October 8, 2018 - It's race week! We've made it to the week of the 56th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing this weekend - October 12-14 - at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Conn.
On our countdown to Sunday's ISMA 50, we move to the top three in driver and owner points, starting with third-place owner Craig Reed and driver Mike Lichty of Innerkip, Ontario.
The No. 84 team, which depending on the track swaps between a white Xtreme chassis and silver Allegresso super, will enter Thompson looking to close out what's been an up-and-down 2018 season.
A one-time feature winner this year in the season's third race at Monadnock, Lichty has amassed six top-five finishes this season to lead all drivers. He nearly scored his second win of the year last month at Oswego, but finished a close runner-up after a spirited battle with winner Tim Jedrzejek.
While it's been another solid season for the Lichty-Reed combination, the group certainly wanted more. Disappointing runs at Lancaster, Sandusky Fast 40 and Lee USA, all of which saw the 84 finish outside the top 10, have held the team back in the championship chase. He'll enter Thompson 72 markers back of points leader Dan Bowes, and 56 behind second-place Kyle Edwards.
The 2012 ISMA champion will need to stay on his game at the high-banked, fast five-eighths-mile speedway as fellow Canadian Mark Sammut is lurking in the fourth position, only 29 points back of Lichty. If things go as expected, Lichty will likely close out a decent 2018 season in third. Not a championship, but certainly not a bad year.
The team did not attend the Thompson World Series last year. Lichty's best run at Thompson came in 2015 when he finished third behind Dave Shullick Jr. and Rob Summers. The 15-time ISMA feature winner has never won at the Connecticut track.
ISMA practice and qualifying races will be Saturday, Oct. 13 with the ISMA 50 joining numerous other divisions’ main events on Sunday afternoon at the Thompson oval.