2001 Championship to McKnight and Lichty Team

Oswego, NY - Dave McKnight and the Brad Lichty supermodified team started the 2001 season with a goal... to become the ISMA champion. At the Thompson Speedway World Series ISMA finale this past weekend, Dave accomplished his goal with some points...

Oswego, NY - Dave McKnight and the Brad Lichty supermodified team started the 2001 season with a goal... to become the ISMA champion. At the Thompson Speedway World Series ISMA finale this past weekend, Dave accomplished his goal with some points to spare. Just prior to embarking on the sixteenth and final race of the supermodified season, Dave reflected on his championship.

"Here we are. And, we did it. We accomplished what we set out to do. Words can't describe the feeling right now. We've still got a race today. It probably wont really settle in until banquet time. Hey, this is like a dream come true. I've been ten years chasing this goal. Today we achieved what we wanted to. We set out at the beginning of the year to try and win the title. We knew we had to run laps, to finish races and be consistent. The team has done a great job all year giving us a car that was completely flawless. It brings tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for everybody on the crew. "

"You know I have to thank a lot of people. The guys who are here today who have achieved this with me..the crew and Brad. I have to thank a lot of the predecessors like Ron Mucci, Al and Janet Bush, Bob and Ernie June, Joe Magari - all those people who gave me rides in the past. Who believed in me and helped me get my talent to where it is today to help me win this title. As I said, it's not really going to set in until later. There are a lot of people who have helped me along the way. Most of all I've got to thank my wife Judy for supporting me 150%."

As to being the first Canadian ISMA champion, Dave commented, "You know I never really thought about that at the time. I truly can't believe that I'm the only Canadian to achieve it. I look back and think maybe Warren Coniam or others, but it's unbelievable that we're the first ones. It speaks a lot for everybody involved. And, again I couldn't do it without the support of my wife. She's behind me that 150% and I love her to death."

McKnight the entire Brad Lichty Patco Race Team will be honored, as will many others, at the annual ISMA Awards Banquet on Nov. 3. The banquet will be held at the Wyndham Hotel on Carrier Circle in Syracuse, NY. Cocktails are at 6:15 with dinner at 7:00 with awards and entertainment by Brian Oddo to follow. The reservation deadline is October 27.

Tickets for the banquet are $30. each and may be obtained at Burke's Home Centers in Fulton or Oswego or by sending check or m.o. to Vicki Rabozzi, 4 Oxheart Place, Oswego, NY 13126; Delores Murphy, PO Box 2753, Liverpool, NY 13089 or call (315) 635-7487.

Also still available are the PT Cruiser Raffle tickets. Only 300 are being sold at $100 each and the prize is a 2001 PT Cruiser. The drawing for this great car is to be held at the banquet Nov. 3, so don't delay if you wanted one of these. Get some friends together and share the ticket and prize! They also may be obtained by calling Delores Murphy at the above number. Credit cards are accepted.

-ISMA-

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