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.
Oswego, NY (May 3, 2015) – Over 40 cars filled the Oswego Speedway pits on a picture perfect day for their May 2 practice session. Two ISMA winged machines took advantage of the day to get a jumpstart on preparations for the upcoming opener at Delaware Speedway (Ont) on Friday, May 15. Alison Cumens hauled her number 39 in from Lyndell, PA and the veteran Gary Morton-Dave McKnight team brought the yellow 70 in from their native Canada.
Cumens indicated that there were few changes made from last year on her car, but that a late season blown motor was their concern. “We put in the old motor and really wanted to test it before going to Delaware. There wasn't much else that we did other than that.”
Oswego, NY (February 27, 2015) – Ben Seitz and his number 17-supermodified team are more than pleased with their 2014 accomplishments, and justifiably so. In just five years of their competition together, Seitz and car owner Dick Bien claimed an ISMA driver and owner championship respectively, something many have coveted and few have achieved.
Despite the snow and cold in the Northeast, the team is already looking now look forward to the new season and defending their title.
Said Seitz on his meteoric rise to the top of ISMA, “We had a good season last year. We were consistent and were definitely happy with the results. We didn’t set out in 2014 to necessarily win the championship; it wasn’t locked into our plans. But, then toward the end of the season, we pretty much saw it was in sight and then it became the goal.”
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.