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NEMA Midgets Make Long Awaited Return to Oswego Speedway
NEMA Lites and U.S. Legend Cars Join Triple Header
OSWEGO, NY (February 27) – The Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) and Oswego Speedway are proud to announce the return of the popular winged midget series to the ‘Steel Palace’ on Saturday, August 25. NEMA, which enters its 60th season of competition in 2012, has not sanctioned an event at Oswego since International Supermodified Association (ISMA) champion Chris Perley drove to victory lane in the Don Berrio owned No. 2 midget racer in 2005.
Accompanying the NEMA Midgets on the August 25 racing card will be the series stepping stone NEMA Lites division. Entering their fifth season, the Lites have proven to be one of the more successful developmental divisions in open-cockpit racing. Moving into the division in 2012 will be young Avery Stoehr, the son of NEMA Midget veteran Russ Stoehr, an 8-time feature winner at Oswego which adds into his 48 career NEMA Midget victories on tour.
Joining the NEMA Lites as a first time division in Oswego Speedway’s 62 years will be the U.S. Legend Cars. Established in 1992 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the U.S. Legend Cars were introduced as a low-cost, budget form of racing for the weekly short track racer. Since their inception, the U.S. Legend Car Series has exploded nationwide, becoming a proving ground for up and coming young drivers, as well as a mainstay for the budget weekly racer.
“We’re very excited to have had the opportunity to put this event together for 2012,” said Oswego Speedway co-owner, John Torrese. “With our Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS Series having the week off on August 25 to prepare for Budweiser International Classic Weekend, we still wanted to be sure to take advantage of the beautiful August weather in Oswego and give our loyal race fans a show. We couldn’t be more pleased to have the folks from NEMA and the U.S. Legend Cars come on board to help make this happen.”
2011 was an exciting campaign for the NEMA Midget Series as Randy Cabral and Bertrand Motorsports came out on top of the 13-race schedule as champions with two feature wins on the season coming at Seekonk and Twin State Speedways. Cabral will return in ’12 behind the wheel of the Bertrand No. 47, but will have a host of rivals on his heels throughout the season, including at Oswego.
The Stoehr brothers will once again be in action for the coming year with Russ driving the Dumo’s Desire No. 45 and Greg in the Stoehr No. 26b. Brother Russ is the all-time leader in NEMA Midget wins at Oswego Speedway with eight. His first came at the ‘Steel Palace’ in 1995, with the latest coming back in 2001. Greg managed to pick up a NEMA feature win in 2011 at Lee USA Speedway.
Joining the Stoehr’s as potential threats to Cabral’s championship chances are Adam Cantor, Paul Scally, and Mike Horn.
New to the series in 2012 are NEMA Lites graduates Seth Carlson and Jim Santa Maria. Each will join former Lites graduates, now full size NEMA feature winners, Todd Bertrand and Anthony Nocella.
The NEMA Midgets, Lites, and U.S. Legend Cars will fill out an action-packed regular season of racing at Oswego Speedway in 2012.
“Having the NEMA Midgets back at Oswego is big for our Speedway and for northeast open-wheel racing, especially as a warm-up for Budweiser International Classic Weekend,” said Torrese. “If you have never seen the NEMA cars fly around the ‘Steel Palace’, you won’t want to miss it. With the addition of the Lites division and the U.S. Legend Cars, we are going to have a great show on tap.”
The 2012 racing season at Oswego Speedway begins May 5th. Events run May through September on most Saturday nights, culminating with the Fall Championship 75 on September 15th.
The annual Speedway open practice is scheduled for April 28th.
In 2012, Oswego Speedway welcomes all kids ’16 and under’ with a paid adult and those with an active military ID free of charge to all events excluding Race of Champions and Budweiser International Classic Weekend.
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ALL-TIME NEMA MIDGET WIN LIST at OSWEGO SPEEDWAY
WINS DRIVER FIRST LAST
8 Russ Stoehr 1995 2001
4 Drew Fornoro 1990 2002
2 Nokie Fornoro 1991 1999
2 Joey Coy 1992 1993
2 Joey Payne 2003 2004
1 Lou Cicconi Jr. 1996
1 Howie Bumpus 1999
1 Bob Resco Jr. 1999
1 Mike Roselli Jr. 2000
1 Chris Perley 2005
About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.