Jim Chambers, Randy Cabral Take Down NEMA Butch Walsh Memorial Wins At Lee USA Speedway

(Press Release from Northeastern Midget Association)

Jim Chambers ended a season plagued with demons in the Butch Walsh Memorial at the LEE USA Speedway this past Friday to take down an exciting victory over 7 time NEMA Champion Randy Cabral. Chambers was flawless enroute to victory.  In the LItes race, it was all Cabral, as he used the high line to take command of the lead early, and never looked back.

In the NEMA feature event, Chambers, by virtue of the club’s handicap system and a series of DNF’s in 2019, started near the front and had the lead at the end of lap one.  Chambers was flawless, as lap by lap he hit his marks.  As the race wore on, Randy Cabral broke free of traffic, and Paul Scally was in tow.  

Cabral managed to close the gap as Chambers approached lapped traffic, and Scally caught the Chambers/Cabral duo to set up a very exciting ending to the race.  With five to go, Cabral looked low, but Chambers closed the door, and used lapped traffic to his advantage to again pull away from Cabral.  Chambers would cross the line a carlength ahead of Cabral, and following Chambers, was Cabral, Paul Scally, John Zych, Alby Ovitt, Todd Bertrand, Lanson Fornoro, Avery Stoehr, Mike Horn and Andy Lunt.  

“The win at Lee was a turn around our team needed after a really rough start with some gremlins that took weeks to find.  The setup was good all day, but our night didn’t start great with a broken U joint in practice.  We had to thrash to get ready for the heat race to keep a good starting spot for the feature.  We can’t thank Glen Cabral enough for the spare parts and for working with us on a hot day.  In the feature, I knew we just needed to hit our marks and stay consistent and it worked out well,” said Chambers.  

In the Lites race, ninth place starter Cabral wasted no time, blasting into the fifth spot by the end of lap one, and a lap later was in the lead.  Cabral used his patented moves on the outside, but behind him, Ryan Locke was also on the move. Locke went from the tenth spot, to eight, to third all in the first four laps of the event.  

As the laps rolled on, there was no catching Cabral, as he took the Frank Manafort powered #76 to victory lane. Locke finished an impressive run in second, followed by the hard charging Richie Coy, Jake Trainor, Anthony Marvuglio, Matthew Merry, Kyle Valeri, Jim Cataldo, Domenic Elicone, and Chase Locke.  

“Started 9th the car was working really good high or low it was just a matter of me not screwing up around other cars. During the week you always think about the fast cars and how fast they are and if you have a chance to run with them like Jake, Ryan or Richie pretty much everyone out there. Got to thank Frank Manafort for giving me a chance in his race car and believing in me when we struggled for the last couple of races. Matt and Bobby Seymour work on that car till it’s perfect we work really well just like I do with the Bertrand team and we have the same thoughts on adjustment so it just makes for a good combination,” said Cabral.  

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