Speed Features

“I've raced here forever, I mean I started racing here in 1994, it took me till now to finally win here, it means a lot to my family, and myself.” That's what the first time Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) winner Jon Henes said after nailing down the 30 lap feature win at the series second season's visit to the track up north, Sandusky (OH) Speedway. Henes was on a rail of determination that was not to be denied coming from the inside second row and getting the lead just a handful of laps into the event and never looked back. “Finally, my son told me this morning Dad you are going to win and he never says that. When I saw the checkered flag that was the first thing that popped in my head,” said the emotional race winner. 



Sponsored by the Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation and developed to be quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible, The 1947 Hudson Race Truck was designed and built by Randy Simmons, a California entrepreneur and inventor specializing in robotic engineering.

The Hudson is the first ever race vehicle designed to set land speed records while being controlled and driven by a quadriplegic who has no mobility below the collar bone.

As driver, Michael-Ryan uses a one-of-a-kind pressure sensitive mouthpiece to control the throttle and steering while co-driver, Randy handles gear selection, braking, and has the ability to assume total control of the Hudson in case of emergency.



By the end of the night it became clear that “Liquid” Lou Cicconi came to Lorain County (OH) Speedway with one thing in mind, win! Cicconi bested the 18 car Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) field winning the 30 lap feature in convincing style. Cicconi blasted to the front from his tenth starting position and on lap seven zipped past then leader Mark Sammut never looking back until the checkered flag flew. This was the second stop of the MSA tour and Cicconi’s first MSA victory of the young season.

Rookie driver Zach Gibson and Mark Sammut brought the field to the green flag, but it did not last long. On lap two the first of three race cautions flew when Jack Smith and Trent Stephens got together and both spun up the track in turn one...



May 24, 2010 --

We just got back from the NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing event at Norwalk, Ohio.  Ny-Trex Nitrous Oxide Systems delivered big and proved why Ny-Trex is truly "The Future of Nitrous".

In our third race using the 33 gas / 36 n2o tune up we noticed something that the other nitrous aided applications are lacking, consistency.  Last fall we used the 33/36 tune up for the first time (with 6 1/2 lbs of nitrous fuel pressure & 7 1/4 lbs of fuel pressure; nitrous turned on at .10 in the run and used for the whole length of the track).  With said nitrous tune up we recorded our first ever 6 second pass - 6.956 at 192.36 mph at the NHRA Jeg's SportsNationals at National Trails Raceway, Columbus, Ohio.  We took the same tune up to Indy last month for the first NHRA event of the season and recorded a 6.951 at 193.51 mph pass before the event was postponed due to rain. 



Martino Motorsports at NorwalkMay 18, 2010 --

We just wrapped up the NHRA Division 3 event at Norwalk, Ohio.

With a record car count for the NHRA, a track record for attendance at over 30,000 fans, and 52 of the best Top Dragsters in the country on hand, we qualified for the 32-car Top Dragster field with a career best e.t. - 6.842 and career best mph - 200.38.

Unfortunately we had a tough loss first round on Sunday when we broke out by .005 seconds at the finish line.

We were very fortunate and thankful to have many of our family, sponsors, fans, and friends present to witness a strong outing by our team including our first ever 200+ mph pass...