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Stephens Heading To ISMA Season Opener At Monadnock

Matthew Wiernasz

WINCHESTER, NH- Ohio’s Trent Stephens will be heading to the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented by T-Bird Mini Marts ISMA Season Opener on Saturday, May 19. Stephens is planning to run the full season this year as he has been doing.

Stephens, driving the Steve Stout number 19 car, finished fourth in the competitive ISMA point standings in 2017, and he is looking forward to the new venue at the 2018 opener.

” I love going to new tracks. I always like the challenge of a new track. I adapt quicker to new tracks than some people. I am hoping that it’s a benefit for me. I know there’s some guys that have some laps around there in other stuff.” Stephens commented.

Timmy Jedrzejek and Mike Lichty have watched online videos on Monadnock’s rather different track setup. Lichty feels there is going to be some side by side racing. Stephens also jumped online as soon as the race was announced on the schedule to watch some races there, taking in an in-car video of a NEMA race and watching some modified videos.

” It looks like a racy track. It’s kind of cool that the two turns are different. It will be a balancing act between trying to get the car to work good in one turn and then figure out how to drive in the other turn.” Stephens said

Trent believes ISMA has been making changes to help with the racing. A lot of the ISMA teams got together with Hoosier to change the compound of the tire to give a little more grip. Stephens also believes there will be a lot of passing with Monadnock being a short track.

“You don’t realize how much you rely on the downforce, when you don’t get it at a short track. And you don’t realize how much you’ll slide around, without the downforce from the high speeds. More mistakes are made at short tracks. I think a couple of them had reference to the Star race last year. There’s a lot of passing just because everyone was sliding around at a little quarter mile. I like short tracks.” Stephens continued.

Stephens was once teammates with “Liquid” Lou Cicconi for a little bit and he learned a lot from Cicconi.  And Stephens believes it’s all about setup. And with Jon McKennedy having more experience at Monadnock in the modifieds, he could be the driver to beat when ISMA comes to the New Hampshire quarter-mile oval.

“I think if you get the setup right. If you can get a good balance of where either you’re really, really good in one turn and you’re average in the other or if you’re average in both turns, the setup will be key. I think we saw that a lot last year up until actually the last two races. We had a new winner every night. We only had one repeat winner.”

An Ohio compatriot Dave Shullick, Jr. took down the last two races of the year in the 2017 season winning at Star and Thompson after running part to of the year non-winged at Oswego. Stephens believes the field is close especially the top-10 cars.

“We show up to a track. We think we qualify awesome and end up like eighth but then when it comes to the race, we’re in the top five. It’s going to be another, I would imagine tough season because I think all the strong cars from last year are coming back with the same drivers. Everyone should be tough again.” Stephens Said

Heading into his fourth year of competition in ISMA Stephens believes the competition is tough because everyone is tough.

“I’ve raced other ISMA shows over the years but not a full season until 2015. It’s a little bit different ball game because there are longer races. Sometimes you have to kind of ride back for a while but you hope that if someone gets out there early, they burn their stuff up by the end, and you haven’t. It’s definitely a tough series to run because everybody has got his or her strengths. It’s hard to be really, really good everywhere,” said the 4-time MSA champion.

Stephens believes that a lot of people don’t expect the power that the ISMA Supermodifieds have in acceleration when these cars can go up to 7,600 RPM’s. To add to the excitement of the speed factor, Bentley’s Saloon will be sponsoring to see who can get the fast time in time trials (NTR) where the winner will get $1,000 dollars.

“It’s pretty awesome in all honesty. I enjoy qualifying. I think it’s its own little challenge. I would consider us a smaller budget team. An extra $1,000 dollars if we can crank out a good lap would be awesome for us because we’re coming all the way from Ohio. It’s probably a 13-14 hour drive with a trailer.  We always hope we have a good weekend in New England and we take the car home in one piece and don’t spend too much money. The $1,000 dollars will be great for whoever wins it.” Said Stephens.

Trent welcomed the other extra cash available as Shea Concrete is paying a $1,000 halfway bonus at the event on Saturday, May 19.

“Ed Shea has always been a huge supporter of ISMA and we appreciate everything he does for the Supermodifieds. Any extra money is always a great incentive for our teams. “ Stephens stated

Racing is known for being a family sport, and the Stephens family is no exception. Trent’s brother Talon races supers and was ISMA Rookie of the Year in 2016. Trent’s wife Jessica is involved with ISMA as one of the officers as the Secretary. Stephens has been involved in racing since he was seven years old racing in quarter midgets.

“It has always been a family thing for us. That was our thing every weekend. We would jump in the motorhome and go racing with the quarter midgets and now supers.  My brother still races. My parents are both involved; they go to every single one of his races and last year they came to every one of mine. We all travel in one big carpool lane I guess if you want to call it that. My parents come and as do my wife and daughter Paislee. I race against Jess’s brother Mike Ordway Jr. The Ordways come to the races too. It’s nice to see them because Jess moved from New Hampshire to out here and now her parents have moved to North Carolina. It’s definitely a family-oriented sport that’s for sure. Even though we all usually don’t always like each other on the race track, I think we all respect each other from that perspective.” Stephens 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.

Monadnock Speedway is located at 840 Keene Road In Winchester, NH. Please visit Monadnockspeedway.com

Bowes Looking Forward To CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented By T-Bird Mini Marts ISMA Season Opener At Monadnock

Matthew Wiernasz

WINCHESTER, NH- ISMA driver Dan Bowes, out of Byfield, MA, plans on heading to the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19.  It will be the first time in close to four decades the winged supers have raced at the New Hampshire quarter-mile oval, and it will be a first time for Bowes.

Bowes commented recently, “We love it every time a New England show is added.  Being a New England team takes the burden off of us because my father owns a small business and I work for him. We have to travel to go racing and when the whole business shuts down, it kind of adds a little more pressure and stress on us to get to the racetrack, to get the show in, and to turn around and fly home.  So to have a show that’s a couple hours away from us helps us enjoy it a little more. You’re not under that pressure to get back to work quite as much. We’re really looking forward to this trip.”

Bowes always enjoys going to new tracks as it will help him as a driver with the setup, different track surfaces, different track layouts and he feels it is fun to go somewhere new.

Bowes believes for the ISMA season opener that there will be a good car count. From what he has heard, a lot of the local drivers are excited because it’s close to home. Dan feels that there is a lot of excitement among fans and drivers about the Monadnock event.

Bowes has been to Monadnock once as a fan about 10 years where he and his father went to check out a modified race. He hasn’t spoken to anyone yet about the track but is planning to reach out to some local people. From what Bowes remembers about the track that it is pretty small with the corners being somewhat like a stretched out straightaway.  Bowes has also heard is that the turns are different and could pose a challenge.

Bowes is hoping to get up to Monadnock to test.  The rule in ISMA is you cannot practice or test a week before an event at any track unless otherwise indicated.

” If we can get up there at least a couple weeks earlier then the scheduled show, we should be able to run around and do what we want to do and to at least get a leg up on some of these other teams that don’t get that luxury.” Bowes said.

Bowes also feels that the new tire ISMA will be racing appears to have a positive response after several tire tests. The compound that ISMA will have this year is good news for Bowes.

Last year was the first full season with a new car for Bowes. They were starting from square one with the new car, but the car was a much better based platform for the team to work on. They showed a lot more speed last season, had some quick times, and a few podium finishes. They were a couple races in particular in where he had the car in position to be in and that he made a couple poor driving decisions, which he felt ultimately, handed the win away.

Bowes believes Jon McKennedy will be the guy to beat at Monadnock.

He’s an incredibly smart driver. He does a lot of work with the setup of his own car. He just doesn’t have a crew chief take care of it.  He’s very, very involved. I think he already has a pretty good game plan what to go with setup wise. I think he definitely has a leg above a lot of us,” said Dan.

Bowes is planning to reach out to McKennedy for advice on the track.  Bowes doesn’t expect the whole book of secrets but knows McKennedy is willing to help anyone out.

Bentley’s Saloon will be sponsoring the fastest time trailer where the winner will get $1,000 for breaking the track record. Warren will also be the Grand Marshal for the event.

“That bonus is an incentive. I know I always personally put emphasis on time trials. Usually with our old handicapping if you came in the top 12 in time trials, you knew you were starting top 4 in the heat. A lot of guys didn’t care exactly where they ended up. They weren’t necessarily concerned with being on the pole time wise. Now with that extra chunk of money, that’s certainly going to add incentive. I know I am there to race and go as fast as I can whenever I am on the track.”

Ed Shea from Shea Concrete will be putting up $1,000 for halfway leader award.

” Ed Shea is one of the most dedicated and biggest supporters in racing. I know I have been to a number of shows where he will put up the money not to send cars home. He loves the sport. He goes out of his own way to support the drivers and teams in any way possible. A huge thanks to him for always being supportive of the series. He just always seems to look out for the little guys,” concluded Bowes.

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.

Monadnock Speedway is located at 840 Keene Road In Winchester, NH. Please visit Monadnockspeedway.com.

 Photo Credit  Jim Fenney/ISMA Supermodifieds.

CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented By T-Bird Mini Marts To Sponsor ISMA Season Opener At Monadnock

Matthew Wiernasz

WINCHESTER, NH- CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts will be the sponsors of the ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night,May 19.  During this inaugural appearance fans will get to see how these winged Supermodifieds, with 900-plus horsepower, go around the New Hampshire quarter mile oval.

” Genden Auto Parts and CARQUEST of Western Massachusetts is proud to be the title sponsor of the event and to help bring back Supermodifieds back to Monadnock Speedway for the first time in close to 40 years. We look forward to making this an annual race.” Said CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts Owner John Lamoureux.

 

CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts has four locations in Massachusetts in Springfield, South Deerfield, Greenfield, and Shelburne Falls. T-Bird Mini Marts with its corporate headquarters in Keene, NH has 10 locations in the area of Monadnock Speedway marketing area in New Hampshire and Vermont.

 

Sales Consultant for Monadnock Speedway Joe Lewandoski also commented on the great sponsor support. ” I am very excited to be able to be working with CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts and T-Bird Mini Marts.

When the race takes place on May 19, fans are encouraged to get to the track early for time trials to see which ISMA driver can set Bentley’s Saloon fast time and break the track record. Unofficially the last track record may be a 11.7 set by Jon McKennedy in a modified race.

” It’s something really going to be neat and I am proud to do it. Whoever has the quick time, I’ll have to take my hat off to them. It’s going to be a fast track with fast times,” said legendary driver Bentley Warren.

It has also been announced that Shea Concrete Products will sponsor the halfway leader bonus where the driver leading that lap will receive $1,000 dollars.

Ed Shea, a former car owner and longtime sponsor of supermodifieds, commented, “It all helps out. I am just very happy that I am in a position that I could do this. I usually do it for Star and Lee and this place (Monadnock). Bob Watson is a good friend of mine and he asked me if I would do something and I said I’d do it.”

New England area fans can look for Bob Watson who will be bringing an ISMA Supermodified show car to all CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts locations and select T-Bird Mini Mart locations. In addition Scott Allen from East Longmeadow, MA will be bringing the CARQUEST NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour show car to the May 19 event. WEEI will be doing ticket giveaways to the ISMA event.

 

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.

 

Monadnock Speedway is located on 840 Keene Road In Winchester, NH. Please visit Monadnockspeedway.com and ISMAsupers.com