Northeastern Midget Association Announces 2018 Schedule

(Press Release from Northeastern Midget Association)

Todd Bertrand celebrates victory in the NEMA Midget feature at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway in October (Photo: Jim DuPont)

At its annual awards banquet, Northeastern Midget Association President, Tim Bertrand, released the club’s 2018 schedule to the membership as he recapped the 2017 season. Thirteen combined NEMA/NEMA Lite shows, and four “Lites Only” shows highlight a season that brings NEMA back to many of its familiar, historic “haunts.”

“We plan to play off of the success that we had in the 2017 season, as a club. We had strong car counts in the 30-35 range every week, with a season high of nearly 50 cars at the Boston Louie event,” said club President, Bertrand. “I see us only continuing to gain momentum for 2018. We’ve got a number of new teams coming into the Lite series, and continue to see our car counts improve with the NEMA division,” said Bertrand.

NEMA starts its season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s annual ICEBREAKER event, with a Lites only race. The club then moves on to its annual “Test & Tune” at the New London Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday, April 22nd.

“Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has enjoyed its great partnership with with the Northeastern Midget Association. For the past several seasons, they have provided some of the most exciting competition at Thompson and we are delighted to welcome them back in 2018,” said Chief Operating Officer & GM of the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Josh Vanada.

The combined group kicks off its season at the New London Waterford Speedbowl’s “Blastoff” event on May 5th, which highlights its first of four combined events at the Speedbowl.

“I’m really excited about 2018, and having the NEMA cars back. They put on great shows for us in 2017, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of that in 2018,”said GM of the New London Waterford Speedbowl, George Whitney.

The Lites then move on to Star Speedway on May 19th, with a Lites only show.

The combined group then moves on to Wiscassett Speedway on June 2nd, starting a busy stretch in June – the first of two shows there, and to the famed Riverhead Raceway on June 9th. The Lites then race at Thompson on June 13th with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The Butch Walsh Memorial then highlights the schedule on June 16th at Star Speedway, and June concludes with the Boston Louie Memorial at Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday on Wednesday June 27th.

July 14th will be the always popular Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial at the Monadnock Speedway, and July 21st Star Speedway will host the Marvin Rifchin Memorial.

The Lites then travel back to the Waterford Speedbowl on July 28th for a 50 lap event celebrating the late Jim O’Brien, and NEMA goes to Thompson on August 8th for a NEMA only event with the Whelen Modified Tour. August 11th will be a combined show at the New London Waterford Speedbowl for its annual Wings & Wheels event with the ISMA Super Modifieds, and the club will celebrate the late Gene and Marilyn Angelillo at this event.

The Lites travel back to Star Speedway on September 1st, for a Lites Only event, and the combined group will be back to Wiscassett Speedway for a special extra distance event on September 8th.

The combined group then travels back to the Waterford Speedbowl for an open wheel extravaganza with the Modified Racing Series.

October concludes the season for the club, with the Shane Hammond Memorial at Thompson’s World Series of Racing, and the New London Waterford Speedbowl the following weekend for their season ending event.

2018 Northeastern Midget Association Combined (NEMA & NEMA Lites) Schedule
April 7: Thompson Speedway (Lites Only)
May 5: New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NEMA & Lites)
May 19: Star Speedway, Epping, N.H. (Lites Only)
June 2: Wiscassett Speedway, Wiscassett, Me. (NEMA & Lites)
June 9: Riverhead Raceway, Riverhead, N.Y. (NEMA & Lites)
June 13: Thompson Speedway (Lites Only)
June 16: Star Speedway (Butch Walsh Memorial), Epping, N.H. (NEMA & Lites)
June 27: Seekonk Speedway (Boston Louie), Seekonk, Mass. (NEMA & Lites)
July 14: Monadnock Speedway (Scrivani Memorial), Winchester, N.H. (NEMA & Lites)
July 21: Star Speedway (Rifchin Memorial), Epping, N.H. (NEMA & Lites)
July 28: New London-Waterford Speedbowl (O’Brien Memorial) (Lites Only)
Aug. 8: Thompson Speedway (NEMA Only)
Aug. 11: New London-Waterford Speedbowl (Angelillo Memorial (NEMA & Lites)
Sept. 1: Star Speedway, Epping, N.H. (Lites Only)
Sept. 8: Wiscassett Speedway (Extra Distance Event), Wiscassett, Me. (NEMA & Lites)
Sept. 15: New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NEMA & Lites)
Oct. 13-14: Thompson Speedway (Shane Hammond Memorial) (NEMA Saturday, Lites Sunday)
Oct. 20-21: New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NEMA & Lites)

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Comments

  1. July 21st. Could pull a double and hit Star after Loudon.

  2. darealgoodfella says:

    Hope the NLWS folks like NEMA & Lites.

  3. You followed the threads about the Speedbowl and folks dissatisfaction with more tours Lionel Train Engineer. So naturally you have to needle them with this new information.
    More importantly what does it say about next year. The third series has scheduled races at the shoreline oval. Does it mean anything? Means either George Whitney is the salesman of the century and a scam artist or they actually have a game plan to execute their plans. I’m betting on the latter scenario.

  4. Just Wondering says:

    I along with my friends sure wish the Speedbowl would offer season passes like they used to. It sure would make the difference of some of us attending the higher cost tour dates that are being announced of being scheduled more and more every day. Just like today’s NEMA announcement of 5 NEMA events in 2018 at the Speedbowl. We are wondering how many more tour events will be added to the 2018 Speedbowl schedule. Only thing not announced so far is the MTS, Pro4’s, Trucks, Mini Stock Tour, Street Stock tour if they are still in business, and maybe the new SK Lite Tour? Did I miss something?

  5. First daidiot says no way will the speedbowl be open next year. Now he’s complaining about too many nema dates. This fool’s all over the place.

  6. You may have missed the 375 Pro Sportsman series unveiled at the final Speedbowl event.

  7. The street stock tour disbanded so this new 375 tour is basically taking it’s place. Good field of cars at the speedbowls finale. Should be a decent tour.

  8. What’s going to happen in October if the World Series gets rained out at Thompson. Looks to be big conflicts with many different series.

  9. That 375 Pro Sportsman race was good wasn’t it rich. Reminded me of 90’s Late Models. Interesting to see Camaro’s in the field as well. So far these guys have drawn zero as far as media attention goes. Some said rear wheel dyno’s were a waste of time and here we see a whole division based on them. Good idea.

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