In the past six seasons of MSA supermodified competition, there has been a common denominator amongst the top drivers in the race recaps week in and week out. That patient, quietly aggressive driver that has been lurking amongst those under the limelight all of these years has finally sprung into full blossom and his name is Trent Stephens. Driving the #19 Kasper Auto Group/Schaeffer’s Oil sponsored winged roadster for long time supermodified owner Steve Stout, Stephens has amassed a collection of trophies and accomplishments most people could only dream of within a six year time span.
The 2009 Midwest Supermodified Association Rookie of the Year has four MSA point titles (2011-2014) as well as nineteen feature wins. This year, the twenty-six year old driver from Shalersville, Ohio plans to move on from the monotony of running for the MSA championship and travel around to different tracks, when he isn’t busy competing for the ISMA (International SuperModified Association) championship. Stephens and his ACME Racing team have also not ruled out attempts at the bigger non-wing races at the Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York or returning to winged sprint car racing for a race or two.
The run for the ISMA title will take Stephens to many unique meccas for supermodified racing around the United States and Canada. Amongst them are the two of the most famous, the Oswego (NY) and Sandusky (OH) Speedways, with “the Steel Palace” holding four race dates and Sandusky hosting its signature double header Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals at the end of July. The Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada will also play host to two ISMA events in 2015, as will Lorain County Speedway in South Amherst, OH. Rounding out the remainder of the International SuperModified Association schedule will be single race dates at Waterford (CT), Lee USA (NH), and Star (NH) all leading up to the season finale at the five-eighths mile Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the 53rd running of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, featuring 15 divisions headlined by the ISMA championship race and a fifty lap feature event in order to decide who goes home the champion of the 41st annual ISMA point standings.
About Trent Stephens: Trent has become one of the top open wheel racers in Ohio and his goals include becoming one of the most regarded supermodified racers in the country. Trent works very hard to interact with fans throughout the course of race nights and events. Whether it’s stopping to sign an autograph for a young fan or spending time to give an interview, Stephens realizes the importance of giving back to the community and the people that spend their hard-earned money to watch him and his competitors. Stephens’ youthful energy and engaging personality have combined with his supreme driving talents and car control to make him one of the most popular drivers on the supermodified circuit, and he’s won the MSA’s Most Popular Driver award in 2012 and 2013. He’s often one of the last drivers at the track signing autographs for fans after the races, and he’s developed a large following on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on Trent and his plans for 2015, like and follow him on Facebook by searching “Trent Stephens” or follow him on Twitter @tstephens19!
-Jarrett Emmerich Press Release. Photo Credit: Patrick Hahe/NEORacingNews.com