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2022 Season Champion Kyle Edwards crowned at the Lorain Raceway Park- Photo: Jim Davidson
2022 Season Champion Kyle Edwards crowned at the Lorain Raceway Park- Photo: Jim Davidson

We just completed our fifth season as the Midwest Supermodified Series with our first repeat Champion. As we compare 2021 to the 2022 season, we went from seven races to twelve. Returning sponsors included: Perfection Fabricators, Hoosier Tires, Precision Welding, Jim Valentine, Quest-Restoration, Adkins Glass, and Fourth Turn Crazies. We picked up Co-Series Sponsor Environmental Chambers & Ovens Mechanical Inc. Ed McKnight and both Reed Salvage along with MJ Griffith Paving supported our Lorain Raceway Park Super Crown Nationals. We are so grateful for all of these sponsors along with all of our T-Shirt Sponsors and their contributions. Hard to race without sponsorship!  If interested in supporting the Midwest Supermodified Series in 2023 please contact us.

We had two new additions to our schedule this past season. The inaugural Super Crown Nationals at Lorain Raceway Park and Berlin Raceway, which are two weekends where the teams and fans will want to be sure and put on your “Must Attend” 2023 calendar!!!  The plan will be to have our 2023 Scheduled released no later than the end of the year. 

Few Season Highlights:

  • Back-to-back championships for #11 Doug Edwards Owner/Kyle Edwards Driver.
  • Three Track Records Broken: Berlin by #61 Booth/Ordway Jr. @ 13.021 / Lorain Raceway Park by #7 Nicotra/Sitterly @ 11.726 and Oswego #61 Booth/Ordway Jr. @ 14.611.
  • #61 Booth/Ordway Jr. wins Oswego Speedway Three Race Series Championship
  • #11 D. Edwards/K. Edwards wins Lorain Raceway Park Super Crown Nationals Three Race Series
  • #88 AJD Racing Owner/AJ Lesiecki Driver and #36 Ron Henes Owner / JJ Henes Driver for picking up their first supermodified wins.
  • The reception and warm welcome received by the Berlin Raceway Team and Fans, WOW!  

2023 Positive Trends:

  • Continued Co-Sanction Races with ISMA.
  • New race teams.
  • Environmental Chambers & Ovens Mechanical Inc., Jim Valentine and Adkins Glass already committing to sponsorship.

Top Five (5) Points Finishers:

1st #11 Doug Edwards Owner / Kyle Edwards Driver

2nd #7 John Nicotra Owner / Otto Sitterly Driver

3rd #88 AJD Racing Owner / AJ Lesiecki

4th #22 McVetta Racing Owner / Mike McVetta Driver

5th #19 Steve Stout Owner / Trent Stephens Driver

Our top five points finishers will be recognized at our Year End Celebration on Saturday, October 29th at the Parish Life Center on Abbe Rd. in Sheffield, OH.  We will begin the afternoon with an Owner’s Meeting to review 2023 Schedule, Owner Payouts, Expense Ledger/Checkbook, and discuss the Rule Book. If you are a new team or are considering becoming a Supermodified Owner, we encourage you to make plans to join us. Please contact Lori May for specifics. 

We would like to “reluctantly” congratulate Bob Neubauer on his retirement from announcing and son Doug on his continued racing “addiction” from announcer to Car Owner/Driver. These two will be terribly missed up in the tower on race day. Your passion and knowledge about supermodifieds made our sport that much more entertaining. The only good news with all of this, is that we will still get to see you both on race day!  

On behalf of all the MSS Owners, Drivers, Officials and Social Media Team, we would like to thank the fans, sponsors, and all the tracks that supported us this past season. We would like to congratulate our season champion #11 Edwards Racing, Owner Doug Edwards and Driver Kyle Edwards once again for their back-to- back championships and look forward to celebrating their accomplishment at the end of October.

We will continue to keep you informed through our Facebook page (Midwest Supermodified Series) and Website (midwestsupermodifieds.com) during this off season.

Thank you all for your support!

Kyle Edwards captures 2nd Season Championship in a row! -  photo: Jim Davidson
Kyle Edwards captures 2nd Season Championship in a row! - photo: Jim Davidson
Otto Sitterly runner-up,  victory circle at LRP Season Opener - photo: Jim Davidson
Otto Sitterly runner-up, victory circle at LRP Season Opener - photo: Jim Davidson
A.J. Lesiecki’s Crown Nationals feature win at Lorain Raceway Park - photo by: Jim Davidson
A.J. Lesiecki’s Crown Nationals feature win at Lorain Raceway Park - photo by: Jim Davidson
JJ Henes Honors Nancy Henes Memorial-Captures 1st feature win - Photo: Jim Davidson
JJ Henes Honors Nancy Henes Memorial-Captures 1st feature win - Photo: Jim Davidson

JJ Henes Gets 1st Supermodified Feature Win in honor of Nancy Henes Memorial, Kyle Edwards claims MSS Season Championship for 2nd year in row.

It was a rainy night for the Midwest Supermodified Series and after 2 rain delays Lorain Raceway Park, track owner Randy Maggio was determined to ensure his fans, racers and family would get their race & honor The Nancy Henes 36 lap memorial.  Fans and racing family’s throughout, come faithfully to pay tribute and also witness JJ Henes, the young hot shoe and 3rd generation driver get his first Supermodified feature win in honor of his grandmother Nancy Henes.  
For the MSS Season championship, Kyle Edwards finishing 3rd in the feature was points leader going into the event and was well within grasp since 2nd points #7 Otto Sitterly was unable to make the trip and #19 Trent Stephens suffering a major incident one week prior at the Oswego Wing challenge in Oswego, NY.
This will mark Kyle’s 2nd championship in a row which is the first team and driver to accomplish such since the organization’s inception 5yrs ago.  Kyle being consistent and solid throughout the year paid off for the Bartlet, TN driver.   
MSS would like to thank Maggio family our series sponsors Perfection Fabricators & ECO Mechanical Inc.
We would also like to thank Adkins Glass for the bike giveaways at each race this year.  Jim Valentine for the fast qualifier sponsorship, Quest Restoration’s “Last Car Running” sponsorship this year as well.  
Special Mention and Thank you to ISMA’s Danny Soule sponsoring $232 for the 1st lap leader and Lap 32 in Nancy Henes Memorial.
$200 James Valentine Fast Qualifier:  #11E Kyle Edwards (12.055)
Hard Charger – #11E Kyle Edwards
Quest Restoration’s – Last Car Running: Bingo 5 - Kevin Feeney
Heat #1:  1st- #11E Kyle Edwards / #88 A.J. Lesiecki / #55 Rich Reid / Bingo 5 Kevin Feeney / #38 JD Evans
Heat #2:  1st- #36 JJ Henes / #22 Mike McVetta / #27 Aric Iosue / #92 Larry Lehnert / #52 Jason Rader
Feature Finish – 36 Laps:
1st #36 JJ Henes
2nd #88 A.J. Lesiecki
3rd #11E Kyle Edwards
4th #55 Rich Reid
5th #Bingo 5 Kevin Feeney
6th #22 Mike McVetta 
7th #38 JD Evans
8th #8 Jonathon Lesiecki
9th #52 Jason Rader
10th #27 Aric Iosue 
11th #92 Larry Lehnert
DNS #505 Alan Ferrell
11E Kyle Edwards captures 2nd Season Championship in a row! -  photo: Jim Davidson
11E Kyle Edwards captures 2nd Season Championship in a row! - photo: Jim Davidson
Nancy Henes Memorial Podium from left: A.J. Lesiecki, JJ Henes, Kyle Edwards - photo: Jim Davidson
Nancy Henes Memorial Podium from left: A.J. Lesiecki, JJ Henes, Kyle Edwards - photo: Jim Davidson
Henes Family & Crew - photo by: Jim Davidson
Henes Family & Crew - photo by: Jim Davidson
2022 Season Points Champion - Kyle Edwards. Photo: Jim Davidson
2022 Season Points Champion - Kyle Edwards. Photo: Jim Davidson
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Season Ending Memorial for Nancy Henes

This Saturday, August 20th at Lorain Raceway Park we will remember Nancy Henes who passed away Friday, August 12th. Nancy was larger than life in the Supermodified community and did so much to support our sport. She is known to many in our world as Mom, Grandma, Friend, and the lady always passing out candy to the children. On behalf of MSS and Lorain Raceway Park, we would like to pay tribute to this great lady and huge supporter of Supermodifieds at our race this Saturday.

Our 30 Lap Feature will change to 36 Laps in recognition of the Henes Car #36, which will lead the field on the parade laps to honor Nancy.

Cindy McVetta coordinating with the "GNO" group the selling of 50/50 tickets with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society in her name.

Doug & Bambi Saunier will have candy gift bags that their grandchildren will be passing out to other children as a fond remembrance of the "Grandma Candy Lady."

Three (3) Grandma's will get Free General Admission between 5 pm and 6 pm and then another Six (6) Grandma's will get Free General Admission between 6 pm and 7 pm courtesy of Randy Maggio Jr. Lorain Raceway Park Promoter.

Fisher Graphics is donating "Nancy In Memory" Stickers for our race teams and fans. See the Fisher's in the pits, or Kate Lepley/Cindy McVetta when selling MSS tshirts on the General Grandstands side.

Special thanks to Lorain Raceway Park, Fisher's Graphics, Cindy McVetta, Saunier's and our race teams for all of your efforts in helping to make this day special for Nancy and her family. We hope to see you this weekend to honor this special lady and crown a MSS Champion.

#61 Mike Ordway Jr. Rolls to Victory @ Oswego Speedway - photo by: Jim Feeney
#61 Mike Ordway Jr. Rolls to Victory @ Oswego Speedway - photo by: Jim Feeney

MIKE ORDWAY JR. WINS WINGED SUPER CHALLENGE CLOSER, 3-RACE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

By Carol D. Haynes, ISMA PR; photos by Jim Feeney

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Maine’s Mike Ordway Jr. capped the three-race Winged Super Challenge for ISMA and MSS supermodifieds with another big win Saturday night at Oswego Speedway in the 60-lap. With the win – his second in the three-race Oswego series and fourth ISMA feature this season – Ordway claimed the inaugural Winged Super Challenge championship and $3,000 prize. 

Trent Stephens was on top of the top ten in points for the series going into the night, but something broke in the front of his 19 super in warmups prior to qualifying, putting him out of contention for the championship. Mike Ordway Jr went on to record fast time in qualifying of the remaining 19 cars.

Sitting behind Stephens in the top 10 in points elegible for big bonus awards were Kyle Edwards, Michael Barnes, Otto Sitterly, Ordway Jr., Mike Lichty, Mike McVetta, Johnny Benson Jr, Dan Connors Jr and Russ Wood.

Heat wins went to Mark Sammut, Dan Connors Jr and Tyler Thompson.

The 60 lap main event was lined up by draw with Mark Sammut and Michael Barnes in the Shea 11 on the front row, with Tyler Thompson and Ordway in row two. Kyle Edwards ran into bad luck on lap 1 as his 11E pulled into the pits, coming back out to the tail. With Stephens and Edwards suffering bad luck early, Barnes was now in the catbirds seat leading the race and on top of the challenge points.

Barnes would hold onto that lead, fending off some strong challenges as the race flew by. On lap 33 a yellow flew for 44 of Ben Seitz who exited the race, leaving Barnes and Ordway Jr. up front on the restart. Barnes held his spot out front chased by Ordway, until a lap 50 when a yellow flew for the leader Barnes who slowed out front and headed pitside.

It was Ordway’s race to lose now with 10 to go. Otto Sitterly, Mike Lichty, Mark Sammut, and Tyler Thompson were among the challenges behind, but Ordway maintained his lead until the end. He collected a trophy for the win and after point calculations, he took home a second trophy for the Challenge Championship.

 

SHEA CONCRETE OSWEGO WINGED CHALLENGE #3

Time Trials: 1. 61 Mike Ordway Jr. – 14.630, 2. 7 Otto Sitterly – 14.777, 3. 84 Mike Lichty – 14.795, 4. 11E Kyle Edwards – 14.809, 5. 22 Mike McVetta – 14.949, 6. 11 Michael Barnes – 14.974, 7. 98T Tyler Thompson – 14.977, 8. 15 Michael Muldoon – 15.062, 9. 27 Aric Iosue – 15.082, 10. 74 Johnny Benson – 15.165, 11. 01 Dan Connors Jr. – 15.245, 12. 78 Mark Sammut – 15.291, 13. 44 Ben Seitz – 15.316, 14. 41 Russ Wood – 15.349, 15. 52 Dave Danzer – 15.350, 16. 32 Moe Lilje – 15.503, 17. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. – 15.699, 18. 0 Tim Snyder – 15.832, 19. 55 Rich Reid – 15.892, 20. 99 Jerry Curran – NT, 21. 19 Trent Stephens – NT 

Heat 1: 1. Mark Sammut, 2. Aric Iosue, 3. Michael Barnes, 4, Mike Lichty, 5. Ben Seitz, 6. Moe Lilje

Heat 2: 1. Dan Connors, 2. Michael Muldoon, 3. Michael McVetta, 4. Otto Sitterly, 5. Lou LeVea Jr., 6. Russ Wood

Heat 3: 1. Tyler Thompson, 2. Kyle Edwards, 3. Mike Ordway Jr., 4. Dave Danzer, 5. Tim Snyder, 6. Johnny Benson.

FEATURE 60: 1. 61 Mike Ordway Jr., 2. 7 Otto Sitterly, 3. 84 Mike Lichty, 4. 78 Mark Sammut, 5. 98T Tyler Thompson, 6. 74 Johnny Benson, 7. 52 Dave Danzer, 8. 15 Michael Muldoon, 9. 41 Russ Wood, 10. 01 Dan Connors, 11. 11E Kyle Edwards, 12. 22 Michael McVetta, 13. 44 Ben Seitz, 14. 27 Aric Iosue, 15. 83 Lou LeVea Jr., 16. 11 Michael Barnes, 17. 55 Rich Reid, 18. 32 Moe Lilje, 19. 0 Tim Snyder

Fast Time Trialer: Mike Ordway Jr., 14.630 $200 sponsored by Billy Whittaker Cars and Trux

Hard Charger: Hoosier RR Tire + $100 (from NY Racing Mom): Johnny Benson Jr

Many Thanks go out to John Nicotra, ISMA, MSS and sponsors Shea Concrete, Billy Whittaker Cars and Trux, NBT Bank, C’s Beverage, Lighthouse Lanes, Peaceful Living Homes, Oswego Quality Carpet, Oswego Valley Millwork, Chris Nelson State Farm Insurance, DCR Performance, A&P Automotive, J&A Mechanical, Paul’s Big M Supermarket, Orange Crate Brewing Co., Vashaw’s Collision, for their support in making the Winged Challenge happen. Also a special thanks goes out to racing legend Bentley Warren for making an appearance to do some laps in a former ride, the 61Jr., much to the delight of fans on hand.

#61 Mike Ordway Jr. Rolls to Victory @ Berlin - photo by: Jim Feeney
#61 Mike Ordway Jr. Rolls to Victory @ Berlin - photo by: Jim Feeney

ORDWAY JR. ON A ROLL, SETS ANOTHER BERLIN TRACK RECORD AND DOMINATES SATURDAY 60-LAPPER

By Carol D. Haynes, ISMA PR; photos by Jim Feeney

Saturday Berlin top 3: winner Mike Ordway Jr., P2 Trent Stephens (left) and P3 Kyle Edwards
Saturday Berlin top 3: winner Mike Ordway Jr., P2 Trent Stephens (left) and P3 Kyle Edwards

MARNE, Mich. — Mike Ordway Jr. started his amazing run at Oswego Speedway on July 9 by setting a new track record. He capped off that night with a career first win at the famed Upstate New York oval. It was something he had been looking forward to doing for a long time aboard the Clyde Booth 61, a car his father Mike Sr. had so successful in. For Ordway, it was an accomplishment he coveted.

The Booth team next traveled to Berlin Raceway the following week to participate in the MSS / ISMA two-day event that brought supermodifieds back to Michigan for the first time since 2012. On Friday night during qualifying for the feature, Ordway proceeded to set a new track record at that oval.

In the night one feature, Ordway and the Booth team experienced some problems with the 61, putting them 16th in the race finish.

But it was on the next day that Ordway won the 60 lapper and set another new Berlin new track record, breaking his own record set the night before. To top it off, he went on to win the feature, making for a memorable three new track records set and two feature wins. And finally he completed one more wish, to win for the Booth team who had won there in 2011 NASCAR modified legend Ted Christopher driving the 61. Christopher died in a plane crash in 2017, and Ordway wished to dedicate his win to the late driver.

Top 3 from left: #19 Trent Stephens, #61 Mike Ordway Jr.. #11E Kyle Edwards. photo by: Jim Feeney
Top 3 from left: #19 Trent Stephens, #61 Mike Ordway Jr.. #11E Kyle Edwards. photo by: Jim Feeney
#61 Mike Ordway Jr. breaks record again with a 13.021 - Photo by: Jim Davidson
#61 Mike Ordway Jr. breaks record again with a 13.021 - Photo by: Jim Davidson