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).
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.