SANDUSKY, Ohio (February 25, 2015) -- The battle for the Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) title has just been blown wide-open, while the fight for the ISMA Supermodified crown became a bit murkier on Thursday night.
26-year-old Trent Stephens, driver of the No. 19 Kasper Auto Group/Schaeffer’s Oil supermodified for long time owner Steve Stout, has announced that he plans to move on from chasing the MSA championship (which he has won the past four years) and will instead make a run at the 2015 ISMA (International SuperModified Association) championship.
Stephens has amassed a stellar collection of trophies and accomplishments within a six year time span. The four-time MSA champion and 2009 MSA Rookie of the Year also has nineteen feature wins to his credit as well, and will go down in MSA history as one of the greatest drivers ever to race in the series.
“I think the best motivation is as a team and driver, you always want to be the best,” Stephens said of the changeover. “We have done extremely well in MSA, but the team and I believe for us to get even better we need to challenge ourselves more — and we think ISMA will do that. We fully expect to have some strong runs. (It) should be a fun year for sure.”
The run for the ISMA title will take Stephens to many unique meccas for supermodified racing around the United States and Canada. Among them are the two of the most famous, the Oswego (N.Y.) and Sandusky (Ohio) Speedways, with “the Steel Palace” holding four race dates and Sandusky hosting the signature Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals at the end of July. Additional venues will include the Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada, Lorain County Speedway in South Amherst, Ohio and Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park for the championship-deciding Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
Stephens and ACME Racing will run selected MSA events in 2015, and have also not ruled out attempts at the bigger non-wing races at the Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York or returning to winged sprint car racing for a race or two as time permits.
Oswego, NY (July 19, 2017) - On July 15, the ISMA Board of Directions held a morning meeting at Jennerstown Speedway to discuss the race that had been scheduled at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The decision had been made originally to wait and see how the opening of that Connecticut oval was being affected by events that had transpired there earlier in the year.
Jennerstown, PA (July 15, 2017) - At the beginning of the 2017 ISMA race season, P&L Motorsports had found the new driver they had been looking for to run the Lee and Pam Vinal 21. The Vinals had campaigned a car on the ISMA circuit for over four years with several drivers, but had not picked up that elusive first win.
Chelmsford, Mass driver Jon McKennedy, who did not have a potential super ride for this year, had been the one asked to drive the car full-time in 2017. In a racing career that had spanned 20 years, Jon had competed in the winged supermodifieds for a number of years but only one or two were full-time seasons. The talented driver had built up an impressive resume in the asphalt modified divisions in New England with numerous wins and multi-championships to his credit. Along the way he had also accumulated seven ISMA feature wins, jumping into a competitive car on occasion when available and usually having success.
Oswego, NY (July 3, 2017) – In 2016 the ISMA lightning fast supers returned to the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania to an old haunt Jennerstown Speedway after a nine-year hiatus. Sixteen previous appearances had been made at that .522-mile oval over a span of years that ranged from 1988 to 2007. The 2016 return was a much-anticipated and successful one. This year’s July 15 visit should be one not to miss as the drivers and teams have a new basis to work from.