McKennedy Scores ISMA Chaudiere Victory
VALLE-JONCTION, Quebec – One night after tackling the flat 3/8-mile of Oxford Plains Speedway, the Int’l Supermodified Ass’n traveled north of the border to the high-banks of Autodrome Chaudière on Saturday night for the Le Habitants Dany Legace 75.
At the end of the night, it was Chelmsford, Massachusetts driver Jon McKennedy standing tall in victory lane.
For those simply looking at the results of Saturday’s race, they may think the win came easy for McKennedy. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
After being the fastest car in both ISMA practice sessions, McKennedy had a flat right-front tire during the final practice session that sent him hard into the outside wall. The damage caused significant damage to the right-front suspension pieces on his No. 97 machine and forced the crew to put in a significant amount of work prior to qualifying heats.
“It was a very long day,” said McKennedy. “We unloaded very fast. We won both practice sessions and the last practice session I blew a right-front tire coming off of turn two. It came right off the wheel and stuck it straight into the fence. Basically, we built the whole right side of the car in a couple of hours before the heat race. My crew worked really hard to get it done, as well as some of my competitors that helped out. It was a great night.”
Following the practice wreck, McKennedy was visibly frustrated in the pit area, but knew that he still had a shot to win if he and his crew could put the car back together in time.
“The car was really good,” he said. “I was just hoping that we could get it back together because I knew we had a good chance to win. Everything worked out, we had a fairly decent starting spots, and a win is a win.”
McKennedy took the lead from early leader Jeff Locke on lap 20 and never looked back as he built over a straightaway lead over the rest of the field. A late-race caution with three laps to go would bunch the field back up, but McKennedy powered away from the field when the green flag waved and went on to win his first ISMA feature of 2014.
For his dominant performance leading 55 of the 75 laps, McKennedy also earned a $100 Radical Race Gear gift certificate for claiming the Radical Race Gear ISMA Lap Leader Award.
Rob Summers charged from the seventh starting spot to finish in the runner-up position.