An Experienced Racecar Driver
In 1999, Dave Shullick Jr. became the second generation in his family to race supermodified open-wheel racecars professionally. Today, the North Ridgeville, Ohio, resident reigns as one of the sport’s top competitors, having won dozens of feature races and ranked as the Midwest Supermodified Association’s (MSA) Points Champion from 2005 through 2007. Mr. Shullick’s talent behind the wheel and his competitiveness led to his selection as the driver for the Clyde Booth #61 car in 2008. Mr. Shullick, nicknamed the Shoe II, recently started off his 2012 season with a win at the Sandusky Speedway.
Beginning his professional career shortly after turning 18, Dave Shullick Jr. has matured into one of the country’s elite supermodified drivers, while simultaneously developing a reputation for professionalism, consistency, and patience. During his 13 years of racing, Mr. Shullick has set four course records, including at the Mansfield Motorsports Park, the Auto City Speedway, and the Dixie Speedway, and he has won 29 feature races, five of which were International SuperModified Association events. One of Mr. Shullick’s top years to date was 2007, when he battled it out to place first in seven of eight feature races and finished in the top five in every event that year.
For Dave Shullick Jr., supermodified racing runs in his blood. He honed his innate skill behind the wheel from an early age, resulting in his early rise as a competitor in the sport. During his first professional season, Mr. Shullick claimed both a Rookie of the Year award for his performance at Sandusky Speedway and the Tri-State Auto Club named him Asphalt Driver of the Year.
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Midwest Supermodified Association Attracts Top Racing Competitors
Based in Sandusky, Ohio, the Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) runs on six tracks across several states, including Ohio, Indiana, and New York. Each year, MSA
hosts a series of supermodified races and crowns an annual champion based on points accumulated throughout the events. Sponsored and presented by Town Money Saver, this highly competitive racing series draws top supermodified racers, such as current points leader, Trent Stephens, second-generation racer Dave Shullick Jr., and Charlie Schultz of May Motorsports.
Throughout the 2012 season, these three challengers have made a strong showing at nearly every event. Dave Shullick, Jr., a three-time MSA champion, made news early in the season with his 20th MSA series victory, which also doubled as a birthday present for his father, legendary supermodified champion, Dave Shullick, Sr. Defending series champion Trent Stephens has continued his winning ways in 2012, achieving fast lap times, track records, and back-to-back wins. Veteran Charlie Schultz, the 2010 MSA champion, earned a key victory at Auto City Speedway in 2012, along with several top five finishes.
The MSA will cap off another season of fiercely competitive racing and crown the 2012 Series Champion in October. With its roster of top supermodified drivers, competitive racing, and quality venues, the MSA is poised to grow and provide thrilling events for racing fans in the years to come.
Supermodified Car Racing: An Interview with Dave Shullick Jr.
Interviewer: The International Super Modified Association (ISMA) was founded in 1974, to promote the sport of supermodified racing. What has helped it remain so popular with fans?
Shullick: First of all, it is important to recognize that supermodified racing is still a niche field. But within that niche, its fans and participants tend to be wildly enthusiastic. It is common for short-tracks to completely sell out when they host ISMA events.
Interviewer: What accounts for this enthusiasm?
Shullick: Innovation and ownership. Supermodified cars are mostly homemade, designed specifically to achieve high speeds on short tracks. They do not resemble normal cars; they have tail wings and different-sized tires, and they sit about three inches above the ground. It is exciting, as a fan and a driver, to know that each car’s design is a product of the owner’s imagination.
Interviewer: Why do supermodified fans come to the racetrack?
Shullick: To see something genuinely new. These cars have to be pushed in order to start. The drivers are practically lying on their backs. The experience is like nothing else.
David Shullick Jr. has been racing supermodified cars since his childhood. Dave Shullick Jr. launched his racing career in 1999, winning the Rookie of the Year award from Sandusky Speedway. Since then, he has earned dozens of wins and titles in the sport.
Dave Shullick Jr.: What is a Supermodified Race Car?
Association and Midwest Supermodified Association race car driver Dave Shullick Jr. has spent much of his life around supermodified cars. In addition to racing them for over a decade in his own right, David Shullick Jr. grew up watching his father race them as well.
Supermodifieds differ from other types of race cars in several ways. Designed for short-track racing, they feature open wheels, light weights, and high-powered engines designed to produce a lot of horsepower and torque. Owners build each car by hand, employing highly-trained machinists to create one-of-a-kind racing machines.
The cars evolved from modified coupes used to race in the Midwest. Today, they are built with 1.5-inch tubular steel frames, fiberglass or aluminum bodies, and only about two inches of clearance. They usually weigh between 1,650 and 1,850 pounds in total and feature engines of 468 or 412 cubic inches in volume. At large tracks, where they have the most room to run, the cars can reach up to 170 miles per hour in average speed.