Winged midget racing returns to Airborne

PLATTSBURGH – The Northeast Midget Association midgets make their first appearance in 41 years Saturday at Airborne Speedway as a part of the track’s 60th anniversary season.

NEMA Midget cars are open-cockpit, winged race cars that dyno 400 horsepower, weigh 900 pounds and run a 12-inch right rear wheel. The NEMA Midget Lites also weigh 1150 pounds and are powered by Ford Focus or GM Ecotec 2.2 liter 4-cylinder engines.

The Midgets have made eight appearances in 2013 and seven different winners have resulted. The only repeat winner has been point leader John Zych Jr. of Mendon, Mass.

Todd Bertrand (-34), rookie Ian Cumens (-73), Russ Stoehr (-112) hold spots three through five in NEMA points. The top five all have convincing big track resumes including Stafford Speedway (Conn.) winner Zych. Although NEMA has not run Airborne in 40-plus years, most competitors are comparing it to Stafford where Cabral and Stoehr have both won in the past.

With a win at Waterford Speedbowl last Saturday, Anthony Marvuglio has climbed to seventh in the driver standings. Marvuglio will again drive the Bertrand 74 which now sits fifth in owner points.

Airborne’s Limited Late Model, Sportsman Modified, Renegade and Mini Modified divisions will also be in action. Robin Wood of Plattsburgh leads Jamy Begor of Mooers in the Limited Late Model standings by six points (482-476). Bucko Branham is in third place (442).

Post time is 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.