The 2009 NEMA Awards Banquet -
NEMA ROOKIE of the YEAR
|Chris poses with
NEMA President Mike Scrivani after receiving the
NEMA Ed Clotheir Rookie of the Year Award at the NEMA Banquet at
White's of Westport in Westport, MA on November 21st.
At right, Chris shows off the trophy for his 5th place in the 2009 Drivers
The 2009 Thompson World Series -
event of the 2009 NEMA season was a difficult one to get in.
Rain on the initial weekend forced the postponement by a week up
to Oct. 24 & 25. But again rain was a factor and all the
qualifying and several features were rained out on Saturday the
24th. In anticipation of the Saturday rain, NEMA had dropped it
prohibition of Friday practice, and the Power Point Race Cars
#99 made several productive rounds of practice on the 23rd to
let Chris settle in to the big, super fast 5/8 mile Thompson
Plan (by now) "C" was to cram all the races into Sunday and give
just a little practice to some of the groups, mainly the open
wheelers like the Midgets. Therefore the NEMAs went out onto the
track for a short hot laps session before the Mini Stocks and
then pulled into the infield pits during the Mini Stock feature.
Final checks and adjustments were permitted during this period,
as well as consultation with some of the veterans for last
Still in the initial handicapping period for switching to a new
car, Chris once again started towards the rear, this time in
15th out of 18 cars which would take the green.
At the green Chris began his move through the pack. Taking
advantage of the restarts after two yellows, Chris had the #99
to 7th and a couple of cars in his sights when the motor started
to overheat. Backing off to give the Mazda motor a break, Chris
settled in for the final laps to finish in 7th.
And with the checkers Chris is no longer a NEMA rookie and now
has experience on all the tracks that make up the NEMA tour.
The 2009 NEMA points standings show Chris in 5th place in the
Drivers Standings, just behind a remarkable group of
hard-charging Midget veterans.
The Owner Points are complicated by the new Spike chassis
starting off fresh and receiving its own points. But if one
the points earned by both of the #99s this season, the tally
would also slot into 5th place.
So the 2009 NEMA season concludes
with Chris posting a strong performance that is remarkable for a
rookie and which will be
recognized at the NEMA Awards Banquet coming up at White's of
Westport in Westport, MA on November 21st.
The 2009 DAV Fall Classic -
|Early morning cold temps and a slippery
track for some of the sessions were challenges faced at the DAV
Memorial named for the D. Anthony Venditti, the builder and
promoter of Seekonk Speedway from 1945 until his death in 1991.
Chris raced to a 6th in the second heat on Saturday for a
starting spot of 12th in the 25 lap feature on Sunday afternoon.
The action was hot and heavy and the #99 was gaining positions
when a late race spin across the bumps entering turn 3 put Chris
to the tail. After the restart, Chris could only get up to 16th
in the closing laps.
Twin State Speedway - "Open Wheel
Sunday" - Sun. 10/4
The New Spike
Chassis/Mazda Engine black carbon fiber bodied
NEMA #99 Midget Made Its Debut at Twin State on Sun. 10/4.
- Raced to a 7th place in the rain & wreck shortened 19 lap feature.
Full race coverage at
The Stealth/Mazda Midget at Stafford
Speedway on July 11th, 2009