Shullick, Jr., Bodnar Receive ISMA Awards at Banquet


By Carol D. Haynes, ISMA PR

Oswego, NY – November 21, 2015…The International SuperModified Association, (ISMA) capped off another successful race season Saturday night honoring the top point getters and other award winners with the Turning Stone Casino in Verona once again serving as the beautiful backdrop.

The 2015 championship team of Jim Bodnar and Dave Shullick Jr. were presented their trophy and checks, along with jackets denoting their achievement. Shullick was also awarded the Radical Race Gear Lap Leader prize for leading the most feature laps over the season. Jim Bodnar was recognized as the Locke Crane Services Mechanic of the Year with a $1000 check and a jacket going to the car owner and builder.

The top fifteen car owners were presented their point fund monies and plaques. Fourth through fifteen in the owner points were Ken Locke, Howie Lane, Richard Bien, P&L Vinal Motorsports, Steve Stout (19), Clyde Booth, Brad Lichty, Steve Stout (49), Vic Miller, Yevette Meihls and Mike McVetta. The top three owners, Jim Bodnar, Craig Reed, Mark Sammut received trophies, and checks.

The Driver point fund, sponsored by Lane Tire Sales, KDP Townhouses, Patco Transportation and Carol Haynes and Jim Feeney, was handed out to Dave Shullick Jr., Mike Lichty, Mark Sammut, Jeff Locke, Ben Seitz, Eddie Witkum Jr., Tim Jedrzejek, Trent Stephens, Rob Summers, Dan Shirey, Jon McKennedy, Dan Bowes, Chris Perley, Tim Ice and Mike McVetta, listed from first to fifteenth. Each driver received new driver gloves in addition to their checks.

The Randy Witkum Memorial Rookie of the Year award, sponsored by Shea Concrete, went to Ohio driver Kevin Jaycox Jr. who finished 20th in the standings. He received a jacket and $500 check for the honor.

The ISMA membership votes on the following prestigious awards:

The ISMA Crew of the Year Award was announced as the Lane Racing 97 team, driver Tim Jedrzejek,  with each member given a jacket.

The Lois Matczak Memorial Woman of the Year award was given to Sue Heppell.

The Slice n Go Deli Most Improved Driver jacket and check were presented to Dan Bowes, driver of the Bowes 25, by sponsors Sue and Dennis Heppell.

The annual Jack Murphy Memorial award winner went to Mark Burns, head ISMA tech inspector.

The Jim Soule Memorial Award went to car owner Lee Vinal and the Jim Shampine Memorial award also went to Mark Burns.

Three drivers, by luck of the draw, were presented with contingency awards. Trent Stephens took home the Seymour Enterprises helmet. Jeff Locke received a certificate for a BS &B radiator and a nose wing kit, donated by New England Motor Racing Supply, went to Mike McVetta.

Before Master of Ceremonies Danny Kapuscinski began the evening’s program, many door prizes were given out with the able help of Camryn and Jordyn Sammut. A round of applause went out for the banquet committee which included Terri Bowes, Marsha Gadzera, Kathy Harrington, Dennis and Sue Heppell, Debbie, Howie and Leanne Lane, Bobby Rodier and Anne Schaefer, for their efforts to make the night a success.

Jammin Beats DJ provided the entertainment after the awards ceremonies.

A general membership meeting was held during the afternoon prior to the banquet which included a discussion on some rule changes for 2016, a financial report and introduction of new secretary Jessica Stephens.

A tentative schedule was presented with the 2016 season opening at Oswego Speedway on May 28. June finds ISMA at Delaware Speedway on the 6th and at Lorain Speedway on the 24th and 25th. It’s back to Oswego Speedway for the annual King of Wings on July 9, with a return to Jennerstown Speedway on the 16th and ending the month with the annual Sandusky Hy-Miler weekend on the 29th and 30th.  August has the traditional Lee USA event on the 5th and then Waterford Speedbowl on the 6th.  The Harv Lennox Memorial at Delaware Speedway is slated for August 19th.  September lists Oswego Speedway’s annual SuperNationals on the 3rd, the annual Star Speedway Classic on the 10th.  A return to Toledo Speedway has a tentative date of September 30th, but this was announced as still being unconfirmed with talks with that Ohio track ongoing. As usual, the annual Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park closes out the season on October 14-16.


  • May 28-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY
  • June 6-Delaware Speedway-Delaware, Ontario, Canada
  • June 24-Lorain County Speedway-Amherst, OH(ISMA Summercade)
  • June 25-Lorain County Speedway-Amherst, OH(ISMA Summercade)
  • July 9-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY (King of Wings)
  • July 16-Jennerstown Speedway-Jennerstown, PA
  • July 29-Sandusky Speedway-Sandusky, OH (Friday Night Fast 40)
  • July 30-Sandusky Speedway-Sandusky, OH (Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals)
  • August 5-Lee USA Speedway-Lee, NH(Ollie Silva Memorial)
  • August 6-New London-Waterford Speedwbowl-New London, CT (Wings-n-Wheels)
  • August 19-Delaware Speedway-Delaware, Ontario, Canada (Harvey Lennox Memorial)
  • September 3-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY(SuperNationals)
  • September 10-Star Speedway-Epping, NH(Star Classic)
  • September 30-Toledo Speedway(Tentative)-Toledo, OH
  • October 14-16-Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park-Thompson, CT(World Series of Asphalt Racing)

On the Soapbox: I’m Open to Competition, But…

We’re hoping that you all come to support this show. We firmly believe that this race can build upon the momentum…

Posted by Belfab Racing Products L.L.C. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This weekend marks the final supermodified race of the season and it will be held at Madera Speedway.

It’s listed as a “Run whatcha brung” open competition race similar to the one held last year and apparently also like the one held at Rocky Mountain Raceways in July.

I’ve got a long history of supporting a loosening of the rules. I’ve called for the allowance of independent suspensions, multiple engine manufacturers, and engine sizes. I worked hard with the SMRA board as well as competitors to understand and then find a way to find common ground to make the east coast cast iron big blocks competitive with the aluminum small blocks that dominate the west.

I just wanted to lay the ground work to make sure everyone understands that I’m all about competition and allowing wiggle room for teams so they don’t have to spend more money that they already don’t have. I think, especially west of the MIssissippi you have to look at what works in each pocket of the Division and utilize that to create a fair but exciting playing field.

So why can’t I get behind this particular race or the idea of open competition?

Many of you understand that I’m not in favor of regularly running open competition shows in the year 2015 and I would rather see people working to use and enforce a sensible set of rules rather than re-inventing the wheel, or,, in my opinion going backwards with no rules.

Hear me out for a minute before you start throwing your beer cans. I believe that by the nature of the beast, the idea will not only burn itself out when people start spending copious amounts of cash to outdo one another, (as long as the purse makes it worth it), but frankly, it’s hard to define what open comp truly is.

Are you going to allow a sprint car, rear engine, 1980s thin wall, small diameter tubing uprighst? Will San Jose coupes be legal?Can the CSS guys run? How about one of the vintage cars that have been restored for pseudo-racing events?

Why not? After all it’s open comp isn’t it? When you say ‘safety rules only” what does that mean? Safety rules according to Madera Speedway and the ERA, or the more stringent rules of Oswego Speedway and ISMA? It’s 2015 shouldn’t drivers be required to run with functioning kill switches?

If a guy has a set of 30 year old Goodyear tires that he’s saved can he run those? Are American Racers allowed? Are you going to dictate what compound and size Hoosier has to be run? Do you see the can of worms this can open?

We crossed this bridge once before after the void that was left when the SRL disbanded. It didn’t work then, it won’t work now. Open competition races now are not anymore of an answer to fixing the issues that are plaguing the west coast supermodified scene than they were then. In fact, I believe you are only exasperating the problem further by drawing attention away from the underlying issues.

Jim Belfiore & I are very dear friends. But on this subject we couldn’t be on more polar opposite ends of the field. We have talked about this show at Madera until we are blue in the face and to the point that Jim got so upset at me that he crushed our revered and illustrious Circle K cooler that kept our PBR cold year after year when I’d visit Vegas. I imagine that Jim won’t be the only disagreeing, especially since there are fewer chances than ever to see anything but vintage or 360 supers in California.

The trouble seems to be, when you stand up and say, “Look, here’s the thing, I’d love to see this work, but…”, you are most often lambasted by the ruling, (and frankly what is probably the first, last and only), demographic that the supermodified division will ever know), for being negative, short-sighted, and lacking knowledge of supermodified history.

Not that it matters much anymore what I have to say, but to those that think I’m just being bitter, you’re wrong. In fact I believe that it is those that would utter the above condemnation on my opinion that are in fact being short-sighted and trying only to relive the past without any plan as to what the present socioeconomic world we live in demands.

Nor do those people have a plan for the future. For those people it’s simply a matter of, “It was so much better back then,” and they fail to really hash out all of the details of why it was better, what has changed, how to adapt to the world as we know it today, or what the possible pitfalls could be.

I’m not denying that since I’ve been involved as a fan, (dating back to 1968 when I was 6 months old),  that it wasn’t at the very least a whole lot more cool. I just want to know what the plan is. Why are open comp shows needed?

Wouldn’t it be better to do something more akin to what happened in 2007 or even 1995 with the East vs West Shootouts? For certain there were several stumbling blocks and a few irrational accusations of cheating and stacking the cards, but nearly everyone in the supermodified world can point to those two specific races as the one point where all parties were the closest to realizing a unified division that could lead to increased car counts.

We, (the SMRA BoD), tried to unite the west coast with the SMRA in 2009-2010. We were headed in the right direction but had a few bad apples trying to spoil the bunch, and along with Jeff’s crash, they succeeded. Jeremiah Bearden​ and Lance Jackson​ have worked tirelessly to build the CSS and only a few have supported them. Curt Kern had the NSRA* going strong and again a few bad apples made things rotten. Davey Hamilton tried doing what he’s doing now with the King of the Wings, it worked for a while, but again a few bad apples, arguing, infighting and favoritism, (along with few other well documented things we won’t get into here), tore it apart.

I think there’s something in the water out west, especially in California since that state always seems to be the one where the bad apples come from, so I have my doubts that this race is going to be anything more than a sideshow and a way to pad the back gate at the expense of the guys that bring their supermodifieds.

It’s a long shot, but I hope that this will work for the fans and the division and to some degree the promoter. I doubt that there will be more than five cars but I truly do hope I’m wrong. To those that are taking their cars, thank you. To those that don’t, I can understand, (travel over the mountains from Colorado and Idaho and not knowing what the purse will be), but don’t bitch when all you have to run is the vintage class, because this could be your last hurrah at making apple cider instead of apple cider vinegar.

PS: Jim had replaced the Circle K cooler and says I owe him a PBR. We of course agreed on that.

*See the comment below from Curt Kern that is a correction to NSRA statement.

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