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.
The much-anticipated ISMA opener at Monadnock Speedway, which was slated for May 19, met with foul weather, which turned out to be the norm in the east in that month. So with two races in the books at Delaware and Lancaster Speedways, the ISMA contingent will try again next Saturday.
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.
Delaware, ONTARIO (June 1, 2018) – Kyle Edwards of Bartlett, Tennessee picked a good time to win his first ever ISMA feature on Friday night as the 50 lapper was the first leg of the Harvey Lennox Memorial Tammy Ten Bonus Fund. Thanks to Arctic Equipment, Corr/Pak Merchandising, Murray's Transmission and Patco Transportation, an extra $7000 bonus payout will go to the top five ISMA car owners based on points from this Delaware race, the Jukasa July event and the second August Delaware race.