49 J. Payne 13.380
35 R. Cabral 13.521
76 M. Buonomo 13.561
81 T. Heath 13.596
15 R. Dolan 13.617
45 R. Stoehr 13.617
9 B. Santos 13.636
7ny A. Cantor 13.667
47 T. Bertrand 13.679
2 H. Bumpus 13.680
8 M. Seymour 13.779
59 N. Fornoro 13.780
10 J. Miller 13.832
54 D. Fornoro 13.866
50 P. Pernesiglio 13.888
4 B. Seymour 13.901
12w P. DiMario 13.913
44 E. Breault 13.916
98 M. Roselli 13.940
6 P. Lawless 13.963
21 B. Kittredge 14.035
1S J. Horn14.049
12x K. Carpenter 14.068
79 K. Botelho 14.176
3 T. Spada 14.180
22 A. Shlatz 14.191
51 M. Wonder 14.196
16 M. O'Brien 14.227
98x P. Pio 14.391
69 C. Welling 14.465
77 M. Luggelle 14.476
5 L. Cheetham 14.563
57 B. Bradbury 14.564
2ec L. Smith 14.666
88 D. Cleveland 15.338
18 R. Gerbe 15.558
28 W. Arute N/T
17 B. Seitz N/T
TOP (16) TRANSFER
98 - M. Roselli
12w - P. DiMario
12x - K. Carpenter
21 - B. Kittredge
77 - M. Luggelle
51 - M. Wonder
29 - W. Arute
57 - B. Bradbury
98x - P Pio
3 - T. Spada
88 - D. Cleveland
44 - E. Breault
1s - J. Horn
17 - B. Seitz
2ec - L. Smith
69 - C. Welling
16 - M. O'Brien
18 - R. Gerbe
5 - L. Cheetham
6 - P. Lawless
79 - K. Betelho
22 - A. Shlatz
51 - M. Wonder
16 - M O'Brien
98x - P. Pio
3 - T. Spada
28 - W. Arute
58 - B. Bradbury
18 - R. Gerbe
"Dash for Cash"
98 - M. Roselli
49 - J. Payne
44 - E. Breault
51 - M. Wonder
57 - B. Bradbury
The Boston Louie Memorial is the 55th Northeastern Midget Association race at Waterford Speedbowl. It continues
the facility's long relationship with the Midgets. It will be the third 2002 NEMA visit,
Pete Pernesiglio and Tim Bertrand each joining the impressive Speedbowl midget win list.
The Speedbowl is, in fact, the only "charter member" still on the NEMA schedule.
Then in its third year of operation, the Speedbowl hosted the "second-ever" NEMA
event, Bill Eldridge winning on May 31, 1953.
The Midgets have been part of Waterford history since the track's inception. Johnny
Thomson, still regarded as New England's premier open-cockpit driver, won two
ARDC-sanctioned events in 1951. The first, on July 1, was cut short by fog. He came back
to win again on July 14. Thomson went on to become one of American's great Sprint and
Indianapolis Car drivers.
Nick Fornoro drove in the Speedbowl's first Midget race. His sons Drew and Nokie, who have
combined for over 200 open-cockpit victories, are still active.
In the fall of 1951, New Jersey driver Len Cross (who like Thomson was headed for Indy)
won an AAA-sanctioned 100 lapper. Indiana-based George Tichenor set fast time in the
latter with a 17.92-seconds plus lap.
In April, Pernesiglio stopped unofficial watches at 13.2 seconds. At the 2000 Finale Barry
Kittredge went through the radar guns at 105-mph plus.
"Size, geometry, surface
the Speedbowl has it all," reports Bobby Seymour.
High on NEMA's all-time win list. Seymour calls the Speedbowl "one of the best Midget
tracks in the east." He has been very successful there.
There are ten active NEMA drivers who have won at Waterford. Joining Seymour, Bertrand and
Pernesiglio are Mark Buonomo, Barry Kittredge, defending champion Russ Stoehr, Rudy
Boetticher Jr., all-time NEMA winner Drew Fornoro, Nokie Fornoro and Howard Bumpus.
Drew Fornoro calls it a "racy place," pointing out "there are few secrets
left at Waterford." The result is all-out racing. NEMA has, on occasion, run 25 lap
features in less than seven minutes.
Thomson and Cross set in motion an impressive Speedbowl Midget win list that also includes
legends like Joe Csiki, Dutch Schaefer, Billy Randall, Johnny Mann, King Carpenter and
present short track modified superstar Ted Christopher.
Stories on NEMA Racers from
August 24, 2002
||B. Santos III
||M. Roselli Jr.
||M. Wonder III
||J. Payne, Jr.
Top 3: Center - Bobby Santos III, 1st
Left - Tim Bertrand, 2nd Right: Randy Cabral, 3rd
CAPTURES BOSTON LOUIE
|Waterford, CT Bobby Santos III
became the first rookie since 1988 to win a Northeastern Midget Association feature. It
just happened to be the biggest race on the NEMA schedule, the biggest in the East.
Grabbing the lead with an inside move through turns three and four with 13 laps remaining,
16-year old Santos went on to capture the sixth annual Wirtgen America Boston Louie
Memorial Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl. It was Santos ninth Midget start.
The race honors legendary car owner Boston Louie Seymour and Santos drove a
car owned by the Seymour family which includes sons Bobby and Mike, both race entries.
Using traffic, Santos chased down Tim Bertrand, the only other leader, before making the
winning pass. Alone, Tim was faster, explained Santos. My only shot was
in traffic and when it was there, I had to take it.
Bertrand, the outside pole sitter, opened sizable leads on either side of a lap
four red flag situation. Traffic and a light mist, created a different situation. He
appeared to check up behind a lapped car heading into three. Santos moved inside both
Bertrand and the lapped car and then went to the outside of another before exiting four
with the lead.
I knew somebody was there, said Bertrand. He went by me like I was tied
to a tree.
It was actually the second major move for Santos who got second when the race restarted
following a Phil DiMario flip in turn one. Making contact with Drew Fornoro, DiMario
actually bounced off a light pole before coming back on the race track and winding up
upside-down on the track.
Running third, Santos used a move Bobby Seymour had showed him in an earlier practice at
the Speedbowl to take second from pole sitter Howard Bumpus. His car not performing well
at lower speeds, he actually held back, got on it earlier and timed the restart perfectly.
As he did on the initial start, Bertrand was away but Santos was on his tail within seven
I got into traffic and saw a lot of cars starting to get loose, said
Bertrand, a winner at the Speedbowl earlier this year. I started to get mist on my
shield and I wasnt burying it in anymore. I wasnt going to spin in front of
the Boston Louie.
When Bobby went by I could see just how hooked up he was, continued Bertrand,
more than happy with second. I was hoping we had something for him on
the last restart but no way.
Handling a deteriorating car, Randy Cabral passed three cars in the last two laps to claim
third. Santos, Bertrand, 24, and Cabral, 23, also made up the top three the last time NEMA
visited the Speedbowl.
Bumpus, the last NEMA rookie to win, and NEMA point leader Russ Stoehr filled out the top
five. Kyle Carpenter came the farthest (21st to eighth) and won the Hard Charger honors.
Joey Payne Jr. took fast time honors with a 13.380 seconds run but it was second
heat winner Mike Roselli Jr. who turned a great start into victory in the winner-take-all
($600) Bill Stoehr Trophy dash. Roselli out ran Payne, second heat winner Ed Breault and
B-Main winner Monnie Wonder III.
But Victory Lane was reserved for the happy Seymour and Santos families. This is the
one we wanted, said Bobby Seymour, pointing to several near misses Santos has had
Santos said it was only in the last couple of days that he has learned of the folklore
that now surrounds Boston Louie. It sounds like he was really a great
The NEMA show heads to Oswego Speedway for The Classic this weekend.
Sprint Car Hall of Famer and TV announcer Brad Doty was
immensely popular among the fans
Because of the different qualifying, all those in
attendance received 100 NEMA points
Santos is the second 16-year old to win with NEMA
this season, Ryan Dolan doing it at Thompsons Icebreaker.
Wirtgen Young Gun Award $500
Courtesy of Wirtgen America - Bobby Santos III
1st Finishing Hawke Chassis in
B-Main $100 courtesy of Strei-Tech - Bob Bradbury
Hard Charger in the B Main $100
courtesy of Nick Gojmeric - Wayne Arute
1st Finishing Autocraft in A-Main
$100 courtesy of Autocraft Engines - Bobby Santos III
1st Finishing Rookie $100 courtesy
of Phil's Machine - Bobby Santos III
Hard Charger in the Feature $100
courtesy of Seals It & $50 Courtesy of Chuck Welling - Kyle Carpenter
1st of the A-Main $100 courtesy of
West End Equipment Rental - Mike Luggelle
Winning Crew Chief $100 in Memory
of Vic Yerardi - Bob Santos Jr.
Hard Luck Award $100 courtesy of
Dora Naves & Assoc. - Phil DeMario
Amphitek Boston Louie Travel Award
$100 courtesy of AmphiTek - Payne/Starrett from Virginia
Sportsmanship Award $100 courtesy
of Martel Motorsports - Tommy Spada
Best Appearing Crew $100 courtesy
of Ellie Seymour - Cantor Racing #7NY
Best Appearing Car $100 courtesy of
Parker Sanitation - Randy Cabral #35
$200 Gift Certificates from Design
500 - Adam Cantor, Mark Buonomo, Kyle Carpenter, & Mike Roselli
$100 Gift Certificate toward a
Hoosier Tire Purchase courtesy of Seymour Enterprises (3-5th B-Main) - Patrick Poi, Tommy
Spada, & Wayne Arute
29th Fastest Qualifier-Bushnell
Speedy Gun courtesy of Seymour Enterprises - Patrick Poi
Ready for Large
Boston Louie Field
|All five former winners, including defending champ
Jeff Horn of Ashland, MA, head up the entry list for Saturday night's sixth annual Wirtgen
America Boston Louie Memorial on Crystal Mall Night at Waterford Speedbowl. Over 40 cars
are expected for the Northeastern Midget Association-sanctioned event, which has become
the premier Midget race in the Northeast.
Russ Stoehr of N.Carver, MA and Gene Angelillo of Wolcott, CT, take the driver and owner
point leads, respectively, into the event which traditionally brings together a number of
sponsors to honor the memory of car owner "Boston Louie" Seymour of Marlboro,
Other winners Stoehr ('97), Drew Fornoro of Newton, NJ, ('99), Bobby Seymour ('00) of
Marlboro, MA and Randy Cabral ('01) of Plymouth, MA will be looking for one of the 29
spots in the 29-lap A-Main. Money, however, is sprinkled throughout the program that
begins with time trials at noon. The front gates open at 11:30 AM.
Sixteen cars will go directly to the feature from time trials. Each of two heats will
qualify five cars. The B-Main sends two more to the feature while the "Miss Ellie
(Louie's widow) Option" will fill the field. The program also
includes the annual Stoehr Dash, a four-lap battle between the fast time winner, heat
winners and B-Main winner.
The Speedbowl's regular divisions - the SK-Modifieds (35-lap feature), Late Models (30),
Sportsman (20) and Mini Stocks (20) - are on the busy agenda as well. The Atlantic Coast
Old Timers (ACOT) is also due.
Midwest standout Dave Baumgartner is part of a group of contenders that brings together
the best Midget drivers in the Northeast on what is considered the best Midget track in
the Northeast. Among the top threats are Nokie Fornoro of Stroudsburg, PA, Howard Bumpus
of Lakeville, MA, Mark Buonomo of Waltham, MA, Phil DiMario of Piermont, NY, Rudy
Boetticher Jr. of Totowa, NJ, Pete Pernesiglio of Ronkonkoma, NY and Joey Payne Jr. of
Midgets have traditionally been the fastest cars at the Speedbowl and top qualifying
speeds are expected to be in the 13.1-13.2 seconds bracket. The 900-pound, 330-plus
horsepower Midgets reach speeds of 105-mph on the Speedbowl backstretch. NEMA has run 25
lap features at Waterford in less than seven minutes.
"There are no secrets left at Waterford," says Drew Fornoro who has six
Speedbowl wins over 20 years. Bobby Seymour is next on the list with five while Mark
Buonomo has won four of the last 13 NEMA visits. Seymour, who along with brother Mike, is
part of a family effort that honors their father.
"If you have any open cockpit history, you understand just where Boston Louie Seymour
stands," says veteran Bumpus. " To win a race with that name on it has to be
very, very special. The fact that so many of us are aware of how much his family has done
in his memory just makes it all the greater."
"Winning the race was literally a dream come true," agrees Cabral, who won in
his second year of competition. "Now, I think we're all going to have to struggle to
qualify. The competition gets better and better."
At least a dozen entries have visited victory lane at the Speedbowl including the last
three winners - Barry Kittredge of Marlboro, MA, Pernesiglio and Tim Bertrand of
It is possible that one of NEMA's present Rookies - Ben Seitz of Monument Beach MA, Bobby
Santos III of Franklin, MA and Tim Heath of Lebanon, CT - could win? All have run well at
the Speedbowl this year.
NOTES HEADING INTO
THE BOSTON LOUIE
|Russ Stoehr (N.Carver, MA), Drew Fornoro (Newton, NJ),
Bobby Seymour (Marlboro, MA), Randy Cabral (Plymouth, MA) and Jeff Horn (Ashland, MA) each
hopes to become the first two-time winner of the Boston Louie Memorial. Overall Stoehr has
been the most impressive with an average Boston Louie finish of 3.7. All but Cabral have
won at Waterford.
University of New Haven was one of the schools that tried to recruit Barry Kittredge
(Marlboro, MA) for baseball. Kittredge, who went to the University of New Hampshire out of
Marlboro High, wound up playing for New Haven and coach Porky Vieira. Now a NEMA
owner-driver, Kittredge's baseball resume includes a summer with Orleans in the Cape Cod
Fornoro (Stroudsburg, PA) is unique among active NEMA drivers in that he has won at all
three Connecticut ovals. Fornoro, who has over 100 Midget wins, won the last Midget race
at Stafford Motor Speedway on Aug. 15, 1981. He has multiple wins at both Waterford and
Seymour (Marlboro) will join brother Bobby in attempting to earn a spot in the Boston
Louie. Between them, the Seymours have six NEMA wins at Waterford.
The Fornoros, Drew and Nokie, have nine between them.
Bumpus (Lakeville, MA) is currently the hottest driver in the Northeastern Midget
Association. Bumpus became the first driver in 30 races to win two-straight races at Star
Speedway on Saturday night, Aug. 10th and followed
that with a third at Canaan (New Hampshire) USA Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 11. Bumps'
association with Midgets goes back three generations.
Angelillo (Wolcott, CT), who has won 11 NEMA owner championships, has eight Waterford
victories with three different drivers. Six came with Drew Fornoro while current driver
Russ Stoehr and Modified ace Ted Christopher have one win apiece. Christopher won for
Angelillo at the 1998 Modified Nationals. Angelillo's "Dumo's Desire" team is
named in his father's memory.
Fornoro (Newton, NJ) and Angelillo are the most successful team in NEMA history (78
victories). The team came together at the Speedbowl in 1981. All of Fornoro's six
Speedbowl wins came in Angelillo equipment. Fornoro now drives for the Campanale Brothers
of Narragansett; RI while Stoehr drives for Angelillo.
of NEMA's top-10 all-time winners are possible Boston Louie entries: all-time leader Drew
Fornoro (81 wins), third place Russ Stoehr (39), fourth place Nokie Fornoro (38), seventh
place Bobby Seymour (23), eighth place Lee Smith (21) of Hudson, MA and tenth place Mike
Seymour (19) of Marlboro, MA..
active owners, Jim O'Brien of Seymour, CT is the probable leader in NEMA starts at the
Speedbowl. O'Brien has been a NEMA member for three decades. Son Matt drives his car now.
Pernesiglio (Ronkonkoma, NY) will be celebrating his birthday at the Boston Louie.
Pernesiglio drives for his father (also Pete). It is one a host of father-son teams in
NEMA that includes George and Tim Heath of Lebanon, CT, and Alex and Andy Shlatz of
Windsor, CT, Brad and Kyle Carpenter of Gloucester, MA, Jan and Ryan Dolan of Acton, MA
and Glen and Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA,
last rookie to win a NEMA feature was Howard Bumpus at Waterford in 1988. Could it happen
again at the Boston Louie? Bobby Santos III (Franklin, MA), Ben Seitz (Monument Beach, MA)
and Tim Heath (Lebanon, CT) have all had impressive runs this year at the Speedbowl.
Seitz, who has several Legends Cars wins at the Speedbowl, was fifth the last time NEMA
ran at the Speedbowl after leading much of the race. Santos finished third and wound up
the Hard Charger.
Bertrand (Watertown, MA), Rudy Boetticher Jr. (Totowa, NJ), Paul Lawless (Hollister, MA),
Bumpus and Kittredge got their only victory at the Speedbowl.
Over 40 Cars Expected
|Over 40 cars are
expected to pursue the 29 spots in the Boston Louie Memorial Midget race Saturday night,
Aug. 24 at Waterford Speedbowl. The Northeastern Midget Association-sanctioned event
honors the memory of noted USAC Sprint and Silver Crown owner Louie Seymour.
"No question, it's the biggest Midget race around here," reports Mark Buonomo, a
four-time Waterford winner. "To win that, well, for me its as good as winning the
championship. At the start of the year you look at the Boston Louie and say to yourself
'we're going to try to win that.' And, that's what we're going to try to do."
Time trials (16), two heats (five apiece), the B-Main (two) and an option will fill the
field. Money is sprinkled around the event including the lucrative Stoehr family dash, a
four-lap battle between the fast time winner, the heat winners and the B-Main winner.
"There's more money and prestige involved and that's important," points out
two-time defending champion Russ Stoehr, "but this race is special because so many of
us actually knew Boston Louie Seymour. He was special." Stoehr won the first Boston
Louie back in 1997.
All five winners - Stoehr, Drew Forbore (1998), Bobby Seymour (1999), Randy Cabral (2000)
and Jeff Horn (2001) - are entered. Barry Kittgredge calls the group NEMA's "honors
"I've always known who Boston Louie was and winning the race was literally a dream
come true," says Cabral. "That's the one I wanted right from the start. We were
fortunate. We had a broken racecar the last five laps. Now, it will be a struggle to
qualify. The competition gets better and better."
Fornoro points out "there are no secrets left at Waterford." The field could
include as many as a dozen drivers who have tasted victory at the third mile. "It is
very quick but everybody seems to be at their best when they come to the Speedbowl. Most
everybody really likes running there. The surface is good and it's wide enough for three
deep racing. The corner speed is very quick and that makes it a momentum track we get
going pretty good there," says Stoehr.
"I go to the Speedbowl expecting to run well," says Tim Bertrand,
the winner the last time NEMA visited Waterford. "That's the attitude we'll take to
the Boston Louie."
"It's the race to win for a winged Midget," says Kittredge, a 2001 Waterford
winner. "Everybody turns it up a notch for a couple of reasons. There's more money,
but there's prestige too. There's a little energy in the air for that race."
"If you have any open cockpit history, you understand just where Boston Louie Seymour
stands," says veteran Howie Bumpus. " To win a race with that name on it has to
be very, very special. The fact that so many of us are aware of how much his family has
done in his memory just makes it all the greater."
Pete Pernesiglio, the winner at Waterford's season opening Nationals this year, points out
"Boston Louie was such an icon in open-cockpit racing. There are so many big names
connected to it, so much history and prestige. It is the win everybody thinks about."
Waterford's regular divisions - the SK Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman and Mini Stocks,
will be part of the program as well.
Boston Louie Qualifying
To Set 'Bowl Standard
|Just how fast are the Midgets at
Waterford Speedbowl? The answer will be evident when the field -- expected to exceed 40 --
takes time for the sixth annual "Boston Louie" Memorial Saturday Aug. 24.The
Northeastern Midget Association-sanctioned event, is tabbed the biggest Midget race in the
The event honors the memory of "Boston" Louie Seymour who, for the better part
of three decades, towed to USAC Silver Crown and Sprint Car shows around the nation.
Seymour was called "the man who towed a million miles."
The 29-lap A-feature highlights a very busy day as the Midgets share the program with the
Speedbowl's regular divisions. Midget time trials, scheduled for noon, will kick off the
action. The front gates will open at 11:30 AM.
Over 100 people and concerns are involved in making the race very lucrative, the money
spread in a number of ways including a fast time award. The faster times are expected to
be in the "very low" 13 seconds.
In a special promotion, Bobby Seymour, driving though the lights, turned a 13.3-plus lap
at the Speedbowl "I fully expect we'll be faster than that," reports Seymour.
Sixteen of the 29-starting positions will come from time trials (a yet to be determined
number to be inverted). Two Midget heats (slated to start at 5 PM) will qualify five
apiece. Two will come from the B-Main while the last spot is the "Miss Ellie"
(Louie's widow) option.
The program also includes the "Stoehr Trophy Dash," a four-lap, all-out battle
between the fast time setter, the heat winners and the B-Main winner.
The five previous winners - Russ Stoehr, Drew Fornoro, Bobby Seymour, Randy Cabral and
Jeff Horn - head up the entry list that should be bolstered by entries from the areas
south and west of New England.
"No question, it's the biggest Midget race around here," said Mark Buonomo, a
four-time Speedbowl winner. "To win the Boston Louie, well, for me it's as good as
winning the championship. At the start of the year you look at the Boston Louie and say to
yourself 'we're going to try to win that.' And, that's what we're going to try to
Buonomo is one of a dozen drivers who have won at the Speedbowl in the past including
Peter Pernesiglio and Tim Bertrand, both winning this year. The Nationals winner,
Pernesiglio was turning "unofficial" 13.2 laps.
The Speedbowl's August scheduling presents an interesting challenge for the Midgets, long
billed as the track's "fastest" racers. Time trials at last weekend's Pepsi 300
(for the SK-Modifieds and Late Models) and for the Aug. 31 NASCAR Featherlite Modified
Series Big Y World Class Market 150 present plenty of contrast.
In the fall of 1951, Indiana driver George Tichenor, qualifying for a 100 lapper, set fast
time in the latter with a 17.92-seconds lap.
Doty Again Part
Of Boston Louie Cast
|Sprint Car Hall of Fame member Brad
Doty will return to New England to be part of the announcing team for the Northeastern
Midget Association-sanctioned Boston Louie Memorial Saturday night, Aug. 24 at
Waterford Speedbowl. In five years the Boston Louie has become the premier
Midget race in the northeast.
We are very pleased that Brad is returning, said Bobby Seymour. The event
honors the late Boston Louie Seymour who made Sprint and Silver Crown Car
history towing thousands of miles out of Marlboro, MA. Led by sons Bobby and Mike and
Louies widow Miss Ellie, the Seymour family has built the event into a
Over 40 cars are expected to battle for starting spots in the 29-lap feature on one of the
best Midget tracks in the area
Brad is an inspiration for all of us and his presence adds a great deal to the
event, continued Seymour. He brings something truly unique to it. In
addition to his trackside announcing, Doty will be available to the fans.
An Apple Creek, OH native, Doty battled back from a devastating injury at Eldora in 1988
(which left him wheel chair bound) to become one of the top racing announcers in America.
He currently is part of Speed Channels weekly coverage of the World of Outlaws and
also does the color on SCN (Sprint Car Network) Radio.
Doty teamed with noted writer Dave Argabright to produce Still Wide Open. The
book, now in its second printing, details Dotys racing career and his battles
following the crash.
One of the countrys top sprint car drivers for a number of years, Doty was actually
second in WOO points when the crash happened. He stuck with the sport and helped make
Sprint car racing in general and WOO in particular a television entity at TNN.
Open-cockpit veteran Jeff Horn, who drives for Sue and Babe Shaw, is the defending Boston
Louie champion. All five former winners - Russ Stoehr (1997), Drew Fornoro (1998), Bobby
Seymour (1999) and Randy Cabral (2000) in addition to Horn will be out to become
the first two-time winner.
to Come -