Moe Lilje Nabs First ISMA Triumph
Moving up through the field at break-neck speed was Lou Cicconi who had started fifteen after some problems in his heat. Cicconi was picking his way up through the fast field and was on Jedrzejek’s tail by the lap 25 mark.
Racing continued throughout the race as the laps flew by. Lane was able to hold off Seitz and Lilje until just past the lap 37 mark. Coming into the tail of the field, Lilje used the opportunity to grab the lead from Lane and Moe came across the leader on lap 38. He quickly tried to put some real estate on the hungry pack behind with only Tim Ice exiting the racing wars on lap 43 due to mechanicals leaving a healthy number of cars still racing.
With 25 to go, Lilje tried to hold to a precarious, but comfortable lead, as Seitz, McKennedy, Lane, Jedrzejek, Cicconi and Eddie Witkum were still very much in the hunt.
With less than ten to go, MeKennedy was able to power by Seitz as Lane held fourth. Jedrzejek and Cicconi were waging their own war right behind as Mike Lichty, having a terrible day to say the least, finally gave in to brake problems and left the race on lap 63.
Lilje could not breath easy until the checkered as a couple slower cars brought the second through sixth cars closer to the back end of the No. 8, but this one was Moe’s to lose and having been in the position before, he was not about to give up the win this time. Crossing under the flags behind the No. 8 were McKennedy, Seitz, Cicconi, who grabbed fourth from Lane at the end, and Timmy Jedrzejek.
Cicconi indicated that he was okay with the fourth considering the situation in his car.
“The brakes started going bad. I had to pace myself to get brakes before I could make a move,” Cicconi said. “By the time the brakes came back it was the end of the race. I thought we did well. We started 15th and got a fourth.”
Lane, too, after a horrendous crash at Oswego on June 8, was very pleased with fifth.
“It was good to finish a race. We needed that after the first couple. I got out there and got to lead some laps. The car was a little bit too tight. We’ll try and free it up for the race tomorrow night,” Lane said. “I’d like to thank all the guys on my crew. They worked really hard this past week after the crash at Oswego. Secondly, I’d like to say hi to a couple people back home who are dealing with some illnesses – my cousin Chris and Tony ‘The Tuner.’ I’d like to give a shout out to them. I would have liked to get them a win. Maybe tomorrow night.”
Popular late model hotshoe, Patrick Laperle, who was experiencing the supermodifieds for the first time driving the Lichty 48, finished tenth in his first-ever attempt. His smile in the pits told it all, as did his comments as he described his ride with a tad of a French accent.
“It was awesome. There is so much acceleration. You just touch it and it goes. There’s plenty of car there. I loved it.”