Jim Chambers, Seth Carlson Scores Monadnock Speedway NEMA Victories

(Press Release from Northeastern Midget Association)

Jim Chambers celebrated victory Saturday at Monadnock Speedway (Photo: John DaDalt/Northeastern Midget Association)

The Northeastern Midget Association made the best of a bad situation and headed up to Larry Cirillo’s Monadnock Speedway this past Saturday night, after learning that the event at the Waterford Speedbowl was cancelled due to “unforseen circumstances” at 8PM the previous evening. World of Outlaws star Sammy Swindell was the highlight of the evening for the fans, and finished safely inside the top ten. In NEMA action, Jim Chambers blasted his way to the front and fended off multi time champions Randy Cabral and John Zych. In the Lites action, Seth Carlson came from the fifth spot and took the victory in lapped traffic over Ben Mikitarian.

In the NEMA feature, Paul Scally and Doug Cleveland brought the field down to the green flag. Scally would blast into the lead on the first lap. For the first seven laps he would pace the field, but further back, Jim Chambers was moving quickly through the field. Chambers would take third after the first lap, and move by Scally for the lead on lap eight.

Chambers would go on to set a torrid pace, running laps in the 11.7 and 11.8 range during the feature. A caution with ten laps remaining would bunch up the field. When the green flag flew, the man on the move was Randy Cabral, as he moved from fourth by Scally and Zych into second. Cabral would try to catch Chambers, but Chambers would pull away, going on to take down the victory. Cabral was second, followed by John Zych, Paul Scally, Alby Olvitt, Dan Cugini, Sammy Swindell, Avery Stoehr, Mike Horn and Doug Cleveland.

“The car was pretty good all day but the tires didn’t size up right after scuffing, so for the rest of the night we didn’t chase the car we just had to try and get the stagger up. Just a few laps into the feature i knew we hit it right on and i just had to get out front quick and hit my marks. I cant thank Monadnock enough for taking us on to their already very busy night on such short notice and the people in NEMA for never quitting,” said Chambers.

In the Lites feature, young star Ben Mikitarian in the New England Truck Solutions #9 would jump out into the lead in the early laps. He would pace the field, running laps in the 12.7 range, as further back, Seth Carlson was working his way through the field, up to 3rd by lap eight, and Danny Cugini was working his way from the eighth spot to fourth by lap eleven.

As the laps wound down, Mikitarian would approach lap traffic, and Carlson in the Seals It / Carlson Automotive #6 would close the gap. Carlson would look low with three laps to go, and would complete the pass on Mikitarian with two laps remaining. Cugini would move past Randy Cabral with five to go, and into third. Carlson would take down the win over Mikitarian, Cugini, Cabral, Jake Trainor, Richie Coy, Avery Stoehr, John Zych, Kyle Valeri and Jim Cataldo.

“I really need to thank everyone who has helped us out with this car,” Said Carlson. “Skip from Seals It, My mom and Dad, Kendall, Lloyd Burnham, Carl, Mikey, Tom and Seymour Racing. There are alot of people that support my racing efforts and make sure I have all the stuff needed to be successful,” said Carlson.

NEMA is back in action this week for the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial at Monadnock.

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