EPPING, N.H. — The 51st ISMA Star Classic at Star Speedway traditionally brings in drivers who don’t compete regularly on the Int’l Supermodified Ass’n points trail, 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.
2008 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and three-time ISMA winner Johnny Benson Jr. will run his first ISMA event of the season at Star as a team car driver to Mike Lichty.
Jon McKennedy, the 2013 event winner, will also be back. McKennedy will be competing in his first 2016 ISMA event as well, in the team car to defending 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.
Chris Perley of Rowley, Mass., is also expected to return to the track where he once raced weekly in his storied championship career that includes 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 Star 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.
Ordway says that Sunday is the best opportunity he has had to win an ISMA Classic at his home track, and that he hopes to continue his streak of top three ISMA finishes this season.
“The car has been very, very good,” Ordway said. “I grew up there at Star watching my dad and Russ Wood, 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 boasting the highest payday of their season.
Joey Payne will be competing in the 350 Supermodified race against a solid field of Star regulars. Payne, a former Witkum teammate, will be in the potent 19 car and 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 also run features on the Saturday card.
CREDIT: Star Speedway