Randy Cabral put on a duel with John Zych that left fans on their feet as Cabral took down the Northeastern Midget Association victory at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this past Wednesday. It was the first stop of the season for the full size NEMA cars at TSMP, the second being the season ending World Series of Racing. For Cabral, it was his fourteenth win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, extending his lead on the all time win list.
When the field came down to the green flag, Doug Cleveland and Bethany Stoehr raced into turn one for the top spot. Disaster struck on lap four bringing out the red flag, when Seth Carlson and Avery Stoehr tangled racing for position on the back stretch. Stoehr’s Bertrand Motorsports #39 rode the back stretch wall nearly exiting the racing surface, while Carlson’s Feigel Motorsports #71 impacted the back stretch wall hard, destroying the car. Both drivers were able to walk away un injured.
When the green flag flew on the next restart, twelfth place starter Randy Cabral who had sliced his way through the field from twelfth place, rocketed into the lead. Quickly, John Zych in the JZ Motorsports #9 began haunting Cabral. The duo raced side by side for a number of laps, as Zych could not quite muster up enough to get by the veteran Cabral. Further back, eleventh place starter, Kyle Hamilton in the Bertrand #47 had worked his way past Jim Chambers into the third spot.
As the laps wound down, Zych’s #9 machine began to over heat, and expired on the last lap, with Cabral pulling away for the victory. Hamilton would finish second, followed by Chambers, Mike Horn, Bethany Stoehr, Todd Bertrand, Paul Scally, John Zych, Doug Cleveland and Alan Chambers.
“We have really found a few things on this 74 car that has it working to my liking the last few races,” said Cabral. “I’ve run the bottom groove here for years, but this car seems to really like the top and we had it working good up there tonight. I knew John was there, but also knew that if I could keep my momentum up, it would be hard for him to get by,” said Cabral.
NEMA returns to Thompson at the World Series of Speedway Racing in October.