Ben Seitz left little doubt as to who the race winner was in Sunday’s ISMA Supermodified season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT). However, the battle for the 2018 ISMA championship wasn't so clear after the 50-lap Sunoco World Series feature. In fact, the driver who celebrated a championship on the frontstretch at Thompson wasn't the driver crowned champion when the final calculations were made.
Entering the season finale at Thompson, Dan Bowes led Kyle Edwards by 16 points at the top of the ISMA championship standings. When the checkered flag was waved, Edwards crossed the finish line in second, while Bowes had marched up to finish fourth.
In the immediate post-race interviews, ISMA officials had declared Bowes as the 2018 champion. But following the initial celebrations, a more detailed review of the race was undertaken, with officials discovering that a mistake had been made in the final points earned by Edwards.
While it appeared originally Bowes had won the title by just two points, ISMA officials had not accounted for an additional five points earned by Edwards early in the race for leading a single lap. With those five points tabulated, it was then officially determined that Kyle Edwards had won the 2018 ISMA title by three points over Dan Bowes.
After informing both drivers on Sunday afternoon, ISMA president Richard “Doc” Hathaway informed the racing community in an open letter placed on ISMA’s social media pages on Monday morning.
“Yesterday at Thompson, a mistake was made that no officers and personnel ever want to make. An announcement was made that should not have been made prior to accurate review by many people. The announcement of a champion.
“Under pressure of determining the outcome of a season long points battle between Dan Bowes and Kyle Edwards for the coveted ISMA Championship, an early, but incorrect statement was made. After careful review of the entire race it was found that a critical, and transitional five points were missed. The points for leading a lap. Never should this mistake have occurred and NEVER should an outcome be made public until critical final review by many.”
Hathaway’s letter went on to express an apology to Dan Bowes and his family for the error. The letter also offered congratulations to both Bowes and Edwards for their performances over the year, while congratulating Edwards for winning his first ISMA title.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Jim Feeney / ISMA