OSWEGO, N.Y. – official series release — ISMA photo —
Second-generation driver Dave Shullick Jr. has made many a mark in his racing career so far, just as his dad has done in the past.
The father and son Ohio drivers have paired up for many accomplishments over their careers, but neither has added an International Supermodified Ass’n crown to their resumes yet. Shullick Jr., who just surpassed dad in the ISMA All-Time win list this year, is hoping that things will fall in place for him to achieve that championship at the end of the Sunoco World Series presented by Xtra Mart next weekend.
Shullick holds a comfortable but far from insurmountable lead going into the two-day show in Connecticut. He’s 164 points ahead of Canadian Mike Lichty, who took home the championship honor in 2012, only the second Canadian ever to achieve that goal. Shullick has four feature wins in 2015, two at Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada and one at Lee USA and most recently, one at the Star Classic. Lichty has one win at Waterford, but he’s kept up with Shullick on the track.
The ISMA Championship points available are 200 for a win, but there are heat points, 10 for first back to one for 10th on back. In addition, there is a five-point bonus for leading one lap and a five-point bonus for leading the most laps. So, a driver who wins the race, wins his heat and leads all the laps, can gain 220 points mathematically. And, so, hypothetically, the first five in ISMA points are still in contention, but would have to win it all, assuming there were some dropouts ahead of them. But, as any race fan knows if they have been to Thompson previously, if something odd can happen, it often does.
Behind Shullick and Lichty, however, there are some tight races to be decided for the top nine spots with some, like sixth and seventh, between Eddie Witkum Jr. and 2014 champion Ben Seitz, showing only a point difference between them. The Steve Stout team of Danny Shirey and Trent Stephens, also are a point apart in ninth and 10th.
CREDIT: International SuperModified Association