Sandusky, OH (July 29, 2016) - Dave Shullick Jr. had set fast time earlier in the afternoon at Sandusky's Fast Forty, the first leg of the 39th running of the Hy-Miler 100. Not an unusual scenario for the guy sitting second in the ISMA point standings. But, he wasn't done yet. Shullick Jr., starting sixth in the field of 24, caught up with race leader Danny on lap seven, flew by him in turn one and proceeded to continue to fly, lapping all but ten of the cars on his way to victory. The Jim Bodnar 95 was pretty much unstoppable! Not even a lap 14 yellow for Mike McVetta, who had started fifth, who blew a tire and landed off turn one, could slow the Shullick decimation. It was Shullick's second Fast Forty win in the race's history. He was already thinking about going for a second Hy-Miler on Saturday as he commented after the race.
“The race car was good all day and we were able to keep it going in the race. Tomorrow is the one we want so this is all part of it. I was just running the best I could. A forty lapper is not a time to hold back. I just gave it what we could safely and try to roll the bottom. That's about it. We ran “Fire” tonight, we've been running “Ice” the last few weeks and we just wanted to bring out Fire as we felt it was going to be a good car and it really proved it was. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It's my favorite race of the year. I'm hoping we can have a good car and be there at the end.”
Finishing in second, but a long distance away, was Moe Lilje driving the Jimmy Bodnar 76. He was pleased to finish second, but he had no misconceptions that he might have caught the 95 before the 40-lapper ended. “We dropped a spot or two at the start, but I think after DJ cleared us I was about fifth. Once I got off the bottom and was able to get on the high side, I was able to pick off some of the cars. Once we got into second we set sail but even if we had had another yellow I don't believe we would have anything for DJ.”
Danny Shirey, starting second, was the early leader of the race before falling victim to the Bodnar bunch was quite satisfied with third after a less than stellar year to date. “I've got to thank the Stout crew and the whole Acme race team. It finally feels good to get the monkey off our back. We've definitely had a tough year so far. It's just nice to have a podium. I feel bad that me and Mike got into it with a couple laps left to go. It was just a racing deal. I think we're finally figuring this car out and getting it fast again. I can't thank Rich and Steve enough. They work their butts off getting this car prepared for me. I'm excited for tomorrow.”
Dave McKnight and Shirey led the field to green, with Shirey grabbing off the lead, which he only held for one lap before yellow flew. Justin Belfiore and Jim Paller were sitting off the third turn with Paller able to return and Belfiore done for the night. Rich Reid and Larry Lenhert headed pitside with the same result.
Back underway Shirey took off and tried to shake Dave McKnight, Timmy Jedrzejek, Shullick and Lilje, but it would be to no avail. Shullick charged by Jedrzejek and McKnight and was the leader by lap eight. And, saying he never looked back might be an understatement as he was lapping at the tail of the field soon thereafter.
Meanwhile Shirey was holding off some powerful foes in McKnight, Jedrzejek, Lilje, Mike McVetta, Trent Stephens, Mike Ordway Jr., Mark Sammut and Kyle Edwards in the top ten.
Lilje was the man on the move as he worked his way by Timmy Jr, then McKnight just prior to lap 14 when McVetta brought out the yellow and had to be flat bedded to the pits.
It was non-stop Shullick after the restart with Lilje working his way past Shirey on lap 20 to take second leaving Shirey to contend with McKnight, Jedrzejek, Stephens, Ordway, Sammut, Edwards, Lichty and now Ben Seitz, all still racing hard to better their positions.
With ten to go, Shullick had umpteen lap cars between his 95 and Lilje who now was holding a distant second, but also had a commanding second place over Shirey, McKnight, Lichty, Jedrzejek, Stephens, Ordway and Sammut.
Nine laps later, Shullick crossed under the checkers to the cheers of the Shoe II fans in attendance. Lilje and Shirey took podium spots with Lichty and McKnight rounding out the top five.
ISMA point leader going into the Friday race, Mike Lichty, was at work with his crew going over the 84 in the pits after the race. “There is something wrong with the car, we're not sure what. It was an awful day. We'll take a top five and move on to tomorrow. Hopefully we can figure out what's wrong here.”
Polesitter McKnight had hoped for more when the race started but had settled for a top five at the end.
“Fifth is not what we expected. I started on the pole and was hoping to put one in the bank tonight. But, we struggled a little bit during the day in practice and qualifying. We missed the set up big. We took kind of a guess at it. Unfortunately you never like to go backwards. A top five is okay, but the result isn't really what we were looking for. We're going to do our homework tonight and come back for the 100 lapper and maybe a better result. They tell me this is my 30th Hy-Miler and that I've run it more than any other driver. Hopefully we can pick up a win.”
SANDUSKY FAST FORTY SUMMARY
Fast Time Trialer: Dave Shullick Jr. - 14.791
Heat 1: Dan Shirey, Mike McVetta, Justin Belfiore, Rob Summers, Jim Paller, Charlie Schultz, Eddie Witkum Jr., Rich Reid
Heat 2: Dave McKnight, Mike Ordway Jr., Moe Lilje, Trent Stephens, Kyle Edwards, AJ Lesiecki, Jon Henes, Talon Stephens
Heat 3: Dave Shullick Jr., Mike Lichty, Timmy Jedrzejek, Mark Sammut, Ben Seitz, Dan Bowes, Joey Payne, Larry Lenhert
Friday Night Fast Forty: 1. Dave Shullick Jr. (95), 2. Moe Lilje (76), 3. Danny Shirey (49), 4. Mike Lichty (84), 5. Dave McKnight (70), 6. Timmy Jedrzejek (97), 7. Trent Stephens (19), 8. Mike Ordway Jr. (61), 9. Mark Sammut (78), 10. Kyle Edwards (1), 11. Ben Seitz (17), 12. Charlie Schultz (7), 13. Rob Summers (74), 14. Eddie Witkum Jr. (21), 15. AJ Lesiecki (77),16. Jon Henes (36), 17. Dan Bowes (25), 18. Talon Stephens (30), 19. Mike McVetta (22), 20. Joey Payne (3), 21. Jim Paller (64), 22. Larry Lenhert (92), 23. Justin Belfiore (98), 24. Rich Reid (55).
ISMA Fast Time Trialer in Memory of Bonnie Shullick ($50) – sponsored by KDP Townhouses – Dave Shullick Jr.
ISMA Hard Charger Award ($100), sponsored by 4th Turn Crazies - Mike Lichty
Last Car Running ($100), sponsored by Coyote Construction - Dan Bowes
Radical Race Gear Lap Leader ($100 Gift Certificate) - Dave Shullick (34 laps)
Waterford, CT(August 12, 2017) - After an unusually high rate of attrition at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, the ISMA competitors trekked south to Waterford were down in numbers, but a combination of crashes, curfews and a late night start to the Saturday night feature caused more havoc.
The ISMA 75 started last on the agenda and fearfully close to the track's midnight curfew and some spotty rain in the area. When all was said and down, the race was shortened to 50 laps, then checkered after 39 complete when both rain and the curfew fell.
Lee, NH (August 11, 2017) – Baldwinsville, NY’s Michael Muldoon, with only five ISMA events under his belt viewed Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire for the first time on Friday night. He quickly adapted to the new-to-him venue and came home with a very impressive win in the Ollie Silva Memorial 75. His first career winged win took a combination of a good starting spot and a little luck when race leader Ben Seitz stopped off turn four on lap 63, while due to motor issues.
Muldoon had led the 75-lapper up until lap 33, when passed by Seitz in the Locke 37. Muldoon stayed in second while Seitz was able to build a comfortable lead, hauling in the $1000 Shea Concrete lap 37 bonus, until the car’s demise. Muldoon retook the top spot and led the remaining 11 laps, pressured by Ohio’s Mike McVetta, for the victory, his first career ISMA win.
Oswego, N.Y. (Aug. 5, 2017) - Hold on to your hats ISMA fans as coming up are three big races in August. It all starts at Lee USA Speedway (NH)'s Ollie Silva Memorial on August 11, an event highlighted by the Bentley Warren motorcycle charity ride and 75 laps of winged super racing. This night is a plus for winged super fans as the Small Block Supers join the powerful Big Block ISMA group on the slate.. Information on this Friday night event may be obtained at www.leeusaspeedway.com.