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McVetta Leaves Flaming Theatrics at Home, Continues ISMA Summercade Dominance with Friday Night Win
Last year, Mike McVetta crossed the start finish line on fire for his first career supermodified victory. This year at the Lorain County Speedway ISMA Summercade, McVetta continued his dominance of ISMA action at Lorain, having led all 100 laps of ISMA supermodified action contested at the facility in the last thirty years between both 50 lap wins. McVetta also won the first heat race, while Kyle Edwards won the second heat and fast qualifier DJ Shullick won the third heat race. Shullick's fast time was a 11.804 second lap, a mere six-thousandths of a second off of the track record set last year by Mike Lichty at 11.798 seconds.
Dan Bowes and Mike McVetta would lead the field of 25 supermodifieds to the green flag with McVetta and Ben Seitz occupying the top two positions by the entry of turn three on lap one. The turn four mayhem began early as "Liquid" Lou Cicconi would spin in turn four on lap nine, bringing out the first caution of a race plagued by the waving of the yellow flag. Under this caution, ISMA points leader DJ Shullick would go to the pits to replace a flat right rear tire, necessitating him to restart 25th.
Up front, McVetta would lead Seitz, Bowes, Danny Shirey, and Timmy Jedrzejek back to the restart but calamity would again strike in turn four as Shirey would go up in flames on lap ten. This would necessitate a red flag for rescue crews to extinguish the #49. This would move Timmy Jedrzejek up to fourth and Mike Ordway Jr into the top five while McVetta continued to lead over Seitz and Bowes.
After one failed attempt at a restart, the field would get it right the second time and Ordway would immediately power around Jedrzejek for the fourth position on lap eleven in turn four. Turn four's next victim would be Canadian Mark Sammut as he appeared to drive straight into the guardrail at the top of the track on lap twelve. Sammut would be out of the race with extensive front end damage while Tim Ice would retire from the race with broken bolts in the rack and pinion of his #65 machine. McVetta would lead Seitz, Bowes, Ordway , and Jedrzejek to the restart. Ordway would move to third around Bowes on the restart, but turn three would now bare its teeth at DJ Shullick who would spin on lap seventeen after possibly making contact with 2001 ISMA champion Dave McKnight. This would force Shullick to start his trek once again through the field, this time from the 21st position.
McVetta would lead Seitz, Ordway, Bowes, and Jedrzejek to the restart but Alison Cumens would stuff her #39 machine into the backstretch wall on the restart, setting up another quick restart with the running order unchanged. On the eighteenth lap, Ordway and Seitz would make contact with Ordway sustaining heavy damage while Seitz would continue in the runner-up position. McVetta would now lead Seitz, Bowes, Jedrzejek, and Kyle Edwards.
Four-time Midwest Supermodified Association champion Trent Stephens would make his presence known on the restart, taking the fourth position from five-time MSA champion Timmy Jedrzejek on lap twenty and advancing to third on lap twenty-four in turn four around Bowes. Robbie Summers would take the fifth position from Jedrzejek at the halfway mark while he would wrestle the fourth position from Bowes on lap twenty-nine in turn two. Justin Belfiore would bring out the final caution of the night when his #98 stopped in turn two on lap thirty-six and dropped oil over the track. This caution period would turn into a red flag to clean up the oil and refuel.
McVetta would lead the field back to the restart with Seitz, Stephens, Summers, and Bowes in two. Mike Lichty would take the fifth position on the restart but up front, it was all Mike McVetta, followed by Ben Seitz, Trent Stephens, Robbie Summers, and Mike Lichty. DJ Shullick recovered from restarting at the tail end of the field twice with a sixth place finish over Timmy Jedrzejek, Kyle Edwards, Dave McKnight, Dan Bowes, Lou Cicconi, Jim Paller, Charlie Schultz, AJ Lesiecki, Talon Stephens, and Dave Duggan. Justin Belfiore, Kevin Jaycox Jr., Rich Reid, Mike Ordway Jr., Alison Cumens, Jon Henes, Tim Ice, Mark Sammut, and Danny Shirey did not finish.
Today, the ISMA Summercade continues with a 100 lap supermodified feature as well as a 50 lap modified feature and Chargers will also race. Pits open at 10 am with hot laps at four and qualifying for ISMA to follow. Racing action is set to kick off at 7 pm to crown an ISMA Summercade winner.
-Press Release by Jarrett Emmerich

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