McKennedy Stays Hot in ISMA’s First Trip to Claremont

Friday night marked the first time that Supermodifieds have been to Claremont Motorsports Park in 40 years – the last time was the 1981 season – and the first-ever ISMA-sanctioned event to take place at the 1/3-mile New Hampshire bullring.  Despite having never raced at Claremont in a Super, Jon McKennedy still managed to be the class of the field, bringing home the checkered flag in the 75-lap ISMA feature.

 

McKennedy, who has raced at Claremont a handful of times over the years, hounded polesitter Dan Bowes and second place starter Chris Perley for the first 25 laps of the race before making his move to the front.  He held off a charging Otto Sitterly on a late-race restart to bring home his seventh win in his last seven ISMA starts – a streak that dates back to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Thompson Speedway in October 2019.

 

“It’s a lot of fun,” McKennedy said.  “It’s a cool little track, I’ve always liked coming here.  I think my first time here was back around 2009 and we actually won.

Probably the third lap today in practice I knew what I kind of needed and I felt really comfortable.  Feels great.  We’re on a roll, that’s seven in a row.

New York’s Otto Sitterly had the only car fast enough to give McKennedy trouble, but he lost the handle on his machine and, after an extremely close call with the Turn 4 wall while battling McKennedy for the lead, ultimately had to settle for second.

 

“It was really close,” he said.  “I tried to give Jonathan a run there, but we were just way too tight, it wouldn’t turn, so I just wanted to do everything I could to make him nervous.”

 

2014 series champion Ben Seitz kept his car out of trouble all night, capitalizing on a Dan Bowes spin and an early retirement for Chris Perley to bring his No. 97 home third.

 

“It’s a lot of fun, this track has a lot more grip than I thought it was going to with the big block,” Seitz said.  “We were just a little bit off Otto and Jon, [they] were real good tonight.  We just need to get a little bit better.”

 

Regular Midwest Supermodified series competitor Moe Lilje finished fourth after starting 10th, and Anthony Nocella brought his No. 9 home in fifth.

 

The next race for the ISMA Supermodifieds is at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex in Jennerstown, PA on Saturday, September 11th, before rolling into the Star Speedway in Epping, NH for the Bob Webber, Sr. Memorial on Saturday, September 18th.

 

ISMA Supermodifieds at Claremont – Full Results

  1. Jon McKennedy
  2. Otto Sitterly
  3. Ben Seitz
  4. Moe Lilje
  5. Anthony Nocella
  6. Dan Bowes
  7. Dave Helliwell
  8. Ryan Lock
  9. Kenny White, Jr.
  10. Mike Ordway, Jr.
  11. Chris Perley
  12. Russ Wood

 

Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent

Photo credit: Speed51 photo

McKennedy Stays Hot in ISMA’s First Trip to Claremont