Story By: TIM BERTRAND / NEMA – SEEKONK, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association has announced today that the annual Boston Louie Memorial will return to Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
The International Supermodified Association will join the NEMA midgets and NEMA Lites on the card in what will be a spectacular Open Wheel Show. NASCAR star Ken Schrader has also announced his return to the racing card at Seekonk.
The race, one of the most coveted of the NEMA season, is in memory of legendary car owner Louie Seymour. Seymour, a Marlboro, Mass., native, died in 1996. He began in racing in the Midwestern-based USAC Silver Crown division, earning the nickname “Boston Louie” from fans and competitors who connected him with the capital of his home state. As a car owner, Seymour had more than 50 drivers in his equipment, including NASCAR star, Ken Schrader. Known as the “man who traveled a million miles,” many legends of Silver Crown racing drove for Seymour, including Rich Volger, Gary Bettenhausen, Sheldon Kinser and Joe Saldana.
“If you have any open cockpit [racing] history, you understand just where ‘Boston’ Louie Seymour stands,” said six time champion Randy Cabral. “To win a race with that name on it is very, very special and to have won it multiple times is even more special,” said Cabral.
Making the race even more special, is the continued tradition and partnership with Seekonk Speedway. The first officially sanctioned NEMA race took place at the famed Seekonk, on May 30, 1953. Sixty eight years later, the midgets now storm around the banked, round oval in the low 11 second range.
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to continue the tradition of the Boston Louie on a midweek race. NEMA always brings great talent and puts on an exciting race that brings out all the great aspects of Midget racing. The Speedway has has a long running great partnership with NEMA and looks forward to being as part of their racing program for years to come. The return of the ISMA Supermodifeds on this new event just adds to the excitement,” said Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development at Seekonk.
“We are very excited to continue our partnership with Seekonk,” said NEMA President, Tim Bertrand. “Seekonk is and always has been the ideal track for the midgets – fast, wide, and combines handling with driver skill more than anything else,” said Bertrand. “We’re excited to be back, and thank Ed and the entire Seekonk family for having us.”