ISMA AWARDS BANQUET CONCLUDES SEASON HONORING THE MILLER-PERLEY TEAM AND MORE
By Carol D. Haynes
Sat., Nov. 17: The 33rd ISMA –Wirtgen race season concluded November 17th with their annual awards banquet, held once again at the Turning Stone Casino. The Vic Miller- Chris Perley team, after a second straight record-break season, once again took home the huge ISMA championship trophy where it will remain until November 2008. With 11 feature wins this season and 10 last, Chris Perley, admittedly is not quite sure how it all happened. But, he's certainly happy it did, as are car owner Vic Miller and the entire team.
Speaking from the podium the Rowley, Mass. driver commented on the team's accomplishments. "Every year we start out hoping we can win a couple races and end up close to where we were before. None of us would have expected that we would improve on last year. I couldn't do it without a dedicated crew, a great car owner, and great sponsors who supply us with great equipment. I'm real lucky to be part of this team and to be a part of a great group of guys to race against because obviously I wouldn't be here if there wasn't anybody to race against.
"This has been a blast. I just hope I have a quarter of the year I had this year next year. Obviously everyone is beginning to tough it up and the competition was getting real good towards at the end of this season. I'm sure everybody will start off next year where they left
off and there could be a new guy up here next year."
While Perley and Miller carried out the trophy, new jackets and the lion's share of the top monetary prizes, many others were also honored. The top 20 car owners and then the top 20 drivers were also given plaques. Kathy Harrington, who started the driver point fund,
was presented the Support Award for her fine efforts. Driver point fund sponsors include Perley's Marina Repair, Sweet Manufacturing, Luther's Wayout Grafix, Inkspot, and SUPRS.net.
Brad Lichty, owner of supermodifieds 74, 84, and 94 – the latter two finishing 4th and 5th in the standings, was voted the ISMA Mechanic of the Year, sponsored by Slice n Go Deli.
The Randy Witkum Memorial Rookie of the Year award, sponsored by Shea Concrete, went to a very deserving Mike Ordway Jr., who in his first full ISMA season finished runner-up in points. Ordway Jr., driving the Wentworth-owned 10, picked up a feature win the night after his high
school graduation, a prize many veterans have yet to earn. Ordway Jr. also earned the ISMA Achievement award and to top off his night, NEMRS' Butch Valley Jr. presented Mike with a new Hans device.
Strong, Maine driver Vern Romanoski was another big winner as he received the ISMA Most Improved Driver award, the AJ Michaels Memorial award, the Gater Racing News Most Popular Driver award which included a trophy, a check and a Leaf gift certificate, and a helmet given each year by Seymour Enterprises and determined by the luck of the draw among the top ten drivers in points.
ISMA membership voted the Jeff Holbrook crew the Race Threads Crew of the Year. This team managed to keep three supers (35, 40, 70) in action at most of the ISMA events with two top ten point finishes and a thirteenth for a commendable year. They also picked up two Simpson
prizes as drawn from among the top twenty driver names.
Brian Allegresso who has been a part of ISMA and the supermodified scene for at least three decades, took home the Jim Soule Dedication award while Bud and Barb Skinner received the coveted Jim Shampine award. Barb's "all-time favorite driver" Bentley Warren presented this
The 2008-2009 slate of ISMA officers includes Howie Lane, president; Jerry Kritzman, vice president, Kathy Harrington, secretary and Delores Murphy Treasurer/Membership.
The ISMA Board of Directors is made up of Eddie Bellinger Jr., Ray Chesbro, Jeff Holbrook, Brad Lichty, Vic Miller, Jack Murphy, Brian Allegresso, Mark Sammut and Dan Soule.
In some barnstorming sessions over the two days of Turning Stone, ISMA Board Members did some major revamping of the ISMA point system, which, along with some rule changes, will be published in the new 2008-2010 ISMA-Wirtgen Rulebook due out shortly.
A tentative 2008 schedule was discussed, but not finalized, at the afternoon general membership meeting. The ISMA-Wirtgen Super Series will begin at Waterford Speed bowl and end at Thompson Speedway, as has been tradition. In between tracks hosting ISMA events will be Toledo, Kawartha, Cayuga, Jennerstown, Stafford, Sandusky, M40, Mansfield, Lee All-Star, Delaware, and Berlin. A new possible addition being discussed is Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine. The final schedule with be announced as soon as it is complete.
Finally it was announced that Torco Fuels will join the ISMA-Wirtgen family as a sponsor in 2008 providing contributions to the point fund and other incentives.
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.