Franchise owners signed up for 2002

ISMA owners sign up for annual franchise Oswego, NY - As has been the custom, ISMA - the International Supermodified Association, will begin its new season with 20 confirmed car owners committed to competition. Several years ago ISMA initiated...

ISMA owners sign up for annual franchise

Oswego, NY - As has been the custom, ISMA - the International Supermodified Association, will begin its new season with 20 confirmed car owners committed to competition. Several years ago ISMA initiated the "franchise" car owner program to assist car owners with expenses. Only 20 franchises are up for the taking each season and the rewards must be worth it as the slots are all full with over a month to go until the Lee USA and Seekonk Speedway opening weekend In May.

"We're excited that we've filled the 20 openings so soon," said ISMA President Chuck Handley recently. "This shows that the interest is definitely out there. We actually had more applicants than openings this season with preference going to last year's franchise owners first and secondl to the higher remaining applicants from the ISMA 2001 point standings."

To those new to the franchise system idea, it goes something like this. Twenty ISMA car owner prepay their entire season's entry fee in advance. This group is rewarded for this prepayment and commitment to competition with a $1000 to start each feature and tow money up to $600 depending on distance travelled. Although most franchise car owners make 100% of the shows, they are allowed to miss three of the 20 scheduled season's races and still reap the benefits of the franchise system.

The fans and track owners, in turn, are assured that at least 20 of the top ISMA owners/drivers will be on hand for most of the events. Back again as franchise car owners in 2002 are Paul Dunigan(2), Howie Lane(2), Steve Miller, Howard Page, Joe Hawksby Sr., Dan Soule, Ray Chesbro, Betty Payne, Lou Cicconi, Mark Sammut, Brad Lichty(2), Bob Tetrault, and Bruce Budnick. New signees are Vic Miller with "Rowley Rocket" Chris Perley at the helm, Jamie Letcher, Pat Furlong, with Oswego Speedway champion Greg Furlong on board, and Jim Shirey.

ISMA swings into action on May 4 and 5 with their opener at Lee USA Speedway(NH) on Saturday followed by a return trip to Seekonk Speedway(MA) on Sunday. Those two events produced two different winners and some great racing in 2001 when Joey Payne and Chris Perley took the first two feature checkereds. Most will remember that it was Payne's first win for this new team at Lee and who can forget Perley's last lap, last corner pass of Scott Martel for the Seekonk win?! Both drivers should be on hand to defend their respective titles, especially Perley whose owner Vic Miller, is now a new franchise car owner. But, they'll have to contend with Canadian champ Dave McKnight who did quite a bit of winning in 2001 too! And, then there's the powerful Paul Dunigan - Wood-Gosek team, who are sure to be in the thick of things along with many others!

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