Mike Lichty used a pass on the outside with 19 laps remaining after coming from 15th place to win the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts. It was the first time in over 40 years the Supermodifieds raced at Monadnock. Lichty talked about his win to 22News.
“It’s about being there at the end and managing tires and letting the race play out. I knew it was probably going to be a little crazy at the beginning on the restarts,” said Lichty.
He was biding his time and started to work the outside a little bit trying to get a groove going and finally came in for Lichty.
“Waited for the car to come in a little bit. We started making headway and eventually take the lead,” said Lichty.
Lichty felt his car was tight on the bottom. He had to find the groove on the race track.
“I am just real happy with the progress ISMA made throughout the winter with the tire program and stuff to be able to put on shows like that and just gotta thank everyone in ISMA, Core Pack Merchandising, Hoosier Tire, everybody that puts effort into it. Big thanks to Eddie Shea for all the support he does. All the officials. Everybody that helps out ISMA especially back in Ohio and back home Canada, Reed’s Salvage, Patco Transportation, Level Performance, Everybody on the crew. It was a good weekend,” said Lichty.
He got off to a great start to the season as Monadnock was going to be the opener for the ISMA Supermodifieds but Mother Nature had other plans and the race had to be rescheduled twice. He finished second at the season opener at Delaware Speedway. He had problems with the motor at Lancaster the next night forcing him to have a DNF but came to Monadnock and took down the win.
Dan Bowes out of Epping, NH finished in second. He talked about his second place to 22News after the day they had on Saturday.
“We were really confident coming here after testing earlier in the year and we were horrible in practice literally the slowest car in both practice sessions and threw a bunch of stuff at it. We had no idea what was going on. We thought something was broke or something was binding.”
Bowes and the team thought it was old practice tires that were causing the problem. They put new tires on for time trials and the car came back to where it was when Bowes tested earlier in the year. He used his heat race as a practice and threw some stuff at the car and pretty much gambled through the notebook for the feature. Bowes felt he made the right changes and thought he could of went a little more in the direction he was heading in.
Once the race got going, Bowes tried to be smooth and see what the car was going to do.
“Just tried to pick off guys if I could if they made a mistake. The point when Lichty went by me on the outside in one and two. I just said its time to go,” said Bowes.
Bowes went to the outside and it worked. He felt it was unbelievable to come home in second.
Jon McKennedy set the track record in qualifying for ISMA with a time 11.138 seconds. He finished the race in third. He talked about his race to 22News.
“Disappointing, All day we were fast. We were fast in the race. We come through the field started way in the back and got up to third. Ran over half the race with the wing broke. Unfortunate the top elements broke right out of the wing. Just kills the downforce. It’s awfully hard to hook up all that horsepower. Almost half of a wing. Disappointing with third not what I wanted,” said McKennedy.
Eric Lewis came home in fourth place. He led at halfway and the collected the $1,000 bonus from Shea Concrete. Lewis talked about it to 22News.
“It’s great. We gotta thank Shea Concrete for putting up that contingency. It really kind of motivates you know halfway through the race the race car was starting to go away. Getting a little tired and I saw the cross flags and halfway down the back straightaway. I realized I just won a $1,000 dollars and I said hey this is going to be a good payday. Definitely fun,” said Lewis.
Chris Perley finished in the top 10. He talked to 22News about his race.
“From Mike Lichty in the 84 starting last and winning thats awesome. Everybody wants to do that. Everybody wants to see that. We had a little bit of a shaky start out there with a few cautions. I think the fans got what they paid for tonight. I think we did well. It’s an interesting track, I’ll put it that way. We struggled all day. We started behind. We started to make gains at the end. I had fun. It raced a lot better than I thought It was going to. I thought it was going to be a little too tight for us. You deal with what you dealt,” said Perley.
The Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series were in action on Saturday night. Brian Robie took down the win in the Sportsman Modifieds. Solomon Brow won in the Super Stocks. Ethan Marsh won in the Mini Stocks. Ed Lofland won in the Thunder Stocks. Matt Gauffin won in the Lightning Stocks and Chris Phelps won in the Young Guns.
The ISMA Supermodifieds will head to Jukasa Motor Speedway in Canada on Saturday, July 14. Lichty tested at Jukasa and said it went really well. He is excited to get back there. Their next race here in New England will be back-to-back at Lee USA Speedway for the Ollie Silva Memorial on Friday, August 10 and for Wings And Wheels at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, August 11.
Monadnock will be back in action this Saturday with the Valenti Modified Racing Series beginning at 5 p.m.