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
Walpole, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ (GSPSS) championship is heating up as the tour heads back to Star Speedway this Saturday, August 16, for the GSPSS 100.
Four drivers are within 28 tallies off point leader Larry Gelinas entering Saturday’s event. Larry Gelinas’ lead whittled away after mechanical misfortune at Monadnock Speedway forced the Buxton, ME driver to retire early from the JBH 100. Matt Frahm, Derek Griffith, and Dillon Moltz all took advantage as each finished inside the top 10 to begin to reel in Gelinas. Frahm, with his third place finish in the JBH 100, now sits a mere 19 points behind Gelinas. “Everyone kept their heads up,” stated Frahm about his run at Monadnock. “Third place, we’ll take it for the points, and we’ll move on to Star.” Frahm fought his way to the front as a result of being penalized from an incident with Tommy O’Sullivan.
Barry Gray’s win brought the Belchertown, MA driver into the top five, just 52 points out of first, and 24 points out of fourth. Brad Babb, Mike Parks, Tommy O’Sullivan, Mike O’Sullivan, and Cory Robert complete the top 10.
For Moltz, a victory in this Saturday’s race would avenge some of the bad luck the Waterford, CT driver has suffered as of late. Back in June, Moltz, driver of the RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet, was cruising on his way to a possible victory, when an incident involving a lapped car brought Moltz to the rear of the pack. Jeremy Davis would rocket ahead for the victory, but not without a valiant effort from Moltz to catch Davis, who settled for second.
With Gray’s win in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway, the Granite State Pro Stock Series have awarded a win to five different drivers in five races. Star Speedway generally boasts a strong car count for the GSPSS, which will increase the chances of increasing the streak of different winners to 6. One driver that could extend the streak is Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell, JR. In a statement on Helliwell JR’s Facebook page, the Bruce Bernhardt led team announced their intention to participate in the GSPSS 100. The two-time American-Canadian Tour champion has one career win in the GSPSS, and most recently, had lead the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park before suffering a flat tire, ending “The Punisher’s” chances of victory.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will run 100 laps at Star Speedway this Saturday, August 16th, in the GSPSS 100. Star Speedway is located at 176 Exeter Rd, in Epping, NH. For more information on Star Speedway, visit www.starspeedway.com. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit our website, www.gspss.net, e-mail Mike Parks at email@example.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @GSProStocks.