"SHANE RACE FOR FUN" - NOV. 29th
Jenn Jaffres Kodak Gallery of F1
|Thank you one and
all for participating in the First Annual Shane Race for Fun in
November 2008 at F1.
It was a huge success. I learned
that many of us are procrastinators as I only had 35 racers 10
days prior to the event. The word got out and WOW did things
change in a hurry, 88 racers suited up. There were laughs,
racing, billiards, food, conversation with old and new friends &
last but not least - penalties ....gee didn't those flagmen know
we are professionals!! LOL
I need to thank all those who
volunteered there time, efforts & materials & those who donated
raffle items. To my friends & family , thanks for putting up
with me getting this first event underway.
Deb Marvuglio & family
Randy Cabral's Win at Waterford - for
The #47 Parked in Turn Three at
Thompson - for Shane
In victory, Plymouth driver pays tribute to
By MARC ALLARD
Posted Jul 11, 2008 @ 06:27 AM
THOMPSON, Conn. —
Randy Cabral had
to run to victory lane last Thursday night at Thompson
With his Northeast Midget Association race car parked along
the wall at the third turn.
It wasn’t because it had stalled there — it was intentional.
What followed brought tears to even some of the hardiest
fans in the crowd.
The Plymouth, Mass., driver took the time offered him by
Thompson Speedway on the track microphone to pay tribute to
his friend and fellow NEMA racer, Shane Hammond.
The 27-year-old from Halifax, Mass., lost his life on that
very same turn almost three months to the day that Cabral
captured his 16th career victory.
“It was the last place that we were together and I knew if I
ever won a race here, that I was going to park there,”
Cabral said. “It’s real emotional because Shane loved this
place, loved the people, loved the staff and loved
everything about Thompson.”
FULL STORY HERE
Pete Falconi, NEMA Announcer
|This sport that we love so
much, this thing that is so entrenched in our hearts and souls,
has now hurt our hearts and taken a piece of our souls. Some of
the attraction of this sport that occupies many of our days and
nights are the personalities of the people involved, the
interests that we share, the camaraderie of the competitors, the
spirited competition and the overall thrill that is auto racing.
A good part of that thrill is the danger associated with the
event itself. There isn’t a driver whose adrenaline isn’t fueled
by the risk they take every time they strap themselves into the
car. That risk and the element of danger is part of what brings
us back week in and week out, puts spectators in the stands and
provides the excitement that consumes so much of our lives. Love
it as much as we do, we hate it when it takes one of our own.
Shane Hammond was a colorful kid, warm and friendly with a great
smile and pleasant attitude. He was a racer’s racer. He never
complained, he listened a lot, a true professional, a gentleman
and a friend to everyone he raced with. He could turn the
wrenches and was admired for his mechanical abilities. He was
good on the track, too. One of those drivers that week in and
week out was in contention, and more often than not we said
“he’s due for a trip to victory lane.” Often times we were
surprised that he didn’t post a podium finish and be back at the
start/finish line after the race to celebrate with some of the
more experienced drivers like Joey, Nokie, Randy, Greg and Ben.
He certainly was on par with those guys. Many of the times he
didn’t post a top three finish it was no fault of his. It was
mechanical problems or he just didn’t get the break he needed to
get to the front. Even though he wasn’t there in front of the
crowd getting his picture taken at the end of the race, he never
showed an ounce of discouragement. Right back at it next week,
listening, asking questions, trying harder. Shane was a racer’s
racer, a role model to the incoming rookies and sophomores of
NEMA. He was part of that new breed of midget drivers that have
been putting NEMA on the map lately; destined for greatness in
open wheel racing.
Now we try to make sense of a devastating tragedy like this.
Why? Why Shane? Why NEMA? Why now? If there is even the
slightest consolation, we have to remember that death is at the
doorstep for all of us. We can’t predict when we will be called,
only the Good Lord can make that decision. We can only hope and
pray that we will be one of the fortunate ones that are called
to Eternal Life while doing something that we truly enjoy,
something that is our love and passion. If there is a final gift
on this earth, it is that.
The Northeastern Midget Association will go on in our 56th
season. We’ll gather at the track and continue the spirited
competitiveness, maintain that special camaraderie and live the
thrill of the sport that is so close to our hearts. But our
hearts will be heavy and it won’t be the same for awhile.
There’ll be a hole in the line-up, an absent smile, a great
competitor, a friend, a racer’s racer will be missing. Have the
faith that he will be with us in spirit at the track every week.
He’ll be in the pits and at the drivers’ meetings. In spirit he
will ride with you, the drivers, for each and every lap and he
will be in victory lane to celebrate right alongside you.
God rest Shane’s soul and God ease the pain of Shane’s family
and friends and of the wonderful people that are The
Northeastern Midget Association.