Syracuse, NY (Nov. 3, 2019) – The Embassy Suites by Hilton, in Syracuse, NY provided the backdrop for the annual ISMA awards banquet. The event honored many for their achievements during the season. MC Kathy Harrington, who developed the Driver Point Fund over ten years ago, did the honors introducing the numerous awards.
The night began with recognition of the top 15 ISMA car owners, with special honors going to the 2019 Owner -Driver Champions Craig Reed and Mike Lichty. A close battle for second took place at Thompson's World Series which saw the Clyde Booth-Mike Ordway Jr. team just edging out 2018 champions Doug and Kyle Edwards, who finished third. The remainder of the top 15 car owners were from fourth on back were Howie Lane (97), Dan Soule (32), Mark Sammut (78), Vic Miller (11), Howie Lane (9), Brad Lichty (74), P&L Motorsports (21), Steve Stout (49), Steve Stout (19), David May (7), Tony Bowes (25), Mike McVetta (22).
Thompson, CT (October 13, 2019) – A strong field of winged supermodifieds filled the pits for the annual Sunoco World Series of Racing with the ISMA championship title on the line, as usually is the case. When all was said and done, the point leader Mike Lichty had beat out the challengers to claim his second career ISMA title. But the 50 lap feature race belonged to Jon McKennedy as he led from the start, and was able to fend off some top competitors for the win. It was an emotional run for McKennedy who had recently lost his dad Dennis. It was Jon's 11th ISMA career feature win and probably his most memorable.
OSWEGO, NY (October 8, 2019) - The International Supermodified Association will conclude its 2019 season with the organization’s annual trip to the ‘World Series’ of Racing at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut this Saturday and Sunday.
Epping, NH (September 7, 2019) – There are those moments in racing that the car and the driver find their plans and the circumstances align to make a perfect race scenario. Saturday night Jeffrey Abold had it all come together and the Bob Webber Sr. Memorial Star Classic 125 was all his. Abold had been close to victory in the past here. He had always run well at the prestigious event, but fell just short of the victory.
Lee, NH (August 9, 2019) – Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass. retook the lead on lap 29 of the 75 lap Ollie Silva Memorial from Bartlett, TN's Kyle Edwards and would hold that spot for the remainder of the race. McKennedy, who had won the 2014 Silva, easily picked up $1000 from Shea Concrete Products, at the halfway mark. McKennedy pretty much was unchallenged for the remainder of the race.
Oswego, NY (Aug. 31, 2019) - Going into the 28th annual Oswego Speedway ISMA Super Nationals on Saturday, Timmy Jedrzejek and Mike Lichty each owned six career winged feature wins at Oswego Speedway. While not all those victories were Super National wins, they each had a win in the last two of the Classic Weekend winged show named the Jack Murphy Memorial; Lichty in 2017 and Jedrzejek in 2018.
Sandusky, Ohio (July 27, 2019) - The Saturday Hy-Miler race was a complete turnaround from Friday night's Fast Forty fiasco that saw almost half the field damaged in the race. A herculean effort was put forth through the night and into the morning by all the teams involved and only two cars were unable to make the Hy-Miler field on Saturday. This fact alone made the race even more important to Shullick Jr., the Acme Race team and all the others who prevailed.
The Hy-Miler had four leaders and some of the most exciting racing a fan could ask for. But in the end the 49 sat in victory lane, having led 83 of the 100 laps and inching Shullick Jr. closer to his legendary father, Dave Shullick Sr.'s record of 5 Hy-Miler victories. Shullick Jr. phoned his famous dad to give him the news and Shullick Sr. kiddingly said it might be a good time to come out of retirement!
Oswego, N.Y. (August 22, 2019) - Both the ISMA management and the Oswego Speedway management are hoping to see a number of cars running the ISMA SuperNationals show Saturday (8/31) and running the Budweiser International Classic 200 on Sunday (9/1). If this happens that would help solidify the positive impact of the simpler tail configuration with the smaller tail wing for the Oswego cars which makes transforming from the Oswego configuration to the ISMA configuration a less complex transition. That was one of the goals of John Torrese when he proposed the simpler body configuration with either the ISMA or the Oswego wing. A move that makes it easier to move from one venue to the other.
SANDUSKY, OH (July 26, 2019) - A good field of supermodifieds from ISMA and MSS was on hand to start off the 42nd annual Hy-Miler weekend of racing at Sandusky Speedway's Fast Forty on Friday night. On one hand it was a great night for Jim Paller who drove to his first ever Fast Forty and ISMA win. But, for many it was a night of destruction from the first green. Paller, however suggested he had some good luck riding with him in his Bodnar built number 64 machine.
Delaware, Ontario (August 17, 2019) - Though the starting field of the ISMA Harvey Lennox Memorial 75 Saturday at Delaware Speedway in Canada was a little sparse, it was not shy of some spirited racing. Hometown favorite Mark Sammut and Maine driver Mike Ordway Jr. held the front row of the race with Sammut taking the early lead. Sammut and Ordway Jr. played the cat and mouse game, until Ordway Jr. was able to make one of numerous attempts at getting by the veteran Sammut, stick on lap 30. Mike was on cruise from thereon in.
Ordway had some thoughts on the race, and racing in general, after the race.
OSWEGO, NY (July 25, 2019) - Shalersville, Ohio’s Trent Stephens already has one Sandusky Speedway victory under his belt this month, and will be making the trip from his new home in Kannapolis, North Carolina for a shot at two more checkered flags this weekend.
Stephens, who is again driving for Stout Racing, moved to North Carolina in June to begin his new position as an engineer with the Doosan Portable Power Company in Statesville.