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Over the winter I had spoken to Adam Cantor several times about this weekends return of the North Eastern Midget Association to Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. With the race named in memory of dad, Adam had really hoped to make this a special night.
This week the track secured a title sponsor for the races in IGA supermarkets. Charles Reichert and the Reichert Group who own stores in Southold, Greenport Fort Salonga, Northport and Bayville signed on for the May 28th NEMA races.
Today with Adam’s hard work, several more awards were finalized including big bonus money for the winners of the NEMA and NEMA Lite races.
When the NEMA Midgets return to Long Island for the first time in 39 years it will be one of their highest paying races of the season.
The winner of the NEMA race will get a $1,000.00 bonus thanks to Adam Cantor boosting the winners share to up around $1,650.00, only the Boston Louie race at Seekonk Speedway may pay more.
The NEMA Lite feature has $500.00 added to the winners share thanks to Parker Sanitary Pumping in Wrentham Ma.
Additional Bonus awards for the May 28th Allan Cantor Memorial races and the sponsor of that award:
Hard Luck Award
NEMA $100.00- Advanced Auto Parts. NEMA Lites $100.00 The D’Amaro Family Manorville NY
Hard Charger Award
NEMA $100.00 Johns Fuel Oil, Holtsville NY. NEMA Lites $100.00 Myracenews.com
Best Appearing Car
NEMA $100.00 Francis & Rosemary McGuire, Huntington Station, NEMA Lites $100.0 The Grande Family, Long Island NY
Mechanic of the Race
NEMA $200.00, NEMA Lites $200.00 The Salvesen/Cantor/DeMonte Families
Leader of Lap 7
NEMA $100.00, NEMA Lites $100.00 The Salvesen/Cantor/DeMonte Families
All those awards add up to a total of $2,700.00 in bonus money that will be handed out at the end of the evening .
Joining the NEMA and NEMA Lites will be the Vintage midgets who will be on display and on the track. Regular Saturday night divisions of Tour modifieds, Crate modifieds and the INEX Legends round out the racing card. Also Saturday will be the annual Wall of Fame ceremony, the 2016 additions to the wall will be Steve Tooker, John Ambrose Sr. and Chris Young.
Come out to Riverhead Raceway this Saturday and be part of this special evening. Spectator gates open at 4:00 with heats at 4:30 and features at 6:00PM.