LEE, N.H. – Last season Dave Shullick Jr. won his second Ollie Silva Memorial 75 on his way to a first-ever International Supermodified Ass’n championship.
On Friday Shullick repeated the feat, coming from the 10th position to win his third-straight ISMA event.
Shullick had to run down Mike McVetta and Mike Ordway Jr. to put the No. 95 in position to pounce. Mike Lichty was also in the mix past halfway, moving by Shullick on lap 49 and then McVetta on lap 50. McVetta had a wheel break and he pitted shortly thereafter, leaving Lichty and Shullick to battle up front. Shullick went high and low looking for a way by the No. 84 of Lichty, finally taking the lead on lap 56.
The second generation Ohio driver had control from there on in, taking the checkered with a healthy margin less than 20 laps later. Shullick had the race mapped out prior to the race, and 75 laps after the green dropped, Shullick was right where he wanted to be – in victory lane.
“It was a good run tonight I had a game plan going in – kind of like where I wanted to be on what lap. I stayed with it. It played out a little differently than I thought,” said Shullick. “Mike Lichty came out of nowhere and I had to change my game plan slightly. But it worked out good. It put us in a good position at the end to use it up. Thanks to Royal Purple Synthetic Oils, Elios Financial Group and Level Performance Racing Engines for building a helluva good engine. We are having a good year. Got to keep it going. It’s on to Waterford.”
Lichty had mixed feelings about second. He had a tough drive to get him there but had things been different in qualifying, it might have been easier.
“Second is not a bad deal for us here. We’ll take it. We worked on the car all day. We made some changes and kept working on it, working on it. The car was pretty good. It was a little free and then I’d get a little tight in spots. We just missed it a little bit,” Lichty said. “Unfortunately, the guy we are fighting for in the championship won, so we lost some more points tonight. We lost our heat starting spot and had to start last, lost points there and then started 13th in the feature. If we’d started in our spot in the heat, chances are we would have gotten the invert and would have probably started seventh or eighth. So we had to use a lot of tire up to get to the front.
“But, we’ll move on to Waterford where we won last year. I know we’ll have a good car there. We’ll just keep plugging away.”
Ordway finished third, followed by Moe Lilje and Trent Stephens.
Dave Shullick Jr., Mike Lichty, Mike Ordway Jr., Moe Lilje, Trent Stephens, Chris Perley, Timmy Jedrzejek, Mark Sammut, Danny Shirey, Ed Witkum Jr., Jamie Timmons, Mike McVetta, Tim Ice, Dave Duggan, Dan Bowes, Ben Seitz, Justin Belfiore, Jim Paller, Mike Netishen.