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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"
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.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
NEMA ROLLS INTO SEEKONK FOR
LOUIE SEYMOUR MEMORIAL
Eighteen years ago the Northeast Midget
Association held its first Boston Louie Seymour Memorial
at Seekonk Speedway, and it rapidly became a signature
event for midget racing in the northeast. On July 23 the
NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will invade Seekonk Speedway
again for Open Wheel Wednesday, joining the Modifieds
for a night of record breaking lap speeds and three
This year’s Boston Louie will be special as Ralph
Sheheen and the crew of MAVTV’s SpeedSport Magazine show
will be on site to film the 29 lap event for broadcast
on August 14. For co-founders Mike and Bobby Seymour,
the broadcast of their father’s race brings the legacy
of Boston Louie Seymour full circle. For years Boston
Louie towed the family’s Sprint Car to the Midwest to
race with USAC’s finest, and in 1976 with Billy Casella
the team won the USAC Silver Crown championship.
“From 1971 to 1980,” said Bobby, “ABC’s Wide World of
Sports broadcast USAC Sprint Cars from Terre Haute, and
our car won the first year, the second year, and the
last year.” That exposure, said Seymour, helped propel
his father to a national stage.
Asked if he thought the race would grow to the size and
stature it has, Seymour responded, “In some ways, yes,
and in some ways no. I never thought we’d get a TV deal.
But I knew a lot of people in the Midwest were behind it
because of his notoriety. You’ve got to work it all the
time, and that’s what we do now. There’s a lot of
history there but there are fans who weren’t even born
when my father was racing. That’s when I show them the
Wide World of Sports clip.”
Coming on board for corporate sponsorship this year is
Acquia, A Burlington, MA commercial open source software
company. Other associate sponsors also on board will
help make the Boston Louie one of the best paying shows
on the NEMA calendar.
In addition to NEMA regulars like Randy Cabral, Todd
Bertrand, and Avery and Bethany Stoehr, the NEMA field
will see former Whelen Modified Tour champions Doug Coby
and red hot Bobby Santos seeking to repeat their own
Boston Louie wins. Coby is the defending champion of the
race and will drive for Tim Bertrand, while Santos won
the race in 2002 and will drive the car normally driven
by John Zych. Santos comes to Seekonk off of wins in the
USAC Silver Crown Series in St. Louis, and a last lap
pass at New Hampshire International in the Modifieds.
NEMA Lites will be represented by P.J. Stergios, Paul
Bigelow, Anthony Nocella and rookie Anthony “The
Tornado” Payne. Overall Bobby Seymour is expecting a
record turnout for the event.
“Between the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites,” said
Seymour, we’re expecting between forty and fifty cars.
Given the way things are in racing, I’d say that is
2014 Boston Louie Memorial
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NEMA LITES Feature Sponsors
Ontario Hay Sales
Seekonk Grand Prix
Seekonk , MA
Dr. James Cataldo
NEMA LITES Hard Charger Award
Hard Charger Award
LITES Heat Sponsors
Fall River, MA
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Louie,” A Showcase of Talent
|A brief overview of Boston Louie history
1997 – The championship-bound Russ Stoehr and
Bruce Beane won the first Boston Louie, besting
legend Nokie Fornoro, the latter driving for the
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
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
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
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.
Boston Louie Results - 1997 to 2011
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.
2009: 1. Jeff Abold (Seymour #29),
2. Cole Carter, 3. Nokie Fornoro,
4. William Wall, 5. Randy Cabral.
2008 LITES: 1. Shaun Gosselin
(Gosselin #26), 2. Nicholas Ribbe, 3. Jesse State,
4. PR Stergios, 5. Anthony Marvuglio.
2009 LITES: 1. Anthony Marvuglio
(Cabral #35), 2. Shaun Gosselin, 3. Stephanie Doty,
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