An introduction to the world of the International Super Modified Association
A typical ISMA starting field includes a wide range of racecar drivers from experienced, savvy veterans to young up-and-comers trying to make a name.
Many of the veterans of the series include some of the most talented open-wheel racers in the eastern half of the United States and Ontario, Canada, including multi-time ISMA champion Chris Perley, NASCAR Modified standout Jon McKennedy, 9-time Oswego Speedway track champion and 2021 ISMA champ Otto Sitterly, and past champions Ben Seitz, Dave Shullick Jr. and Mike Lichty.
Other fan favorites include New England veteran Mike Ordway Jr. driving the legendary Clyde Booth No. 61 Silver Bullet, Canadian Mark Sammut, former Star Classic winner Jeff Abold, New England modified shoe Anthony Nocella and Ohio top guns Tim Jedrzejek, Moe Lilje, Mike McVetta and Trent Stephens.
The ISMA tour includes around a dozen franchise teams that will attend nearly every show. Similar to series like the World of Outlaws, local teams join the ISMA regulars at different tracks to make up impressive starting fields winged, big-block supermodifieds.
In 2022, ISMA has partnered with the Midwest Supermodified Series for events at Berlin, Jennerstown and Oswego to boost field size and competition.
ISMA supermodifieds are the fastest short-track racecars in the world. Weighing approximately 1850 pounds and powered by methanol-burning, fuel-injected, big-block race engines pumping out 800 to 900 horsepower, an ISMA super reaches speeds in excess of 130 to 140 mph at asphalt ovals less than one mile in length.
Planted on a 20” Hoosier right-rear tire with loads of downforce from the air-strut adjustable top wing, an ISMA super can maintain cornering speeds that rival any racecar in the world.
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New York’s Otto Sitterly and Mass.’s Jon McKennedy were the stories of the 2021 ISMA series. In his first full season racing on the ISMA circuit, Sitterly drove his John Nicotra-owned Bodnar chassis to consistent finishes throughout the early stages of the season and got hot late, scoring his second career ISMA win at Lee USA in August and following it up with a win at Jennerstown, Pa., in September. Two wins and consistency were more than enough for Sitterly and Nicotra to claim the series championship by a wide margin over driver Ben Seitz and owner Howie Lane.
Meanwhile, driver McKennedy and owner Tim Lepine entered their No. 79 four times in 2021 and won all four races. McKennedy’s scores came at Seekonk and Monadnock in June, Claremont in August and his fourth career Star Classic in September.
Three other drivers won ISMA features in 2021. Oswego Speedway regular Jeff Abold won his first race at Sandusky Speedway in the Friday night Fast 40 of Hy-Miler Nationals weekend in July. Ohio owner/driver Mike McVetta won his first career Hy-Miler Nationals the following night in a rain-shortened race. And two-time series champion Mike Lichty drove his No. 84 to the King of Wings win at Oswego on July 31.
WHERE IN 2022?
The ISMA tour normally visits a wide range of regions throughout the northeastern United States and Ontario, although the series hasn’t visited Canada since the 2020 global pandemic.
The tour will head to western Pennsylvania for a co-sanctioned show with MSS at Jennerstown Speedway Complex Saturday, June 11.
Ohio fans are served their fair share of ISMA super racing in late July when the tour hits Sandusky Speedway for the annual Friday / Saturday Hy-Miler Nationals.
Michigan’s Berlin Raceway is back on the schedule in 2022 with a doubleheader scheduled for Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16.
ISMA races in the Empire State on an annual basis, most notably at the Home of the Supermodifieds – Oswego Speedway in Oswego, N.Y. The series will visit Oswego three times in 2022 with Winged Super Challenge events taking place June 4, July 9 and August 13, all Saturday nights.
A number of ISMA teams call New England home, and the series typically runs in the region several times each season. In 2022, both New England ISMA races are in New Hampshire at Claremont Speedway in August and Star Speedway for the Star Classic September 17.
The 2022 ISMA series begins Saturday, June 4 at Oswego Speedway and closes Saturday, Sept. 17 with the Star Classic.
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