An introduction to the world of the Winged, Big Block Super Modified Racing

2024 Track Guide

WHO?

Jeff Abold (05) and Mike McVetta race at Evans Mills Raceway Park in September 2024 (Jim Feeney photo)

A typical ISMA/MSS 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 Otto Sitterly, 2023 series champion Mike McVetta second generation 12-time feature winner Mike Ordway Jr., and past champions Ben Seitz, Dave Shullick Jr. and Mike Lichty.

Other fan favorites include Canadian Mark Sammut, Star Classic winner Jeff Abold, former NASCAR Truck Series champion Johnny Benson Jr., former series champion Kyle Edwards and Ohio top guns Moe Lilje, Rich Reid and Trent Stephens.

The ISMA/MSS 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 tour regulars at different tracks to make up impressive starting fields winged, big-block supermodifieds.

WHAT?

ISMA/MSS 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/MSS 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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RECAPPING 2023

Canadian veteran driver-owner Mark Sammut opened the newly merged ISMA/MSS tour with a feature win at the Jennerstown Speedway opener May 13. Two-time defending series champion Otto Sitterly solidified his John Nicotra Racing No. 7 as a championship frontrunner again in 2023 with a wire-to-wire win less than a month later on June 3 at Oswego Speedway in the first Winged Supermodified Challenge race of the year.

The series would move to Northeast Ohio later in June at Lorain Raceway Park for the Super Crown Nationals, where three different drivers captured wins among three features in two nights. Mike McVetta piloted his No. 22 to the Friday night win before Trent Stephens and Kyle Edwards split the Twin 40s Saturday night.

Sitterly was back in victory lane Saturday, July 1, at Oswego’s second Winged Super Challenge, before the tour headed west to Berlin Raceway for the second annual Great Lakes Classic, where Edwards captured his second win of the year Friday night and Mike Ordway Jr. wheeled Clyde Booth’s Silver Bullet No. 61 to the win Saturday.

McVetta picked up 2024 win No. 2 at Sandusky Speedway’s Hy-Miler Fast 40 Friday, July 28, and Jeff Abold of Baldwinsville, N.Y., completed the supermodified Triple Crown Saturday night at Sandusky Speedway. With his win in the ISMA / MSS Hy-Miler Nationals 100, Abold now owns wins in the sport’s three most prestigious races — Oswego Speedway’s International Classic, Star Speedway’s Classic and the Hy-Miler.

Ordway Jr. was the winner of the rain-delayed third Winged Super Challenge at Oswego Sunday, August 13, in one of the most exciting races of the season over his brother-in-law, Trent Stephens.

The championship would come down to the John Burr Classic 100 in September at Evans Mills Raceway Park, a new track to the series in 2024. Abold would make a late-race pass on McVetta to score his second feature win of the season to win the battle, and McVetta’s P2 finish was enough to capture the Ohio owner-driver his first career ISMA championship in the first year the series was merged with MSS.

WHERE IN 2024?

The ISMA/MSS tour normally visits a wide range of regions throughout eastern United States, including the Midwest, Upstate New York, New England and North Carolina.

Berlin Raceway in Michigan, site of the third annual ISMA/MSS Great Lakes Classic in July 2024
Berlin Raceway in Michigan, site of the third annual ISMA/MSS Great Lakes Classic in July 2024

Ohio fans are served two weekends of ISMA/MSS super racing this summer with the Super Crown Nationals in June at Lorain Raceway Park and the annual Friday / Saturday Hy-Miler Nationals at Sandusky Speedway the last weekend of July.

Michigan’s Berlin Raceway is back on the schedule in 2024 with the third annual Great Lakes Classic doubleheader scheduled for Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13.

ISMA/MSS 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 twice in 2024 with Winged Super Challenge events taking place June 1 and June 29. The June 1 event will serve as the 2024 ISMA/MSS Supermodified Series opener.

The series will return to New England and specifically New Hampshire for Thursday-Friday August doubleheader. On August 15, the supers visit Claremont Motorsports Park for the Thursday Night Thunder 75-lapper before heading to Lee USA Speedway Friday night for the Ollie Silva Memorial 75.

The series will head to the North Country of Upstate New York to close the 2024 points season with the John Burr Classic — at Evans Mills Raceway Park Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14.

For the first time in many years, the stars of ISMA/MSS will head to North Carolina in November 2024 for the North South Shootout at Caraway Speedway. The event is non-points, and we expect most of our series regulars to be in attendance.

WHEN?

The 2024 ISMA/MSS series begins Saturday, June 1 at Oswego Speedway and closes with Championship Night Saturday, Sept. 16 at Evans Mills (N.Y.) Raceway Park. A new non-points two-day event will take place at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina Nov. 8-9.

WHY?

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!