Third ISMA Win of the Year, Second Victory in Last Three Starts
INNISFIL, ONTARIO, Canada (August 17, 2014) - Jon McKennedy relied on taking good notes from his visit at Sunset Speedway in 2013 to pick up his third ISMA Supermodified Series win Sunday afternoon at the Innisfil, Ontario oval.
McKennedy overcame suspension issues in Friday night's ISMA event at Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario and rain storms that pushed Saturday's race at Sunset to Sunday in order to score the victory.
"The car was working really good, and it made it really easy to pass," said McKennedy, who started ninth and took the lead from Dan Bowes shortly after the halfway point of the 75-lap race. "Last year we were good here, but got too loose. We kept good notes and it was fast right off the trailer."
McKennedy, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, would hold off Ben Seitz by 0.651 seconds to get the win. Seitz followed McKennedy through the field, as he started 10th and finished second.
Ed Witkum made a late charge up to third, but ran out of laps to challenge for the win. Mike Lichty and Rob Summers rounded out the top five.
The race was scheduled for Saturday night, but Mother Nature postponed it until Sunday afternoon. This worked in McKennedy's favor as his notes from last year were from a Sunday afternoon show with about the same weather conditions.
After Sunday's victory, McKennedy was left thankful for the hard work that his team put in throughout the long weekend in Canada.
"I have some good guys helping me and I really want to thank them for their help this weekend," McKennedy said. "They fixed our suspension issue on Friday and stayed with us to help on Sunday afternoon. They are really dedicated. I also have to thank my car owner Paul Dunnigan for letting drive the car."
McKennedy will now focus on the final three events of the 2014 ISMA season.
"We have had some bad luck at Oswego Speedway with mechanical issues in the past and we are ready to get our monkey off of our back," McKennedy said. "I am looking forward to the Star Classic at Star Speedway, because we won it last year. I am also eager to race at Thompson International Speedway in October."
The ISMA Super Modifieds will be back in action on Saturday, August 30th at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York for the ISMA Super Nationals.
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ISMA Sunset Speedway 75-Lap Feature Results Sunset Speedway - Innisfil, Ontario, Canada August 17, 2014 1. 79 Jon McKennedy 2. 17 Ben Seitz 3. 21 Ed Witkum 4. 84 Mike Lichty 5. 74 Rob Summers 6. 37 Jeff Locke 7. 65 Tim Ice 8. 78 Mark Sammut 9. 97 Bobby Dawson 10. 51 Dave Duggan 11. 33 Rod Sauder 12. 25 Dan Bowes
Lap Leaders: Bowes (1-22), Sammut (23-75)
Cautions: 2 - Lap 9 (Sauder spin), Lap 71 (Summers spin)
Heat 1: Dave Duggan, Tim Ice, Rob Summers, Bobby Dawson, Ben Seitz, Mike Lichty, Craig Rayvals
Heat 2: Jeff Locke, Dan Bowes, Jon McKennedy, Mark Sammut, Ed Witkum, Rod Sauder
ISMA Hard Charger Award ($100) sponsored by: Dale, Greg, and the Snowball Gang: Jon McKennedy
Last Car Running Award ($100) sponsored by: Resource-Alternative Energy Solutions: Rod Sauder
Radical Race Gear ISMA Lap Leader Award ($100 gift certificate): Jon McKennedy
Bike Sponsors: Friday (Delaware Speedway): Murray's Transmission, London, ON Sunday (Sunset Speedway): Patco Transportation, Innerkip, ON
Other ISMA Sponsors: Lane Tire Sales, E.F. Shea Concrete, Locke Crane Services, KDP Townhouses, Slice-N-Go Deli, Race Threads, Seymour Enterprises, Race Depot, BS&B Radiator, New England Motor Racing Supply, Alternative Energy Solutions
Stafford Springs, CT (June 23, 2017) – At the end of the 2016 ISMA season, Bourne, Mass. driver Ben Seitz found himself without a ride for the 2017 year. Along came car owner Ken Locke who just happened to have a vacant supermodified that needed a driver and a new team was born. And, to date, Seitz has acclimatized himself quite well and the union has been quite productive. Seitz started out with a fifth place at the ISMA opener at Oswego in his first run in the car and followed that with a twelfth at Lancaster. Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway, Ben started outside front row in the 22-car field , took the initial lead and easily fled from the competitive field behind him, leading the entire 60 laps. A late race challenge by Timmy Jedrzejek was the only close call for the talented former 4-time NEMA champion. Only two yellows slowed the way with Seitz picking up his 7th career ISMA win, his first in the Locke 37 at a track he ran as early as age 16 when he competed with the Legends class.
Depew, NY (June 3, 2017) - Saturday night, the large crowd of race fans waiting to see the ISMA supers return to the Lancaster Speedway for the first time since 2003, were not disappointed. With the winged supers turning high 14 second laps in practice, the expectation of an exciting and fast feature was fulfilled. Only a few yellows slowed the race action with Ravenna, Ohio's Trent Stephens coming up with the win after wresting the lead from Moe Lilje in the Lichty 74 on lap 12. It was Trent's third ISMA win in only his second full season with the group . He was not without challenges however, from some of winged supermodified's best who were in the field, vying for points in the lucrative Triple Crown Series introduced this year as well.
Oswego, NY (May 31, 2017) – The winged supers of the International SuperModified Association (ISMA) will make a quick turn around after the May 27 Jack Murphy Memorial on Saturday. The head down (or up) the NYS Thruway to Lancaster Speedway for the second event on the 2017 schedule. It’s the first visit to that five-eighth mile Western NY oval since 2003.
ISMA has a rich and storied history at Lancaster with their first officially sanctioned event in 1978, which was won by the late Jim Shampine. Over the four decades that races were run there were numerous winners that pulled into victor y lane, some scoring their very-first career ISMA win at that track.