THOMPSON, Conn. – Dave Shullick Jr. won Sunday’s International Supermodified Association season finale during the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and overcame a 39-point deficit entering the weekend to capture his second-straight series championship.
Mike Lichty had a 39 point lead going into the weekend, but Shullick did everything right to make up ground. Shullick won his heat, gaining 10 points on Lichty. Lichty finished his heat in third, picking up seven points on Shullick.
At the green flag and with 36 points to make up, Shullick was not to be stopped. He took the race lead on lap seven and never looked back as he cruised to victory. Lichty, meanwhile, started ninth and as working his way forward on lap 32 when his No. 84 slowed after a left-front shock broke and he was forced to pull into the infield, ending his shot at the ISMA title.
“The car was amazing all weekend. We only fought one gremlin which we actually figured out right before the feature,” Shullick said. “We just tried to be smart with it and not make a mistake. I figured we’d be good at the end and it was. I have to thank Jim Bodnar who didn’t come this weekend so he put all the pressure on us and we were able to deliver. Mikey (Lichty) had some problems today and that’s the way the season has gone. I would have a break and then a win then he’d have a break and win.”
“To end this way and win the championship just tops off a tremendous year for us. I don’t know what happened to Mikey, but we were each running for the championship and he didn’t make it to the finish. Hats off to him and the tough battles he gave us all year. This one is for Jim Bodnar and the crew and all they do for me. I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive this thing. Thanks to Elios Financial Group, Royal Purple and Level Performance for their support.”
Mike Ordway Jr. had a strong run in the Booth No. 61 supermodified to finish second. It was Ordway’s first season in that car, a car his father once drove. Third place went to Mark Sammut, who had a tremendous battle for the podium with Ben Seitz right up until the waning laps of the event.
Mike McVetta completed the top-five.
RESULTS: Int’l Supermodified Ass’n; Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Oct. 16, 2016
A-Feature (50 laps): 1. Dave Shullick Jr., 2. Mike Ordway Jr., 3. Mark Sammut, 4. Ben Seitz, 5. Mike McVetta, 6. Timmy Jedrzejek, 7. Chris Perley, 8. Mike Netishen, 9. Alison Cumens, 10. Joey Payne, 11. Jason Spaulding, 12. Jamie Timmons, 13. Dan Bowes, 14. Jeff Locke, 15. Mike Lichty, 16. Moe Lilje, 17. Dave Duggan, 18. Rob Summers, 19. Trent Stephens, 20. Danny Shirey, 21. Jake Smith.
CREDIT: ISMA Communications