Super Mods back at Delaware in August
The International Super Modified Association (ISMA) has released its 2017 schedule, and starts off with the 50-lap Jack Murphy Memorial at Oswego Speedway in New York state May 27, a race won last year by Mike Lichty.
The Innerkip driver had a fine showing with the Super Mods last season, winning three events and placing second in the championship to Dave Shullick Jr. of Ohio, who picked up six wins. Another Canadian on the tour, Mark Sammut of London, placed fourth in points in 2016.
This year’s ISMA card features 12 races, with the only Canadian stop at Delaware Speedway for the 75lap Harvey Lennox Memorial Aug. 19. This race, won by Lichty last year, should be the big one for 2017 as the payout is $10,000 for the winner, one of the largest in ISMA history.
The Supers will be returning to Lancaster Speedway this year for a 50-lapper June 3. This is the first time the series has raced at the Buffalo-area track since 2003.
Flamboro Speedway held its opening night last weekend, with double 20-lap features in four classes.
New track race director Doug Leonard got the show started with the regular weekly Super Stock, Mini-Stock, Pure Stock, and Pro Four divisions. The Super Stock division was formerly known as the Thunder Stocks.
Winning the Super Stock features were Chris Howse and Nick Troback. Billy Schwartzenburg and Russ Aitken each won a mini feature, Mark Thorne and Wayde Thorne won in Pure Stock, and taking the Pro Four mains were Dan Nanticoke and Mike Westwood.
Racing continues on the Millgrove paved third-mile oval Saturday with a regular card of racing plus the first visit for the Grisdale Late Models. Green flag flies at 6 p.m.
Jukasa Speedway, formerly Cayuga Speedway, will have some two-wheel talent for the fans between races when the big oval outside of Hagersville gets back to racing Aug. 26-27 for its grand opening. This opening weekend will be known as the Rankin Construction Late Model Summer Shootout.
Canada’s top road racing motorcycle rider, Jordan Szoke, will be demonstrating some of his twowheel expertise and finesse with the Jordan Szoke Extreme Show. Along with some freestyle motocross, Szoke, along with wife Amy and five-year old son Wolf, will take part in trials demos.
The winner of 11 Canadian Super Bike championships, Szoke, from Lynden, has been the force in road racing for several years, winning more events and titles than any other rider. He was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inn 2016.
After a closure of several years, Jukasa has been restored to a stateof-the-art facility for drivers and fans alike. The opening August show will feature the APC Twin 75s for Pro Late Models plus a 75-lap feature for the Outlaw Super Late Models. The winner of each race will receive $5,000.
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The Szoke family will provide two-wheel entertainment during the inaugural race at Jukasa Speedway in August.