An introduction to the world of the International Supermodified Association
The Who, What, Where, When and Why of ISMA supermodified racing
ISMA racers range in age from late teenage years to upward of 60 and 70 years old. ISMA drivers are known as some of the best short-track open-wheel competitors in the country and reside throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada.
A typical ISMA starting field includes nearly every type of race driver from experienced, savvy veterans to young up-and-comers trying to make a name to stock-car racers who’ve found a supermodified ride and love for the high-speed, high-energy form of motorsport.
The ISMA tour includes over a dozen franchise teams that attend every show. Similar to series like the World of Outlaws sprint cars, local teams join the ISMA regulars at various venues to make up impressive starting fields of over 20 and sometimes 30 winged supermodifieds.
ISMA supermodifieds are the fastest short-track racecars in the world. At approximately 1850 pounds with big-block methanol fuel-injected Chevrolets pumping out over 800 horsepower, an ISMA super reaches speeds in excess of 140 mph at asphalt ovals that are all less than one mile in length.
Planted on a 20” Hoosier right-rear tire with loads of down force from the air-strut adjustable top wing, an ISMA super can maintain cornering speed that rivals any racecar in the world.
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Traditionally, the ISMA tour is approximately 15 races that travels to pavement short-track ovals throughout the eastern United States and Canada.
With many teams based in New England, this region is considered the heart of the series with multiple stops in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The July Hy-Miler Nationals at Sandusky, Ohio – a Friday, Saturday doubleheader – is a marquee ISMA event along with September’s Star Classic at N.H.’s Star Speedway.
The ISMA tour continues to travel to the tradition-rich Oswego Speedway in Oswego, N.Y., one of the original hotbeds for supermodified racing. Oswego boasts four ISMA events in 2013 and the track remains the Home of the Supermodifieds and only weekly venue for the class.
A midsummer Friday, Sunday twin bill at Delaware Speedway and Sunset International Speedway in Ontario provides Canadian-based teams and fans a close-to-home location to enjoy the ground-pounding winged supermodified competition.
The ISMA tour usually opens in May (May 4 at Oswego in 2013) and runs into October, almost always closing with the World Series of Racing at Thompson (Conn.) Int’l Speedway.
The series kicks into high gear the last weekend of July with the Hy-Miler Nationals at Sandusky.
August and September generally are the busiest months for ISMA. In 2013, August features five races in four weeks. Labor Day weekend is always reserved for Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway’s International Classic event while the second weekend in September has ISMA at N.H.’s Star Speedway for the annual 150-lap Star Classic.
A love and passion for the sport of supermodified racing.
If you’ve never seen a winged supermodified race, what are you waiting for?! Supermodified racing provides many of the greatest thrills in motorsports with some of the fastest wheel-to-wheel action fans will ever witness. Find the race closest to you and make plans to attend this season!