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The “Boston” Louie Seymour Memorial Classic is an annual event hosted by the Seymour Family and a host of sponsors held in honor of legendary car owner "Boston" Louie Seymour.

Nicknamed “the man who traveled a million miles”, the transcontinental journeys of Louie a.k.a. “Boston’’ Louie found him in victory lanes throughout the country with such distinguished drivers as Ken Schrader. The accolades, most notably in United States Auto Club (USAC) events, brought notoriety not only to his team’s accomplishments but also open-wheel racing in the northeast.

Always a fierce competitor, Louie may have been most admired for his unwavering commitment to his family, friends, and fellow competitors. Today his family continues his tradition as goodwill ambassadors to midget racing.

Bertrand, Stergios Claim Prestigious
Boston Louie Memorial Wins
Thursday night's NEMA Boston Louie Memorial Classic did not disappoint any of the 4000+ fans in attendance at Seekonk, MA Speedway and turned out to be the perfect event for NEMA's second nationally televised races in its 61 year history. Both the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites provided all the action and drama a spectator or viewer could want and brought an impressive field of nearly fifty cars from up and down the East Coast to Seekonk Speedway.

The season's largest field of midgets turned out for the series' most prestigious race of the season. Something the late "Boston" Louie Seymour - the "man who traveled a million miles" would have been proud of.

In the NEMA event, pole sitter Jim Santa Maria jumped out into an early lead. He was quickly pursued by reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, Doug Coby - in the Bertrand Motorports #74. Coby, a heat winner, looked to catch Santa Maria in lapped traffic on the tenth circuit, but then began fading, with what ended up being a mechanical issue that ended his night later in the race.

Eleven laps in, Coby was overtaken by 5 time champion and defending race winner, Randy Cabral, and then Cabral quickly moved by Santa Maria into the lead. Further back, Todd Bertrand in the Bertrand Motorsports #39, was making a charge to the front. He moved into second on the fourteenth circuit, and began to chop away at Cabral's ten car length lead.

Bertrand's break came when the caution would fly with six laps remaining.
"I had been running the high line, letting the car 'float' through the corners, and saving my tires. I saw Randy haze the right rear tire a few times, and knew if he kept doing that, I'd have a good shot," said Bertrand.

And a shot he did have. When the green flag flew, Bertrand rocketed by Cabral for the lead, and set a blistering pace over the final circuits, turning in an amazing 11.03 fast lap of the day on the 26th lap. He went on to claim a prestigious and impressive victory over Cabral, and John Zych, who also had a very strong run in the JZ Racing #9. Avery Stoehr and former race champion Jeff Abold rounded out the top five.

"This is like a dream come true," said Bertrand. "I can't believe we are here in victory lane. The car was absolutely perfect today, and we got some good breaks. I can't thank my Dad, brother, and girlfriend (Mariah) enough for all they do to get me here to victory lane," he concluded.

In the Lites race, defending race champion PJ Stergios started the race from the pole, but didn't have an easy task at hand. He jumped out into the lead early, but his day didn't start with a perfect car.

"We struggled all day with a tight car. We made some really big changes before the feature to try to free the car up, and they worked out perfect," he said.

Stergios fended off a strong field of 26 competitors over three restarts through out the course of the feature.

An impressive run was put forth by Dylan Duhaime, who chased Stergios home in second, and also started deep in the field, in thirteenth spot.

"We discovered that the shock tower on the car was cracked right before practice. We were going to go home, and Bobby Seymour came over and didn't want to hear it. The Keith Rocco team helped us fix the car in the pits, and we made it out for the second practice. The car was loose, but fast," he went on to say.

Duhaime's break came with three laps to go, running fourth, when second and third place runners Randy Cabral and Richie Morrocco came together trying to get around a lapped car, and brought out the caution.

On the restart, Stergios held off Duhaime and claimed the victory. Ryan Bigelow had an exceptional run for a podium finish in third, followed by Anthony Payne, who also had a great run from deep in the field. Jim Chambers rounded out the top five.

“The Louie,” A Showcase of Talent
A brief overview of Boston Louie history follows.

1997 – The championship-bound Russ Stoehr and Bruce Beane won the first Boston Louie, besting legend Nokie Fornoro, the latter driving for the Scally family.

1998 – Another championship bound team, Drew Fornoro and Gene Angelillo prevailed besting Bobby Seymour. It was the first of three Louie victories for Angelillo.

1999 – A perfect night for Louie Seymour’s boys, Bobby, in the Scrivani #9, besting Mike in the Tapply #8.

2000 – Driving a car older than he was – the family #35 – Randy Cabral collected his first-ever NEMA checkered (he now has 33) with a convincing win over Nokie Fornoro.

2001 – Driving Babe Shaw’s 1s, Jeff Horn started eighth, had the lead by lap two and beat Russ Stoehr by a comfortable margin.

2002 – Moving to Waterford Speedbowl, 16-year old Bobby Santos III, driving a Seymour/Scrivani maintained car, scored his first “big” win. The winning pass – going under Tim Bertrand in turns three and four – came with 13 laps remaining.

2003 – Win number one for Payne and two for Angelillo came after Randy Cabral’s car was judged “too wide.”

2004 – Ben Seitz (Valeri 17) chased down Payne, took the lead with nine left and then survived a late restart challenge. Seitz and Valeri went on to the championships.

2005 – Back at Seekonk, Joey Payne took advantage of a lap 23 caution to pass Jeff Horn and become the first two-time winner. It was the third Louie for Angelillo.

2006 – It was Nokie’s turn and he wired it in the Jarret #4, finishing far ahead of Payne.

2007 – Seitz joined the two win club. Although he led every lap, Seitz had to beat back challenges from both Nokie Fornoro and Payne in the closing laps.

2008 – The Cabral/Bertrand team, with a motor borrowed from the Santos team, started eighth, had the lead by lap three and won by less than a car length over a very young Jeff Abold in a Seymour car. Bobby Santos III was third. Shaun Gosselin was the first “Louie” Lites winner.

2009 – The first of three straight wins for the Abold/Seymour team. After posting a blistering 10.859 in time trials, Abold came from the 16th starting spot and passed Cole Carter, driving for Bertrand, on lap 18. Anthony Marvuglio, in the Cabral 35, scored an emotional Lites win.

2010 – Starting 14th, Abold needed only 10 laps to grab the lead and then beat back a late challenge from Cabral. It was a sweep for the Seymours, Anthony Nocella winning the Lites event.

2011 – Setting fast time for the third straight year, Abold needed 19 laps to grab the lead and again beat back Cabral threats in the closing laps. David Moniz ruled the Lites feature.

2012 – Race cancelled due to weather

2013 – Doug Coby, in only his third Northeastern Midget Association ride, added the Boston Louie Memorial. The National NASCAR Whelen Modified champion got by Bertrand Racing teammate Randy Cabral with four laps remaining in the 29-lap event.

2014 – Randy Cabral over Todd Bertrand in the Midgets. PJ Stergios takes his second win in the Lites. Speed Sport Magazine covers the show for MAV TV.

2015 – Todd Bertrand beats teammate Randy Cabral. In the Lites, PJ Stergios scores his third in a row Boston Louie win.
Boston Louie Results - 1997 to 2015
1997: 1. Russ Stoehr (Beane #26), 2. Nokie Fornoro, 3. Mike Seymour,
4. Drew Fornoro, 5. Babe Shaw

1998: 1. Drew Fornoro (Angelillo #45), 2. Bobby Seymour, 3. Mark Buonomo,
4. Russ Stoehr, 5. Ed Breault

1999: 1 Bobby Seymour (Seymour #9), 2. Mike Seymour, 3. Drew Fornoro,
4. Russ Stoehr, 5. Rudy Boetticher

2000: 1. Randy Cabral (Cabral #35), 2. Nokie Fornoro, 3. Joey Payne,
4. Jeff Horn, 5. Ryan King

2001: 1. Jeff Horn (Shaw #1s), 2. Russ Stoehr, 3. Drew Fornoro,
4. Mark Buonomo, 5. Kevin Weeks

2002: 1. Bobby Santos (Scravani #9), 2. Tim Bertrand, 3. Randy Cabral,
4. Howie Bumpus, 5. Russ Stoehr

2003: 1 Joey Payne (Angelillo #45), 2. Ben Seitz, 3. Sean Caisse,
4. Tim Heath, 5. Glen Cabral

2004: 1. Ben Seitz (Valeri #17), 2. Joey Payne, 3. Randy Cabral,
4. Bobby Santos, 5. Mark Buonomo

2005: 1. Joey Payne (Angelillo #45), 2. Jeff Horn, 3. Ben Seitz,
4. Chris Perley, 5. Erin Crocker

2006: 1. Nokie Fornoro (Jarret #4), 2. Joey Payne, 3. Bobby Santos III,
4. Jeff Horn, 5. Randy Cabral

2007: 1. Ben Seitz (Valeri #17), 2. Joey Payne, 3. Nokie Fornoro,
4. Adam Cantor, 5. Shane Hammond

2008: 1. Randy Cabral (Bertrand #47), 2. Jeff Abold, 3. Bobby Santos,
4. Jeremy Frankowski, 5. Joey Payne

2008 LITES: 1. Shaun Gosselin (Gosselin #26), 2. Nicholas Ribbe, 3. Jesse State,
4. PR Stergios, 5. Anthony Marvuglio.

2009: 1. Jeff Abold (Seymour #29), 2. Cole Carter, 3. Nokie Fornoro,
4. William Wall, 5. Randy Cabral.

2009 LITES: 1. Anthony Marvuglio (Cabral #35), 2. Shaun Gosselin, 3. Stephanie Doty, 4. Joe Mikitarian, 5. Jake Smith.

2010: 1. Jeff Abold (Seymour #4), 2. Randy Cabral, 3. Russ Stoehr,
4. Chris deRitis, 5. Aaron Wall.

2010 LITES: 1. Anthony Nocella (Seymour #29), 2. Andy Barrows, 3. Randy Cabral,
4. Eddie LeClerc Jr., 5. Russ Wood Jr.

2011: 1. Jeff Abold (Seymour #4), 2. Randy Cabral, 3. Greg Stoehr,
4. Anthony Nocella, 5. Barry Kittredge.

2011 LITES: 1. David Moniz (Moniz #18), 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Anthony Nocella,
4. Jim Santa Maria, 5. Carl Medeiros Jr.

2012: Cancelled Due to Weather

2013: 1. Doug Colby (Bertrand #74), 2. Randy Cabral, 3. John Zych Jr.,
4. Ian Cumens, 5. Todd Bertrand

2013 Lites: 1. PJ Stergios (Stergios #11), 2. Andy Barrows, 3. Anthony Nocella,
4. Ian Cumens, 5. Avery Stoehr

2014: 1. Randy Cabral (Bertrand #47), 2. Todd Bertrand, 3. Avery Stoehr
4. Paul Scally, 5. Seth Carlson

2014 Lites: 1. PJ Stergios (Stergios #11), 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Jake Smith,
4. Adam Pierson, 5. Ryan Krachun

2015: 1. Toddd Bertrand (Bertrand #39), 2. Randy Cabral, 3. John Zych Jr.,
4. Avery Stoehr, 5. Jeff Abold

2015 Lites: 1. PJ Stergios (Stergios #11), 2. Dylan Duhaime, 3. Ryan Bigelow,
4. Anthony Payne, 5. Jim Chambers