THOMPSON – It’s not as if Randy Cabral needs any more fire when it comes to chasing a Northeastern Midget Association victory at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway.
But that burning desire to win at Thompson for Cabral was only stoked further heated when the series visited Thompson Speedway on Aug. 10.
Cabral has long been a consistent front runner at Thompson for years. But in August the Plymouth, Mass. driver was hardly contender when he finished sixth.
“I was kind of embarrassed,” Cabral said. “I usually run better than that. I hadn’t finished out of the top three here in a long time and I ran around here in like seventh or eighth place and said ‘I’ve got to get my act together here.’ All week we really prepped the car. My father really worked his butt off on it. I worked my butt off on it. We came to this race prepared.”
Cabral made the most of that preparation in winning the 25-lap Northeastern Midget feature Saturday at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway.
“I just really love Thompson,” Cabral said. “I love the atmosphere, I love the people, I love the promoters. Just everything about this weekend gets me excited.”
Cole Carter of Brownsburg, Ind, was second and Seth Carlson of Brimfield, Mass. third.
Cabral reveled jubilantly in the Sunoco World Series atmosphere in victory lane.
“Honestly, as a race car driver, at least for me, one of my favorite races ever to come to as a kid was the World Series,” Cabral said. “Being a kid and watching people in victory lane and now being able to do it. You wait all year long. From Monday morning all year long to come back here and try to win this race. It’s so hard to do.”