Avery Stoehr, Dylan Duhaime Notch NEMA Victories At Speedbowl’s Wings & Wheels

(Press Release from Northeastern Midget Association)

Avery Stoehr beat out teammate Randy Cabral by two feet at the line to take down the NEMA victory that left fans talking about the race for hours after at New London Waterford Speedbowl’s Wings & Wheels event this past Saturday. It was redemption for Stoehr who had a scary ride just two nights before at Thompson Speedway. In the Lites race, there were no disappointments either, as Dylan Duhaime used the high line to pass race leader Meg Cugini on the back stretch of the final lap.

In the NEMA feature, Todd Bertrand and Alan Chambers brought the field to the green flag. Bertrand quickly jumped out into the lead from the pole, but the field was brought back to its original formation as the caution flew for Ted Christopher in the Bertrand 47, who was caught up in a first lap tangle.

When the race resumed, Bertrand jumped back out into the lead, and began to set a torrid pace. As the race approached lap ten, teammates Avery Stoehr and Randy Cabral worked their way through the field, as did John Zych and Chip Deritis.

When the caution flew on lap ten, Bertrand lined up next to teammate Stoehr, and quickly pulled away on the restart. Another caution for a Bethany Stoehr spin on lap fourteen would unfortunately see Bertrand retire to the infield with a broken oil tank baffle. Stoehr inherited the lead, and when the race resumed, he would take command.

By lap sixteen, teammate Cabral would shoot to the outside of Stoehr, and the duo would go wheel to wheel for nearly twelve laps in a row, bringing the fans to their feet. As they came down for the white flag, the pair would drag race down the back stretch into turn four, with both cars smoking the tires headed for the start finish line. Stoehr would cross the line first by two feet, over Cabral to take down his second win of the season. John Zych would finish third, followed by Alan Chambers, Paul Scally, Ted Christopher, Chip Deritis, Todd Bertrand, Jim Chambers and Bethany Stoehr.

“That was an awesome battle with Randy, and a lot of fun,” said Stoehr. “Tim, Randy and I worked on this car until early Saturday morning to get it ready after the Thompson wreck, and it was on the money tonight. It was great redemption after Thompson,” he said.

In the wire to wire Lites race, Meg Cugini would jump out into the lead from the start. For the first half of the race, she would distance herself from the field, while the action was hot behind her.

Paul Scally, Ryan Locke and Ben Mikitarian put on a duel for the second spot for eight laps, with the three running inches apart. As the laps wound down, multi feature winner Dylan Duhaime, who had come from the eleventh place, would also come into the mix.

Scally, who appeared to be getting a push, would give up third place to Locke with five laps remaining, and Duhaime on the outside, would pass the duo with four laps to go. He would then begin closing the gap on Cugini, when on the last lap off of turn two, he saw an opportunity to strike, passing Cugini and going on to take down the win.

“It was nice to finally be back at Waterford, a place where I got my first win five years ago,” said Duhaime. “I was disappointed earlier in the day, but we kept working on the car and I felt we had at least a top five car. Once I got by Paul (Scally) for second, I had a handful of laps to catch Meg. When I caught her, I saw an opportunity to use the outside and she ran me really cleanly,” he said.

NEMA is back in action this coming Saturday for the Marvin Rifchin Memorial at Star Speedway.

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  1. Fast Eddie says:

    Congrats to the Midget contingent! Wish I was there, as it’s my favorite track to see midgets at. Nice recovery and redemption by Avery Stoehr after the wreck at Thompson!

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