ISMA LUCAS OIL - HELPING HANDS SUPER SERIES WASHES OUT AT SEEKONK
By Carol D. Haynes
Seekonk, Mass - May 2: The International Supermodified Association will have to wait a few weeks to get their season on track. After three heats were run on Sunday at Seekonk Speedway's slated opener for the winged Supermodifieds, showers began to fall. After it was evident that the rain was not about to let up anytime soon, the Seekonk officials called it quits for the day. The ISMA 75-lap feature will now be run on Saturday, May 22nd with times to be announced.
Three heats were completed for the ISMA Supermodifieds with Mark Sammut going wire to wire to win the first checkered of the 2004 season. Sammut was trailed by Dave McKnight, Pat Abold, Mike Ordway, Jamie Timmons, and Jen Chesbro. Lou Cicconi exited the race before the end for some bug shakeouts. The 07 of newcomer Mike Badessa did not start.
In the second heat, Russ Wood came home the winner with Scott Martel, Rick Wentworth, Bentley Warren, Joe Petro, Dan Osmeloski, Mike Buyck and John Payne trailing. Payne had pulled out a little early also with some first event woes.
In the final heat second generation driver and rookie of the year contender Mike Lichty grabbed his first ever checkered flag coming home in first ahead of 2003 champion Chris Perley, Bobby Santos III, Nokie Fornoro, Kevin Torigney, Justin Belfiore, Jonathan McKennedy and Joey Payne, who did not start the event. Payne had some fuel problems that were corrected in the Chapman-owned supermodified prior to the rains.
With qualifying finished, the feature lineup will now be set for the May 22md date with Mike Lichty and Rick Wentworth to lead the 24-car field to green. All ISMA competitors and crews are reminded that they must keep their tickets and wristband to gain entry on that date. Failure to do so will result in repaying the admission fees.
The first ISMA Lucas Oil-Helping Hands America Stunt Bike giveaway for kids was also postponed until the May 22nd and new tickets will be issued so those who held tickets do not need to save them.
Nelles Corners, Ont. (July 14, 2018) – Earlier this season, Dan Bowes listed that one of his primary goals in 2018 was to 'get that elusive first ISMA win'. In 2017, his sixth season with the traveling group, he was ever so close to achieving that goal. The 2011 ISMA Rookie of the Year was making his presence known last season scoring fast times at Jennerstown, Delaware and Oswego.He ended up with a fourth place in the competitive ISMA driver point standings but that coveted win did not come despite the fact he had nine top ten finishes, two of them podiums and nothing less than a 12th place.
Oswego, NY (July 6, 2018) – From 1976 to 2009, the International Supermodified Association headed north of the border to the Cayuga Speedway, near Cayuga, Ontario, sometimes 2 or 3 times a season, for a total of 27 events.Many of supermodified’s legendary pilots took home checkereds at the .625-mile oval (1 K) in those years.Names such as Bentley Warren, Gary Allbritain, Jim Winks, Warren Coniam, Eddie Bellinger, Steve Gioia Jr., and Doug Heveron etched their names into the Cayuga record books from 1976 to 1985.
WINCHESTER, NH (June 30, 2018) – Mike Lichty didn't start his day well at all at the twice-rained out Carquest Genden Auto Parts ISMA 75 at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, but he certainly ended the day in fine style. Starting back in 15th, he worked his way through the field at the new venue for ISMA, and into the lead on lap 56. It was a career fifteenth feature win for the Canadian driver and the first in the short ISMA season to date.
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.