Verona, NY (Nov. 19, 2016)– The elegant Turning Stone Casino was once again the site of the annual ISMA awards banquet which honored the 2016 champion car owner Jim Bodnar, 2016 champion driver Dave Shullick Jr. and the rest of the top 15 point getters. It was the second consecutive year that the Ohio-based Bodnar-Shullick team took the title, battling the Reed-Lichty team throughout the year. The top team was rewarded with a trophy and jacket in addition to the winner's check.
Thompson, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2016) - The run for the 2016 ISMA championship was one of ups and downs for the two main contenders, Dave Shullick Jr. and Mike Lichty. It seemed when one did well, the other would not at almost all of the events throughout the schedule. They took turns at the top of the standings and that trend continued to the season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park World Series of Racing this past weekend.
Oswego, NY (October 5, 2016) - The 2016 points chase has been between two ISMA drivers, who have basically held onto the top spot of the ISMA point standings all season despite some strange twists of fate. Both Dave Shullick Jr. and Mike Lichty are vying for their second ISMA titles. Shullick, from Ohio, is the defending titlist and Lichty, a Canadian, won in 2012. A quick review of the season shows how crazy this battle has been, which will be decided October 14-15-16 at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway during the 2016 World Series of Racing.
Epping, NH (Sept. 10, 2016) – Vickery, Ohio's Moe Lilje started out the season without a permanent supermodified ride but found seat time in the Lichty 74, subbing for Rob Summers and/or in the Jimmy Bodnar-built 76 when scheduled driver Lou Cicconi Jr. was racing elsewhere. Moe proved to be productive in either ride, but eventually he started to excel in the 76 and with Cicconi busy with his dirt ride near his home. Moe began to show in the top five with the 76, again and again in the last few months, also garnering some podium runs.
Coming off a strong fourth at Oswego's SuperNationals the previous week, Lilje time trialed a solid sixth in Star qualifying in a stellar field of 24 winged ISMA cars vying for the Star Classic crown.
Oswego, NY (Sept. 3, 2016) - Dave Shullick Jr. has been in an up and down battle with Mike Lichty for the 2016 ISMA point title most of the season. At Delaware Speedway on Aug. 19, Shullick lost the point lead to Mike Lichty when Lichty won the event and Shoe II finished down the line in 15th. Saturday night at Oswego Speedway the roles reversed as Lichty suffered a broken torque arm ladder in his heat while Shullick went on to grab the lead of the Bud Light SuperNationals from Tim Jedrzejek on lap 39 and took the win.
Lichty had tried to start the 60-lapper but failed, crediting the 84 with last place. For Shullick Jr. it was his third win in the Classic weekend event, and sixth victory overall in Oswego winged competition. The win was Shullick's 19th career win in ISMA, his fifth this season and moved into sole possession of the seventh spot on the ISMA All-Time win list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.