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.
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.