Ryan Bigelow wasn’t even supposed to run the Northeastern Midget Association race at the Waterford Speedbowl (CT) on Sunday. He was supposed to run the NEMA Lites race instead. But then his family decided to change things up and he raced his brother’s No. 99 Midget.

 

He didn’t just click off some laps. He wheeled it right into victory lane for his first ever NEMA win.

 

“My brother Paul was supposed to drive the car today,” said Bigelow. “At 11am this morning he said ‘It’s yours for the day.'”

 

Jim SantaMaria dominated the early stages of the race. He led from the drop of the green flag right up until he spun out on the exit of turn two with 10 laps to go.

 

That handed the lead over to Bigelow. He had to hold off Avery Stoehr on the restart, but then he just drove away from the rest of the field. Bigelow beat Todd Bertrand to the checkered flag by over a straightaway. The exact margin of victory was 1.519 seconds over Bertrand.

 

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” said Bigelow afterwards. “It doesn’t even feel right. I still can’t believe we are here.”

 

-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Regional Editor (Long Island, CT and NJ) -Twitter: @RobBlount

-Feature Photo: Speed51.com.

 

Unofficial Results:
1) Ryan Bigelow
2) Todd Bertrand
3) Avery Stoehr
4) John Zych Jr.
5) Seth Carlson
6) Randy Cabral
7) Dan Cugini
8) Jim Chambers
9) Paul Scally
10) Jim SantaMaria
11) Pete Pernesiglio
12) Russ Stoehr
13) Alan Chambers
14) Doug Cleavland
15) Kevin Park
16) Ian Cumens
17) Kenny Johnson
18) Bethany Stoehr
19) Doug Coby

Bigelow Gets the Call that Leads to NEMA Win at Waterford