ISMA ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET HELD AT TURNING STONE,HONORS ACHIEVERS
Verona, NY – With the elegant atmosphere of the Turning Stone’s Shenandoah Room as the backdrop, the ISMA-Wirtgen group gathered to honor the 2006 season achievers on November 11. And, it was Vic Miller, Chris Perley and crew who where the center of attention after their record-breaking season.
The Miller-Perley crew with second driver Bentley Warren picked up eleven wins during the ISMA-Wirtgen super season, an unprecedented record that even Team Dunigan didn’t approach in its heyday. Perley and Miller were honored as ISMA Driver and Car Owner of the Year. The crew was voted Race Threads Crew of the Year. Chris Perley was honored with the ISMA Achievement award. Perley was also named the Gater Racing News Fans Choice Most Popular Driver for the sixth straight year. For the whole group it was definitely a year to remember.
The ceremonies began with the presentation of the top twenty car owners who received plaques and checks totaling over $50,000. Those owners, from first to twentieth, included Vic Miller, Dan Sole, Lou Cicconi, Howie Lane, Brad Lichty, Justin Belfiore, Jeff Holbrook, Mark Sammut, Joe Petro, Bruce Budnick, Ray Graham Jr., Bob Haynes Sr., George Groves, Clyde Booth and Gary Lehnert.
A newly instituted ISMA Driver’s Point Fund, founded by Kathy Harrington and sponsored by Helping Hands of America, Sweet Manufacturing Inc., Luther’s Way Out Grafix, SUPRS, and Inkspot. Drivers receiving checks from the new fund went to Chris Perley, Nokie Fornoro, Lou Cicconi, Bob Santos, Mike Lichty, Justin Belfiore, Dave McKnight, Dave Trytek, Bob Magner, Rob Summers, Mark Sammut, Joe Petro, Scott Martel, Jeff Holbrook, Ray Graham, Bob Haynes Jr., John Torrese, Brandon Bellinger, Mike Ordway and Gary Lehnert.
John Colloca of Team Holbrook, received the Slice n Go Deli Mechanic of the Year honors for maintaining three supers. Third generation driver Brandon Bellinger was the Randy Witkum Rookie of the Year (sponsored by Shea Concrete). ISMA Support Award went to the ladies of the ISMA Auxiliary for their work throughout the season. The Most Improved Driver Award went to Lou Cicconi. Kathy Harrington also recognized Rachel Fink with an effort award.
Three of ISMA’s most coveted awards came last with Brad Lichty winning the Jim Shampine award, Jeff Holbrook the Jim Soule Dedication award and Nokie Fornoro winning the A.J. Michaels award.
Randy Ritskes, who was injured at Waterford early in the season, stepped up to say thank you to the Spaulding Foundation and to ISMA for helping him through the hard times financially. “I’d just like to let the drivers know that if something happens there is help. The Spaulding foundation – they didn’t know me from anybody – sent me a check that got me through and then ISMA came across to make sure I was taken care of. Thanks to all who helped. If you see the Spaulding Foundation out there raising money, give them some help. I just wanted to let everyone know that I appreciated it very much.”
A tentative 17-race schedule was unveiled for 2007, which will take the ISMA organization from Maine to Canada to Michigan and back.
Master of Ceremonies Bob Gangwer, a long-time race fan from Indiana, closed out the ceremonies with a note that he was honored to be allowed to begin ISMA announcing duties in 2006.
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.