Tight NEMA Battle Goes To Wings & Wheels At Speedbowl; Doug Coby Returns To Midget

(Press Release from Northeastern Midget Association)

Doug Coby returns to action with the Bertrand Motorsports NEMA Midget this Saturday at Wings & Wheels at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby returns to action with the Bertrand Motorsports NEMA Midget this Saturday at Wings & Wheels at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl

A mere 40 points separate NEMA points leader and 2013 Champion John Zych Jr. and reigning champion, Randy Cabral headed into this Saturday evening’s Wings & Wheels show at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl.

Zych, a winner at two New York tracks this season, Evans Mills Speedway and Oswego, has been very fast all year. Cabral, yet to score a win in 2015, has won at least one NEMA feature for the last 15 years – trailing only Midget racing legend Dave Humphrey’s record of 16 consecutive seasons with a win. During that same period of time, Cabral has captured five NEMA championships and has finished no worse than second in the point standings during the past four seasons.

NEMA’s return to the New London Waterford Speedbowl, for the first time this season also marks the return of reining NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver, Doug Coby, to the series. Coby won the opening day NEMA feature at Chemung Speedrome, earlier this year.

“A lot of the sensations in these cars are kind of like running a Modified at Bristol,” Coby explains. “It’s just really fast and you have to react quickly. They handle really well, but when they get out of shape it’s different from a Modified. It’s like you kind of wheel them around to save them and jerk the car around a little bit. I think once you drive one of these cars once or twice and you learn more from these guys on how they like to go and what adjustments they make, a good handling car is a good handling car no matter if it’s a Late Model, Modified, a Midget, or a Go Kart. If it handles right through the corners, as a driver, you get the same feeling.”

Last race feature winner, Avery Stoehr, is also excited about his program, as he returns to NLWS this Saturday. A long dry spell ended with a dominating run at LEE USA Speedway the last time NEMA took the track. Stoehr was also a winner last year on opening day at the Speedbowl. In addition to Stoehr, Paul Scally, Seth Carlson, Bethany Stoehr, Jim & Alan Chambers, and Todd Bertrand, the later a former Speedbowl winner, are all hungry for a victory as well.

In NEMA Lite Action, Danny Cugini has a convincing points lead over the young gun Anthony Payne. Payne, with some strong runs this season, looks for his second NEMA Lite win this Saturday. The Lites action has produced some of the best racing this season, and no doubt, this Saturday will produce the same.

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