Delaware, ON – The World’s Most Powerful Short Track Cars lived up to their name Friday evening. Ryan Coniam (#46) of Laguna Beach, CA won the 35-lap ISMA Super Modifieds Feature after leading the entire race, passing Johnny Benson on the opening lap. Johnny Benson (#74) of Corenlius, NC placed second and Rob Summers (#11) of Vernon, CT placed third. A large audience attended the race to see the winged cars tear up the track and they were not disappointed. On the fourth lap, the plastic screen covering the Coca-Cola score board was shaken onto the race track by the power of the engines resulting in a caution. On the seventh lap there were a trio of cautions, before the remainder of the race ran caution free. The win is the first for Coniam in Super Modified competition.
“This is really big to win in Canada, to win an ISMA show,” said Coniam in victory lane. “The race car is solid, a good car and good engine can make a driver look awful good.”
David Elliott (#37) of Waterdown won the FT Garage Late Models race. It was his first feature win at Delaware Speedway, an important mile stone for his championship bid. He took the lead in lap seventeen from Shawn Thompson (#72) who led the first sixteen laps and placed third. During the first lap there was a incident involving seven cars, including a number of championship contenders such as Kirk Hooker (#38H) of Chatham and Matt Pritiko (#21) of London. Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas pulled finished second, a strong night for his championship bid.
Devon Bloemendal (#01) won the Demar Aggregates Trucks Feature. Gary Adriaensen (#55) came in second and Tom Zagorodny (#77) took third. Bloemendal took the lead from Tyler Finlay (#25) in lap seven and remained in the lead for the remainder of the 35-lap race which had one caution on lap two. Late in the race Adriaensen had been catching Bloemendal, but ran out of laps to track him down. Bloemendal also appeared to be experiencing engine trouble coming the checkers, but it was not enough to keep him from the win.
The ISMA Super Modifieds will return to the track tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. The races will also feature OSCAAR Open-Wheel Modifieds and Coca-Cola Super Stocks. Gates will open at 4:00 PM and there will be an autograph session at 6:00 PM.
By: Stephanie Pelkman & John Houghton