LEE, N.H. — Dedicating the performance to his gravely ill stepfather Joe DeMonte, Adam Cantor dominated the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Ass’n feature Friday night at Lee USA Speedway.
Driving a new Reider chassis No. 33 in honor of DeMonte for only the second time, the Long Islander led every circuit and won by almost half a lap.
After a series of early restart challenges from Todd Bertand (Bertrand 39), Cantor, who started second, took the lead for good on lap nine and romped to victory. “Finally got rid of the bugs,” understated Cantor whose feature efforts followed an equally dominating heat triumph.
Coming from the eighth starting spot, point leader John Zych Jr., (Zych 9) took second place from Bertrand with a daring move in turn one with 11 laps gone. Bertrand held on for third with Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) and Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) completing the top five.
It was an emotional win, DeMonte a valued member of the Cantor crew. “He was always there to help me,” Cantor said. The win, he added, “helps sooth what is a tough time for all of us.
The final restart marked the seventh time Cantor bested Bertrand. “You just got to figure out what you did the last time to beat him,” he explained. Each time Cantor, who was concerned with it becoming “the 24 hours of Lee,” left no doubt about his dominance.
Carl Modeiros Jr. won the NEMA Lites feature.
Adam Cantor, John Zych Jr., Todd Bertrand, Russ Stoehr, Randy Cabral, Seth Carlson, Jim Miller, Mike Horn, Bethany Stoehr, Greg Stoehr, Joey Payne, Barry Kittredge, Paul Scally, James Santa Maria, Lanson Fornoro.