Mike Ordway, Jr will be making a return to the ISMA Supermodifieds for the 2019 season as he will team up again with Clyde Booth. Ordway, Jr told 22News that the season cannot get here fast enough. The plan is to run the full schedule in ISMA. and grow as a team from the last couple of years.
Last year saw a transition in the series, a new President as Richard “Doc” Hathaway took over and the teams ran a new Hoosier Tire compound. For the series as a whole, Ordway, Jr thought it went as well as it could’ve.
“Hoosier did a great job working with ISMA providing us with a tire that once again showed the potential of the race cars. The side by side racing. The passing. Something we haven’t seen in a couple years. They spent a lot of time last year working with ISMA. Some of the drivers and some of the owners came up with a tire that got the racing back how it was a few years ago so all in all that went great. It was very good for the series. The race tracks were happy with it. The drivers were happy with it,” said Ordway, Jr.
“The change in Presidency that went good as well. It had its bumps but as a series, everyone worked great together to overcome the challenges. I think as far as the future I think everything can continue goes smoothly and hopefully progress,” said Ordway, Jr.
Ordway, Jr won the Olie Silva Memorial at Lee USA Speedway as it is his home track. He also went back to back and won at Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario. For Ordway, Jr to get the Ollie Silva Memorial Classic was a huge win. Two years ago, he won the Hy-Miller Nationals at Sandusky Speedway in Ohio. To come back to Lee USA Speedway where he started racing. His father Mike Ordway, Sr has won the Olie Silva Memorial Classic four times and his car owner Clyde Booth has won the race several times with different drivers.
“To be able to come back there to the place I learned to race at. I ran weekly there in a Small Block and to have everyone family and friends and everyone there. That one was probably the most special one,” said Ordway, Jr.
The ISMA Supermodifieds will make a return to Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, June 29. Ordway, Jr believes Monadnock turned out better than a lot of people thought.
“There was a lot of anticipation that it was going to be a good race. We had never been there. I had run previously in a modified. Jonathan McKennedy had obviously been there a couple of times with his modified and had some success there. No one really knew what the supers were gonna bring. A couple guys went there and tested and put on an exhibition but we didn’t know what a full field of cars was going to do. Pretty tight racing. I think it turned out better than anticipated. With Norm Wrenn taking over Lee and Monadnock. Thankfully he was happy with the show at Lee, He saw the show at Monadnock and was happy with it. The fans gave their feedback. We’re very fortunate to go there show them the show we can put on and being able to be invited back is pretty good,” said Ordway, Jr.
Star Speedway will have the Star Classic in September. Ordway, Jr feels if he wins that race it will be big. Without looking at history books Ordway, Jr believes he would become the first father and son to win the prestigious race as Ordway, Sr won it in 1998. To win the event would also be like Lee. Ordway, Jr grew up going to Star Speedway. He has run a lot of races there and to go there close to home and win again would be big.
Ordway, Jr’s goals for the 2019 season are to pick up many wins as he can. Since running with Clyde Booth, they never put their mind about racing for a championship as Booth has never been into points racing as well as Ordway, Jr. Ordway, Jr won a championship in the Small Block Modifieds at Lee in 2005. He finished second in points in ISMA back in 2007 and never ran for a championship after that. They just try to improve on what they have and pick up some wins along the way.
Ordway, Jr will also be a crew chief for his brother in law Brad Babb at Star Speedway as Babb will return to race in the 350 Supers. Star Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series opener will be held on Saturday night.
The 2019 ISMA Supermodified season will kick off on Saturday, June 15 with the Harvey Lenox Memorial at Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario, Canada.