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.
Nelles Corners, Ont. (July 14, 2018) – Earlier this season, Dan Bowes listed that one of his primary goals in 2018 was to 'get that elusive first ISMA win'. In 2017, his sixth season with the traveling group, he was ever so close to achieving that goal. The 2011 ISMA Rookie of the Year was making his presence known last season scoring fast times at Jennerstown, Delaware and Oswego.He ended up with a fourth place in the competitive ISMA driver point standings but that coveted win did not come despite the fact he had nine top ten finishes, two of them podiums and nothing less than a 12th place.
Oswego, NY (July 6, 2018) – From 1976 to 2009, the International Supermodified Association headed north of the border to the Cayuga Speedway, near Cayuga, Ontario, sometimes 2 or 3 times a season, for a total of 27 events.Many of supermodified’s legendary pilots took home checkereds at the .625-mile oval (1 K) in those years.Names such as Bentley Warren, Gary Allbritain, Jim Winks, Warren Coniam, Eddie Bellinger, Steve Gioia Jr., and Doug Heveron etched their names into the Cayuga record books from 1976 to 1985.
WINCHESTER, NH (June 30, 2018) – Mike Lichty didn't start his day well at all at the twice-rained out Carquest Genden Auto Parts ISMA 75 at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, but he certainly ended the day in fine style. Starting back in 15th, he worked his way through the field at the new venue for ISMA, and into the lead on lap 56. It was a career fifteenth feature win for the Canadian driver and the first in the short ISMA season to date.
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.