Jim Chambers, Avery Stoehr Notch Rifchin Memorial NEMA Victories At Star Speedway

(Press Release from Northeaster Midget Association)

Jim Chambers celebrates victory in the NEMA Midget action over the weekend at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. (Photo: NEMA/Norm Marx)

New Hampshire native Jim Chambers made a thrilling pass on Mike Horn to take down his first NEMA victory of 2018. In the Lites division, Avery Stoehr took down an equally thrilling win, making a last lap pass on Richie Coy to win the event.

In the NEMA feature, Doug Cleveland and Mike Horn brought the field to the green. After a false start, the field was called back into formation. On the second attempt, Cleveland jumped out into the lead. Over the first four circuits, Cleveland would lead the field, hotly pursued by Mike Horn in the Bertrand 47 and John Zych.

On lap five, Horn ducked to the bottom of Cleveland, and took the lead down the back stretch. Over the next five laps, Horn would begin to stretch out his lead, as Zych maintained second, and Jim Chambers & Randy Cabral had come from deep in the field for third and fourth.

By lap fifteen, Chambers had made his way into second and was hotly pursuing Horn as the duo approached heavy lapped traffic. With eight to go, Chambers dove to the bottom of Horn in lapped traffic and took away the top spot. Chambers would go on to take down the win over Horn, who was fighting handling issues.
John Zych would finish third followed by Randy Cabral. Alan Chambers, Avery Stoehr, Todd Bertrand, Alby Ovitt and Paul Scally.

“We hit the setup pretty good this time around, the car was just a little free in the corners but it was rotating well. With about 10 to go I knew my only chance of winning was to push it as hard as i could and not worry about saving my tires, everything else and lap traffic just worked in my favor and we were able to take down the win,” said Chambers.

In the NEMA Lites race, pole starter Kevin Iannarelli would jump out into the lead from the get go. Iannarelli would dominate the first half of the feature event, as Richie Coy, Kyle Valeri, Jake Trainor, Jim Chambers and Danny Cugini were all vying for a top five run.

As the field approached the halfway point, Iannarelli’s car began to develop a leak, and track officials, along with series officials made a call to black flag the #27.

A caution with only two laps to go, when contact between Cugini and Chambers occurred, saw Iannarelli go to the pit, and on the restart, Richie Coy would inherit the lead. Behind him, Avery Stoehr lined up in second, followed by Cugini.

On the restart, Stoehr would blast by Coy on the outside in turn one, and Cugini was in tow in second. Stoehr would go on to take down his second win of the season in the Scrivani 21, followed by Cugini, Coy, Kyle Valeri, Ryan Locke, Jake Trainor, Randy Cabral, Dylan Duhaime, Ben Mikitarian, and Jim Chambers.

“The car was really hooked up tonight and the team did a great job. We caught a good break there at the end, but you need those sometime to get the win, so tonight we had it go our way,” said Stoehr.

NEMA picks up with the Jim O’Brien Memorial at Waterford next, followed by the NEMA cars at Thompson on August 8th.


  1. Fast Eddie says

    Too bad the NHMS racing didn’t start earlier. This would have been a great nightcap!

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