McKennedy Finally Scores At Waterford
McKennedy took the speedy 79 out front quickly at the green and on a track he had garnered some modified wins on, took control in the super. He was picking his way through the tail of the field by lap 10 as Ordway Jr., Mark Sammut, Ben Seitz, Mike Lichty, Alison Cumens, Eric Lewis, and Rob Summers vied for spots behind. ISMA point leader Lou Cicconi, after being hooked in the first incident, was methodically working his way forward.
Yellow flew on lap 21 for the Dan lane 97 with several cars pulling into the pits for more adjustments including Locke, Payne, Summers and Cicconi. They would all restart at the rear.
Back underway McKennedy pulled away from the pack and glided around the “Bowl” until the Duggan 51 spun on lap 35 to bunch the field behind Jon once again.
And once again, on the restart green, McKennedy pulled away as Ordway Jr. Seitz, Sammut, Lichty, Cumens, Lewis and again Cicconi tailed. A lap 36 slowdown, the last of the race, saw Dan Bowes go pitside.
The only change of position on the green was for second when Seitz pulled past Ordway Jr. as McKennedy had already pulled out of sight.
With five to go, McKennedy had victory in his grasp, as far behind were Seitz, Ordway Jr., Lichty, Sammut, Cumens, Lewis and Cicconi, staying pretty much in their spots.
McKennedy passed under the checkered for his first win of the ISMA season as Seitz, Ordway Jr., Lichty and Sammut held their top five spots.
2012 ISMA champ Lichty, coming off a disappointing Hy-Miler 100 finish, was somewhat satisfied with fourth as he commented later from his pit.
“Fourth – I’ll guess we’ll take it for what the day brought us. We started with the car we usually run here and actually won here with before. Johnny’s been running that car for a little this year and I’m really not sure what is wrong with it. Maybe it’s out of square or something. We’ll get it back when we get it back to the shop and figure it out. So we went to the other car that we’ve won three races with this year, so far. We just struggled. We had no time to practice with it. We struggled in the heat race. We were lucky enough to finish fourth and miss the big wreck at the beginning. We’ll take it and keep plugging. I’m excited for Delaware. We ran good there last year so we’ll see what happens Friday.”
Mark Sammut, who quietly sits in third in the ISMA points behind Cicconi and Lichty, was OK with his fifth.
“Considering how the day started out, fifth is good. We struggled a little bit all day actually,” Sammut said. “Fortunately we had a good starting spot in the feature. After the second restart we moved up quite a bit. The car was decent off the start, but the further we went, the looser we got. I was just kind of hanging on at the end. Too bad I didn’t get a little better run on those last two restarts because they both cost me a spot. All in all, we finished fifth, rolled the car on the trailer and we’ll get ready for next week. It’s not a bad day at all.”