Su­per Mods back at Delaware in Au­gust

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - TIM MILLER

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.

The au­thor of sev­eral books on auto rac­ing, Tim Miller can be reached at tim­millerthe­car­guy@gmail.com.

BRIAN COU­TURE PHOTO

The Szoke fam­ily will pro­vide two-wheel en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral race at Jukasa Speedway in Au­gust.

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