I’ve been to; this track is 45 minutes from home, and believe me there is no better track to have this event at. It’s always three-wide, there’s never a dull moment. I don’t care if it’s Supers, Midgets, or Modifieds; this is the track to run this event at. We’re privileged to run at Seekonk over the years.”

Seekonk Speedway will be open at full capacity this week, but for the rest of you across the land, see the Boston Louie Memorial live on Speed51.TV this Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30pm ET with your Speed51 monthly or yearly subscription.
ISMA SUPERMODIFIEDS TO CO-HEADLINE
MID-WEEK SPECIAL WITH NEMA MIDGETS
BOSTON LOUIE MEMORIAL EVENT
AT SEEKONK SPEEDWAY ON JUNE 9
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. - The stars of the speed-filled and exciting ISMA Supermodifieds are set to return to Seekonk Speedway for the first time in a decade on Wednesday, June 9. Known for their wings and high speeds, ISMA competitors will circle Seekonk’s third-mile at near record times and put on some of the best racing fans will see all year.

The special mid-week event also includes the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites — set to compete in their Boston Louie Seymour Memorial events — with the NEMA portion set at 29-laps — and the NEMA Lite portion scheduled for 50 laps.
Former NASCAR Cup Series regular Ken Schrader will return to Seekonk as a special guest of the night, competing for Barry Kittredge in the 50-lap NEMA Lite special.

BUY TICKETS FOR ISMA/NEMA: SeekonkTickets.net

The 100-lap feature for ISMA will give drivers the opportunity to go all-out in search of the checkered flag. Top names expected include asphalt Modified stars Jon McKennedy and Anthony Nocella, and Supermodifieds regulars Ben Seitz, Mike Ordway Jr., Chris Perley and Otto Sitterly. As a nine-time Oswego champion, Sitterly will look for his first Seekonk triumph.

In nine previous ISMA events at Seekonk, six different drivers have been to Victory Lane. Only one driver has been able to carry the trophy more than once — ISMA veteran and former champion Chris Perley — who has three wins.

Bobby Santos III, who has been winning races across the country in a variety of different asphalt entries, is also expected. The race will see a battle of 2021 ISMA Supermodified stars, Oswego Speedway regulars, and more.

“The Boston Louie family and the fact that they are running the Memorial race with ISMA also there it makes it more prestigious and neat,” Santos said. “I just enjoy the Northeast, Supermodifieds… every chance I get I try to take advantage of it. It’s a quick little track, the biggest thing about Seekonk is momentum and getting into a good rhythm. The ISMA Supers are lightening fast everywhere you go. They make every track feel fast.”

Event organizer Bobby Seymour is excited to see it all play out on June 9 and hopes this event becomes a tenured part of Seekonk’s schedule for years to come.

“The thing I want to express to everyone is that Boston Louie wasn’t just a Midget car owner, he used to love to go to Star Speedway and the Oswego Speedway and he knew some many of the guys there and enjoyed watching Supermodifieds” Seymour said. “He loved watching the Supermodifieds. I think it’s a great fit with NEMA and ISMA together. We hope to do this again in the future for many years.”

In NEMA Midget action, both divisions will honor the late “Boston Louie” Seymour, just like they have for over 20 years in the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial races. Seymour campaigned winning midgets, sprints and Silver Crown cars across America, and the event always brings together the top Midget competitors for what is considered one of the most prestigious races on the whole schedule.

Set to compete in the NEMA action, names like former event winner and multiple-time NEMA champion Randy Cabral and Avery Stoehr, are expected to be joined by names like Todd Bertrand, Jake Trainor, John Zych Jr,., Paul Scally and more. In the first NEMA Midget race of the season at Lee USA Speedway, Matt Merry stole the show en route to Victory Lane.

In the NEMA Lites, three races are already in the record books for the season — with former Seekonk Boston Louie winner PJ Stergios scoring the win at Star Speedway, and Santos heading to Victory Lane at Thompson Speedway’s Icebreaker weekend.
Jake Trainor scored the LITES May Madness win at Lee USA.
The Boston Louie is one of the most important races for drivers each year.

“Growing up as a Midget race fan in the late 1980s and 1990s, I would follow the Seymour’s and what they accomplished,” Randy Cabral said. “They made my goal to race Silver Crown Cars. When you show up to the Boston Louie race at Seekonk — you have to have your A-game. It’s the race everyone wants to go out there and win to honor the Seymour name. It’s a special race. Looking forward to getting back to Seekonk.”

Tickets to the Wednesday night special are $30 for adults, with children ages 6-12 set at $10. Anyone ages five and under are free if purchased at the track. Tickets are now available online at seekonktickets.net and will also be available at the track on race day.

Front grandstand gates open at 4 p.m., and the drop of the first green flag is set for 6:30 p.m. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
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