DELAWARE, Ontario – Ben Seitz flawlessly drove to his second International Supermodified Ass’n feature victory of 2013 at Delaware Speedway Friday night.
It was also his second Canadian win of the season after picking up the ISMA event at Autodrome Chaudiere in June. Seitz took the lead from Jeff Locke on lap eight and then had to stave off the intense pressuring of Lou Cicconi for most of the remainder of the 75-lapper.
“I was pretty confident tonight. I knew the car was really good and I also knew Louie Cicconi was right behind me. He’s always real tough. I knew Louie was there in lap traffic, but I knew if I hit my spots we’d be OK,” Seitz said. “You never know going through lap traffic how it is going to work out. As the leader you’re always vulnerable. I just decided to stay on the bottom and the car was really good. And, that makes all the difference. It makes my job a lot easier when I can stick it on the bottom and pass cars. It was a good race.
“I need to thank my car owner, Dick Bien, Brian Allegresso and his whole crew, my whole crew, my sponsor Sam Lorusso and his family. They put this all together. I’m starting to really like Canada. This is our second win up here this summer.”
Cicconi tried valiantly to get by the Bourne, Mass., driver at the helm.
“I started losing the back of the car about half way through. And, the only way I had a shot at Ben was in lap traffic. When you’re in second you can set it up going through lap traffic,” said Cicconi said. “After that last restart he got real sideways and I thought I might have had a shot. But then I got real sideways. I guess one of the lap cars had some oil leaking or something. Ben Seitz is a really good driver. He used to beat me in the midgets and now he’s beating me in the supers too.”
Moe Lilje, who started 12th in the field, worked his way up to third just past the halfway mark and for a time waged a torrid battle with Cicconi in front of him and Mike Lichty just behind. The Vickery, Ohio, driver was able to follow Cicconi onto the podium.
“I would have liked to get by Louie but it was a good run for us and we’re on the podium again in the Reed’s Salvage No. 8 car,” Lilje said. “I have to thank Mr. Reed and all the guys who put in the work on the car during the week at the shop for me to come out here and have fun. I’d like to also thank our sponsors T.G. Eschtruth, Stewart’s Appliances, Kelling Services and Simpson Race Products.”