Oswego, NY - With March winds still swirling snowflakes, supermodified fans can at least look forward to the fact that racing is not that far away. The International Supermodified Association heads for a New England doubleheader-opener on May 5...
Oswego, NY - With March winds still swirling snowflakes, supermodified fans can at least look forward to the fact that racing is not that far away. The International Supermodified Association heads for a New England doubleheader-opener on May 5 and 6, a little over a month down the road. Lee USA Speedway(Lee, N.H.) is the initial venue on Saturday, May 5 with a "super" return to the Seekonk Speedway on Sunday, May 6. In all 18 races on 11 weekends make up the 2001 ISMA slate with over $600,000 on the line in total purses!
Lee USA's May 5 ISMA opener is one of two events to be held at that NH 3/8th's mile banked oval; the other being August 17. A May 6 return to Seekonk (Seekonk, Ma.)is heavily anticipated as the supers last ran at that exciting .686 semi-banked oval in 1996. Mike Ordway was the last winner there, trailed by Joey Payne, Russ Wood, Chris Perley and Pat Abold in a competitive 75 lapper.
From there it's on to Oswego Speedway for the first of two lucrative shows at that Port City oval. First up is the Jim Shampine Memorial doubleheader, pairing a winged 50 lapper with a non-winged 50 lapper. This popular doubleheader has produced some very exciting events since its inception. The ISMA contingent, of course, returns to Oswego for their annual Classic Weekend Super Nationals 50 lapper on Sept. 1. With Chris Perley running a full-time schedule in 2001, he'll certainly be looking for win #4 of this one.
June 8 and 9 finds ISMA heading west to one of supermodified's traditional fan hotbeds and a $80,000 two-race purse for the first of two huges doubleheader paydays in 2001. On June 8th ISMA returns to Ohio's Toledo Speedway, after a long hiatus and then it's on to Michigan's Berlin Speedway on June 9th where huge crowds are sure to greet the ISMA competitors for a huge doubleheader of speed.
International flavor comes in July as the winged warriors head north to Canada and a first time trip to Kawartha (Peterborough) July 7 and then on to Cayuga (Nelles Corners) July 8, with a return trip to Cayuga, co-owned by ISMA Board Member Brad Lichty, scheduled for August 5. Brad's got another big weekend of racing and music planned.
The first of the supermodified winged "classics" takes place at Sandusky Speedway at the end of July. On July 27, a 40-lap preliminary event runs the night before the annual Hy-Miler Nationals 100 on Saturday night July 28. On the way down the pike to Cayuga, Aug. 5, ISMA drivers will stop at another popular western NY oval, Lancaster Speedway for a Saturday August 4 open wheel special.
The second leg of the Lee USA series and a return trip to Oxford Plains (Me.) Speedway on August 17 and 18 completes the second of ISMA's two biggest twinbill weekends ever!! The 100-lap Oxford Plains event, which filled the house last season at that beautiful Maine facility, will be called the first annual Classic there.
Oswego's Sept. 1 Super Nationals 50 is followed by another of the traditional Classics as the supers vie at Star Speedway's 36th annual Classic 200 on Sept. 8. The Star Classic, with Lou Cicconi defending champion, is always one the fans look forward to.
Sept. 15 and 16, the ISMA organization is southward-bound with events slated at Southern National Speedway in Kenly (N.C.) and Coastal Plains Speedway respectively. Located southeast of SNS, Coastal Plains is a 4/10'th mile, semi-banked oval which ISMA will be visiting for the first time.
October, arriving as quick as the supers fly, hosts the annual Thompson Speedway World Series of Speed on the 21st and 22nd, which includes the powerful winged supers as one of the premier divisions of many. This year should be a real experience as that 60 plus-year old speedway was paved last fall, and it's surface is ready for speed!!!! Thompson is also the race that usually decides the ISMA championship as the finale of the race season.
Further information in regard to ISMA may be found by logging onto www.hometown.aol.com/ismatour; by calling 315-343-6147 or writing ISMA, PO Box 2753, Liverpool, NY 13089 for a full color schedule card.