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Sunday - July 29th

Photos by Norm Marx

Frankoski Cops First NEMA Win
in Rookie Season
Rookies Shine at Beech Ridge

Scarborough, ME (July 30, 2007); Jeremy Frankoski of Newark Valley, NJ, became only the third driver in NEMA history to win a race in their rookie season-joining Howie Bumpus and Bobby Santos III-when he scored the victory at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Frankoski set a record of his own by winning in only his sixth start; making it the shortest span of time before earning a victory in the club's history. It was also the first feature win for Chris Desrosiers and the Power Point Racing Team in NEMA competition.

"Last year, I was struggling, trying to run my own dirt micro sprint team," said Frankoski. "Now, I'm making history alongside names like Bobby Santos III, it’s amazing. I couldn't have done any of this without great friends, my parents, and the whole Power Point Racing team, who all stuck together through a few minor road bumps this season."

The win comes as no surprise as the 21-year old Frankoski has been progressively getting better. Earlier this month, the young driver finished third at the Stafford Motor Speedway during CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday.

It was an all-rookie front row with Frankoski occupying the pole position and Aaron Wall to his outside for the start of the 30-lap main event. The action was short-lived as the caution flew immediately for an incident that involved the father-son duo of Jeff and Mike Horn. Mike lost control of his mount, veering up the racetrack and into the path of his oncoming father. The elder Horn's car was badly damaged and unable to continue.

On the restart, Frankoski immediately pulled out to a four-car length advantage over Wall in the Seymour Racing #29. Wall was able to close the gap on several occasions but could never muster a real challenge on the leader. While the young guns played cat-and-mouse through lapped traffic in the early going, the action was hot and heavy at mid-pack.

Joey Payne had worked his way up through the pack from tenth with young Ryan Preece in Tim Bertrand's #48, up from his thirteenth starting spot, in hot pursuit. Bertrand Motorsports teammate Randy Cabral, had worked his way up from fifteenth to seventh.

The caution would fly for the second time on lap 10 for a spin by third-running Greg Stoehr. Cabral fell back several spots as the incident unfolded. This final caution set up an extended green flag run from lap 10 to the checkers at lap 30.

In the closing stages, Frankoski continued to lead Wall. Payne, who had passed a fading Ben Seitz, worked over Preece for the third spot. Kyle Carpenter was running consistently inside the top five. Cabral was working to break into the top five.

At the checkers, Frankoski had scored his first career Midget win with fellow rookie Aaron Wall in second. Payne was the lone veteran in a sea of young guns that included Preece in fourth. Carpenter had his best run of the short season, finishing fifth. Erica Santos continues to have a great season coming home sixth over Randy Cabral, Ben Seitz, and Shane Hammond, who was driving the #4 for car owner Mike Jarret. Stoehr rebounded from his spin on lap 10 to post a tenth-place finish.

Nokie Fornoro was not in the NEMA line-up on Sunday. The cagey veteran was in Sandusky, OH the night before running in the prestigious Hy-Miler for the ISMA Supermodifieds at Sandusky Speedway.

The event at Beech Ridge Speedway kicked off an aggressive schedule for the remainder of 2007 for the Northeastern Midget Association with Waterford Speedbowl coming up this Saturday, August 4th. For ticket and scheduling information for the upcoming event at the Waterford Speedbowl event log on to

Beech Ridge - July 29th
Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1  99 Jeremy Frankoski Newark Valley, NY Power Point
2 29 Aaron Wall Shrewsbury, MA Bobby Seymour
3 45 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Gene Angellilo
4 48 Ryan Preece - Tim Bertrand
5 12 Kyle Carpenter Gloucester, MA Brad Carpenter
6 44 Erica Santos Franklin, MA Ed Breault
7 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
8 17 Ben Seitz Pocasset, MA Pete Valeri
9 4 Shane Hammond E. Bridgewater, MA Mike Jarret
10 26b Greg Stoehr Bridgewater, MA Greg Stoehr
11 7ny Adam Cantor Dix Hills, NY Cantor Racing
12 22 Chris Leonard Pelham, NH Dave Leonard
13 21 Barry Kittredge Marlboro, MA Barry Kittredge
14 33 Shawn Torrey Marshfield, MA Shawn Torrey
15 35 Cory Cleary Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
16 78 Steve Powers N. Andover, MA Linda Cleveland
17 27 Troy Boissoneau Bedford, NH Ray Boissoneau
18 28 Paul Luggelle Holbrook, MA Paul Luggelle
P30 Mike Horn Ashland, MA Mike Horn
87k Bobby Kuiken Prompton
Lakes, NJ
Robert Kuiken
52 Kevin Park Foxboro, MA Kevin Park
30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
80 Pete Pernesiglio Lake Grove, NY Peter Pernesiglio
77 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Mike Lugelle
A1 Jeff Horn Ashland, MA Jeff Horn
47b Tim Bertrand Watertown, MA Tim Bertrand
DNS 11 Mark Irving Bellingham, MA Charles Camosse
DNS 16 Matt O'Brien Wilmington, MA Jim O'Brien
Mother Nature Continues to Set the Pace
in NEMA Competition
Next Attempt at Beech Ridge on July 29th at 2 PM
Fall Shaping Up for Racing Excitement
Groton, CT (July 20, 2007):  After two straight successful events it appeared as if the season, which has been plagued by inclement weather so far, was getting back on track for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA). But torrential rains in the area forced the postponement of the mid-week special planned for Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at the Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA.
This marked the second time this season that an event at Seekonk Speedway was affected by rain. Officials from NEMA and Seekonk Speedway are still searching for a suitable replacement date.  Details will be made available as soon as possible.
Before this most recent rain out, NEMA had hosted two great races that saw Ben Seitz of Pocasset, MA, score a victory on July 5, 2007 at Thompson International Speedway and Erica Santos of Franklin, MA, made history with her win at Stafford Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 10, 2007. This weekend when the Northeastern Midget Association heads to the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME, they hope to dodge the rains drops and add another name to the list of winners this season which also includes Lou Cicconi, Joey Payne, and Randy Cabral.
Payne of Fairlawn, NJ would like to become the season’s first two-time winner with a repeat at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 29th. The last time the Midgets visited the Scarborough, ME speedplant in 2004, Payne cruised to victory over Ben Seitz and Mark Buonomo. Another former winner at the Speedway includes Pete Pernesiglio of Lake Grove, NY. No one is hungrier for a win than Pernesiglio, who would like to duplicate the magic at Beech Ridge to end his winless streak.
NEMA has made limited visits to Beech Ridge in the last decade, so the visit to the 1/3-mile facility was a welcome addition to the 2007 schedule for both fans and competitors. For more details on the event at Beech Ridge log on to or call the 24-hour race hotline a (207) 885-5800.
With Mother Nature wreaking havoc on the schedule, the NEMA action is now set to heat up this Fall. The race originally scheduled for June 9th at the Monadnock Speedway has been rescheduled for September 1, 2007 while a September 15th make-up date has been set for the event originally slated for May 19th at Seekonk.
These two dates will make for an action-packed month of September for the NEMA Midgets. A four-week stretch of racing kicks off when the club makes their long-awaited return to the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.  Another trip back to the Granite State finds the mighty midgets competing in the prestigious Star Classic festivities on September 8, 2007 at the All-Star Speedway in Epping, NH. 
NEMA caps off the month with events at two of the best midget tracks in the country.  As always, the Midgets will deliver edge-of-your seat excitement with back–to-back dates at Seekonk Speedway on September 15th and the Waterford Speedbowl on September 22 & 23, 2007 as part of the annual Town Fair Tire Finale weekend.

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