Late Race Cautions Set Up Exciting ISMA Finish in New Hampshire
Lee, N.H. (August 8, 2014) - The International Supermodified Association (ISMA) kicked off a doubleheader weekend on Friday night with the Ollie Silva Memorial at Lee USA Speedway (NH). In what turned out to be an eventful night in New Hampshire, Jon McKennedy stole the show by charging to the front late and claiming the win in the 75-lap feature event.
McKennedy of Chelmsford, Massachusetts would restart in the fourth position for a lap 49 restart and quickly make his charge to the front. He made quick work of Ben Seitz on the outside for third, powered to the inside of Rob Summers for second, and took the lead from Eddie Witkum, Jr. on lap 57. Once he got the lead, he would never look back.
"We had a good car all day long," said McKennedy. "I just knew that the track would really abuse the tires if I pushed the car too hard. The first half of the race I just rode around and made sure to keep the leaders in sight while making sure I had something for the end. It's awesome to come out on top once again"
Ryan Coniam led the first 26 laps of Friday night's race before his car slowed on the backstretch on lap 27, which allowed Witkum to take the lead. Witkum set a torrid pace once he took command and stretched out his lead to nearly a full straightaway before the caution flag flew for the first time on lap 48.
Following an extended red flag period for track cleanup, Witkum would be able to pull away after another restart on lap 49 but soon after McKennedy began his charge to the front and reeled in the leader. Witkum battled a loose racecar for the remainder of the race and held on to finish second, his best finish of the 2014 season.
"I didn't want those cautions to come out," said Witkum. "I was pretty much just sitting there on cruise control. I was trying to save as much as I could for the end. The car was incredible. It was just a touch loose, but it got really loose after that red flag. I was hanging on from there. It was just vibrating and spinning the tires down the whole straightaway."
McKennedy's win on Friday night is his second of the 2014 season after he was triumphant earlier this year north of the border at Autodrome Chaudiere (QC). He hopes to carry his momentum over to Saturday night when he returns to Waterford Speedbowl (CT), a track which he won at last year.
"The car runs awesome on the short track," said McKennedy. "The thing has an unbelievable record at tracks at less than a half-mile. I think it has like five wins now and a couple runner-up finishes. It's a good night. I think we've got the point lead and we're heading into a track I won at last year, too."
Ben Seitz continued his chase towards an ISMA championship by grabbing the final podium spot. Rob Summers and Mark Sammut rounded out the top-five.
Despite coming up short at the end, Eddie Witkum, Jr. led the most laps during the 75-lap feature and earned a $100 gift certificate from Radical Race Gear for winning the Radical Race Gear ISMA Lap Leader Award.
Dave Duggan had a solid performance coming from 18th on the starting grid to finish eighth on Friday night. For gaining a race high 10 positions in his charge to the front, Duggan will be presented with the $100 Hard Charger Award presented by Colonel Arnold Briggs In Memory of his brother, SFC Charles T. Briggs, USMC, an early supporter of Supermodified racing.
In addition to the awards handed out to the drivers, a lucky fan in the grandstands on Friday night was able to take home a free bicycle in the ISMA Free Bike Giveaway presented by Essex Seafood in Essex, Massachusetts.
The "Winged Warriors" of the International Supermodified Association will return to action on Saturday, August 10 at Waterford Speedbowl for a 50-lap feature event during the popular Wings 'N Wheels event.
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ISMA Ollie Silva Memorial Results Lee USA Speedway - Lee, New Hampshire August 9, 2014 1. Jon McKennedy 2. Eddie Witkum, Jr. 3. Ben Seitz 4. Rob Summers 5. Mark Sammut 6. Alison Cumens 7. Justin Belfiore 8. Dave Duggan 9. Jeff Locke 10. Dan Bowes 11. Mike Netishen 12. Jamie Timmons 13. Dave Sanborn 14. Chris Perley 15. John Gambuti 16. Bobby Chartier 17. Ryan Coniam 18. Lou Cicconi 19. Eric Emoff
Cautions: 2 - Lap 48 (11 spin in turn four), Lap 49 (11, 39, 98 spin in turn two)
Heat 1: Jon Gambutti, Bobby Chartier, Jon McKennedy, Jamie Timmons, Alison Cumens, Lou Cicconi, Danny Lane
Heat 2: Mark Sammut, Ryan Coniam, Ben Seitz, Jeff Locke, Justin Belfiore, Mike Netishen, Eric Emoff
Heat 3: Rob Summers, Chris Perley, Eddie Witkum, Dan Bowes, Dave Sanborn, Lou Cicconi, Dave Duggan
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
Delaware, Ont., Canada (Aug. 19, 2017) - They say good things come to those who wait and for London, Ontario's Mark Sammut that wait for a feature win at Delaware was 21 years in the making. Sammut, who calls Delaware Speedway his home track, had raced many times at the half-mile oval over his long career, but had never won a supermodified feature there. He'd come close, but Saturday night he nailed it, picking up his 6th career ISMA win but first victory at Delaware, which was also a very lucrative one that carried a $10,000 first place prize, sponsored by Corr/Pak Merchandising, Arctic Snowplows, Murray's Transmission and PATCO Transportation.
Waterford, CT(August 12, 2017) - After an unusually high rate of attrition at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, the ISMA competitors trekked south to Waterford were down in numbers, but a combination of crashes, curfews and a late night start to the Saturday night feature caused more havoc.
The ISMA 75 started last on the agenda and fearfully close to the track's midnight curfew and some spotty rain in the area. When all was said and down, the race was shortened to 50 laps, then checkered after 39 complete when both rain and the curfew fell.
Lee, NH (August 11, 2017) – Baldwinsville, NY’s Michael Muldoon, with only five ISMA events under his belt viewed Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire for the first time on Friday night. He quickly adapted to the new-to-him venue and came home with a very impressive win in the Ollie Silva Memorial 75. His first career winged win took a combination of a good starting spot and a little luck when race leader Ben Seitz stopped off turn four on lap 63, while due to motor issues.
Muldoon had led the 75-lapper up until lap 33, when passed by Seitz in the Locke 37. Muldoon stayed in second while Seitz was able to build a comfortable lead, hauling in the $1000 Shea Concrete lap 37 bonus, until the car’s demise. Muldoon retook the top spot and led the remaining 11 laps, pressured by Ohio’s Mike McVetta, for the victory, his first career ISMA win.