Lichty Wins Second Straight At Stafford

Mike Lichty (84) leads Lou Cicconi during ISMA supermodified action at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. (Dick Ayers photo)
Mike Lichty (84) leads Lou Cicconi during ISMA supermodified action at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. (Dick Ayers photo)

STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. — Mike Lichty won the 50-lap ISMA supermodified feature on Carquest Super Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway for a second straight victory at the half-mile asphalt track.

Chris Perley finished second with Lou Cicconi Jr., Mark Sammut and Timmy Jedrzejek.

“We were fortunate enough to win last year here and I thought that coming back here this year we’d have a strong car once again,” Lichty said. “We started out the day good. We were quick in hot laps and good in the heat race. I mean this was fortunate because we have been sucking lately, not because of the speed of the car. We then had a good starting spot on the outside pole. It’s tough starting on the front row because you don’t know what kind of pace to start.

“And, Louie (Lou Cicconi Jr.) totally scooped me and got me on the restart there. He just outplayed me. I knew he had a decent car so I just bided my time and waited for some traffic and just picked him off. This car was great here last year when Ben was pressuring me for the win and we ended up pulling away. This year too we were able to do the same thing. I just have to thank everybody on the crew, Reed’s Salvage, Patco Transportation, my father Brad, Craig Reed and everybody that works on these cars. They are a tough deal to house and what not. I also have to thank Carquest, Level Performance, Dickie and Ryan in the shop. They work hard and give me a good piece.”

Not an unusual face on the podium at Stafford, Perley commented on his second place. “Second and third for the team is another good top three for the team,” Perley said. “I can’t believe it. It’s just awesome. Any time you are on the podium is fun. Nobody was going to catch Lichty tonight. He was in another time frame. It was fun to watch Louie and Mike go at it there. I was in the catbird’s seat hoping they didn’t wreck, but hey, if they did I might have come out with the win. I’m happy really that nothing happened. They raced each other clean. As far as this car we’ve been rubbing on this new one and it’s starting to go the other way and I’m happy. I’m always happy with Vic’s cars anyway but when new cars come out you get to play with them. It was a fun night. Fun to come to Stafford. Fun to be back. And can’t wait to come again! Now it’s back to Oswego.”