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OSWEGO, NY (May 24, 2016) – Ohio Supermodified veteran and defending International Supermodified Association champion Dave Shullick Jr. will compete in both ends of the Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ on Saturday at Oswego Speedway – driving his Jim Bodnar No. 95 chassis in winged competition, while driving a potent John Nicotra Racing Hawk chassis entry in non-wing action.
Shullick scored five ISMA Supermodified victories in 2015 on his way to his first career ISMA title. However, after claiming back to back wins at Oswego in 2014, Shullick was unable to return to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane at the ‘Steel Palace’ in 2015.
This Saturday Shullick will have two opportunities to do so, and he will attempt on the ISMA side with the car driven by Otto Sitterly to last year’s King of Wings triumph.
“This is a big weekend on the schedule,” said Shullick. “We’ll only be bringing one wing car this weekend. We were hoping to have our brand new engine and a refined ICE with us, but things didn’t work out that way. Instead I’ll be driving FIRE which gave us five wins on tour last year. I haven’t turned a lap in that car at Oswego since 2014.”
With that said, plans for Sitterly in ISMA competition this weekend are a bit in the air.
“It is possible that Otto could hot lap Jim Bodnar Jr.’s car,” said Shullick. “If all were to go well, you may see Otto race it if the car goes good.”
On the non-wing side Shullick will pilot the Nicotra ride prepped for Davey Hamilton.
“With Otto deciding to stick with the independent Super, I’ll be driving the car prepared for Davey in this weekend’s Jim Shampine Memorial,” said Shullick. “I am really looking forward to the weekend, and am itching to hot lap both cars during Friday’s open practice.”
While Shullick has only competed in a handful of Novelis Supermodified events at Oswego in recent years, he did score a fifth place finish in last year’s Budweiser International Classic 200 while also collecting a third place run in the 2014 edition of the Jim Shampine Memorial, both driving for Nicotra.
Shullick is determined to return to Oswego’s winner’s circle in 2016 as well as reclaim the overall Speedway track record, currently held by Mike Lichty at 14.829 seconds with an average speed of 151.730 mph.
Lichty and Shullick have waged an epic time trial battle in recent seasons, swapping the record on several occasions. The battle will continue this weekend.
Saturday’s racing activity will see grandstand gates open at 1:30 p.m. with the start of hot laps with ISMA Supermodified time trials taking place at 4 p.m.
The night’s first racing green flag will wave at 5 p.m.
An open practice session will be held on Friday, May 27 from 6-10 p.m. Grandstand admission is free with pit admission set at $25.
Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016 with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.