Oswego, NY (October 7, 2015) – Second-generation driver Dave Shullick Jr., has made many a mark in his racing-career so far, just as his dad has done in the part. The father and son Ohio drivers have paired up for many accomplishments over their careers, but neither has added an International Supermodified Association crown to their resumes….yet. Shullick Jr., who just surpassed dad in the ISMA All-Time win list this year, is hoping that things will fall in place for him to achieve that championship at the end of the Sunoco World Series presented by Xtra Mart next weekend.
Shullick holds a comfortable but far from insurmountable lead going into the two-day show in Connecticut. He’s 164 points ahead of Canadian Mike Lichty, who took home the championship honor in 2012, only the second Canadian ever to achieve that goal. Shullick has four feature wins in 2015, two at Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada and one at Lee USA and most recently, one at the Star Classic. Lichty has one win at Waterford, but he’s kept up with Shullick on the track.
This duo has battled back and forth all season. Race one at Delaware, Shullick wins, Lichty is 5th. The next two Oswego races, Shullick is 3rd while Lichty is 2nd. At Lorain, in front of a partial Ohio crowd, Shullick takes a 3rd, while Lichty is 10th. The next three races – Oswego’s King of Wings and the two Sandusky Hy-Miler events, were not kind to either driver. Shullick finished with a 10th, and 8th and 18th, consecutively, while Lichty picked up a 6th, a 12th and a 24th, his worst finish of the season.
It was on to Lee and Waterford where Shullick was first and 10th while Lichty was 9th and first; pretty much a draw there. They were back at it two weeks later at Delaware where Shullick won and Lichty was second. At the Oswego Super Nationals, Shoe II was third and Lichty 2nd. Now, the next week in Epping, NH, might have been the game changer for Lichty as Shullick took home the Star win and Lichty finished 24th with a possible blown motor. So now Thompson becomes the decision maker as it so often does.
The ISMA Championship points available are 200 for a win, but there are heat points, 10 for first back to one for 10th on back. In addition, there is a 5-point bonus for leading one lap and a 5-point bonus for leading the most laps. So, a guy who wins the race, wins his heat, leads all the laps, can gain 220 points mathematically. And, so, hypothetically, the first five in ISMA points are still in contention, but would have to win it all, assuming there were some dropouts ahead of them. But, as any race fan knows if they have been to Thompson prevously, if something odd can happen, it often does.
Behind Shullick and Lichty, however, there are some tight races to be decided for the top nine spots with some, like sixth and seventh, between Eddie Witkum Jr. and 2014 champion Ben Seitz, showing only a point difference between them. The Steve Stout team of Danny Shirey and Trent Stephens, also are a point apart in ninth and tenth. There will be a lot of moving within the top ten positions for certain.
The ISMA Rookie of the Year will also be decided at Thompson between Ohio’s Kevin Jaycox Jr. and Kyle Edwards, of Bartlett, TN. The Rookie of the Year is based on driver points alone while the championship is an owner-based organization, where usually the championship driver is driving for the championship owner. In this case, Edwards’ car owner is 20th in points as is Kyle, 20th in driver points. But, in Jaycox’s place, he has driven two cars this season, his 07 and the Joe Gillingham 5, giving Kevin an 18th place in driver points; showing a difference of 84 points. To be eligible for the ISMA Rookie of the Year, a driver cannot have competed in more than three features during a season; but must have competed in 3 or more features in the year he or she runs for Rookie. Several first-time, full-time ISMA runners in 2015, Danny Shirey and Trent Stephens for example, are 9th and 10th in the driver points, but have run at least 4 features in past years as has relative newcomer Mike McVetta who ran just four features in 2013, making him also ineligible.
So, will it be the Bodnar-Shullick team that claims the 2015 crown or will the Reed-Lichty team come out on top? Or can Howie Lane and Timmy Jedrzejek, Mark Sammut or Jeff Locke do the seemingly impossible and pull it off? Don’t count any of them out until that final flag drops on the always exciting World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 16-17-18, three days no race fans wants to miss!
WINCHESTER, NH (April 19, 2018) - ISMA driver Dan Bowes, out of Byfield, MA, plans on heading to the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19. It will be the first time in close to four decades the winged supers have raced at the New Hampshire quarter-mile oval, and it will be a first time for Bowes.
WINCHESTER, NH (April 3, 2018) - Bentley Warren, one of the most iconic names in motorsports, will be the Grand Marshal for the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented by T-Bird Mini Marts ISMA appearance at Monadnock on Saturday, May 19. It will be close to four decades that the Supermodifieds have raced at the New Hampshire oval.
WINCHESTER, NH (March 29, 2018) - CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts will be the sponsors of the ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night, May 19. During this inaugural appearance fans will get to see how these winged Supermodifieds, with 900-plus horsepower, go around the New Hampshire quarter mile oval.
Oswego, NY (March 24, 2018) - When the green flag drops at Monadnock Speedway at the ISMA 2018 season opener, a familiar car and two familiar names will be in competition for the first time together. The Dan Soule-owned 32 super is back and will be piloted by former ISMA champion Ben Seitz and the duo have high hopes for their new team. And of course, the car will be the trademark blue colors.
By Matthew Wiernasz; edited by Carol D Haynes; photo by Jim Feeney
WINCHESTER, NH (March 22, 2018) - Dave Shullick, Jr. out of Westlake, OH,will be taking part in the ISMA season opener at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night, May 19 for the 75 lap race. Shullick will be coming into Monadnock with a lot of momentum as he won the final two races of the season last year at Star Speedway with the Star Classic and the World Series of Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.