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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

Shullick, Jr to Take Part in ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock on May 19th

Matthew Wiernasz

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

WINCHESTER, NH- Dave Shullick, Jr. out of Westlake, OH,  will be taking part in the ISMA season opener at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night, May 19 for the 75 lap race. Shullick will be coming into Monadnock with a lot of momentum as he won the final two races of the season last year at Star Speedway with the Star Classic and the World Series of Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

” I am really excited to come to a new track especially one with such history. I got the chance to talk to Jon McKennedy about the event and he shared his thoughts with me and it sounds like its a good thing for ISMA and its really a good thing for Supermodifieds to be coming to a track like this.” Shullick said.

Shullick believes when fans see the ISMA Supermodifieds at the quarter mile oval that it will be a lot of wheel to wheel and inside and outside passing between a bunch of quality drivers that can put on a show for the fans.

Shullick loves racing in front of the New England fans. It gives him an extra boost as he does so well when he comes out here.

” I hope that the trip up to Monadnock is no different. I hope we can come up there be competitive and put on a great show for the fans.”

Jon McKennedy is the defending driver champion in the ISMA Supermodifieds. McKennedy has a lot of laps around Monadnock Speedway in the modifieds and has won races and Shullick knows McKennedy is a tough competitor.

” Jon (McKennedy) is going to be tough. He’s got a lot of laps there. It certainly helps. The Supermodified is going to be a little different for him though. We will hopefully be able to capitalize on that and put our car in victory lane.” Shullick Said

At Monadnock the ISMA Supermodifieds will have time trials to see which driver can set fast time and possibly break the track record. The winner of time trials will receive $1,000 dollars.

” I’ve always been a good time trialer probably over the last three, four, five years. If you look at my average time trial it’s probably top one, two, or three so I feel we will have a really good shot at that and hopefully we can walk out of there with that $1,000 bucks and be able to say we hold the track record.” Shullick said.

Shullick will prepare for the event, as he is a big believer in that. Last year before Lancaster, he reached out to multi-time ISMA champ Russ Wood. As the Monadnock race gets closer, he will watch some videos on YouTube and reach out to some of the people that have raced there in the past.

” I don’t feel like you can prepare enough for things like that.” Shullick commented.

Shullick would like to get off to a good start at the opening race at Monadnock whether its a win, top three, or top five finish. With 12 races on the schedule, Shullick knows they are all important. as he will approach the Monadnock the same way as he does for all the races. He is looking forward to getting started and hopefully at the end of the season is in the hunt for the championship.

The Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions will be a part 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, Winchester, NH. Email: monadnockspeedwway@gmail.comwww.monadnockspeedway.com.