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.

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.