Cabral First NEMA Two-Timer This Year
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Defending Northeastern Midget champion and current point leader Randy Cabral ended the streak at 10, capturing Sunday’s 30-lap NEMA feature at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
The streak of NEMA having no double winners reached double figures Saturday night with Anthony Nocella’s triumph.
Coming from the seventh starting spot, Cabral took command with a daring outside move around Greg Stoehr five laps into Sunday’s event. He went on to finish ahead of Stoehr, Nocella, Mike Ordway and Maine stock car standout Trevor Sanborn.
Cabral joked in victory lane, pointing out he, unlike Nocella, “was able to drive to victory lane.” Nocella indeed walked there on Saturday night, a flat right rear causing him to spin just a few yards after taking the checkered.
“It was one of those you hope it’s going to stick deals,” said Cabral of his winning move. It was his 33rd career victory, tying him with Bill Eldridge for fifth on the all-time NEMA win list.
Cabral lined up beside Stoehr following the only caution on lap five. Stoehr got the jump but Cabral went to the outside and exited two with the edge.
He opened up a five car length only to have Stoehr, who had the fastest lap (13.446), battle back. They actually touched on the backstretch on lap 24, Stoehr dropping back after that and finishing just over a second behind Cabral.
In NEMA Lites competition, Alan Chambers beat Danny Cugini by less than half a car length in a sizzling display. Both drivers came back from disqualifications on Saturday.
Behind by three quarters of a straightaway at the halfway point, Cugini rallied over the final circuits, his last-ditch dive to the inside of Chambers falling .046 of a second short.