Dave Shullick Jr.: The Sandusky Speedway Tradition

Dave Shullick Jr. holds the distinction of being the all-time Midwest Supermodified Association, LLC, feature winner. Learn more about David Shullick Jr. and his record on the supermodified circuit by visiting http://www.daveshullick.com.

For more than six decades, the Sandusky Speedway has seen thousands of races, from NASCAR-sanctioned events to youth go kart races and International Supermodified Association (ISMA) competitions. The speedway, which is situated in Sandusky, Ohio, began as a half-mile-long oval dirt track with 600-foot straightaways and grandstands with seating for 3,500 fans.

In May 1950, officials held the first race at the Sandusky Speedway, which drew more than 2,000 spectators. Within five years, the facility changed management and underwent serious renovations, including a new blacktop racing surface and larger steel grandstands. Over the years, the Sandusky Speedway has experienced various different owners, promoters, and types of racing, but has remained a cornerstone of the Sandusky community. In 2013, the speedway will host a weekend of ISMA races as well as the Midwest Supermodified Association, LLC, (MSA) championships.


Dave Shullick Jr.: The Summer 2013 Midwest Supermodified Association Racing Schedule

The winner of three Midwest Supermodified Association, LLC, (MSA) championships, Dave Shullick Jr. has also won six races in the International Supermodified Association series. For nearly 15 years, David Shullick Jr. has followed in his father’s racing footsteps, competing in these two circuits.

Throughout June, July, and August, the MSA will host eight races across the Midwest. On June 1, drivers and fans will gather at Midvale Speedway in Midvale, Ohio, to kick off four consecutive weekends of supermodified racecar competitions. Over the course of the next three months, races will take place at the Lorain County Speedway, the Toledo Speedway, and the Sandusky Speedway. Fans can also continue their Fourth of July celebrations by joining MSA at the Baer Field Speedway on Saturday, July 6. These races are sponsored by a number of regional businesses, including Adkins Glass, LLC, in Sandusky, Ohio; Burkes Home Center; and Reeds Salvage.

MSA also has a race scheduled for September 7, and its championship race will take place on the weekend of October 12 at the Sandusky Speedway.

Dave Shullick Jr.: The International Supermodified Association

Second-generation supermodified car racer Dave Shullick Jr. has had a successful, decade-long career on the track. He has won 30 races in all, including six races in the International Supermodified Association (ISMA). David Shullick Jr. currently ranks 18th on the ISMA’s all-time wins list.

Founded in 1974, the ISMA originally sought to improve supermodified racing by running more events, offering better purses, and improving safety conditions. The organization grew quickly, and within five years it was offering more than $100,000 in points and race money per season. Today it runs between 13 and 17 races annually and offers a minimum starting purse of $1,000 to its race teams.

The 2013 ISMA season begins Saturday May 4 at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York. Events continue throughout the summer and early fall before finishing in late October with the World Series of Racing at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut. To find more information on the ISMA and its 2013 series of races, visit it online at www.ismasupers.com.

Dave Shullick Jr. Places Second at MSA Championship

At the 2012 Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) Championship at the Flat Rock Speedway, David Shullick won a strong second-place finish behind teammate Trent Stephens. In forty rapid laps around the track, he nearly managed to catch up with Stephens, edging out Zach Gibson after a “caution” during the sixth lap. Third-place winner Charlie Schultz also made surprising gains, moving up from fifth place, but was unable to overtake the two leaders.

The quarter-mile, banked track provided some challenges to all of the competitors, including Stephens, but a new set of tires along the way seems to have given him an edge. For his part, Dave Shullick Jr. faced some suspension issues that made for loose steering in the opening heat race. Once the problem was identified as a bind in the front suspension, he was able to make headway against the competition and even some gains on the winner. Together, the teammates’ first- and second-place wins were an impressive feat.

Oswego Speedway

Oswego Speedway in New York may not be as well known as some of its larger cousins. But to International Supermodified Association winners like Dave Shullick Jr., it is a great track. Shullick has three wins under his belt at Oswego. (He also competes in the Midwestern Supermodified Association, where he has placed first many times.)

In 1951, George, Harry, and William Caruso took an old horse track and built the speedway on it. It was originally a three-eighths mile course, but in 1961 the Carusos enlarged it to the current five-eighths mile track. Oswego Speedway has hosted a weekly race since its inception. The second owners, Eric and John Torrese, recently implemented renovations such as a 20-car scoring pylon, luxury skyboxes, and an upgraded rear grandstand. It is sometimes called the “Indy of the East” because several winners of the Indianapolis 500 have raced at Oswego.

Oswego Speedway schedules its biggest event, the Budweiser International Classic Weekend, on Labor Day. The weekend consists of the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds; this class is named for a leading manufacturer of rolled aluminum products.

Dave Shullick Jr. has posted many wins in the supermodified racing divisions and is a three-time points winner in the Midwestern Supermodified Association. He also enjoys golf and boating.

What Is Supermodified Racing?

Many people are familiar with or fans of popular forms of auto racing, such as NASCAR and Indy Car racing. While these may steal the majority of the auto-related headlines in sports sections, another branch of the industry is becoming better known, thanks to its supremely fast cars with their bizarre body structures. Supermodified racing and its elite drivers, such as three-time Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) points winner Dave Shullick, Jr., are staging a rapid rise in “Supermod” popularity.

In the hands of an experienced driver like Dave Shullick, Supermodified cars can reach the speeds of an Indy car, with better handling around turns. Supermodified cars differ from Indy and NASCAR body types. Supermodifieds are lower to the ground, have engines on the left side of the car, and are built with huge wings that sit above the rear of the automobile. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find a different chassis and suspension and four different-sized tires. These specifications and modifications allow Mr. Shullick and other racers to eliminate drag around the track.

Raced on circular tracks over a course less than a mile in length, Supermodified race cars can dodge and weave with more control than traditional stock cars. Because of the velocity of the cars and the short distance of the races, Dave Shullick’s racing skills and reflexes must be lightning fast, which is part of the reason Supermodified racing is climbing the ranks in popular culture.