Sandusky, Ohio (July 24, 2015) – Ravenna, Ohio's Trent Stephens took command of the Friday Night Fast Forty at Sandusky Speedway from the drop of the green and never looked back. And, for a while, that was perhaps a good thing as several competitors like Dan Bowes, Jeff Locke, and Ben Seitz were within striking distance in the early going. But quickly Stephens, looking for his first ISMA win, pulled away from the pack, leaving some distance between his Stout 19 and the Locke 37. Only one yellow past the midway mark, bunched up the field, but Trent put the 19 out front and kept it there. Stephens breathed a sigh of relief standing in victory lane, after what has been a rather difficult season to date.
Lorain County Speedway and ISMA officials struggle with finding a make-up date but none work
South Amherst, OH (July 15, 2015) – ISMA officials have offered up four potential make-up dates for the Saturday portion of the Dave & Buster’s ISMA Summercade that was washed out on June 27, 2015. All four dates have significant enough drawbacks that will unfortunately prevent the event from being rescheduled this year. The potential make-up dates are in direct conflict with either the Lorain County Fair, a scheduled MSA event at a neighboring track, the year end Cavalcade at a neighboring track or a date that was too soon to be able to promote and advertise it properly.
Oswego, NY (July 11, 2015) - Canajoharie's Otto Sitterly has won many features, a number of championships and Classics, at Oswego Speedway, but the one title that alluded him until Saturday night, was the King of Wings. This was primarily due to the fact that he was not a regular winged supermodified driver. But that all changed when he teamed, last year, with Dave Shullick Jr. and the Bodnar team based in Ohio. Shullick had accumulated quite a list of accomplishments in his career, but his came with a wing strapped on his potent supermodified. The goal became that each talented driver switch roles. Otto wanted to win in a winged car and Shullick in a non-winged car and the quest began. At the 50-lap King of Wings VII Sitterly notched his first winged win with relative ease. He started on the pole and led every lap, pretty much without any serious challenge.
OSWEGO, NY (July 7, 2015) – The mighty ISMA Supermodifieds, as well as the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites, return to Oswego Speedway on Saturday, July 11 for the seventh edition of the prestigious King of Wings presented by Shea Concrete and Helena Chemical Company.
King of Wings VII will mark the third round of the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series at the Speedway, bringing the best in winged Supermodified racing to the Port City for the right to wear the crown that comes along with a King of Wings championship.
Lorain, OH (June 27, 2015) -- The second day of the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) Series event at Lorain County Speedway, scheduled for Saturday, June 27th has been cancelled due to inclement weather forecasts.
Lorain, OH (June 26, 2015) -- Thirty-one years ago the International SuperModified Association ran their first race event at Lorain County Speedway. The 22 of Doug Saunier of Navarre, OH was the winner of the 1984 100-lapper. Fast forward to 2015 when ISMA returned to Lorain County and saw young NASA engineer Michael McVetta win the Friday night 50-lapper, driving his 22 to a career-first victory. McVetta, ironically just happens to be Saunier's son-in-law. It was all the more rewarding for McVetta who had crashed heavily at Oswego Speedway on June 13 and was nursing an injured finger from the incident. Unfortunately, McVetta also saw is first victory marred at race end when a broken watts link sent him into the first turn with a damaged car.
Oswego, NY (June 18, 2015) – ISMA returns to Lorain County Speedway on June 26-27 after having a long hiatus. The last time the ISMA organization competed at Ohio’s Lorain County Speedway was back on September 15, 1984. After a wet weekend, the 100-lapper finally got underway with Doug Saunier beating out Todd Gibson for the win by several car lengths. Gary Allbritain, Bentley Warren, Jamie Moore, Joe Grunda, Dave Shullick Sr., Steve Gioia, Bruce Robey and Ken Williamson finished in the top ten.
Oswego NY (June 13, 2015) – Last Thursday, Timmy Jedrzejek and his family were enjoying a vacation in North Carolina. A phone call from Howie Lane, sent them packing up and heading, not to their Ohio home, but to Oswego Speedway to drive the Lane 97 at the Saturday ISMA show. Timmy J jumped behind the wheel of the car for the first time in practice, felt comfortable and later that night led all 50 of the feature laps to his his career-fifth at Oswego Speedway and his seventh overall in ISMA.
OSWEGO, NY (June 9, 2015) – Just weeks after one of the most exciting feature finishes in recent memory, the ISMA winged Supermodifieds will return to Oswego Speedway for round two of the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series presented by Crop Production Services.
Memorial Day Weekend’s Port City Super Spectacle featured a fierce battle between Canadians Mark Sammut and Mike Lichty, which saw Sammut dart into the lead on the race’s final corner to claim his first career Oswego victory.
Oswego, NY (June 8, 2015) – Several years ago, Ed Shea of Shea Concrete initiated a separate driver point fund, which encompassed the four winged ISMA shows scheduled at Oswego Speedway. A purse of $5,000 was established to be divided up among the top five point getters from those four races. This season that purse will go up to $6,000 for those five drivers and each will receive a check and a trophy after the final point tallies in September.
2015 brings another added incentive for the winged competitors which makes the winner’s prize $6,000 at each Oswego event. Four sponsors – Raeco Metals, owned by Mike Lichty of Innerkip, Ontario, Craig Reed, owner of Reed’s Salvage, Ken Locke, of Locke Crane Service and Cape Cod Aggregates, sponsor of the 2014 championship Seitz-Bien team, have gotten together to sweeten the feature purse by $5,000 at each of the four Oswego ISMA races this season.
By Carol D Haynes, ISMA ; photos by Ray Grela, Bob Clark and Carol D Haynes
Oswego, NY – (May 23, 2015) -- Just over a week ago, Canadian Mark Sammut had a good chance of winning the ISMA opener at Delaware, Ontario. After leading more than half the race, his win didn't materialize and he settled for a fourth place. At Oswego Speedway Saturday night, Sammut moved into second place with less than ten laps to go in the Irish Jack Murphy Memorial 50 and deftly pursued fellow Canadian for the win. On the last turn of the last lap, Sammut pulled alongside Lichty and just edged the 84 out for the victory as they crossed the finish line. The ISMA portion of the Super Spectacle’ presented by Shea Concrete and Corr/Pak Merchandising win was worth $6000 to the London, Ontario, and his first-ever Oswego victory. It was a fifth overall career ISMA victory.
Delaware, Ontario (May 15, 2015) -- At ISMA's opener of the season, Ohio's Dave Shullick Jr. turned up the heat on his Jim Bodnar-built 95 super nicknamed “Fire” Friday night at Delaware Speedway to make a torrid last lap pass of race leader Jeff Locke. Shullick and Locke both had past Delaware wins in their resumes and they put on a almost side-by side duel to the finish each looking for another victory. For the last 15 laps of the 75 lapper they had the fans on the edge of their seats as they clocked high 15 to low 16 second laps on the Canadian half-mile. As the white flag unfurled over the 95 and 37, Shullick made his move and edged by Locke in turn one heading for victory. It was both a joyful and a poignant win for the Amherst driver as he dedicated the win to two very special people.
Oswego, NY (May 13, 2015) – It was announced today that the 2-event ISMA Harvey Lennox Memorial Series at Delaware Speedway, near London, Ontario, will have an extra incentive. The following companies, Patco Transportation, Murray’s Transmission and Arctic Snowplows have gotten together to add an extra $3500 to create a driver’s point fund.
DELAWARE, Ontario (May 13, 2015) -- London driver Mark Sammut has his fingers crossed for a hometown victory when the World’s Most Powerful Short Track Cars, the winged ISMA Super Modifieds, invade Delaware Speedway on Friday night for the 2015 season opener for the series and the track sponsored by Carstar Collision and Glass Service.