RYAN CONIAM TAKES FIRST ISMA WIN AT DELAWARE SPEEDWAY FRIDAY
By John Houghton and Stephanie Pelkman, Delaware Speedway PR
Delaware, Ontario (Aug. 3, 2012) – The World’s Most Powerful Short Track Cars lived up to their name Friday evening. Ryan Coniam (#46) of Laguna Beach, CA won the 35-lap ISMA Supermodified feature after leading the entire race, passing polesitter Johnny Benson on the opening lap. Johnny Benson (#74) of Cornelius, NC placed second and Rob Summers (#11) of Vernon, CT placed third.
A large audience attended the race to see the winged cars tear up the track and they were not disappointed. On the fourth lap, the plastic screen covering the Coca-Cola scoreboard was shaken onto the race track by the power of the engines resulting in a caution.
On the seventh lap there were a trio of cautions, before the remainder of the race ran caution free. The win is the first for Coniam in ISMA Supermodified competition.
“This is a really big to win in Canada, to win an ISMA show,” said Coniam in victory lane. “The race car is solid, a good car and good engine can make a driver look awful good.”
Notes… Mike Ordway pulled in lap 7 out for the night with mechanicals….Dave McKnight crashed the 70 earlier in the day and did not make feature. They are trying to fix the car for Saturday…Tim Ice has flat tire bringing out the caution, pits, returns, finishes 11th…Duggan and Rayvals bring out one of multiple yellows on lap 7…Sondi Eden, Crawfordsville, IN, drove Lehnert 92 at Delaware Friday. Gillingham 5 should be her ride Saturday and Rich Reid should be in the 92.
DELAWARE SPEEDWAY FRIDAY AUG 2, 2012 Summary
Heat 1: Bob Dawson, Bob Magner, Timmy Jedrzejek, Dan Bowes, Moe Lilje, Mike Lichty, Sondi Eden, Mike Hooper
Heat 2: Tim Ice, Johnny Benson, Dave Duggan, Ryan Coniam, Ben Seitz, Eddie Witkum Jr., Terry Simpson
Heat 3: Jeff Locke, Rob Summers, Lou Cicconi, Mike Ordway, Mark Sammut, Craig Rayvals, Aj Lesiecki
Feature (35): 1. Ryan Coniam (46), 2. Johnny Benson (74), 3. Rob Summers (11), 4. Lou Cicconi (75), 5. Mike Lichty (84), 6. Dan Bowes (18), 7. Jeff Locke (37), 8. Ben Seitz (17), 9. Timmy Jedrzejek (32), 10. Mark Sammut (78), 11. Tim Ice (65), 12. Bob Magner (40), 13. AJ Lesiecki (14), 14. Bob Dawson (28), 15. Dave Duggan (51), 16. Mike Ordway Sr. (61), 17. Eddie Witkum Jr. (97), 18. Craig Rayvals (94), 19. Sondi Eden (92), 20. Moe Lilje (8), 21.Mike Hooper (17x), 22. Terry Simpson (48).
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.