EPPING, NH — The 51st ISMA Supermodified Classic at Star Speedway traditionally brings in drivers who don’t compete regularly on the ISMA Tour and this year will be no different. The largest winged Supermodified field of cars in the east will once again converge on the historic Southern New Hampshire track this Saturday, September 10 for what is sure to be another memorable event.
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and 2008 NASCAR Truck Series Champion and three-time ISMA winner Johnny Benson Jr., of Grand Rapids, Michigan will run his first ISMA event of the season at Star as a team car driver to Mike Lichty.
The 2013 Star Classic winner, Jon McKennedy from Chelmsford, Mass., will also be back. McKennedy will be competing in his first 2016 ISMA event as well, in the team car to 2015 ISMA Champion and current points leader Dave Shullick Jr..
Last Sunday’s Oswego Classic winner Jeff Abold will also be in the field. He has a history of running in the top five at Star. Justin Belfiore won the Classic in 2007, and although he is running a limited schedule this season, he too will give the 150-lap Classic another run on Saturday night. The Ipswich, Mass., native is always a threat at Star.
Chris Perley of Rowley, Mass., is also expected to return to the track where he once raced weekly in his storied championship career that saw him take six ISMA titles with car owner Vic Miller. Joe Gosek, the 1987 ISMA Champion will also make his first ISMA start of the season at Star on Saturday night.
Mike Ordway Jr., is one of several favorites for this year’s Classic. The Fremont, N.H., driver has been running well of late in the potent Clyde Booth Supermodified, and to say that he is looking forward to this race at Star would be an understatement. This is the best opportunity he has had to win an ISMA Classic at his home track, and to continue his streak of top three ISMA finishes this season.
“The car has been very, very good,” Ordway confirmed. “I grew up there at Star watching my dad and Russ Wood Sr., Chris Perley and all of them guys. Every Saturday night we were there when they were racing. I wish all of them guys were still out there, but now that I get a chance to do it, it is going to be pretty special.”
The 350 Supermodifieds will also run their major event of the season with the Randy Witkum Memorial 50-lap race paying by far the highest payday of their season, thanks in part to many bonus sponsorship’s that have further increased the payoff throughout the field. That includes all 50 laps being sold, and paid to two different drivers running in the top ten on every lap. A full listing can be found on the track web site.
Joey Payne will be competing in th 350 Supermodified race against a solid field of Star regulars. Payne, a former Witkum teammate will be in the potent 19 car, and he wants to win the race to honor Witkum as much as anyone.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series goes 100 laps at Star as well, making Saturday a night with three major events on the schedule. The weekly Allen’s Outlaw Late Models, Woody’s Auto Strickly Stocks, and Roadrunners will add more very competitive racing with their features on Saturday.
The 51st ISMA Star Classic begins on Friday with ISMA practice at 5:00 PM, followed by practice time for the weekly divisions. Qualifying heat races for the weekly divisions begin promptly at 7:30 PM. On Saturday, practice begins at 1:30 PM, while qualifying on Saturday begins with the GSPSS heat races at 4:15 PM, followed by ISMA time trials and feature events for the weekly divisions.
The full schedule is available on the Star Speedway facebook page. Admission is $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and juniors, with kids 10 and under still admitted free of charge with a paid adult. Pit admission is $20 on Friday and $40 for Saturday. For more information on the track, “Where Champions are Made” and this 51st Star Classic that will be full of Champions and race winning drivers log onto: www.star-speedway.com.
-Star Speedway Press Release
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