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Howie Lane Tim Jedrzejek Heading To ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock on May 19

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

WINCHESTER, NH- Howie Lane along with his driver Tim Jedrzejek are looking forward to the ISMA season opener at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday May 19 for the 75 lap race.

“ I’m very excited. I’ve been trying to get Larry (Cirillo) to do that show for about 10 years now. I think it’s going to be great. There’s a lot of hype about it. It’s the right size track for the Supermodifieds. We’re fast and it makes the driver the driver.” Lane Said

“ Definitely excited. It’s neat going to a new facility for the first time. Most of the ISMA competitors have neither seen it or raced on it. I know there is a few guys that have. Maybe some of them guys early on will have an advantage.” Jedrzejek said

Lane believes the race at Monadnock will see a lot of passing. At the second to last race of the year in 2017 which was the Star Classic at Star Speedway. The race saw a lot of passing.

Lane is unsure if he will bring a second car to the race on May 19. It is still a possibility.

“ I am not saying yes or no. There is still a possibility.” Lane Said

Jedrzejek feels it’s always neat going to a facility for the first time because of the unknowns where everybody will come in with their setup out of the trailer being a huge deal because you will have to hit it pretty quick with a couple rounds of practice and be ready to roll by the time heat races come around.

“I am sure our team and the 97 gang of Howie Lane will be up for the challenge.” Jedzejek said

Jedzejek has done some research on the quarter mile oval to get a glimpse of what it’s like. All the work not only I have seen online but everyone that has talked about it is really impressed with the facility and feels there has been a lot of improvements in there and the race track over the years.

“ We love coming to a first class facility and we look forward to it.” Jedrzejek Said

Some of the drivers were comparing Monadnock to Star Speedway in Epping, NH.

“It’s going to be a neat bullring Supermodified race with hopefully a lot of passing and puts on a good show for the crowd there.” Jedrzejek Said

One driver that will be in contention that evening will be Jon McKennedy. McKennedy has some experience at the quarter mile oval having a few modified victories under his belt.

“He’s one guy that is a key to every race we go to. One of the guys that you need to run with in practice or better then and he will be a guy that is everybody is watching. I might pick him out or another guy out and actually studying the line that he’s run around the track just to try to pick up the few extra tenths I am missing.” Jedrzejek Said

The ISMA Supermodifieds will also have time trials where a $1,000 bonus will be rewarded to the driver who sets fast time and will also possibly set the track record.

“ That’s going to be a very exciting time trial period when anybody that has a sense for that thing say in practice and your in the top 10 and you got a good race car under you. You’re definitely going to put everything out there for that extra bonus cash that’s on the line and it’s gonna make it exciting not only for the drivers and the crews but for the fans as well. If you’re thinking about coming out to that race. I think you would want to put the extra effort to get there a little early. Buy yourself a hot dog and be there for qualifying.” Jedrzejek Said

Lane believes the track record will be broken.

“ I don’t know what the track record is so it’s hard for me to say. I’ve seen the modifieds race there. I ran in the past there in the pro stocks. I would say we got an awful good chance of breaking it.” Lane Said

For the start of the new season at a new track with the ISMA Supermodifieds, Jedrzejek feels it’s always good to get out of the gate strong whether it’s a win, top five, a good competitive run will definitely help set the tone for the season

“ We don’t want to face points the first week out but in reality, every point counts. The first race is just as valuable as the points in the last race so I think everyone is going to get every point they can out of this first race. “ Jedrzejek Said

Jedrzejek knows what track he enjoys and not enjoys.

“Usually the ones you don’t enjoy are the ones you don’t have success at. You don’t want to go back to those.” Jedrzejek Said

The exciting thing for the drivers of ISMA when they come to Monadnock on Saturday, May 19 is it’s a new venue.

“ The crowd and the excitement of everybody there is coming to see Supermodified Racing that hasn’t been at that track in 40 years.” Jedrzejek Said

It’s going to be exciting for the teams drivers and fans on May 19. Lane believes when the ISMA Supermodifieds come to the quarter mile oval that fans will be happy.

“ Hopefully we got them standing up at the end of the race because they are not sure who is going to grab it is what I am hoping for.” Lane Said

There is a plan a few weeks prior to the race to do some testing and run some laps during intermission to get the fans pumped up for the event on May 19. He hopes to see this event being a grand slam.

“ Joe (Lewandoski) helped me tremendously getting it in there. Larry (Cirillo) knew he wanted to do it. He couldn’t make up his mind. Finally said yes. I just hope it’s a home run.” Lane Said

The chemistry between Jedrzejek and Lane is from the first time Jedrzejek drove the car to the conversations they have where it is easy going no pressure style.

“Howie and I  respect each other as professionals. Nobody second guesses each other. Everybody has their jobs to do. There’s no questions besides that. My job is to drive the car. Howie is a great car owner that gives us the equipment and tools we need to do our job.” Jedrzejek Said

Howie Lane’s crew have been together for many years where Jedrzejek feels likes he is the new guy where he has been the last four years.

“They have years of history together and everybody knows where their position is and their job and they all respect each other well. It’s such a good fit. They treat my family and I so good. I couldn’t imagine going and racing for another team right now.” Jedrzejek Said

The Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions will be apart of the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating will be $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Tickets for general admission for adults will be $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Seniors will be $15 and Kids 12 and under will be $5 at the gate.  The rain date will be on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m..

Jon McKennedy Looking Forward To Monadnock With ISMA On May 19

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
Matthew Wiernasz
WINCHESTER, NH- Jon McKennedy out of Chelmsford, MA is coming off a huge accomplishment winning the 2017 ISMA Supermodified championship
” Most of the drivers and teams have been doing this for a long time. There is a lot of good drivers and lots of experience in that organization.” McKennedy Said
The ISMA championship is something McKennedy has wanted for really long time and do it with a new group of guys and car made it even better in 2017. McKennedy won one race during his 2017 championship at Jennerstown Speedway back in July.
The ISMA Supermodifieds will be making their first appearance at Monadnock Speedway on May 19 as it will be their season opener for a 75 lap event. McKennedy has won modified races at the quarter mile oval.  McKennedy will tell you that the modifieds and the ISMA Supermodifieds are totally different and the way the car is driven is much different. One advantage that McKennedy knows when he goes there in May is to know where to run on the track during the time of the day.
McKennedy is unsure yet if he will defend his 2017 title. He is planning to run the first few races on the schedule to see how things go and then will decide if they want to commit to the schedule.
McKennedy feels the 75 lap race at Monadnock will be a good race
” There is a couple good grooves to promote passing at certain area of the track. The fact that it will be a fairly low speed track should also help passing where the cars won’t be so aero dependent.” McKennedy Said
ISMA and Monadnock Speedway will be paying $1,000 to which driver can set fast time during time trials.
” It’s great that they are putting in some money for fast time. I think it gives everyone a little more incentive for time trials. The track record will be shattered. That’s a guarantee. What we run is still unknown but I’m very confident it will be right around mid ten seconds.” McKennedy Said
The Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions will be apart of the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating will be $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Tickets for general admission for adults will be $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Seniors will be $15 and Kids 12 and under will be $5 at the gate.  The rain date will be on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m

Litchy Returning To ISMA In 2018

Story Matthew Wiernasz
Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
INNERKIP, ONT- Mike Lichty will becoming back to race in the ISMA Supermodifieds in 2018. The plan is for Lichty to contend for the  title in ISMA in 2018. The series will kickoff their 2018 season at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19 for a 75 lap race.
” Well first of all, we just want to put a big thanks out to the promoter (Larry Cirillo) and everybody involved at the (Monadnock) speedway for signing us on. I know everybody seems to be extremely excited on their end for us coming and same as on our end for us going there and opening the season up.”
Lichty does not have much knowledge of Monadnock. He has been talking to some modified drivers such as Rob Summers and those drivers believe that ISMA will put on a good show up there. Lichty believes the track will be extremely racy and have more than one groove with a lot of passing. ISMA has usually opened up the season at Oswego but he believes its nice to open up the season at a new track at Monadnock Speedway for the opener.
Lichty is hoping to come out of Monadnock with a good finish or even possibly a win, it would give him a little more confidence going into the rest of the races for the year. There will be $1,000 on the line during time trials where fans will be able to see ISMA Supermodifieds turn some of the fastest laps that they’ve ever seen at Monadnock Speedway.
The Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions will be apart of the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating will be $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Tickets for general admission for adults will be $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Seniors will be $15 and Kids 12 and under will be $5 at the gate.  The rain date will be on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m