Horn Takes Command In NEMA Fight
STAFFORD, Conn. — Taking command with nine laps remaining, Mike Horn went on to win the 30-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Stafford Motor Speedway’s Carquest Super Saturday.
It was the second career win for the second-generation driver.
Horn, who started fifth, bested Erica Santos (Breault 44) on the third and final restart. The winning pass actually resulted in the third yellow. Sitting second since lap 19, Horn went by the only other leader, a sputtering Anthony Marvuglio (Bordeau 38), in turn three.
Starting second, Marvuglio had survived a couple of restarts and had a commanding lead until fuel problems (he was running out) slowed him with 11 remaining. Horn caught and passed him. There was, however, contact resulting in Marvuglio spinning up the track and collecting third and fourth-place runners Randy Cabral and Russ Stoehr.
Santos, in her first midget ride in two years was second. Jim Miller (Miller 3m) won a battle with John Zych Jr. (Zych 9) for third with Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) fifth.
Closing on the slowing Marvuglio, Horn went to the outside.
“At the speed he was going, I thought I absolutely had him cleared by plenty,” he said. After Horn moved back into the low groove, Marvuglio appeared to surge forward and make contact.
It was the second straight heartbreaking result for Marvuglio who was robbed of victory at Waterford Speedbowl earlier this year by a flat tire. He took the lead with a daring move into three on lap one and was quickly in a dominating position, his 17.582 on lap five the fastest of the race.
Mike Horn, Erica Santos, Jim Miller, John Zych Jr., Greg Stoehr, Paul Scally, Lee Bundy, Andy Barrows, Bethany Stoehr, Anthony Marvuglio, Randy Cabral, Russ Stoehr, Anthony Nocella, Brandon Igo, Jim Santa Maria, Todd Bertrand, Ryan Preece, Seth Carlson, Brian Cleveland, Frank Swan, Todd Bertrand, Doug Cleveland, Glen Cabral.