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Those ISMA Wings: September, 2014

Reprinted by Permission Marsha Gadzera, Editor/Jim Feeney Photos

Hi Folks,

Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series

The 2014 Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series concluded at the ISMA SuperNationals on Labor Day Weekend. Here are the top 10 in the Shea Concrete “Steel Place” Super Series. Congratulations to Mike Lichty for winning the series for the second time! Many thanks to Ed Shea for sponsoring this great series again.

POS.        ##           DRIVER                      PTS.

1           84            MIKE LICHTY*                314

2           11            CHRIS PERLEY                310

3           94            DAVE SHULLICK JR.**    306

4           74            ROB SUMMERS               299

5           37            JEFF LOCKE                    268

6           79            JON MCKENNEDY            261

7           17            BEN SEITZ                     258

8           78            MARK SAMMUT               253

9           8              MOE LILJE                      244

10            21            ED WITKUM JR.              221

ISMA SuperNationals

Congratulations to Dave Shullick Jr. on winning this race. Mike Lichty and Robby Summers rounded out the top three. Mike tried to catch and pass DJ, but things didn’t go his way this race.

Here are some of Jim Feeney’s terrific pictures to give you a flavor of what else happens at the races.

Lou Cicconi and John Torrese talk at Oswego Speedway
Lou Cicconi(L) and Oswego Speedway owner John Torrese(R) have a talk. Photo by Jim Feeney

It’s great to see Mr. Cicconi (father of Lou Cicconi, Jr. driver of the 61) at the races. Here he’s making a point with John Torrese, one of the owners of Oswego Speedway.

Many thanks to Dave’s Body Shop of Kirkville, NY, for additional sponsorship for this race. Here are the 6th and 8th place finishers of the three heat races. These were sponsored in honor of Jack Murphy and Jim Shampine. He also provided $100 for the third place finisher of the feature (Rob Summers) in honor of Jim Soule. What a great way to help current teams and remember those people who helped ISMA before.

Some days are harder than others at the races. Here is the crew of Ben Seitz’ 17 ride changing a motor at Oswego. John Torrese is helping to guide the heavy equipment as the crew move the motor. Ben came back to finish 8th in the feature.

Ben Seitz and crew work to change blown engine at Oswego Speedway
Track owners John(standing) & Eric(seated in fork lift) Torrese help change the engine on Ben Seitz’s supermodified at Oswego Speedway.


  • Dave Shullick Jr. led the most laps (33) on Saturday night and claimed the Radical Racegear Lap Leader Award. Shullick will receive a $100 Radical Racegear product certificate for his performance.
  • Dave Duggan started from the 24th place and gained a total of nine positions during the 60-lap event to claim the $100 Hard Charger Award sponsored by “Support the DT100 for Make-A-Wish.”

Star Classic 150

Well, the race didn’t go off on Saturday due to the intermittent showers that wouldn’t stop. But by Sunday morning, the skies were blue, and it was a beautiful day. Congratulations to Lou Cicconi, Jr. on winning the Star Classic 150. Second place went to Jon McKennedy,

Russ Wood sits in supermodified at Star Speedway
Russ Wood receives some fatherly advice while seated in Howie Lane owned supermodified at Star Speedway Classic. Photo by Jim Feeney

and Russ Wood picked up third in his first ride in a supermodified this season.

Howie Lane recently bought the supermodified formerly driven by Russ Wood. Russ drove at Star and will be driving at Thompson.

Here’s a picture of Bobby Witkum on the left with Dr. Dick Berggren. Without saying that these two are old—let’s just say that they’ve seen a lot of supermodified racing—much of it at Star Speedway. Dr. Berggren is working hard to develop the North East Motor Sports Museum.

Bobby Witkum and Dick Berggren at 2014 Star Classic
Bobby Witkum(L) and Dick Berggren(R) have a discussion at ISMA Star Classic. Photo by Jim Feeney

When completed, the museum will be home to an extensive collection of race cars, trophies, helmets, engines, motorcycles, books, photographs, newspapers, videos, magazines and memorabilia that represents a cross-section of the rich North East racing history. If you have any some racing memorabilia that you’re looking to part with, look into the North East Sports Museum.


  • Lou Cicconi’s 80 laps led were a race high and will earn him the Radical Racegear lap leader award. Cicconi will receive a $100 Radical Racegear product certificate for his performance.
  • Bobby Chartier, had gained nine spots when the checkered flag waved and earned the ISMA Hard Charger Award in honor of Burns Family Racing #17 Supermodified. Justin Belfiore will also receive a hard charger award in memory of SFC Charles T. Briggs, USMC, for charging from the 18th starting spot to finish 10th. Both drivers will receive $100 bonus checks for their performance in the Star Classic 150.



Everyone’s invited to celebrate ISMA’s 40th Anniversary. Here are all the specifics. Hope you can make it.

  • November 7-8, 2014
  • Turning Stone Casino and Resort, Verona, NY

The Banquet Committee invites you to attend the ISMA 40th Anniversary Celebration Weekend. The Turning Stone ISMA Room rate is $139 (Hotel or Tower) or $75 (The Inn) + tax per night. Rooms are limited so be sure to make your room reservations as soon as possible by calling 1-800- 771-7711. Be sure to mention the ISMA group rate. In addition to the hotel’s beautiful rooms, there is a swimming pool, game room for children, exercise room, spa, casino, and many restaurants to enjoy during the weekend.


ISMA Hospitality Room—Meet and greet ISMA owners, officials, drivers, fans, and family members. There are snacks, beverages, lots of talk, and fun. NEW: surprises with PRIZES!

ISMA General Membership Meeting—Keep up with all the latest ISMA info and be one of the first to get your hands on the 2015 ISMA Schedule! Seneca Room ~ Saturday 11/8/14 2:00PM

ISMA Awards Banquet—held in the beautiful Shenandoah Clubhouse at Turning Stone Resort and Casino—Support the champions, race teams, and award winners by attending the awards banquet. While honoring the award winners, there will also be games and PRIZES!

  • Cocktails ~ 6PM
  • Dinner (Buffet) ~ 7PM
  • Awards Ceremony ~ 8PM
  • Music, Dancing, Games & Prizes to Immediately Follow

Banquet Tickets: $55 Each / $25 Kids 12 & Under

You can now use your credit card to charge your banquet tickets. Call Sue Heppell at (315) 592-5811 or (315) 529-9326.

Well, it’s time to close. If you have any questions for me, be sure to write to I’ll try to get the answers for you.

See you at the races,

Dr. Mom Says, “School is Cool!”


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