Stoehr Leads NEMA to Thompson’s Budweiser King of Beers 150
The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park the ultimate "separate the men from the boys" facility. A Thompson Checkered is always a treasured prize for any NEMA competitor.
Points leader Avery Stoehr in the Bertrand 39, leads an extremely close points chase that includes Jim Chambers, Cabral, Alan Chambers, Seth Carlson and John Zych – separated by less than 100 points from first to sixth. Zych has had a number of impressive TSMP runs over the past three seasons.
Five time champion Cabral of Plymouth, is the all time win leader at the facility with a dozen victories.
Also entering race, Plainville Indiana’s Kyle Hamilton, will be in the Bertrand Motorsports 47 for the evening after a last minute Indy Car conflict for Indiana’s Cole Carter prevented him from making the event. Hamilton was second in his last start with NEMA at Star Speedway, on July 8th.
Others that are seeking a Thompson victory, and have been close include Todd Bertrand and Seth Carlson, the later coming very close to victory a number of times this season. Paul Scally, who notched his first NEMA victory earlier this year, is also one to watch, as he was very strong in a couple of NEMA Lite outings at TSMP this season. Bethany Stoehr will also be back on hand in her new 5B machine , as will Doug Cleveland with his new power plant and Jesse Jakubajtys in the Luggelle 77.
Ryan Bigelow returns in his family’s #13 powered by a new Esslinger power plant, and Chris Deritis will be returning to competition in his always fast #66 machine.
Thompson’s long Midget history, however, is filled with surprises. Considering the last few seasons have been one of the most competitive seasons in NEMA’s 60+year history. It is safe to consider the possibility of another surprise.
With lap times typically within 2-3 tenths across the top ten this year at most tracks, anything can happen .
NEMA and Thompson have a relationship that goes back to 1960 when the legendary Dutch Schaefer was the winner. Since then, Thompson has helped write a ton of NEMA history.