ISMA: Cicconi Claims Star Classic for Second Crown Jewel Win of 2014

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EPPING, N.H. – official release — ISMA photo — Lou Cicconi’s roller-coaster season reached its highest peak on Sunday afternoon at Star Speedway.

The defending Int’l Supermodified Ass’n champion took the lead from early leader Mark Sammut on lap 70 and survived late race contact with a lapped car to claim his third career win in the ISMA E.F. Shea Concrete Star Classic 150.

“To win this race three times is awesome,” said Cicconi after the race. “Anytime you win is special. It doesn’t matter if it’s a (Star) Classic or a win at Oxford Plains. Anytime you win against these guys we’re racing against, it’s special.”

Cicconi, who started from the ninth-position, methodically made his way to the front and began challenging Sammut near the lap 60 mark. After both of the leaders powered under a slower car in turn two, Cicconi shot underneath Sammut on the backstretch to take the lead on lap 70. He would seem to be well on his way to victory before tangling with the lapped car of Dave Duggan on lap 129.

Duggan would spin in turn four as the result of the contact, while Cicconi was sent over the rumble strips. There was visible damage to Cicconi’s Clyde Booth-owned No. 61, but it wouldn’t be enough to get in the way of his third victory of the 2014 ISMA season.

“We messed up the front steering, but it didn’t really have a big effect on the way the car handled,” Cicconi said of the incident. “I was able to hold on and here we are in victory lane. With this win, we have two big wins this year. We have Sundusky (Hy-Miller Nationals) and now we have Star.”

Defending race winner Jon McKennedy would charge from the seventh starting spot to finish in the runner-up position. After the race, McKennedy believed that the difference between racing in the day and racing at night impacted the performance of his car.

The Chelmsford, Mass. driver saw the contact between Cicconi and Duggan happen right in front of him and didn’t know if Cicconi was going to be able to continue.

“I saw them tangle and I thought it was some pretty intense damage,” McKennedy said. “I figured he was done, to be honest. He had a good car. Congratulations to Lou Cicconi and the whole team. They work hard and they ran a great race. Lou is a great driver and things went right for them today.”

McKennedy’s runner-up finish combined with Summers’ misfortune will give him the advantage heading into the final race of the 2014 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT).

In his first appearance of the 2014 ISMA season, driving for car owner Howie Lane, Russ Wood, Sr., battled in the top-three for the majority of the event before finishing in the third position. Ben Seitz and Jeff Abold completed the top-five.

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