Oswego, NY (Nov. 27, 2013) – A recent meeting between Oxford Plains Speedway and ISMA president Howie Lane has solidified plans for the 2014 ISMA return to that Oxford, Maine 3/8ths mile oval after six years absence.
It was announced that the race, which is slated for Friday, June 20, 2014, would be hereafter named the Bentley Warren Classic 75. The legendary New England racer, known from coast to coast and north of the border, who resides in Kennebunkport and owns the Bentley’s Saloon there, will be Grand Marshal of the event.
ISMA’s history at Oxford Plains goes back to August 19, 2000 when Nokie Fornoro won the inaugural sanctioned 75-lap event there. In 2001 Fremont, NH’s Mike Ordway picked up the 100-lapper at the famed Maine speedway. Ordway went on to repeat his victory in 2002.
In 2003 a new face appeared in the ISMA victory lane circle at Oxford when young Bobby Santos III earned his first-ever supermodified win in the Howie Lane 97. It was just the beginning for that Franklin, Mass. driver who would go on to many more wins, championships and accolades over the following ten years and is still looking for more.
The Rowley Rocket, Chris Perley, who spent part of his childhood in Maine, broke into the record books on July 16, 2004 at Oxford by taking a 75-lapper. After skipping a couple years of winged supermodified competition with ISMA, the Oxford management brought back the powerful supers in August of 2007, and Perley notched a second Oxford win adding to his eventual 10-win season that year. That 75-lap event would be the last of the decade for the ISMA group at Oxford due to scheduling conflicts and various other reasons.
As the 2014 ISMA schedule was unfolding, the new Oxford Plains owners were right there in line to request a spot on that ISMA schedule and to promptly establish a Classic to honor one of Maine’s famous residents, Bentley Warren.
The Bentley Warren Classic will be sponsored in part by Locke Crane Service of New Hampshire, and more backers may come onboard before the green unfurls on that race.
Oxford Plains Speedway President, Tom Mayberry is pleased to announce that the ISMA Supermodifieds will return to Oxford Plains Speedway in 2014 after several years’ absence. The ISMA Supers will be in action on Friday night, June 20, 2014. Locke Crane Service will sponsor the event.
“We are so excited to have the ISMA organization back with us here at OPS,” stated Oxford Plains President Mayberry. “These super sleek machines are so lightening quick, that they will keep the fans on the edge of their seats for entire 75 lap event. The “Winged Warriors” are known for their two and three wide racing, and Oxford Plains Speedway’s racing surface will be the perfect place for them to perform at their finest!”
Those fans who purchase the recently released Wicked Fast, Racing Through Life with Bentley Warren, written with Bones Bourcier, will definitely want to be on hand for the Classic to get the book autographed! Further information on this inevitable historic racing event at Oxford Plains, will be forthcoming as the season draws closer in 2014.
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.