ISMA Competitors Ready For Wild Indoor Show at Atlantic City Oswego, NY -- "It's crazy. It's mayhem everywhere," said Bradford, Mass. supermodified driver Scott Martel as he prepared to head for the two-day Atlantic City Indoor race at the ...
ISMA Competitors Ready For Wild Indoor Show at Atlantic City
Oswego, NY -- "It's crazy. It's mayhem everywhere," said Bradford, Mass. supermodified driver Scott Martel as he prepared to head for the two-day Atlantic City Indoor race at the Boardwalk Hall on January 21 and 22. "What you need besides luck," laughed Martel, driver of the ISMA super number 14, "Is good bumpers."
A number of ISMA Supermodified competitors plan on competing at the Indoor show including 2004 ISMA champ Chris Perley, Lou Cicconi, past Indoor Gamber's Classic winner Joey Payne, Martel and possibly Jon Gambuti. While Perley is a first-timer, the rest of the aforementioned may be called veterans, particularly Payne and Cicconi. But, it will be a fun trip for all as they take a break from the doldrums of winter.
"I've attempted to run the event the past two years in a car owned by a guy from New Hampshire, but I didn't have much luck," said Martel from his family-owned automotive business in Ipswich, Mass. "This year I'm running for Brian Wagonhoffer of New Jersey. Brian runs his TQ regularly at Wall Stadium. With his experience, I can hopefully do better this year. I'm certainly looking forward to it. It's a good time. A bunch of us are getting together and heading to New Jersey in Chris Perley's motorhome. We are certainly excited about competing with all the diverse drivers there like Jeff Heotzler, Billy Pauch, Ronnie Tobias Jr. and Stewart Friesen. It's great to race with the dirt regulars who drive indoors just like they do on dirt!"
As to the Lucas Oil -- Helping Hands of America ISMA circuit which begins its 2005 schedule at Waterford Speedbowl May 28, Martel indicates that he still is in the formulating stages as to his plans. "I have been in the process of buying the business from my father," said Scott. "And until that is finished -- and it almost is -- I have put off thinking about my racing plans. That will be the next thing I concentrate on."
If you go to Atlantic City the weekend activity will begin on Fri., Jan. 21, at 6:45 p.m. with TQ/Micro time trials. The 60 fastest drivers go directly into that evening's headlining "Roaring Twenties"--Triple 20-lap events in which the top-four finishers in each earn their way directly into Saturday night's main event. Friday's card is rounded out by two 12-lap Slingshot races, which will start the racing action at 7:45 p.m.
A new "Gamblers" program has been put together that will generate quite a bit of interest for our Saturday night main events. If a TQ/600 team that gambles $100 when they enter wins Saturday night's main event, they'll receive $5,000 instead of the posted $2,000 first place prize. If a Slingshot racer gambles $50 when they enter, and then wins on Saturday night they'll receive $1,000 instead of the posted $500 prize. So far, Cicconi, Perley and Payne have indicated that they'll take part in the Gambler's program.
The Sat., Jan. 22, program kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with the "Small Car Nationals" featuring Slingshot Young Lions (ages 14-16), Mini-Cup, Micro-Stock and Senior Stock Champ Kart races. The afternoon activity also will include the TQ/Micro Last Chance Race.
The Saturday-night portion of the show is slated to begin at 7:15 p.m. Heat races and semis will lead up the 40-lap "Gambler's Classic," with Slingshots also on the schedule.
Tickets are currently on sale through Ticketmaster. Tickets are available with no extra fee applied at the Boardwalk Hall box office and the Area Auto Racing News office in Trenton, N.J. Go to www.aarn.com for more info or call 609-888-3618.