Verona, NY (Nov. 19, 2016) – The elegant Turning Stone Casino was once again the site of the annual ISMA awards banquet which honored the 2016 champion car owner Jim Bodnar, 2016 champion driver Dave Shullick Jr. and the rest of the top 15 point getters. It was the second consecutive year that the Ohio-based Bodnar-Shullick team took the title, battling the Reed-Lichty team throughout the year. The top team was rewarded with a trophy and jacket in addition to the winner's check.
Master of Ceremonies Dan Kapuscinski began the night's program by introducing the top fifteen ISMA car owners which included, in order, champion 95 Bodnar (Dave Shullick Jr) , 84 Craig Reed (Mike Lichty), 97 Howie Lane (Tim Jedrzejek), 78 Mark Sammut, 61 Clyde Booth (Mike Ordway Jr.), 22 Mike McVetta, 17 Richard Bien (Ben Seitz), 19 Steve Stout (Trent Stephens), 76 Jim Bodnar Jr. (Moe Lilje), 25 Tony Bowes (Dan Bowes), 49 Steve Stout (Dan Shirey), 74 Brad Lichty (Rob Summers), 70 Gary Morton (Dave McKnight), 21 P&L Motorsports (Ed Witkum Jr.), 65 Yevette Meihls (Tim Ice).
The 2016 Drivers were also were recognized, in order Dave Shullick Jr., Mike Lichty, Tim Jedrzejek, Mark Sammut, Mike Ordway Jr., Mike McVetta, Ben Seitz, Trent Stephens, Moe Lilje, Dan Bowes, Dan Shirey, Dave McKnight, Tim Ice, Kyle Edwards, and Chris Perley. A plaque and check were presented to each. The separate point fund is sponsored by KDP Townhouses, Lane Tire Sales, Patco Transportation, the ISMA Ladies Auxiliary, 50/50 sales and Carol Haynes and Jim Feeney.
The Randy Witkum Memorial Rookie of the Year sponsored by Ed Shea was Ohioan Talon Stephens. He received a $500 check and a jacket noting the award.
The ISMA Lap Leader award went to Dave Shullick Jr., who also took top honors in the Shea Concrete 'Steel Palace' Super Series based on points earned from the three Oswego Speedway appearances during the season. The other four finishers in that series were Mike Lichty, Mark Sammut, Tim Jedrzejek and Ben Seitz. Each received a trophy and check for their efforts.
Next up were some of the traditional ISMA awards with the Locke Crane Service Mechanic of the Year award going to Clyde Booth, owner and builder of the 61 supermodified driven by Mike Ordway Jr. and the Crew of the Year honors going to the Mike McVetta 22 team. All the 22 team members received jackets right down to Stella McVetta, baby daughter of Mike and Gina McVetta!
The Slice-N-Go Deli Up and Comer award (plaque and check) went to Mike Ordway Jr.
Several drawings for sponsored prizes were held with Trent Stephens winning the Seymour Enterprises Helmet, Mark Sammut picking up the BS&B Radiator and Howie Lane winning the New England Motor Racing nose wing kit. The drawings were held from the top 15 drivers in attendance.
The annual Jack Murphy Memorial Recognition award as voted on by the membership, went to Dennis Heppell. The Lois Matczak Memorial Woman of the Year, sponsored by Skip Matczak, went to ISMA secretary Jessica Stephens. The Jim Soule Memorial award was presented to Mark Sammut and finally the Jim Shampine Memorial award was presented to Doc Hathaway, ISMA vice president who lends his expertise and assistance to many teams throughout the season.
Entertainment by Jammin Beats DJs concluded the night's activities.
In an early general membership meeting, a tentative 2017 schedule was discussed with the season opener once again at Oswego Speedway on May 27 with the Jack Murphy Memorial. June 2 and June 23 finds ISMA returning to some former hosts in Lancaster and Stafford Speedways. July 15 finds a return to Jennerstown Speedway with July ending at the annual Hy-Miler weekend at Sandusky Speedway. August begins on the 4th at Lee USA and the 5th at New London Waterford Speedbowl. On August 19, it's a trip north of the border to Delaware Speedway. September 2 is the ISMA SuperNationals at Oswego Speedway as part of Classic weekend and then the following weekend Star Speedway's Classic is on tap. The season ends as always at the traditional World Series of Racing at Thompson Speedway. Several other venues are being looked at this time and the official schedule will be released when and if there are additions. The 2017 awards banquet is already slated for November 18 at the Turning Stone Casino.
Board members who will serve through 2019 are Mike McVetta, Steve Stout and Lee Vinal . Tony Bowes will serve through 2018 replacing the retired car owner, Dick Bien.
A multitude of door prizes, donated by Mark & Stella Burns, Eagle Beverage, Essex Seafood/Lane Racing, Dennis & Sue Heppell, Hoosier Racing Tire, Kathy Harrington, ISMA Novelty Trailer, Lupien Engraving & Gifts, Mitchell's Speedway Press, Murray's Transmission/Sammut Racing, Northeast Metals Technology/Bowes Racing and Patco Transportation/Lichty Racing, were passed out after dinner.
And finally, a big thank you to all the volunteers who made the banquet a success: Terry Bowes, Kathy Harrington, Carol Haynes, Jim Feeney, Dennis Heppell, Sue Heppell, Ronda Jedrzejek, Debbie Lane, Howie Lane, Leanne Lane, and Bobby Rodier.
Delaware, Ont., Canada (Aug. 19, 2017) - They say good things come to those who wait and for London, Ontario's Mark Sammut that wait for a feature win at Delaware was 21 years in the making. Sammut, who calls Delaware Speedway his home track, had raced many times at the half-mile oval over his long career, but had never won a supermodified feature there. He'd come close, but Saturday night he nailed it, picking up his 6th career ISMA win but first victory at Delaware, which was also a very lucrative one that carried a $10,000 first place prize, sponsored by Corr/Pak Merchandising, Arctic Snowplows, Murray's Transmission and PATCO Transportation.
Waterford, CT(August 12, 2017) - After an unusually high rate of attrition at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, the ISMA competitors trekked south to Waterford were down in numbers, but a combination of crashes, curfews and a late night start to the Saturday night feature caused more havoc.
The ISMA 75 started last on the agenda and fearfully close to the track's midnight curfew and some spotty rain in the area. When all was said and down, the race was shortened to 50 laps, then checkered after 39 complete when both rain and the curfew fell.
Lee, NH (August 11, 2017) – Baldwinsville, NY’s Michael Muldoon, with only five ISMA events under his belt viewed Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire for the first time on Friday night. He quickly adapted to the new-to-him venue and came home with a very impressive win in the Ollie Silva Memorial 75. His first career winged win took a combination of a good starting spot and a little luck when race leader Ben Seitz stopped off turn four on lap 63, while due to motor issues.
Muldoon had led the 75-lapper up until lap 33, when passed by Seitz in the Locke 37. Muldoon stayed in second while Seitz was able to build a comfortable lead, hauling in the $1000 Shea Concrete lap 37 bonus, until the car’s demise. Muldoon retook the top spot and led the remaining 11 laps, pressured by Ohio’s Mike McVetta, for the victory, his first career ISMA win.