Payne Powers To NEMA Glory
WINCHESTER, N.H. — Joey Payne inherited the lead with four laps left and went on to win the Northeastern Midget Ass’n’s Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway. It was Payne’s first win since 2008.
Driving the new Breault No. 44, he took command when John Zych Jr. (Zych 9), who had led since lap 13, spun to avoid another car. Zych had a seven car-length lead at the time.
The early leader, Payne had to beat back a late single-file restart challenge from Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) before claiming his 21st career NEMA win. In a late second-turn challenge, Greg Stoehr bobbled enough for brother Russ (Dumo’s Desire 45) to claim second. Seth Carlson (Feigel 71) and Ian Cumens (Seymour 29s) filled out the top five.
“We got lucky tonight,” summed up Payne, pointing out it came down to Zych “choosing the wrong lane” evading a spinning car. “We were catching him in traffic and it would have been interesting.”
The race was seven laps old before it really started, five cautions plaguing the early going. At that point Greg Stoehr, who started 15th, was fourth. Zych was seventh. Defending champ Randy Cabral was “out” at that point, a victim of NEMA’s two-spin rule.
Payne, whose last win came at Monadnock, did get away from Paul Scally and establish a lead on a lap seven restart. Zych caught him four laps later. “I followed Joey for two or three laps and then decided to go for it,” said Zych who had the fastest lap (12.042) on the 14th circuit.
Joey Payne, Russ Stoehr, Greg Stoehr, Seth Carlson, Ian Cumens, Jim Chambers, Todd Bertrand, Paul Scally, John Zych Jr., Avery Stoehr, Ryan Bigelow, Doug Cleveland, Bethany Stoehr, Matt O’Brien, Anthony Marvuglio, Randy Cabral.