Jim Chambers, PJ Stergios Capture Coveted Iron Mike Memorial NEMA Wins at Monadnock

(Press Release from Northeastern Midget Association)

NEMA LogoJim Chambers dominated the feature event in the Northeastern Midget Association’s Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial, in a race that was only slowed by a single caution. In the Lites segment, PJ Stergios captured an impressive victory, coming from deep in the field to win the event. The race commemorated Iron Mike Scrivani, long time NEMA car owner, and famous open wheel owner in the Northeast.

In the NEMA feature, Paul Scally and Todd Bertrand brought the field to green. By the first turn, Jim Chambers, starting in the second row, blasted by both Scally and Bertrand in to the lead. Scally faded with handling issues, while Bertrand hung within ten carlengths of Chambers for the first half of the race. A brief caution for Randy Cabral’s machine, which came to a rest with a broken front axle, didn’t slow down Chambers’ march to victory. He stretched out his victory over Bertrand, running an impressive 11.74 lap time, one of the fastest times ever turned by a midget at Monadnock. Behind Chambers and Bertrand, Seth Carlson charged home to finish third after a great battle with Avery Stoehr, and John Zych who finished 4th and 5th respectively. Danny Cugini, Bethany Stoehr, Paul Scally, Kevin Park, and Randy Cabral rounded out the top ten.

“It was unbelievable. We hit the track for the first practice to scuff tires and ran a 12.09, I told my dad that with the car and tires we had a good shot at the win I thought there was a tenth still left in it. So for the rest of the night we didn’t chase the track or my old tires – we knew it would come to us come the race. When the green flag flew I just took the momentum and the rhythm I had going like the race never ended and I never let up for a second the entire race. My car was perfect and I never missed my marks one time, I’m so proud to put it in victory lane for Iron Mike in the 21 car and for Father’s day weekend, my dad has given us great equipment all season long and it’s about time we put it all together I can’t thank him enough,” said Chambers.

In the Lites race, PJ Stergios charged from 9th position, quickly working his way into the lead in the feature event. The action was fast & furious at the front of the pack, with Stergios, Jim Chambers, and Meg Cugini all leading the way through heavy lapped traffic. Further back, notable open wheel driver from Speedway, Indiana – Kyle Hamilton was bringing the Frank Manafort #76 through the field, in impressive style, coming from the 11th position. When the checkered flag flew, it was Stergios taking down the victory over Chambers, Cugini, Hamilton, Joey Cipriano, Anthony Payne, Danny Cugini, Jake Stergios, Jim Cataldo, Jeremy Decourcey.

“I started 9th, and the bottom in turns 3&4 was working really well for me. The car was perfect through there, and even though I figured Jim was coming I had enough to hold him off. It felt good to win the Iron Mike race, which is really cool because the Scrivani’s have been a part of midget racing for so long,” said Stergios.

NEMA picks back up its schedule in front of a National television audience on MAV TV next Wednesday June 29th, at the Boston Louie Memorial.

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