October 3, 2018 - With only nine days between now and Saturday qualifying races for the 56th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing ISMA 50 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, we move to the top five in ISMA Owner standings on our countdown to the 2018 season closer.
The Massachusetts-based Howie Lane No. 97 will go to Thompson sitting fifth in the owner points after recording a mostly good season with primary driver Tim Jedrzejek. In fact, Jedrzejek has had one of the best seasons of any driver on the tour, finishing top-five in three of his eight starts while posting two feature wins – the Friday night Fast 40 at Sandusky during Hy-Miler weekend and the Oswego SuperNationals Classic weekend. He’s also missed two shows – Monadnock and Star – which has the likeable Ohio wheelman 10th in driver points.
Most recently, the Bob Webber Sr Memorial Star Classic 150 cost the Lane team many valuable points with supermodified legend Russ Wood substituting for Timmy J. To no fault of Wood’s, the engine on the 97 suffered a problem in the opening laps of the Classic, relegating the eight-time ISMA driver champ to a disappointing 19th-place result.
The Lane 97 will now enter Thompson only seven points ahead of Clyde Booth’s No. 61 with driver Mike Ordway Jr. The battle between the 97 and 61 will be one to keep an eye on throughout the weekend as likely only one will come away with a top-five in owner points with Mark Sammut in fourth and over 70 points ahead of the pair.
Jedrzejek is one of the veteran supermodified racers capable of winning at any track he visits. The Brian Allegresso-built 97 has proven to be a strong ride for the Ohio veteran, and he’ll likely be one of the drivers to beat next weekend in ISMA’s portion of the World Series.