Delaware, Ont. - August 19, 2016 – Mike Lichty and Dave Shullick Jr. have been locked in a battle for the 2016 ISMA championship for most of the season. Lichty had lost some headway at Lee USA in early August but came back to gain some by winning at the New London Waterford Speedbowl the next day. Shullick, with four feature wins coming into Delaware was ahead by a mere six points. Having won the last two races at the Ontario, Canada oval, he might have been considered the favorite to repeat.
Lichty, with two feature wins to his credit, had not had not fared well in the June Delaware show, finishing sixteenth. The tide turned Friday night for Lichty. Starting seventh in the field, he had some exciting duals with both Mike Ordway Jr. and Timmy Jedrzejek on his way to the front to become the leader of the Harvey Lennox Memorial 75 on lap 54.
Waterford, CT (Aug. 6, 2016) - Ohio's Mike McVetta led two-thirds of the Ollie Silva Memorial Friday night until a broken wheel cost him what might have been a third career ISMA win. Saturday night, he earned redemption at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl's Wings and Wheels 50. Starting on the pole, McVetta took command in the race and in a blink of the eye, cruised to victory.
The 50-lapper went green to checkered in 11 minutes and 11 seconds and although Mike Ordway Jr. tried to track McVetta down, he fell short in the rapid-fire display of winged speed.
Lee ,NH (Aug. 5, 2016) – Last season Dave Shullick won his second Ollie Silva Memorial 75 on his way to a first-ever ISMA championship. He was battling Mike Lichty for that ISMA title. In 2016 he and Lichty were again in a title battle going into Lee. Shullick, starting 10th, had to run down a high-flying duo up front in Mike McVetta and Mike Ordway Jr. to put the 95 into a position to pounce. But Lichty was also in the mix past halfway, moving by Shullick on lap 49 and then McVetta on lap 50. McVetta had a wheel break and pitted shortly thereafter leaving Lichty and Shullick to battle up front. Shullick went high and low looking for a way by the 84, finally taking the lead on lap 56. The second generation Ohio driver had control from there on in, taking the checkered with a healthy margin less than 20 laps later. Shullick had the race mapped out prior to the race, and 75 laps after the green dropped, Shoe II was right where he wanted to be - in victory lane.
Sandusky, OH (July 30, 2016) – Ridgeville, Ohio's Dave Shullick Jr. accomplished what just a handful of drivers have done over the years. He won both legs of the annual Hy-Miler weekend when he won the Hy-Miler Nationals on at Sandusky Speedway on Saturday, after winning the Fast Forty on Friday. Shullick had to battle some tough opponents to accomplish the feat as some of supermodified's best were trying to etch their names in the historic event. Handicapping put Shullick back in tenth on the starting grid and he had to fight his way forward past some hard racing adversaries.
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.
Lorain, OH (June 25, 2016) – When Mike Ordway Sr. won the 1987 Thompson ISMA World Series event in the Clyde Booth 99, a ride he shared with Warren Coniam, Mike Ordway Jr. was just a twinkle in dad's eye as the saying goes. In mid-summer 1988, Ordway Sr., solo driver for Booth piloted the 99 car to a win at Sandusky and a sixth in ISMA points. Dad was on his way to an illustrious career. That successful year closed with the birth of Ordway Jr. who was born Dec. 18.
Jennerstown, PA (July 16, 2016) – ISMA's return to the Jennerstown Speedway after a nine-year hiatus proved to be well worth the wait. A quick thunderstorm just prior to feature time rolled in and out but it did not dampen the excitement that proceeded it. In a seventeen minute, twenty-eight second, 50 lap feature, only one short yellow flew to slow the action. The side by side racing and lead swapping out front, left the fans who stuck with it, in awe. Early leader Dave Shullick Jr, lost his spot to Mark Sammut, got it back one lap later and then lost it again to Mike Ordway Jr., but regained it in the same lap. When Ordway Jr.'s 61 shut down on lap 32, Mike Lichty, moving up from ninth, became the challenger and he was able to take over out front on lap 33, never to give up the spot. He took the checkered 17 laps later for a $4,200 payday.
June 24, 2016 – Wellington, Ohio's Mike McVetta is becoming very familiar with the victory lane circle at Lorain County Speedway. In his last four visits there, he has won four times – three in his 22 supermodified (two ISMA and one MSA) and one in a Sauer sprint car coming just last Saturday. He certainly hopes the win streak continues. Standing by his yellow and red family-owned machine, Friday night, decked out with a $3000 winner's check, he was quite in awe of his achievement.
Oswego, NY (July 9, 2016) - Ravenna, Ohio's Trent Stephens won his first winged race at Oswego Speedway in 2009 in his inaugural appearance at the famed five-eighth's mile. He waited a long time to score his second win there, but he did so in style Saturday night at the prestigious King of Wings event. Starting third on the grid, Stephens closed in on race leader Moe Lilje, driving the Jimmy Bodnar 76 and got by in traffic on lap 20 as Lilje got hung up by a lap car. Stephens had 30 green laps to keep challengers at bay and it did just that to race end. He was also the recipient of the Shea Concrete Products Halfway Bonus of $1000, adding to his fine run.
Jim Feeney's candid pit photos from the June 3 event at Delaware Speedway have now been posted! Click here to view Jim's photos from Delaware. There are no candid pit shots from the Oswego Speedway opener as Jim was in Indianapolis for the 500 festivites.
Oswego, NY (July 7, 2016) – When the International SuperModified Association first ventured to Jennerstown Speedway, set in the Laurel Mountains of Western Pennsylvania, it was 1988 and Irish Jack Murphy was president of the association at the time. Two races a season were scheduled for ’88 and then again in 1989. One taking place in June and one in September. Three of those four events in the first years were dominated by the legendary Bentley Warren, driving the 61Jr., who won three of the four with another legend, Eddie Bellinger Jr. taking the June 3rd race in 1989.
Delaware, Ontario, Canada, June 3, 2016 - To say Ohioan Dave Shullick Jr. has mastered the half mile at Delaware Speedway would be an understatement. Friday night Shoe II took his Bodnar-built 95 to a third consecutive victory there dating back to ISMA's opening day, 2015. His fourth career win, and initial one, at the famed Canadian oval came on August 9, 2009. Shullick started 12th on the field of 19 ISMA starters and overtook race leader Timmy Jedrzejek on restart of lap 30 of the 75-lapper. He was able to stave off several challenges after that and then set the 95 on cruise. The winner of last season's Harv Lennox Memorial two-race series, was on his way to a possible repeat.
OSWEGO, NY (July 5, 2016) – The mighty ISMA Supermodifieds, as well as the Pathfinder Bank SBS, return to Oswego Speedway on Saturday, July 9 for the eighth edition of the prestigious King of Wings presented by Holiday Inn Express and Suites and Helena Chemical Company.
King of Wings VIII will mark the second round of the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series at the Speedway, bringing the best in winged Supermodified racing to the Port City for the right to wear the crown that comes along with a King of Wings championship.
Canadian Mike Lichty opened up the International Super Modified Association’s (ISMA) 2016 season on Saturday night, winning the 50-lap Jack Murphy Memorial at the Oswego Speedway. It was the 10th-career win on the ISMA circuit for the Innerkip, Ontario resident - his fourth at the lakeside oval. Having started eighth on the grid, Lichty and his Reed’s Salvage No. 84 would take the lead away from Ohio’s Trent Stephens on the 17th lap and leave his chasers to tussle for second place. Unlike last year’s heartbreaking defeat - losing the lead on the final stretch of the last lap, Lichty would hold strong throughout, never being seriously challenged.