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.