2001 Awards Banquet report

ISMA Honors 2001 Champions Dave McKnight And Brad Lichty At Awards Banquet November 3 Syracuse, NY (Nov. 3, 2001) - The Wyndham Hotel in Syracuse was the backdrop once again for the International Supermodified Association's awards banquet. The...

ISMA Honors 2001 Champions Dave McKnight And Brad Lichty At Awards Banquet November 3

Syracuse, NY (Nov. 3, 2001) - The Wyndham Hotel in Syracuse was the backdrop once again for the International Supermodified Association's awards banquet. The 19th annual affair honored the 2001 driver and owner champions, Dave McKnight and Brad Lichty respectively, as the first Canadian team to take home the title in the 27 years of ISMA's existence. Many other awards were given out at the resplendent gala with the Patco Motorsports team taking a good share.

McKnight and Lichty were honored as the champions and with that award went ISMA Driver of the Year and Owner of the Year honors. Brad Lichty received the coveted ISMA Mechanic of the Year plaque, jacket and check while McKnight also took home the ISMA Achievement award . The entire Patco Transportation team, which fielded both the championship 94 super, and the eighth-place finishing number 84 super, driven on most occasions by Lichty, received the Race Threads Crew of the Year award.

Another historic presentation was made when Jennifer Chesbro was presented the Randy Witkum Memorial Rookie of the Year award sponsored by Shea New England Concrete. Chesbro is the first-ever female recipient of this award and one of the few female supermodified competitors in the division's history. She coupled the rookie award with the ISMA Most Improved Driver of the Year honor.

Chris Perley, who finished fourth in the final standings in the Vic Miller 11, picked up the Fans Most Popular Driver award, sponsored by Gater Racing News and also the prestigious A.J. Michaels Memorial award. The second time in the award's presentation, "Irish" Jack Murphy was voted the Jim Shampine Memorial award. Murphy, a compatriot of Shampine's, has been with ISMA since the inception and has served as the president, on the Board of Directors and currently as a tech inspector. Murphy's wife Delores was given the ISMA Support Award for all her work as treasurer and caretaker of the ISMA novelty trailer.

Longtime car owner Paul Dunigan, who fields the 26, 29 and 7 supers, received the Jim Soule Dedication award.

The top 20 owners and drivers in the ISMA point standings each received plaques, trophies and/or checks. The top ten drivers were McKnight, Lou Cicconi, Joe Gosek, Perley, Russ Wood, Joey Payne, Ken Bell, Howie Lane, Jamie Timmons and Howard Page. Page also had his name drawn out of those top ten to win a new helmet donated by Bob Seymour of Seymour Enterprises.

The winner of the PT Cruiser (or $10,000 cash) was drawn with much anticipation among the ticket holders who purchased them throughout the season. And, as luck would have it, that prize also went to a Canadian, Bill Merker of Cambridge, Ontario, to finalize the Canadian sweep of the big prizes.

Banquet chairperson Vicki Rabozzi and her helpers were given a round of applause for their fine work.

Artie Rousseau, the voice of ISMA, handled the master of ceremonies' duties while music was provided by DJ Brian Oddo.

At earlier meetings during the day, it was announced that Howie Lane was voted in as the vice president for the upcoming year. Three new board members, Jack Murphy, Dan Soule and Joe Gosek, were re-elected for three year terms.

The tentative 2002 ISMA schedule was released and discussed with the opener weekend May 4 and 5 at Lee USA and Seekonk Speedways. The one new addition to the slate is Adirondack Speedway on Sunday, August 4, while most of the remaining schedule pretty much follows 2001.

-ISMA-

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