Lee, NH – Friday night was the running of the annual Ollie Silva Mid-Summer Classic for the International Supermodified Association at Lee USA Speedway, and the winged warriors didn’t disappoint, putting on a lightning-quick 75-lap feature event for the fans.
In addition to the Supermodified racing action, The folks from Bentley’s Saloon returned for their traditional charity motorcycle ride to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp, and as always, the event was a huge success, attracting bikers from throughout the area to cruise down from Maine and take a few laps around the track led by legendary Supermodified pilot, Bentley Warren.
When the ISMA feature hit the track, multi-time Oswego Speedway champion and current ISMA points leader Otto Sitterly was the man of the hour, setting a blistering pace that eventually left only the top four cars on the lead lap by the time the caution waved with ten to go after Bobby Chartier slammed the turn three wall.
Sitterly picked it right up again on the restart, and he pulled away to lead the field under the checkers for his first career Ollie Silva win. 2014 ISMA champ Ben Seitz finished in the runner-up spot aboard one of the two Howie Lane-owned machines.
A winner two weeks ago when the ISMA tour visited Sandusky, Ohio, second-generation Super pilot Jeff Abold rounded out the podium in his family-owned entry, with Moe Lilje in the Soule Racing machine fourth and local favorite Mike Ordway, Jr. finishing up the top five in the famed Clyde Booth ride.
Sitterly headed into the night sitting atop the standings as the ISMA points leader, and he left Lee USA the same way after his first-ever win at the fast 3/8ths mile oval, leading the competition comfortably with just four races remaining on the 2021 schedule.
The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Rodfather Late Model Sportsmen staged a barnburner in their feature event, with Frankie Eldredge and Bryan Kruczek swapping both the lead and some paint over the final ten circuits.
The late-race battle got the better of both, with surprise winner Steve Paquette sitting in victory lane when the smoke cleared. Paquette had to hustle after being sent to the rear after a couple of false starts early in the race, but he was in the right place at the right time at the end of the main.
Behind Paquette’s first win of the season, two-time 2021m winner Charlie Colby took runner-up honors, with sophomore driver Bobby Frappier collecting a solid third place finish. Jesse Bousquet and Mark Hudson rounded out the top five finishers.
In the R &R Race Parts NH Street Stocks, it was once again Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. collecting the checkers in the Lemieux Racing machine, continuing his dominating season, and maintaining his spot at the top of the points parade with the end of the regular season just a month away.
Rookie Dan Palen had his best run of the year going, and for most of the race, he appeared to be headed for his first podium of the year. But disaster struck with the laps winding down, as he found trouble and collected the retaining wall hard in turn two.
Travis Hollins was up at the finish to checker second, with rookie Milton Duran, veteran Oscar Leclair, and another freshman competitor, Morgan McIntyre making up the rest of the top five.
Former Pure Stock champion Jesse Tellier finally shook of the bad luck that has been plaguing his 2021m campaign in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Six Shooter feature, holding back all challengers to collect his first win of the year.
Travis Hollins matched his Street Stock effort with a runner-up finish, with Christin DeStefano, Michael Yeaton, Chris Hadley, Adam Knowles, Chris Jones, Billy Eastman, Chris Klaar, and Dakotah Decourcy the rest of the top ten.
Kyle Boniface made his second start of the year in the MLM Diagnostics Pure Stocks, and he maintained his perfect season by making it two wins in a row when the checkers waved. Brothers Noah and Zach McGrath finished second and third.
The Maine Wicked Good Vintage Early Late Models rounded out the Ollie Silva Mid-Summer Classic night card, with a strong field of throwback racers on hand for their event. Bobby Symonds of Casco took down top honors in that one.