Oswego, NY — Chris Perley made a triumphant return to Oswego Speedway victory lane Saturday night but it was not entirely a joyous one. On Thursday, May 2nd, ISMA and the area-racing world lost a legend and a great friend when Irish Jack Murphy died. In his honor the ISMA season opener was lengthened to 56 laps as a tribute to the famed driver who drove the Shamrock 6. Murphy had been an integral part of ISMA since its inception. For Perley, it was an eighth win at Oswego keeping him atop the all-time winged win list since 1992.
Said Perley in victory lane, “. I just want to dedicate this race and I’m sure everyone does, to Jack Murphy. He was such a part of ISMA for all these years. Since I was a pup he’s been running around here and you could never make him quit. He was so dedicated. He and Delores are such a part of this organization. I’m really going to miss him. I spent a lot of time talking with him over the years. I don’t think there is anybody here that can say anything bad about him. He’ll really be missed. Our hearts go out to Delores and the family.
Describing his race and return after a year off, he said, “I wasn’t sure this new car was a 50 lap car let alone a 56 lap car, but I’m liking it better and better. We took a long time building it. After the heat I was happy but in the feature I took off a little too early and I got loose. I slowed up a little but Louie was creeping up. I hoped Mark Sammut could hold him back a little longer but he didn’t.