STERGIOS WINS BOSTON LOUIE MEMORIAL FOR NEMA LITES

STERGIOS WINS BOSTON LOUIE MEMORIAL FOR NEMA LITES

  STERGIOS WINS BOSTON LOUIE MEMORIAL FOR NEMA LITES PJ Stergios dropped four spots from fourteenth to eighteenth on the start of the 29-lap feature, but after a lap 2 caution, brought out when Ryan Bigelow and Joe Mooch got locked together in turn four, Stergios began a rapid climb toward the top. By lap eleven, he was in sixth, and moving past Jake Smith, DJ Moniz and Paul Bigalow into third, over the following 3 laps. He was past Dan Cugini and then Chris Lamb for the lead and the win, a convincing two seconds at the checkers. Lamb garnered second with Smith, Adam Pierson and Ryan Krachun following. Paul Bigalow jumped out to the lead after the lap two caution. Kevin Park was passed for second by DJ Moniz, followed by Randy Cabral, Park and Krachun. Moniz pursued as Bigalow ran out to a six-car lead on lap six. But Cabral lost power on the backstretch and retired. Lamb slid into third with Jake Smith going to fourth. But Cugini eased Smith back on lap ten. On the ensuing lap, RJ Trafano and Jessica Bean spun together on the backstretch. On the restart, Bigalow had Lamb all over his bumper but Scott Bigalow was around in turn two, bringing a re- restart on lap eleven. This time Lamb got underneath Paul for a wheel-to-wheel and then into the lead out of turn four. Bigalow was followed by Smith, Moniz and Cugini. Stergios was behind them and passed Moniz as Cugini wnet to third. By lap 13, Lamb was five cars up on Bigalow. Stergios was past Bigalow...

RUSS WOOD TAKES NEMA LITES

One week after a difficult time with the old Cement Palace and finishing 19th in his ISMA Supermodified race, Russ Wood returned to Seekonk for the D. Anthony Venditti Memorial, hopped into his son’s NEMA Lite car and went out to dominate the field of competitors.  Russ Wood, Jr. was forced out of the event by a foot injury, so dad gladly filled the seat for him.  It was a win-win situation for Russ, Sr. and the fans. Wood, from Pelham, NH, started fifth, behind Paul Bigelow of Berlin, CT and Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton, CT.   New Ipswich, NH’s Andy Barrows and East Hampton, CT driver Randy Bigelow made up the second row.   Joe Krawiek was on Wood’s shoulder.   Also swelling the ranks were NEMA regulars Randy Cabral and Lou Cicconi, Jr. – both starting from the back of the pack. Wood jumped to third on the green and motored for 6 laps, while Paul Bigelow and Barrows battled over third.  On lap 6, Wood erupted, going around and into the lead, sending Bigelow to second.  Bigelow held the spot until Cabral came up to pass on lap 18. Wood began to stretch his lead, and was ahead by the length of a straightaway on lap 12.  Cabral and Cicconi were trading places back in the pack until Cabral began to move steadily to the front, going from eighth to second, moving up a place per lap until he had the second spot. Cicconi went to fifth on lap 16 and held that position for 5 laps, moving past Barrows into fourth. Krawiek had been moved back to fourth on Cabral’s pass into third, but he eased...