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2014 Race Results & Photos


Race 7 - Boston Louie - Seekonk - 7-23-14

Race 6 - Oxford Plains Speedwy - 7-19-14

Race 5 - Twin State Speedwy - 6-28-14

Race 4 - Monadnock Speedway - 6-21-14

Race 3 - Wiscasset Speedway - 6-7-14

LITES Race - Star Speedway- 5-31-14

Race 2 - Evans MIlls - 5-24-14

LITES Race - Waterford Speedbowl - 5-10-14

Race 1 - Waterford Speedbowl - 4-12 & 13-14


 
 
 
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The Allstar Performance
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“ Allstar of The Race”
JURIS KUPRIS #42
Waterford Speedbowl 7-26
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“ Allstar of The Race”
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Seekonk Speedway 7-23
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NEMA Lites "Allstar" Awards
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The NEMA midget association is proud to announce a new corporate partner for their NEMA Lites Series - Allstar Performance out of Watervliet, Michigan.

NEMA has established a new contingency award that will recognize the outstanding efforts of NEMA LITES drivers both on and off the track. At each event the Allstar Performance “ Allstar of The Race” will receive a $100 dollar Allstar Performance gift certificate.

Additionally 9 winners will be picked at the 2014 NEMA Banquet to receive an “Allstar of the Season” award. These are open to the NEMA Lites drivers, car owners, and any associate members. These awards will be chosen for outstanding performance both on and off the track.

Allstar Performance recognizes NEMA as having a successful 62 year history and is proud to support the organization with these awards.


WATERFORD
VIP Fan for the Shane Memorial - Brian and his son Bett. Brett races karts every week on Monday nights at Stafford. Randy Cabral raced their kart at the Champions for Charities event. They loved the infield and hanging around the cars. "This is an amazing experience!" they  stated.


MONADNOCK
At Monadnock, VIP host Mariah Michalski lead VIP winners Joey Rogers Sr. and Joey Jr. around the pit area to meet the drivers and get some autographs. A ride in an official push truck was also on the agenda as well as victory lane pictures with the winners of both the NEMA and NEMA Lites features. Also presented to the Rogers, a fan gift bag filled with a NEMA fan tee shirt, a racing cap, racing decals and many more items. After the experience they said that had a “blast” and thanked Mariah and NEMA very much.

NEMA VIP host, Mariah Michalski had the privilege of showing lucky Maine racing fan Jordan Baker, from Bingham Maine, around the NEMA pit area. Jordan, NEMA's most recent VIP winner, has been a race fan since 10 years old and was excited to be close to the action in the pits and received numerous autographs and handshakes from the drivers and crews.

Jordan road in a push truck, received a HOOSIER Tire carry off bag loaded with an official NEMA fan tee shirt, a HOOSIER cap, decals and more. Jordan also stepped up to help with the weekly "tee shirt toss" to fans, a duty he enjoyed.

The fan Meet and Greet at Wiscasset was one of the largest to date. Fans of all ages spilled onto the Wiscasset front straight and spent a good part of an hour collecting autographs and mingling with the NEMA drivers. The youngsters sat in the race cars and enjoyed candy and cookies provided by the teams.

Special thanks to Denise Chambers and Carole Stoehr - Ware for jumping in and selling the fan appreciation tee shirts on the track and in the merchandize trailer.

 
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VIP Fan host, Mariah Michalski, escorted a lucky young man, Garrett, and his Dad, to the Meet and Greet to get some autographs, shake some hands and sit in a few race cars. He received his own official NEMA fan tee shirt and posed with the NEMA feature winners after the race. A night he will not soon forget.
   
   
 

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The Northeastern Midget Association announces the release of NEMA Vintage photo's on DVD. The presentation is from the collection of one of the most respected journalist, historians and statisticians in New England, Pete Zanardi.

The range of drivers, owners, tracks and race cars depicted in the collection are the who's who in Northeastern midget racing. The forefathers that laid the foundation for present day racing are illustrated in color and black and white photo's complete with captions. Bill Randall, Ray Roberts, Ronnie Evans and Jerry Russo just to name a few drivers from NEMA's infancy.

The early cage days drivers are represented by Bill Roth, Lee Smith, Hank Stevens and Len Thrall for example. And to finish out the last couple of decades are the Fornoros, Stoehrs, Scrivanis, Seymours and many many more. The cars are as big as the drivers on this DVD that range from the Badgers to the uprights, cage and cageless, even some Offy's.

The DVD is 332 pictures strong and is a must for any early day racing enthusiast.

The cost is $20 each with all proceeds going directly to NEMA to help carry on the rich traditions these early pioneers built.

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2013 Race Results & Photos


Race 15 - Thompson World Series - 10-20-13

Race 14 - Lee Oktoberfest - 10-13-13

Race 13 - Waterford Finale - 10-6-13

Race 12 - Oswego Speedway - 9-14-13

LITES Race - Star Speedway - 9-7-13

LITES Race - Star Speedway - 8-24-13

Race 11 - Riverside Speedway - 8-17-13

Race 10 - Angelillo Memorial - Waterford - 8-10-13

Race 9 - Airborne Speedway - 8-3-13

Race 8 - Shane Memorial - Waterford - 7-27-13

Race 7 - Seekonk Open Wheel Weds. - 7-17-13

Race 6 - Lee USA Speedway - 7-12-13

Race 5 - Stafford  Xteme Saturday - 6-29-13

Race 4 - Monadnock Speedway - 6-22-13

Race 3 - Star Speedway - 6-8-13

Race 2 - Boston Louie - Seekonk - 6-2-13

LITES Race - Lee USA Speedway - 5-31-13

LITES Race - Star Speedway - 5-18-13

Race 1 - Waterford Speedbowl - 4-6 & 7-13
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After months of hard work and planning, the Northeastern Midget Association has finalized it's schedule for the upcoming racing season. Both ends of the thirteen race schedule will be held at the traditional venues; the kick-off at the Waterford Speedbowl March 29 - 30, and the wind-down at Thompson, CT in late October. The eight month, ten track span of events will take the winged warriors as far north as Evan Mills Speedway in Evans Mills, NY and Oxford Plains in Maine; and as far south as Seekonk, MA.

The first hot laps of 2014 will be turned at an open practice slated for March 28 at the Waterford Speedbowl, followed by two days of intense qualifying and features by both the NEMA and Lites divisions for the "2014 Blastoff" on the 29th and 30th. After a bit of a break, racing resumes at the Evans Mills Motorsports Park on May 24th in upstate New York.

What follows is the heart of the schedule as the teams will race in eight events over a span of three months starting with a newer track for NEMA in Wiscasset, ME on June 7. Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire is next on June 21 for the "Iron Mike" Memorial, a season highlight celebrating the life of legendary car owner Mike Scrivani. The teams return to NH for a June 28 race at the Twin State Speedway in Claremont to finish out the month.

July will be especially challenging for the teams as the mid section of the month hosts three races in eight days. On July 19 NEMA will be part of the Oxford 250 super lae model weekend in Maine, a very prestigious event in the northeast. This event will offer an opportunity to claim the Marvin Rifchin Trophy, a piece wanted on all NEMA driver's mantels.

Next up, the only mid week event of the year is on July 23 in Seekonk, MA. Billed as "Open Wheel Wednesday;" the track will host the Tri-Track Open Modified Series as well as the NEMA "Boston Louie Memorial Classic." The "Louie" is special to the NEMA fraternity as the annual race is held in remembrance of "Boston" Louie Seymour, long time NEMA midget car owner.

The month closes out with a return to the Waterford Speedbowl on July 26 for NEMA's second of four visits. It will be a very special night to say the least as much loved and missed Shane Hammond will be remembered.

August starts out where July left off, back at the popular Waterford facility on the 9th, and then back north to Epping, NH and Star Speedway on the 23rd, a NEMA mainstay.

New York state's second stop on the schedule is at the famed Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY. The Sept. 13th Saturady at the lightning fast track is the one and only race date for the month.

The final two events of the year are two day shows starting October 4-5 at Waterford, for the clubs fourth visit and ending at "The World Series of Speedway Racing" on the high banks of Thompson Speedway on October 18-19.

The NEMA Lite Division's 2014 schedule mimics the NEMA schedule save for the additions of races on May 10th at Waterford, May 31 at Star and Sept 6th back at Waterford. The Lites will not compete at Thompson.

As the days get longer, hopefully the temperatures will rise as high as the anticipation of this new season. The NEMA and Lites teams are winding up final preparations and as the first race date approaches we can only imagine how the season will go. Check back here weekly and we'll let you know!
 

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NEMA 2014 RULEBOOK
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8-20-14
Including NEMA LITES 

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NEMA MIDGETS ROLL INTO STAR SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT
The Northeastern Midget Association heads to the famed Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday night. It has been a favorite stop for the midgets since the 60's, in fact Star has hosted more NEMA events than any other facility.

Some of the greats have gotten their first NEMA victory at Star including Joey Coy, Mike Favulli and Billy Mann, as well as modern day drivers like Jeff Horn, Joey Payne, Bobby Seymour and Russ Stoehr. There will be plenty of drivers gunning for their first on Saturday night.

Stoeher leads all active drivers with 10 wins at Star.

The NEMA midgets bring a see-saw battle at the top of the point standings in both of their classes.
The top spot has traded back and forth between young Avery Stoeher of Lakeville, MA and another Massachusetts South Shore native, Randy Cabral of Kingston. Cabral now leads by 13 points thanks to a runner-up finish last time out at Waterford. Stoehr could only muster a fourth place in that event and lost his grip on the points lead.

Consistancy is what's keeping them close. Of the 9 races so far this season Randy has won 3 and finished second 3 times. Avery has been only a shade off that with 2 wins, a second and a pair of thirds.

The other points battle in the full midgets is right behind them between Suffield CT's Todd Bertrand in third and Brimfield, MA resident Seth Carlson. The latter has been red hot in the last two races, with a win and third. He has closed the gap on Bertrand and now trails by just 10 points.

It's just as tight in the Lites. A win by Marshfield, MA's Danny Cugini at Waterford last time catipulted him to the top of the standings over Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ. Even without a victory, Krachun had a lock on the top spot for several weeks. Cugini now leads by 11 points going into Star.

Krachun could now fall into the clutches of another consistant finisher. Andy Barrows of New Ipswich, NH is only 17 points out of second.

The real story in the Lites this season has been PJ Stergois of Candia, NH. Though he missed 3 races, he's only finished outside the top 3 once in the 8 main events he's run. 4 of those podium finishes were victories. He'll be looking to score another one at his "home" track on Saturday night.

THE SUNDOWN SHOWDOWN

A special match race sponsored by All Star Performance has been added to the program. "The Sundown Showdown" will feature some of Star Speedway's historic superstar drivers taking on some of the young, up and coming stars of the NEMA. A trophy and huge bragging rights are on the line for this sure-to-be-special, multi-generational race.

Star owner Bob Webber has invited these driver/NEMA LITES car pairings:
Chris Perley in the Ted Smith #93
Joey Payne in the Dan Cugini #51
Jon McKennedy in the Frank Manafort #76
Mike Ordway in the Bill Stergios #11
Russ Stoehr in the Scott Bigelow #32
Avery Stoehr in the Russ Stoehr #15a
Anthony Payne in the Jennifer Scrivani #211
Matt Swanson in the Matt Seymour #9
 
ZYCH AND CUGINI SCORE ANGELILLO MEMORIAL VICTORIES IN NEMA ACTION AT THE BOWL 
Reigning NEMA champion John Zych was starting to worry that he hadn’t visited victory lane in 2014.  A couple of podium finishes was all he could muster more than halfway through the schedule.  That stress was relieved Saturday night when Zych of Mendon, MA won the Angelillo Memorial at the Waterford Speedbowl.
He may have had a hunch the elusive win would come on Saturday night after being among the fastest in practice, the fastest in the heats and set a blistering lap of 12.74 seconds, averaging 109 mph around the 3/8 Speedbowl.  Randy Cabral of Kingston, MA was second, followed by Seth Carlson of Brimfield, MA in third, Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA and Todd Bertrand of Suffield, CT rounding out the top five in the 25 lap main.
Zych had taken the lead on lap 8 after passing Paul Bigelow of Kensington, CT.  Two cautions flew late in the race with nine and seven laps to go.  Each time Randy Cabral lined up next to him for the restart.  “I didn’t want to see a caution, especially once I saw Randy next to me on those restarts,” Zych said in victory lane, “I knew I had to be perfect each time the green came out.”  And perfect he was, pulling away from Cabral each time and beating him to the finish by almost a second and a half.
Pole sitter Pete Pernesiglio of Ronkonkoma, NY was the only other leader in the feature.  Zych and Jim SantaMaria of Burlington, CT were the heat winners.
A scary moment for veteran driver Doug Cleveland of Sudbury, MA when his car caught fire at the conclusion of the race.  Cleveland got out of the car quickly but not before inhaling some of the heat and suffering second degree burns to his leg.  He was taken to the local hospital by the track ambulance and released later that night.
Danny Cugini of Marshfield, MA methodically worked his way through traffic in the NEMA Lites portion of the Angelillo Memorial event and won the 25 lap feature. Like John Zych, he was presented with trophies from the late Gene and Marylin Angelillo’s grandchildren in victory lane.
Logan Rayvals from Rockville, ONT Canada had set sail and looked to be cruising to his first career NEMA victory after taking the lead from Enfield, CT’s Brandon Igo on lap six.  His romp was cut short by a caution thrown for a multi-car incident just off turn four that ended the night for point leader Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ and last event’s winner Juris Kupris from Williamsburg, NY.  The latter had his mount hauled off by wreckers on each end of the car.
By this time Cugini had moved up from his ninth starting spot and was ready to challenge Rayvals for the lead.  He took over with seven laps to go and never looked back.  Rayvals settled in for second, followed by Candia, NH’s PJ Stergios, Richie Morrocco of Plainville, MA and Scott Bigelow of E. Hampton, CT making up the top five. 
“I was praying for a caution because Logan was so far out in front,” said Cugini.  “The car got so much better after the caution and I tried him on the outside and it worked.”  He went on to thank his crew and especially his dad who fields cars for both Danny and his sister Megan at all of the NEMA Lite events.
The Lites ran only a feature as part of a big show that also featured the ISMA Supermodifieds, Modified Racing Series and Waterford’s SK Modifieds.
NEMA’s next stop is the famed Star Speedway in Epping, NH on August 23.
NEMA MIDGETS - 8-9-14
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
  Photos by Norm Marx 
NEMA MIDGETS - WATERFORD - 8/9/14
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon,MA John Zych Sr.
2 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
3 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
4 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
5 39 Todd Bertrand Suffield, CT Bertrand Motorsports
6 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA MCI Racing/
Greg Stoehr
7 99 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Susan Santa Maria
8 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
9 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
10
DNF
54  Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Susan Santa Maria
11
DNF
21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
12
DNF
80 Pete Pernisiglio Jr. Ronkonkoma, NY Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
13
DNF
44 Russ Stoehr Lakeville, MA Ed Breault
14
DNF
79  Ian Cumens Lydell, PA Ian Cumens
15
DNF
46 Kenney Johnson Bethany, CT Jeff Johnson
16
DNF
35 Ryan Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Glen Cabral
17
DNS
50 Glen Lutz - Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
NEMA LITES - 8-9-14
     
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
NEMA LITES - WATERFORD - 8/9/14
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
2 94 Logan Rayvals Brockville, ON, CA Craig Rayvals
3 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
4 25 Richie Morrocco Plainville, MA Richard Morrocco
5 32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
6 46x Andy Barrows New Ipswitch, NH Jeff Johnson
7 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
8 45m Joey Mucciacciaro Wolcott, CT Frank Mucciacciaro
9 24 Calvin Carroll Andover, NJ Joe Carroll
10 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
11 15b Tony Colandro Islip Terrace, NY Russ Stoehr
12 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
13
DNF
45 Brandon Igo Enfield, CT David Igo
14
DNF
39 RJ Tufano West Haven, CT RJ Tufano
15
DNF
31 Ryan Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Ryan Bigelow
16
DNF
42 Juris Kupris Williamsburg, NY Charles Thomas Motorsports
17
DNF
29 Ryan Krachun Neschanic Station, NJ Mike Krachun
 


NEMA’S ANGELILLOS TO BE REMEMBERED WITH SATURDAY NIGHT’S RACE
The Northeastern Midget Association’s history book is a big one and you’ll find Gene Angelillo’s name all over it. He is responsible for much of the club’s history throughout the last three decades. Gene, his team and drivers amassed over 100 wins and a record 14 owner championships.

Gene, and wife Marilyn joined the club at a pivotal time for midget racing and made sure they kept NEMA on the map with competitive equipment and strong dedication to the organization. Both served as officers with the club, Gene as President in the 90’s.

The Angelillos will be remembered and honored by NEMA with the annual race in their name this Saturday night at the Waterford Speedbowl.

NEMA returns to “The Bowl” for their second race in as many weeks. A full field of NEMA midgets and NEMA Lites are expected to be on hand along with the ISMA Supermodifieds and Valenti Modified Racing Series for the track’s annual “Wings and Wheels” event.

Suffield CT’s Todd Bertrand could be considered the favorite heading into Saturday. He’s won the last three Angelillo Memorials, including his first ever NEMA win in 2011.

Seth Carlson of Brimfield, MA will no doubt return with the same set-up that helped him lead every lap of the last NEMA race at Waterford. He set a blistering pace early leaving only 8 cars on the lead lap at the finish to claim his second win of the year.

Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA rides a wave of podium finishes heading into the Angelillo Memorial. The young hotshoe scored a win, a third and a second in a week that saw three events at three different tracks. He’s been wonderful at Waterford with a win on opening day and his runner-up finish two weeks ago. Stoehr, in his first full season in the midgets is locked in a classic duel atop the point standings with four time champ and season three time winner Randy Cabral of Kingston, MA.

But, the Speedbowl is not one of Cabral’s best performance tracks. He suffered a DNF on opening day, a fifth place finish last time out. He has been shutout of Waterford’s victory lane for a handful of years and looks to change that on Saturday.

The NEMA Lites had another first time winner in Juris Kupris of Williamsburg, NY last time out. Kupris dominated the field after he methodically picked his way through the top five to wrestle the lead from NJ’s Anthony Payne with just a handful of laps to go. Payne followed Kupris across the line two seconds later to score his career best finish.

Both Kupris and Payne are out to prove their podium finishes were not a fluke. The other podium finisher, PJ Stergios of Candia, NH hopes to improve this week and claim victory #5.

Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ looks for his first win in NEMA despite leading the point standings. Danny Cugini of Marshfield, MA, Andy Barrows of New Ipswich, NH and CT’s Bigelow brothers are also threats to bring home the Angelillo trophy in the Lites feature.

Waterford Speedbowl’s Wings and Wheels event also offers an autograph session with drivers from all the touring series between the practice sessions and qualifying.
Remembering Gene and Marilyn
It is all too easy to dismiss the mention of Marilyn and Gene Angelillo with numbers – like 115 or so wins, 107 of them with the Northeastern Midget Association. They won 14 NEMA owner championships with drivers Drew Fornoro, Russ Stoehr and Joey Payne.

Dedication is certainly fitting as well. Both were office holders, Gene serving as president and Marilyn as secretary. The club made full use of Marilyn’s secretarial and organizational skills for years. The generosity of both is legend.

Waterford Speedbowl hosts the Angelillo Memorial Saturday night, the 25-lap Midget feature part of the annual Wings & Wheels show.

Daughter Laura Kibbe continues to honor Marilyn, who passed away in September of ’07 and Gene who died in March of 2010. It has become a major NEMA event.

No doubt, they’ll be some stories told at the ‘Bowl. Over three plus decades, Marilyn and Gene touched a lot of lives. It’s safe to say, if you spent any time at all with either of them you have a story. The always patient Marilyn and the often fiery Gene left lasting impressions. They are part of NEMA folklore.

It was Marilyn who came up with the “Dumo’s Desire” that still adorns the car. It honors Gene’s father Dominic or “Dumo.” Loyalty was high on the list of priorities for them. Gene was 45 when he bought his first Midget (another great tale), reason enough, Marilyn figured, to put it on the car.

Getting back to numbers – the first win is classic folklore. It was 1981 at Hudson Speedway and Drew Fornoro had just recently joined the team. Early in the feature, Nokie Fornoro, in Mike Scrivani’s 21, went off track in turn three, bringing out the red. Drew, concerned about his brother, got out of the 45 and headed for the crash.

It was Scrivani who noticed the right rear on the 45 had gone flat. The still solid right rear was taken off the damaged 21 and, while a Scrivani crew member held the car aloft, put it on the 45. Drew then went out and won the feature beating Lee Smith and Mike Favulli.

Gene loved telling that story. It was one of many.
Marilyn, Gene & Drew - 1985
 
5th Annual
Shane Hammond Memorial Race
NEMA CAUTION-FREE FEATURES PRODUCE ANOTHER FIRST TIME WINNER
The Waterford CT Speedbowl is in the Northeastern Midget Association record books as producing the most first time winners of any track on the circuit. It happened again Saturday night. An elated Juris Kupris of Williamsburg, NY raced to his very first victory in the NEMA Lites series. It only took six and a half minutes in the 27 lap flag to flag main event.

The NEMA Lites and NEMA Midgets were racing in the Fifth annual Shane Hammond Memorial Race. Hammond, a young, well liked NEMA competitor died in a racing accident at the Thompson Speedway at the beginning of the 2008 season.

It appeared from the start that the Lites feature was destined to have a first time winner as pole sitter Megan Cugini of Marshfield, MA solidly led the early going. She was passed by teen sensation Anthony “The Tornado” Payne of Fairlawn, NJ on lap 12, who also was looking for his first NEMA win. Payne is the son of NEMA and ISMA star Joey Payne.

Kupris followed Payne around Cugini on lap 11 and ran second for several laps, opting to make his bid for lead on lap 21. From there he opened a comfortable lead and cruised to the finish, beating Payne by more than two seconds.

Wednesday night’s Boston Louie Classic winner PJ Stergois of Candia, NH finished third followed by Richie Morroco of Planville, MA and early leader Megan Cugini rounding out the top 5.

Kupris, still catching his breath during the victory lane interview credited friend and teammate Christian Briggs for introducing him to the NEMA Lites. “We raced go-karts together when we were kids and he asked me if I would like to join him in the midgets,” said Kupris, “and I couldn’t refuse having fun racing with him again.”

Juris Kupris became the second first time winner in a week. Jake Smith did it at Oxford Plains, ME the Saturday before.

The NEMA main event went flag to flag in just over six minutes as well. Seth Carlson of Brimfield, MA got the jump on pole sitter Paul Scally at the start and led all 27 laps to claim his second win of the season. Carlson won at the Evans Mills NY Motorsport Park in May after winning his first ever last year at Oswego.

Carlson set a quick pace from the start, cranking out laps a tick over 13 seconds. Reigning champion John Zych of Mendon, MA ran second with similar lap times for most of the race, but couldn’t close on Carlson. Zych finally used up his right rear tire in the futile chase and was passed by point leader Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA with two laps to go.

Zych was nipped at the line by Todd Bertrand of Suffield, CT and settled for fourth. Randy Cabral of Kingston, MA was fifth.

Both second place finisher Stoehr and third place Bertrand said post race that they were hoping for a caution as the only way to catch Carlson. Carlson in turn said he was glad the race stayed green. “I might have had enough to beat them on a restart,” he said, “this car was excellent tonight, but I didn’t know how much of lead I had so I just kept pushing it and glad we didn’t get a yellow.”

After three events in one week, the NEMA competitors have a couple of weeks to catch their breath. Stoehr, Cabral, Bertrand and Carlson are at the top of the NEMA points and bring that battle back to Waterford on Saturday, August 9, along with the NEMA Lites for the Angelillo Memoral Race as part of the Speedbowl’s “Wings and Wheels” event.
Photos by Norm Marx
NEMA MIDGETS - WATERFORD - 7/26/14
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
2 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
3 39 Todd Bertrand Suffield, CT Bertrand Motorsports
4 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon,MA John Zych Sr.
5 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
6 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
7 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
8 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater, MA MCI Racing/
Greg Stoehr
9 29 Ian Cumens Lydell, PA Bobby Seymour
10 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Susan Santa Maria
11 80 Pete Pernisiglio Jr. Ronkonkoma, NY Pete Pernisiglio Sr.
12 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland
13
DNF
7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
14
DNF
85 Michael Barnes Mexico, NY Michael Barnes
Photos by Norm Marx
NEMA LITES - WATERFORD - 7/26/14
Pos. # Driver  Hometown Owner
1 42 Juris Kupris Williamsburg, NY Charles Thomas Motorsports
2 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
3 11 PJ Stergios Candia, NH Bill Stergios
4 25 Richie Morrocco Plainville, MA Richard Morrocco
5 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
6 31 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Paul Bigelow
7 32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
8 94 Logan Rayvals Brockville, ON, CA Craig Rayvals
9 51 Danny Cugini Marshfield, MA D.  Cugini
10 46x Andy Barrows New Ipswitch, NH Jeff Johnson
11 18 DJ Moniz Fairhaven, MA David Moniz
12 15b Tony Colandro Islip Terrace, NY Russ Stoehr
13 16 Dennis O'Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O'Brien
14 45 Brandon Igo Enfield, CT David Igo
15
DNF
93 Jake Smith Stroudsburg, PA Ted Smith
16
DNF
44 Christian Briggs Mattapoisett, MA Charles Thomas Motorsports
17
DNF
29 Ryan Krachun Neschanic Station, NJ Mike Krachun
18
DNF
35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
19
DNS
45m Joey Mucciacciaro Wolcott, CT Frank Mucciacciaro
37, is it just a number?
By Deb Marvuglio
The number 37, what does it mean to you? To me, it's not just a Midget that was transformed over the years from black to white to yellow & blue. The 37 was a dream that became a reality for my son, Shane. A young man who had an infectious smile and bright blue eyes.

Shane learned about risk and reward and much more by 15. An amazing karter whether it was dirt or asphalt, he had a handle on it. Fast forward to 15 and emergency brain and spine surgery where the risk is death and the reward life, but what kind of life was yet to be determined. Shane survived and with determination like no other fought through pain and the odds against him to get back to karting.

When the pain became to much he looked for a car that offered more suspension and protection from the grueling jarring of karting. NEMA that was the ticket, that was the open wheel racing of choice. Shane crewed with the Cabral's and that magical day they let him take out their car at Waterford, he beamed as he climbed out. There was one person missing that day, his grandmother (his biggest fan, Betty) and we looked at each other and he said, "she's here, she didn't miss it".

Those magic moments continue as his brother Anthony "the Bug" Marvuglio experienced that feeling at Waterford on more than one occasion. Bug has expressed, "Mom, he was in the car with me," referring to Shane. Waterford is a magical place for me and my boys.

Back to the 37, not just a number, a tribute to Shane's Grandfather, Jack Glockner a man that helped Shane live his dream every step of the way. Shane and Jack (Pa) worked side by side and Pa bought him that last 37 from Bob Bradbury another NEMA legend that was taken too soon.

So as you get ready for the Shane Hammond Memorial, please think about the risks, the rewards and the price; is it all worth it, are you making the right choices. Every race is a risk, life is a risk. Shane's last race, in the Jarret #4 was a reward to him, he felt respected, excited, and worthy. He knew he could do whatever it takes. Sometime our days don't go as planned and this one day in April, God had other plans; he took Shane out of his painful body and gave him eternal life..... For whosoever believeth.....shall have eternal life. (John 3:15)
 
NEMA Lites "Allstar" Awards
from Allstar Performance
The NEMA midget association is proud to announce a new corporate partner for their NEMA Lites Series - Allstar Performance out of Watervliet, Michigan.

NEMA has established a new contingency award that will recognize the outstanding efforts of NEMA LITES drivers both on and off the track. At each event the Allstar Performance “ Allstar of The Race” will receive a $100 dollar Allstar Performance gift certificate.

Additionally 9 winners will be picked at the 2014 NEMA Banquet to receive an “Allstar of the Season” award. These are open to the NEMA Lites drivers, car owners, and any associate members. These awards will be chosen for outstanding performance both on and off the track.

Allstar Performance recognizes NEMA as having a successful 62 year history and is proud to support the organization with these awards.



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