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In Car of Lance Jackson's #18 CSS Supermodified Practicing at Madera Speedway 3/7/15
Published: 2015/03/15
Channel: CSS Racing
Sunset Speedway ISMA Supermodified 75 Lap (Full Race) 2014
Sunset Speedway ISMA Supermodified 75 Lap (Full Race) 2014
Published: 2014/08/19
Channel: TOPGUNCANADA00
New World Record in a Super Modified
New World Record in a Super Modified
Published: 2011/03/21
Channel: menards98
Supermodified Heat Race From July 4th 2015
Supermodified Heat Race From July 4th 2015
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: Aric Iosue
Sunset Speedway ISMA Supermodified 75 Lap (Full Race) 2013
Sunset Speedway ISMA Supermodified 75 Lap (Full Race) 2013
Published: 2013/08/19
Channel: TOPGUNCANADA00
SuperModified Ride...with Lou Cicconi
SuperModified Ride...with Lou Cicconi
Published: 2008/03/12
Channel: TommySalami11
Rex Beach   Supermodified Crash   1997 Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway
Rex Beach Supermodified Crash 1997 Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: Andrew Beach
IMRRC - Oswego Speedway Supermodified History
IMRRC - Oswego Speedway Supermodified History
Published: 2013/03/05
Channel: OswegoSpeedwayOnline
Supermodified Big Block 850 HP
Supermodified Big Block 850 HP
Published: 2014/08/25
Channel: Ryan Litt
Keith Shampine in the Osetek racing 55 supermodified
Keith Shampine in the Osetek racing 55 supermodified
Published: 2015/06/07
Channel: Christopher Quonce
Ricky Otts   Supermodified 13   CNS   5 29 16   Heat
Ricky Otts Supermodified 13 CNS 5 29 16 Heat
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: brandilee55
Keith Shampine in the Osetek Racing 55 Supermodified feature
Keith Shampine in the Osetek Racing 55 Supermodified feature
Published: 2015/05/11
Channel: Christopher Quonce
CMR race #2 Super Modified 2015
CMR race #2 Super Modified 2015
Published: 2015/04/22
Channel: Al Camino
350 SUPERMODIFIEDS LEE USA SPEEDWAY FEATURE RACE 5/27/16
350 SUPERMODIFIEDS LEE USA SPEEDWAY FEATURE RACE 5/27/16
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: Victorylane12
Keith Shampine wreck in the Osetek racing 55 supermodified
Keith Shampine wreck in the Osetek racing 55 supermodified
Published: 2015/06/07
Channel: Christopher Quonce
Ollie Silva Memorial Mid Summer Classic 75 - ISMA Supermodifieds @ Lee USA Speedway
Ollie Silva Memorial Mid Summer Classic 75 - ISMA Supermodifieds @ Lee USA Speedway
Published: 2016/08/09
Channel: Wills Fake Youtube
$10,000 Battle - Oswego Speedway Mr. Supermodified - August 1, 2015
$10,000 Battle - Oswego Speedway Mr. Supermodified - August 1, 2015
Published: 2015/08/02
Channel: OswegoSpeedwayOnline
Supermodifieds vs Winged Sprint at Madera Speedway
Supermodifieds vs Winged Sprint at Madera Speedway
Published: 2014/08/04
Channel: FAST RACING 20
ISMA SuperNationals 2015 Oswego Speedway
ISMA SuperNationals 2015 Oswego Speedway
Published: 2015/11/01
Channel: TOPGUNCANADA00
Johnny Benson Supermodified Heat Race Midwest Supermodified Association
Johnny Benson Supermodified Heat Race Midwest Supermodified Association
Published: 2014/02/27
Channel: Wing Side Up
Big Super Modified Crash! Toledo Speedway 6/10/16
Big Super Modified Crash! Toledo Speedway 6/10/16
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: Mudslinger Racing Videos
Heroes of The Supermodified Persuasion- full length version
Heroes of The Supermodified Persuasion- full length version
Published: 2012/03/26
Channel: vintagesupermodified
Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series Promo 2013
Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series Promo 2013
Published: 2013/12/15
Channel: SUPRS Supermodified Sim Racing
Super Modified Racing @ Rocky Mountain Raceway July 4th Copper Cup - HD
Super Modified Racing @ Rocky Mountain Raceway July 4th Copper Cup - HD
Published: 2015/07/06
Channel: eshifterkart .com
Mike Sargent super modified warm up
Mike Sargent super modified warm up
Published: 2014/05/09
Channel: Clarence Senteio
Super Modified Seniors Heat race - Madera raceway 8-15-15
Super Modified Seniors Heat race - Madera raceway 8-15-15
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: Lightning Tom
Up In Smoke Racing : Supermodified racing
Up In Smoke Racing : Supermodified racing
Published: 2014/02/10
Channel: D Bailey
1972 AMARILLO NCRA SUPERMODIFIED RACE
1972 AMARILLO NCRA SUPERMODIFIED RACE
Published: 2011/02/12
Channel: vintagesupermodified
Charlie Schultz MSA Supermodified Feature at Mansfield - 6/21/15 - NEO Racing News
Charlie Schultz MSA Supermodified Feature at Mansfield - 6/21/15 - NEO Racing News
Published: 2015/07/16
Channel: NEORacingNews
Mike Netishen ISMA Supermodified Thompson Speedway Sunoco World Series 10/19/2014
Mike Netishen ISMA Supermodified Thompson Speedway Sunoco World Series 10/19/2014
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: Mike Netishen
Central Nebraska Supermodified racing in the early 1970s
Central Nebraska Supermodified racing in the early 1970s
Published: 2013/12/21
Channel: Lynn Grabill
Racing Mower Test Super Modified Twin
Racing Mower Test Super Modified Twin
Published: 2012/03/17
Channel: Albemarle Power Equipment .APE motorsports
NEO Racing News - MSA Supermodified Feature @ Sandusky (Paller) - 5/10/14
NEO Racing News - MSA Supermodified Feature @ Sandusky (Paller) - 5/10/14
Published: 2014/05/14
Channel: NEORacingNews
Roseville Vintage Supermodifieds Race
Roseville Vintage Supermodifieds Race
Published: 2012/11/27
Channel: hallfabracing
Super Modified Racing Tractor
Super Modified Racing Tractor
Published: 2010/02/26
Channel: blargete
New Mexico Mud Racing - Super Modified Class Belen, NM 2014
New Mexico Mud Racing - Super Modified Class Belen, NM 2014
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: MotorsportsNetwork
Super-Modified Shovel Racing crash compilation.
Super-Modified Shovel Racing crash compilation.
Published: 2009/01/02
Channel: AKphill49
ARMA Lawn Mower Race Rockingham County Fair 2016 Twin Super Modified
ARMA Lawn Mower Race Rockingham County Fair 2016 Twin Super Modified
Published: 2016/08/20
Channel: Doug Tolley
ISMA at Lancaster Speedway 2017
ISMA at Lancaster Speedway 2017
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: TOPGUNCANADA00
Oswego Speedway - September 3, 2016 - ISMA Super Modified Main
Oswego Speedway - September 3, 2016 - ISMA Super Modified Main
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Robert Tarbox Jr
WSSRL Supermodified auto racing 2006 at Altamont, Tracy CA
WSSRL Supermodified auto racing 2006 at Altamont, Tracy CA
Published: 2007/03/21
Channel: wssrl
Zach Gibson Wreck @ Winchester Speedway Must See Racing Supermodifieds 5/19/13
Zach Gibson Wreck @ Winchester Speedway Must See Racing Supermodifieds 5/19/13
Published: 2013/06/01
Channel: Zachary Gibson
Online Supermodified Sim Racing
Online Supermodified Sim Racing
Published: 2013/12/14
Channel: SUPRS Supermodified Sim Racing
21hp SUPER MODIFIED RACE MOWER
21hp SUPER MODIFIED RACE MOWER
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: PEILTRC: PEI Lawntractor Racing Club
New Mexico Mud Racing | Super Modified Moriarty, NM 2017
New Mexico Mud Racing | Super Modified Moriarty, NM 2017
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: MotorsportsNetwork
ASA/WSSRL Supermodified Racing
ASA/WSSRL Supermodified Racing
Published: 2007/03/17
Channel: Lou Anne McKeefery
Super Modified Lawn mower racing
Super Modified Lawn mower racing
Published: 2007/10/09
Channel: TheMclovin
NTPA SUPER MODIFIED TWD TRUCKS HSTPA WAYNE COUNTY, INDIANA FAIR JUNE 20, 2017
NTPA SUPER MODIFIED TWD TRUCKS HSTPA WAYNE COUNTY, INDIANA FAIR JUNE 20, 2017
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Richard Pruitt
California Supermodified Series (CSS) Heat Race - Madera Speedway 4-2-16
California Supermodified Series (CSS) Heat Race - Madera Speedway 4-2-16
Published: 2016/04/04
Channel: video4menow
Lake Erie Speedway: Must See Racing Supermodified 40 lap Shootout
Lake Erie Speedway: Must See Racing Supermodified 40 lap Shootout
Published: 2013/07/21
Channel: BuffaloRailfan
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ISMA SuperModified. Note the extreme offset to the driver's side, and the engine mounted outside of the frame rails.

Supermodifieds are a class of open wheel race car that compete on paved short tracks throughout the United States of America and Canada. The class was founded in the 1950s and is especially popular in the Western states, the Northeast and Great Lakes regions.

Design[edit]

Supermodifieds are generally constructed from aircraft-quality .095 thick chromium-molybdenum ("chromoly") frame tubing with steel and aluminum components. The bodies are fabricated from fiberglass and aluminum. The cars are powered by American fuel-injected V8 engines that run on methanol fuel and can produce in excess of 800 horsepower. At a weight of around 1,850 pounds the cars achieve an enormous power-to-weight ratio.[1] Big block V8 engines are also sanctioned and are primarily raced on the west coast, with nearly all competitors choose to run aluminum small blocks ranging from 410-430 cu. in., whereas the cars of the east run the mandatory cast iron big block with aluminum heads bored to the allowable maximum displacement of 468 cu. in. Cars in the midwest can run small blocks up to 412 cu. in. or big blocks up to 481 cu. in.[1]

Modern era supermodifieds run a radical offset chassis that is up to 18 in. to the left of center. The engine and driveline components themselves are mounted in a specially-fabricated area placed outside the left side frame rails. The engine is thus a stressed member of the chassis. This allows weight distribution to favor the left side (often as much as 70%) and thereby aid cornering around the left-hand turns of an oval track. The giant wings, (generally 24 sq ft (2.2 m2)' max), mounted on the roll cage of the cars bear a resemblance to those found on sprint cars and serve a similar purpose, designed to produce down force and allow them to make tight turns at high speed. The west coast style cars of ERA and SMRA run a fixed wing, whereas the cars of the east generally run a wing mounted to the suspension or chassis by pneumatic struts. The racing slick tires used on a supermodified are among the widest used in pavement oval racing.

Like sprint cars, supermodifieds do not have starters, batteries, or transmissions and are push-started.

The combination of high power, light weight, and high cornering ability allow supermodifieds to average over 120 miles per hour (190 km/h) on a 1/2-mile oval and 150 mph (240 km/h) on a 1-mile (1.6 km) oval, with top speeds over 190 mph (310 km/h). They are thought by many to be the fastest short oval track race cars in use.

Sanctioning bodies[edit]

There are currently four supermodified racing sanctioning bodies in North America.

ISMA[edit]

The largest of the four is the Liverpool, New York-based International Supermodified Association (ISMA). Founded in 1974 by multi-time Oswego Speedway champions Jim Shampine and Nolan Swift to ensure the future of supermodified racing. With the help of local businessman, Tom Heveron, they formed ISMA as a forum for owners and drivers to express their ideas and opinions as they felt that they were not allowed to do so under the management of Oswego Speedway.

The goals were to upgrade supermodified racing with better safety conditions, more events per season to insure sufficient purses and to aid drivers with their race related problems. The association worked with track managements in making decisions and in discussing ways of improvement. The club encouraged new drivers and owners interested other tracks in supermodified racing and helped to make the division stronger and more well known to a wider audience.

Tom Heveron as President, with the help of Vice President, Jim Shampine and Secretary/Treasurer Fred Graves, led ISMA through its developmental stages. ISMA negotiated with Lancaster for a 40 lap race held on July 3, 1974, which Todd Gibson of Richwood, OH won. The following year ISMA booked races at Fulton Speedway with a $5,000 purse and $1,000 to win.

Starting in 1976, ISMA developed a point fund with tracks contributing $500– $1,000 per race to this fund. Unlike most other point systems, ISMA awards points to the car owners as ISMA is an owners club rather than drivers. Joining the Heveron, Shampine and Graves team, Shirley Letcher took over the responsibility for the point system. In just three seasons, ISMA had accomplished sanctioning over $96,000 in purse money and races, adding a point fund of $4,400 paid by promoters, having tow money at all of the ISMA sanctioned races, having insurance certificates from each promoter on file, and working with other promoters for more races in 1977. With races at Fulton (NY), Delaware (Ont. CAN), Star(NH), Flamboro(Ont. CAN), and Thompson(CT), Steve Gioia, Jr. became ISMA's first points Champion.

ISMA continues to be at the forefront of supermodified sanctioning bodies, pioneering the franchise system, in which teams purchase a franchise at the beginning of the season. Creating a win-win situation for both the teams and promoters, each of the 19 franchise teams are allowed to miss up to 3 shows during the race season while being guaranteed a minimum starting purse of $1,000 at each event. This system helps to ensure solid, stable car counts and a successful event for the promoter.

ISMA generally sanctions between 13-17 shows a year including two of the prestigious supermodified Triple Crown Series at 1/4-5/8 mile paved short tracks located in 6 states and Canada.

Major events on the ISMA schedule include leg one of the supermodified 'Triple Crown' the Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals, held annually at Sandusky (Ohio) Speedway since 1978, and leg three of the Triple Crown, the Star Classic 150 held at Star Speedway in Epping, NH for over 40 years. Races are also run at other tracks across the Northeast and Midwest, with one annual race at Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada.

The cars in this series use wings that are designed to move with the airflow over the car, lying almost level with the ground on straightaways creating less aerodynamic drag, and standing up in the turns to increase down force. The only allowable engine with ISMA is a cast iron big block up to 468 cu. in. Aluminum heads are allowed and the cars must weigh a mandatory 1,850 lb (840 kg) post race.

Notable ISMA competitors, past and present, include Russ Wood (eight championships), Chris Perley (six championships), Bentley Warren (four championships), Doug Heveron (four championships), Steve Gioia Jr. (four championships), Pat Abold (three championships), Joe Gosek (two championships) and Mike Ordway Sr. (two championships). As of the end of the 2016 season, the top five drivers for all-time ISMA feature wins are Chris Perley (72), Russ Wood (54), Bentley Warren (45), Mike Ordway Sr. (36) and Joe Gosek (30).

MSA[edit]

Established in 2001, the Sandusky, Ohio-based Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) runs primarily in Ohio. MSA drivers frequently take part in ISMA races and vice versa. Jon Henes is the 2015 champion and Trent Stephens has won 4 straight titles (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014). Other notable champions include Tim Jedrzejek (5-time champion) and Dave Shullick Jr (who won 3 straight titles: 2005, 2006 and 2007). Dave Shullick Jr. is a second generation driver that holds four track records including the Sandusky Speedway track record of 14.045 seconds.

SMRA[edit]

The SuperModified Racing Association (SMRA) governs supermodified racing in the Western United States. The SMRA grew from the defunct Western States Supermodified Racing League (WSSRL), which ran one season in 2007 at tracks in Arizona, California, Idaho, Utah and Washington before disbanding. Of these tracks, only Rocky Mountain Raceway in Utah and Madera Speedway in California have returned, with a third track, Magic Valley Speedway in Idaho, making up the 2008 SMRA schedule.

The SMRA has a much more liberal rulebook than its eastern counterparts, with less restrictions on engine placement (rear-engined cars were universally banned in the 1980s) and allowing other such advancements as independent suspension.

However, the SMRA ceased operations in early 2011 and no sanctioning currently exists in California. Nearly half the races scheduled for 2011 were cancelled due to a shortage of entries.

ERA[edit]

The oldest of the four currently-operating sanctioning bodies for supermodified racing is the Colorado-only Englewood Racing Association, which was formed in 1965 at Englewood Speedway. That track closed in 1979 and the series now runs a 9-race schedule, all of which are at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colorado.

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