The 2016 Jim O'Brien Memorial Race
$1,225 of $5,000 goal
Jim O'Brien Memorial Race
September 3, 2016
New London Waterford Speedbowl
On Saturday September 3rd, the Northeastern Midget Association will invade the New London Waterford Speedbowl for the fourth time this season. Usually when NEMA heads to this track, the press releases are filled with talk of the mighty midgets of NEMA looking to break track records, however on this night, the NEMA Lites will take center stage for the first Jim O'Brien Memorial Race.
Jim O'Brien was a legendary car owner and club officer, who for a span of four decades personified the best of NEMA. At a very young age, he was introduced to the Midgets by his father and in 1970, joined the NEMA family as a car owner. He earned feature wins with Johnny Evans, driving his Falcon powered Kurtis, and Doug Cleveland who powered to victory in his home built “Pink Panther” laydown chassis. In 1975 he won the Coca‐Cola dirt track championship with Hank Stevens at the wheel. Jim was an innovative fabricator and engine builder and with his sons by his side, he always built his own cars and motors. For years he served as a NEMA contest board member, once a vice‐president, and for 13 consecutive years as the treasurer. His life‐long dedication to the club was truly outstanding and in 2003, he was inducted into the NEMA Hall of Fame. However, most notably Jim was always one that stood‐up and fought for fair competition and defended the “little guy” – racers who ran with small budgets.
In the same spirit of Jim O’Brien, the NEMA Lites were created with two principals ‐ cost effectiveness and fair competition. While the NEMA midgets are considered the fastest midgets in the world, the NEMA Lites boast to be “lite” on the wallet, making them the perfect fit to highlight the Jim O'Brien memorial race.
Sponsor Laps $25 each
Bronze Sponsor $100-$249
Silver Sponsor $250-$499
Gold Sponsor $500+
Check out www.midgetracers.com/memorial.html for more details.