45 - R. Stoehr
81 - T. Heath
17 - B. Seitz
44 - E. Breault
79 - G. Cabral
2x - L. Smith
22 - A. Shlatz
88 - D. Rosenfield
2 - H. Bumpus
54 - D. Fonoro
15 - R. Dolan
7ny - A. Cantor
46 - R. Boetticher
35 - R. Cabral
5 - L. Cheetham
3 - T. Spada
33 - J. Libby
76 - M. Buonomo
12x - K. Carpenter
9 - B. Santos
4 - B. Seymour
47 - T. Bertrand
62 - C. Morton
87 - D. Cleveland
7x - E.J. Douville
34 - P. Pernasiglio
1s - J. Horn
3 - T. Spada
7x - E.J. Douville
34 - P. Pernesiglio
33 - J. Libby
88 - D. Rosenfield
July 13, 2002
||E. J. Douville
||R. Boetticher Jr.
Hudson Top Three: Left - Mark Buonomo, 2nd
Center - Howie Bumpus, 1st Right - Drew Fonoro, 3rd
Bumpus NEMA Winners
at Star and Hudson
|July 12 & 13 - Drew Fornoro and
Howard Bumpus were the winners as the Northeastern Midget Association continued its 50th
birthday celebration with the first Star Speedway-Hudson Speedway since 1994. Fornoro
scored his 80th NEMA victory at Star on Saturday while Bumpus prevailed Saturday night at
NEMA has now had seven winners in eight races.
Starting 11th, Fornoro (in the Campanale Brothers #54) took advantage of Ben Seitz (Cape
Cod Aggregates) bobbled in turn three and went on to a two-car length win at Star.
Starting third, Seitz passed pole sitter Mike Luggelle out of two before three laps were
complete. He had a half-straightaway lead when Fornoro, coming from 11th, took second.
" I knew Drew was there," said Seitz. "I heard him. I had to get going
because I knew hed get me on the bottom. I just slipped up. Traffic was coming and I
was thinking too far ahead of myself. I threw it too hard and it didnt hold. The
time before I threw it in hard and it stuck. This time it didnt."
It was all according to plan for NEMAs all-time winner. "He was running very
good," said Fornoro. "I probably had a tad more. I was waiting for traffic and
saw him getting loose a couple times. I figured if I could lead through traffic all the
better, Thats when I decided to drive in a little bit extra [in turn one] to shake
Fornoro was the hard charger as well.
Seitz, a rookie, then had his hands full with Ryan Dolan, Tim Bertrand and Bobby Santos in
the closing laps. The charging Santos lost a tire on lap 24 to bring out the second
yellow, the first coming before the race was a lap old. Bobby Seymour finished behind
Dolan and Bertrand to complete the top five.
Bumpus, who started fifth in the Don Berrio #2, got past Mark Buonomo on a restart nine
laps in at Hudson. He went on to a convincing win, leaving behind a torrid Buonomo-Fornoro
duel that Buonomo finally won with three laps remaining.
Coming from third, Buonomo had a wide lead when, on lap nine, Tim Heaths journey off
turn three brought out the red. On the restart Buonomo got away but heading into three
Bumpus moved inside him and was quickly gone.
"He jumped the start a little bit and I let him go," said Bumpus. "He had
been running the middle to high groove before the red and I figured hed take it in
fairly deep. I wanted to pinch it off and get underneath him and thats the way it
"We were on a harder tire than anybody else," Buonomo said. "Right before
the red the car was really coming to me. Than after the tires cooled and then heated up
again that cycle they never came back." He called the closing laps
Fornoro, who ran out of rubber late, got second from Buonomo on lap 14 and then gave it
back with three to go in a classic duel. Randy Cabral and Russ Stoehr completed the top
five. Cabral, who started 16th, was the hard charger.
Seymour, Bertrand and Bumpus were the Star heat winners with Doug Cleveland claiming the
consi. Stoehr, Bumpus and Buonomo were Hudson heat winners with Horn taking the consi.
12-13 - Star and Hudson
There are some
advantages to being Drew Fornoro. When pushed, Fornoro admits it. He clearly took rookie
Ben Seitz to school Saturday night at Star.
"If somebody thinks I'm behind them and it shakes them up thats an advantage I
guess," said Fornoro who won his 80th career feature at Star. A move in turn one
resulted in a Seitz bobble in turn three, giving Fornoro the room he needed to take the
Fornoro is quick to add, however, "I did that same thing a lot of years to a lot of
guys with a lot more experience than these kids." Fornoro, in fact, is very high on
NEMAs younger drivers and that includes Seitz, who came to the club from Legends
Racing. Seitz drives the Sam LaRusso Cape Cod Aggravates #17.
Seitz, who held on for second, was smart enough to keep learning. "Drew ran a
flawless line," said Seitz. "He didnt make one mistake. Hes silk
with traffic. He knows where to be; he knows which line is going to go. He knows it before
it actually happens."
Fornoro feels like the Campanale Brothers #54 was the best car at Thompsons Mini
Indy. It broke an exhaust valve. "This is a little reprieve," he said after the
Howard Bumpus found the
Hudson win "really sweet because going in it was a track I had never won at." He
figured it was "10-to-12 years since I raced here." Actually over half of the
competitors were at Hudson for the first time.
"It was really pretty clean," continued Bumpus, impressed with way the younger
drivers adapted. "For the most part, everybody did a good job. It was a good
Bumpus, who now has six career NEMA wins, took the checkered last summer when the club
visited Canaan USA Speedway for the first time."
Both runners-up on the
Southern New Hampshire tour expressed joy in the finish. Mark Buonomo out-dueled Drew
Fornoro to grab second at Hudson is a classic duel. "It was fun," said Buonomo
who wouldnt quit working the outside and finally took second place back with just
three laps left. "I think weve got it figured out," announced Buonomo who
has had his share of woes this season.
Seitz had to battle Ryan Dolan, Tim Bertrand and Bobby Santos III through a ton of
traffic to hold on to second. "You dont know if lapped traffic is going to go
up or down," Seitz said. "Its confusing but its good for the fans. I
know I saw a good race from where I was sitting." Star marked the second time this
season Seitz, who drives the Cape Cod Aggregates sponsored #17, led a race. The Rookie was
also a leader at Waterford earlier this year. The New Jersey native ran with the leaders
most the way at Hudson before late problems.
A tire going flat
thwarted Santos last-lap front-stretch bid for second at Star. He did a great job
holding on to the car.
2002 rookies Seitz, Tim Heath and Bobby Santos III continue a
developing trend in NEMA. Two members of the 2001 Rookie class Ryan Dolan and Tim
Bertrand have won in 2002. Dolan, Adam Cantor, Kyle Carpenter and Bertrand are all
in the top-10 in points.
Each race attracted 29
cars. Both Star and Hudson had a pre-green flag "pit party" in celebration of
NEMAs golden anniversary,
There was yellow before the first lap was over at both tracks. Doug
Cleveland, Larry Cheetham, Bob Bradbury, Jeff Horn and Chuck Morton were involved in the
first lap crash at Star. All but Bradbury showed up at Hudson.
The "ride" of the weekend belonged to Tim Heath who
"disappeared" after leaving the track in turn two at Hudson.