SANDUSKY, Ohio (February 25, 2015) -- The battle for the Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) title has just been blown wide-open, while the fight for the ISMA Supermodified crown became a bit murkier on Thursday night.
26-year-old Trent Stephens, driver of the No. 19 Kasper Auto Group/Schaeffer’s Oil supermodified for long time owner Steve Stout, has announced that he plans to move on from chasing the MSA championship (which he has won the past four years) and will instead make a run at the 2015 ISMA (International SuperModified Association) championship.
Stephens has amassed a stellar collection of trophies and accomplishments within a six year time span. The four-time MSA champion and 2009 MSA Rookie of the Year also has nineteen feature wins to his credit as well, and will go down in MSA history as one of the greatest drivers ever to race in the series.
“I think the best motivation is as a team and driver, you always want to be the best,” Stephens said of the changeover. “We have done extremely well in MSA, but the team and I believe for us to get even better we need to challenge ourselves more — and we think ISMA will do that. We fully expect to have some strong runs. (It) should be a fun year for sure.”
The run for the ISMA title will take Stephens to many unique meccas for supermodified racing around the United States and Canada. Among them are the two of the most famous, the Oswego (N.Y.) and Sandusky (Ohio) Speedways, with “the Steel Palace” holding four race dates and Sandusky hosting the signature Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals at the end of July. Additional venues will include the Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada, Lorain County Speedway in South Amherst, Ohio and Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park for the championship-deciding Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
Stephens and ACME Racing will run selected MSA events in 2015, and have also not ruled out attempts at the bigger non-wing races at the Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York or returning to winged sprint car racing for a race or two as time permits.
Verona, NY – The Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY was once again the site of the International SuperModified Association's season-ending awards Banquet. Many awards were handed out to the 2017 owner and driver champions, the top point getters for the season, and the Triple Crown Series winners. In addition the special awards as voted on by the membership, were presented.
Thompson, CT (Oct. 15, 2017) – The battle for the ISMA championship was to be decided at the World Series of Racing on Sunday and when all the smoke had settled, 2016 ISMA champ Dave Shullick Jr. relinquished that title to Jon McKennedy, but he didn't shy away from taking his third straight World Series ISMA win. While McKennedy and Timmy Jedrzejek fought side for side for a number of laps hoping to win a first ISMA crown, Shullick pulled by leader Chris Perley on lap 16 and proceeded to decimate the field while the aforementioned duo tried to out run each other to win the 2017 championship.
Oswego, NY (October 3, 2017) – As has been the norm for many years now in ISMA competition, the point title will once again be determined at the final race of the season, the World Series of Speedway Racing. And, it is fitting that this venue, that has been the site of over 40 ISMA events over the years, be again where the champion is crowned. This season the top two contenders – Jon McKennedy (P&L Motorsports) and Timmy Jedrzejek (Lane Racing), are each seeking a career first championship. In addition there are some very close races in the top eight spots, which could see some major shuffling in the final standings.