The ISMA Supermodifieds made their first of three appearances in New England during the 2015 season this past weekend with a Friday-Saturday doubleheader first at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire, and ending Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on the Connecticut shore.
Points leader Dave Shulllick Jr started the weekend strong taking his second win of the season in the 75-lap Ollie Silva Memorial at Lee, but in Saturday night’s Wings & Wheels 50-lap feature at Waterford, Mike Lichty would add his name to the 2015 list of winners after running down polesitter Chris Perley who struggled with lapped traffic.
“I just saw (Perley) was having a real hard time with lap traffic, as was I in the last 10 laps trying to get by (Mike Netishen). He was using up some real estate. I knew Chris (Perley) was struggling to get by lap traffic too, so I just bided my time,” Lichty said after the race.
After starting fifth, Lichty ran third for most of the first half of the race before getting by teammate Rob Summers for second and taking the lead from Perley on lap 36.
The victory was also a bit nostalgic for Lichty, who had a big career moment at the Speedbowl in 2010.
“This is actually where I got my first win, happy to be back in victory lane.”
For Chris Perley, the struggle with the single lapped car of Mike Netishen is just the latest in a series of struggles in 2015 for the six-time ISMA champion.
“The way it was, it was bad for me,” Perley told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I was so loose on entry I couldn’t get him (Netishen). The car is coming along. I should’ve been able to get him, but I couldn’t.”
With four races remaining in the season, the Supermodifieds head North of the Border to Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada for the next round on August 21.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Jim Feeney/ISMA