Chris Perley Picks Up First Win of 2014 Season at Thompson
THOMPSON, Conn. (October 19, 2014) -- Ben Seitz entered the 2013 Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) with an outside chance of winning the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) championship. He would win that race, but come up short of the championship.
Fast forward one year to 2014 and Seitz found himself 46 points behind Jon McKennedy (Chelmsford, Mass.) entering the season-ending event at Thompson. Only this time, the results were reversed. He didn't win the battle, but he won the war.
Seitz parlayed a strong second-place run on Sunday afternoon with McKennedy's misfortune (blown engine) to win the 2014 ISMA driver's championship.
"I'll take this one every day," Seitz said when asked if he'd rather have the win or the championship. "It's great to win at any of these ISMA shows because the competition is so tough, but a championship means a lot to everybody. It means a lot to the crew, the sponsors, and everybody that puts this on through the season. It means a lot to all of us."
After starting in the sixth position, Seitz quickly entered himself into the battle for the race lead. He would challenge early leader Jeff Locke on a number of occasions, but couldn't make a move on the bottom to take over the top spot.
When McKennedy went up in smoke in turn three on lap 30, Seitz knew that he was in the driver's seat for the championship and made sure he did a good job of "picking his spots" while battling for the race lead with Locke and eventual race winner Chris Perley.
"I didn't see him pull off at first, I saw my crew guys telling me to be smart so I had a feeling something happened with Jon," said Seitz. "I didn't really know what was going on, so I just decided to play it smart. I tried to get Jeff on the bottom and I just couldn't clear him. On top of that, I knew I just needed to be smart. I needed to finish and that was in the back of my mind the whole time. Jeff and Chris are clean, but you still need to pick and choose your spots."
For McKennedy, who entered the event just needing to have a solid top-10 run to clinch the championship, the engine failure that took him out of the race and out of the championship hunt was heartbreaking.
"It's obviously really frustrating," said McKennedy. "A whole season's work, effort, and everything goes into the car. All we had to do today was come out with a solid top-10 finish. We were doing that and the motor just exploded. It's just really disappointing. What are you going to do? It's out of my control. I'm out of words."
The man known as "The Rowley Rocket," Chris Perley, would go on to win the race after using a powerful move to the inside of both Seitz and Locke in less than a half on lap 41. The win for Perley, who is widely considered as one of the most successful ISMA driver's in recent history, is his first of the 2014 season.
"It was a long year," said Perley. I didn't know if we were going to win this year. That race was one of the fastest paced races we've ever had here (at Thompson). I don't know what anybody was turning for lap times, but I ran as fast as I could and still couldn't catch them half of the time. I just ran as hard as I could while trying to stay there.
"I figured for a while there that we may steal the win after they wrecked each other, but nobody touched anybody. It was good, hard, clean racing. We just were able to get away at the end."
Jeff Locke led the first 40 laps of the 50-lap event and will take home the $100 Radical Racegear product certificate for winning the Radical Racegear lap leader award.
Bobby Santos, who started 27th on the field after qualifying was cancelled on Saturday, made his way to the fourth spot when the checkered flag waved and earned the Baker Steel Detailing ISMA Hard Charger Award. Mike Netishen will also receive a hard charger award in memory of SFC Charles T. Briggs, USMC, for charging from the23rd starting spot to finish 10th. Both drivers will receive $100 bonus checks for their performance in the Star Classic.
As is a tradition whenever the ISMA Supermodifieds are in town, a lucky fan in the grandstands on Sunday afternoon took home a free bicycle in the ISMA Free Bike Giveaway presented by H&S Prototype and Design, LLC located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The "Winged Warriors" of the International Supermodified Association will now go into hibernation until the 2015 season. The 2014 ISMA Banquet will take place on Saturday, November 8 at the Turning Stone Casino in Vernon, New York.
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ISMA Sunoco World Series 50 Results Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - Thompson, Connecticut October 19, 2014 1. 11 Chris Perley 2. 17 Ben Seitz 3. 95 Dave Shullick 4. 71 Bobby Santos 5. 37 Jeff Locke 6. 7 Otto Sitterly 7. 8 Moe Lilje 8. 97 Russ Wood, Sr. 9. 78 Mark Sammut 10. 55 Mike Netishen 11. 94 Craig Rayvals 12. 40 Bobby Magner 13. 51 Dave Duggan 14. 29 Bobby Chartier 15. 25 Dan Bowes 16. 65 Tim Ice 17. 14 John Gambuti 18. 84 Mike Lichty 19. 74 Rob Summers 20. 61 Lou Cicconi 21. 79 Jon McKennedy 22. 24x Dave Sanborn 23. 02 Brandon Bellinger 24. 27 Jamie Timmons 25. 21 Ed Witkum 26. 18 Howie Page 27. 70 Dave MccKnight 28. 2 Eric Emhoff
Lap Leaders: Locke (1-40), Perley (41-50)
Cautions: 5 - Lap 4, Lap 13, Lap 30, Lap 30, Lap 33
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
The much-anticipated ISMA opener at Monadnock Speedway, which was slated for May 19, met with foul weather, which turned out to be the norm in the east in that month. So with two races in the books at Delaware and Lancaster Speedways, the ISMA contingent will try again next Saturday.
Lancaster, NY (June 2, 2018) – Canadian Mark Sammut has been an ISMA stalwart for 21 years, a congenial competitor who has weathered the up and down nature of racing. Last August he took his biggest win, a $10,000 payday at what he calls his home track, Delaware Speedway, to the approval of a huge throng of fans.
Saturday night at Lancaster Speedway, he picked up his seventh-career ISMA win, to the cheers of many Buffalo area fans who had seen him run and win years ago in his Can-Am midget. He quipped in victory lane when he spoke of that midget win, that he wasn't buying a dragster to win in another division at Lancaster! But he did mention that the car he was driving was 21 years old and it has served him well. The new car that had been debuted last year, has gone back to the drawing board.
Delaware, ONTARIO (June 1, 2018) – Kyle Edwards of Bartlett, Tennessee picked a good time to win his first ever ISMA feature on Friday night as the 50 lapper was the first leg of the Harvey Lennox Memorial Tammy Ten Bonus Fund. Thanks to Arctic Equipment, Corr/Pak Merchandising, Murray's Transmission and Patco Transportation, an extra $7000 bonus payout will go to the top five ISMA car owners based on points from this Delaware race, the Jukasa July event and the second August Delaware race.