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.
WINCHESTER, NH (April 19, 2018) - ISMA driver Dan Bowes, out of Byfield, MA, plans on heading to the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19. It will be the first time in close to four decades the winged supers have raced at the New Hampshire quarter-mile oval, and it will be a first time for Bowes.
WINCHESTER, NH (April 3, 2018) - Bentley Warren, one of the most iconic names in motorsports, will be the Grand Marshal for the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented by T-Bird Mini Marts ISMA appearance at Monadnock on Saturday, May 19. It will be close to four decades that the Supermodifieds have raced at the New Hampshire oval.
WINCHESTER, NH (March 29, 2018) - CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts will be the sponsors of the ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night, May 19. During this inaugural appearance fans will get to see how these winged Supermodifieds, with 900-plus horsepower, go around the New Hampshire quarter mile oval.
Oswego, NY (March 24, 2018) - When the green flag drops at Monadnock Speedway at the ISMA 2018 season opener, a familiar car and two familiar names will be in competition for the first time together. The Dan Soule-owned 32 super is back and will be piloted by former ISMA champion Ben Seitz and the duo have high hopes for their new team. And of course, the car will be the trademark blue colors.
By Matthew Wiernasz; edited by Carol D Haynes; photo by Jim Feeney
WINCHESTER, NH (March 22, 2018) - Dave Shullick, Jr. out of Westlake, OH,will be taking part in the ISMA season opener at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night, May 19 for the 75 lap race. Shullick will be coming into Monadnock with a lot of momentum as he won the final two races of the season last year at Star Speedway with the Star Classic and the World Series of Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.