Chemung, NY — A lot of the racing clichés fell on the description of Friday night’s inaugural ISMA 75 lapper at the Chemung Speedrome. “You’ve got to be there at the end.” “You win some and lose some” “That’s racing.” Oswego, NY’s Joe Gosek was the victor of the event after Lou Cicconi and Dave McKnight crashed out while battling for the lead. It was simply one heck of a battle out front until their demise. Gosek, who had led from lap 6 until lap
19 when McKnight took over, retook the lead after the lap 53 incident between the 2001 ISMA Champ McKnight and two-time feature winner in 2002, Cicconi.
Gosek was aware that he had been in the right place at the right time. “We didn’t have a great car tonight. Dave and Lou were both faster than me in practice. We decided we were junk and changed the whole setup on the car before the heat race. I liked that setup better, but I knew we were still too loose and they were still too quick. They got racing there like wild men with about thirty to go and in the meantime I had changed the brakes after that restart just before they crashed. My car felt better. And, you hang in there and get the best you can from it. The next time I came around the lead cars were out and I was in front. You win some and lose some. This time we were fortunate. The guys worked hard and it’s nice to turn the season around after those first two races where we weren’t too good.”