Posted on July 22, 2008 by Jeff L. and updated by SuperDave on 7/26/2011
I think this was from a supermodified website (maybe supermodifiedscorecard ??) Anyhow, I've added to it because it wasn't being maintained.
Hy-Miler History Book
With the demise of the Ohio State 500 at the end of the 1977 racing season, there was no marquee event on the local supermodified calendar. Out of the ashes of the old Sandusky Classics and Ohio State 500 races emerged the Hy-Miler Nationals, the first of the supermodified triple crown. Here is a brief look back at the Hy-Miler over the years.
1978...Larry Boos took over as promoter of Sandusky Speedway and Dave Shullick took over as the dominant driver. The Shullick-Jim Bodnar association would be the dominant Supermodified team for the next three years. They kicked it off by winning the Sanduky 100 over Chuck Ciprich (the dominate New Yorker, in Ron Buckner's #36) and Gary Allbritain.
1979...Dave Shullick dominated every race in the Midwest, driving the Jim Bodnar S&W Blacktop Special, but it literally went up in smoke at the Supermodified Nationals. With just a handful of laps to go the gold #94 roadster erupted in smoke ending his quest for two in a row. Gary Allbritain captured the event in the "Flyin 5" roadster over Steve Gioia and Ed Bellinger.
1980...After the disapointment of the previous season, Shullick and Bodnar were out to redeem themselves in the 1980 thriller. Driving an all new S&W hot orange #94 Shullick showed the field the way around. He was not alone, as Warren Coniam and Jim Shampine were dogging his heels the entire distance. The Shullick and Bodnar team split at the conclusion of the season leaving a wide-open local scene for the following year.
1981...It was the year of the "Young One," as Doug Heveron dominated everywhere the Supers ran and Sandusky was no exception. Jamie Moore led early in the event before a tangle with a lapped car sent him violently into the turn two wall. From then on it was all Heveron in the event. Steve Gioia and Shampine trailed. This year marked the only time Jim Shampine carried a Checkered flag at Sandusky, as bad luck plagued his every visit. "The Pine" captured the Sprint\Roadster Showdown on Friday night for his only Sandusky win.
1982...In the Bible David slew Goliath. At Sandusky, Gus Olexson and Bruce Robey slew everybody. This year everybody played by Sandusky's rules, meaning the potent roadsters were running with smaller wings. It proved interesting right off the bat. On Friday night Bruce Robey passed Dave Shullick on the last lap of the Sprint\Roadster showdown and took the Clarence Miller Sprinter to victory lane. If this wasn't enough, the eternal underdog, Gus Olexson pushed the Leonard Ceiling #12 roadster to the front holding off the repeated challenges of Todd Gibson for one of the most popular wins ever at the Speedway.
1983...After running in New York all season Dave Shullick made a triumphant return home putting the J.K. Tobin Construction #21 in victory lane over Joe Gosek and Doug Saunier.
1984...This was the first of three dominant wins by Bentley Warren in the Bowley Flyin 5. Warren went on a reign of terror in the Supermodified division beating out Allbritain in the Tobin 21 and Steve Gioia.
1985...Todd Gibson, in one of his best efforts in a big Sandusky race lead most of the event before Warren slipped by. The veteran duo clicked off numerous laps under the track record in the 100 lap affair. Steve Gioia made another consistent appearance in the top three.
1986...Bentley gets the Hat Trick winning three in a row dominating the event. His win equals Dave Shullick's three. Tim Nelson and Jim Shirey trailed the veteran New Englander across the line.
1987...Over the past few years, young Gene Lee Gibson made a name for himself in the Supermodified world. In 1987 his name landed him a ride in the lucrative Graves Chassis house car. Gene Lee made it count as he Captured the Mr. Supermodified race at Oswego and Came home to Sandusky to his fans and drove to the Nationals victory. Bentley Warren and now veteran, but still young, Gary Allbritain ran second and third.
1988...Gibson lost the Graves ride in '88 but he didn't let it slow him down. Gene Lee led all 100 laps to get the victory, with Doug Heveron, now in the Graves car, pushing his rear bumper the entire distance. Joe Gosek looked impressive coming up to a third place finish. To date Gibson is the only person to lead the race flag to flag.
1989...Gosek showed just why he belonged up front. "Double O Joe" Drove around Doug Saunier and Mike Ordway to get the win. Saunier lowered the track record to 15.22 that year, a mark that stood until 1993.
1990...A new decade came in and with it came a wild finish in the Nationals, with even a wilder winner. Doug Saunier dominated the event but spun with only a handful of laps remaining in the event handing the lead to Gary Morton. With just a couple of ticks remaining, Mort's wing mounts broke, giving it a ####eyed look. New Englander, Bobby Fitzpatrick ceased the opportunity to get by Morton and went on for the win. Bobby was the first Star Speedway (N.H.) regular runner to get the big Nationals win.
1991...Joe Gosek picked up his second win the event as the East Coasters dominated the event. Bentley Warren and Russ Wood trailed Gosek to the finish.
1992...Young Pat Abold had found the right combination this year and was strong at every race he ran. Only Dave Shullick had anything for Abold as he led most of the race. However the 150 lap distance proved too long for Shullick (and everyone else!) as his motor gave out on lap 100 while leading. Abold got by and a lap later Shullick was pitside. Abold went unchallenged afterward to get the win. Once Again Bentley Warren proved his consistency in the event nabbing a second place. Another consistent runner, Joe Gosek was third.
1993...Doug Saunier has been close to winning the Hy-Miler Nationals more than once, and last year it appeared to be the one. Saunier and Dave Shullick dominated the weekly racing at Sandusky and were poised on the front of the 150 Hy-Miler grind. Saunier lead from the Outset, with Shullick in tow. "The Shoe" made a couple of bids for the lead but rode a comfortable distance behind in second. As the race wore on, it became evident these two Titans would battle for the win as they had all year. Late in the going it appeared that Saunier would not be denied, but a late race caution changed everything. Shullick made the decision to pit for new rubber and join the field at the tail. With Shullick on stickers and the field on worn out rubber, he quickly made mincemeat of the remaining cars to grab a fourth and unprecedented win. Saunier held on to second after seeing his eminent victory disappear. Once again Joe Gosek found himself on the podium at the races end. Mike Muldoon and Pat Abold closed out the top five.
1994…Jim Shirey had been campaining supermodifieds for almost ten years and in 1994 he got his break. Teaming up with veteran builder/mechanic Jim Bodnar, Shirey captured the lucrative Hy Miler Nationals. Shirey passed Doug Saunier in the early going and drove away from the field. Gary Allbritain grabbed a ride with New England's Witkum team and finished a distant second. Bentley Warren, Russ Wood and Dave Simard rounded out the top five.
1995…Up to 1995 nobody had ever won the Friday and Saturday Hy-Miler events in the same year. Pelham, New Hampshire's Russ Wood would change all of the that as the young shoe driving for Paul Dunigan dominated the field all weekend long to notch his first Hy-Miler victory. Cliff Graves turned in his best ever Sandusky performance with a runner-up spot. Scott Martel, Jim Shirey and Brad Lichty finished in the top five.
1996…Russ Wood played the lay back and wait game for the second year in a row as he made a late race charge to grab his second Hy-Miler Nationals victory. Wood passed '92 winner Pat Abold on lap 86 to speed away to victory. Bentley Warren turned in another fine Nationals performance driving from the back of the pack after a spin to second place. Abold held on to third. Joey Payne and Gary Allbritain closed out the top five.
1997…Things tend to go in streaks at big Sandusky races and the mid 1990s found that to be true. Russ Wood pulled a trifecta as he captured his third Hy-Miler win in a row.
1998…The "Jersey Jet" Joey Payne finally put an end to the Russ Wood domination of the Hy-Miler Nationals, but not by much. The two East Coast drivers covered the field with Doug Saunier coming home third. Russ Wood lit up the track in qualifying setting an alltime mark of 14.08 which still stands today.
1999…The 1999 edition turned out to be a family affair with Dave Shullick Jr and Sr. stealing the spotlight from the east coast invaders. The race was decided at the scales however as the younger Shullick came up light after the post-race inspection giving the win to the second place father, his fifth in the event. Elyria's Tim Jedrejezek finished second with Joe Gosek, Joey Payne and Dan Soule all in the top five.
2000…The story of this season was rain. The Friday night preliminary feature was run under threatening skies. Ohio drivers Jack Smith of Sandusky and Doug Saunier of Navarre were the story in the 40 lap warm up feature. Saunier got by Smith on a late race restart to grab the honors. Things went downhill from there as showers settled in for the weekend and rained out the Hy-Miler Nationals for the first time in its history. It marked only the sixth year in the track's history that a championship level race was not held.
2001…For only the second time in the history of Sandusky's big event, the trophy returned north of the border. Canadian Dave McKnight capitalized on a late race crash by leaders Gene Lee Gibson and Lou Cicconi to notch his first Hy-Miler victory. McKnight proved it was no fluke as he went on to win the ISMA title for longtime owner-driver Brad Lichty.
2002…As has been the story over the past decade, team Dunigan had Sandusky's number dailed on Hy-Miler weekend. This time it was Joe Gosek, no stranger to Sandusky's victory circle, passed teammate Russ Wood late in the race for his third Hy-Miler crown.
2003…After loosing a motor in Hot Laps, Russ Wood in the Dunnigan #29 started 23rd on the grid, making his way up from starting tail in the Consi to fifth place. Wood proved that you can indeed win from the back row, as the Pelham, New Hampshire driver claimed his fourth Hy-Miler Checkered.
2004...Mike Ordway made it a perfect 3-for-3 at Sandusky in ISMA sanctioned shows as he won the 75-lap June event and the Hy-Miler Preliminary 40-lapper on his way to picking up his first ever Hy-Miler victory in the Clyde Booth #61. This victory, coupled with his 2003 Oswego Budweiser Classic Victory and other Star Classic victories with Team Dunigan put Mike Ordway into a class met by only three other drivers: a Triple Crown Winner. The triple crown of supermodified racing consists of the Sandusky Hy-Miler, the Oswego Budweiser Classic, and the Star Classic. Now Mike Ordway joins the ranks of Doug Heveron, Bentley Warren, and Joe Goesk as the only four triple crown winners of all time!
2005...Team Dunigan once again showed its dominance in an awesome shootout in the final 25 laps between the #29 of Russ Wood and the #26 of Pat Abold. Several times was Wood able to get his #29 next to the #26, but Abold was able to hold the lead to pick up his second Hy-Miler victory (the first coming 13 years earlier in 1992). Early leader Scott Martel in the Lane #97 was overtaken by #11 Chris Perley, who by the race's midway point was absolutely decimating the field. A broken heim joint on the panhard bar was cause for an early exit while out to a huge lead for the #11. This was Abold's third victory on the way to picking up his 3rd ISMA title.
2006...The whole season was "The Year of the Perley" as the Rowley, Massachusetts driver came in winning 5 out of the first 7 ISMA sanctioned races. Sandusky would prove no different as the Rowley Rocket claimed his first Hy-Miler win, when late race leader Mike Lichty got held up in lapped traffic. Mike Ordway took the early lead, but was soon overtaken by Nokie Fornoro in the Soule 32. After the cross-flags, Mike Lichty looked like he would be the one to beat until lapped traffic entered in. On Friday, Perley claimed his first ever Sandusky win, while Mike Lichty again looked to be the winner, but two late-race yellows doomed the #84. This Hy-Miler victory put Perley at an unprecidented SIXTH consecutive ISMA win, 7th out of 9 for the year, and his 10th in the last 12!
2007...Chris Perley continued his string of dominance well into the 2007 ISMA season as the Rowley, massachusetts driver picked up both Hy-Miler victories again this year. Leaving Sandusky, Perley had won 6 of the first 8 ISMA events in 2007. The 30th Annual Hy-Miler finally went back to full qualifying, as 6 of the top 12 time trialers were Ohio regulars. Jeff Holbrook and Dave Shullick Sr (Burch52) lead the field down to the green. The first 40 laps were caution-ridden, and Mike Lichty was out front. Perley chased him down around half way through, and the 11 simply checked out. DJ Shullick, having a career year, was running 5th with 10 to go, he found his way in 3rd with two to go, and as Lichty ran out of fuel on the last lap, Shullick Jr. claimed 2nd. Top Five was Perley, Shullick Jr., Didero, Lichty, McKnight (-1). Friday night also went to perley, McKnight was 2nd, and DJ shullick went from 5th to 3rd in the last 3 laps
2008... CHARLIE SCHULTZ TAKES FIRST CAREER ISMA WIN at SANDUSKY'S FRIDAY NIGHT 40-LAPPER
Sandusky, OH – Charlie Schultz was certainly not a stranger to victory lane at Sandusky Speedway having won several times before in MSA action. But, Friday night's 40-lap victory was his first victory in ISMA competition in his successful career. Schultz acquired the lead just after a lap 11 incident, which saw leader Dave Shullick Jr., lose a wheel nut on the 61, creating a massive pileup in turn three. Schultz was able to build a healthy lead, survive several other yellows, one of which was a near miss for the May Motorsports 7 with just 10 laps to go.
2008... PERLEY TAKES THIRD CONSECUTIVE ISMA HY-MILER NATIONALS
Sandusky, OH – When the supermodifieds lined up for the running of the 31st annual Hy-Miler Nationals on Saturday night at Sandusky Speedway, the 26-car field included a plethora of talent. There were six past champions gridded, including five-time winner Dave Shullick Sr. Throw in a former Indy 500 competitor the NASCAR Craftsman truck points leader Johnny Benson Jr. and lot of potential first-time winners and you had one heck of a race on tap. But when the checkered flag dropped 100 laps later it was the current magic man of supers, Chris Perley, laying stake to his third consecutive Hy-Miler win. Only Bentley Warren and Russ Wood have been able to accomplish such a feat since the race's inception in 1978.
Perley, who did not finish Friday's 40-lapper after being involved in an accident, gave credit to his team. "My crew is great. We bent the car up last night but my crew got it back for me. That's what I count on. That's why the car goes so good because these guys don't miss anything. Three Hy-Milers in a row. It was a crazy race. It started off pretty rough. I thought it might shake down slower than it did. But people were moving quick and I think it was Mike Lichty who made me go. He looked a lot stronger and I wanted to keep in touch with him. Then all of a sudden he was there and then he wasn't. Lap traffic was very difficult without the passing flag that ISMA no longer uses. Luckily we made it through but I wasn't really pressured. I could take my time coming up through.
2008... 31st annual Hy-Miller 100:
1. Chris Perley (11)
2. Charlie Schultz (7)
3. Mike Lichty (84)
4. Russ Wood (29)
5. Timmy Jedrzejek (8)
6. Joe Gosek (0)
7. Johnny Benson Jr. (74)
8. Tim Ice (77)
9. Vern Romanoski (5)
10. Jon Henes (36)
11. Mark Sammut (78)
12. Bobby Dawson (28)
13. Dave McKnight Jr. (94)
14. Bobby Bond (25)
15. Howie Page (18)
16. Jeff Holbrook (35)
17. Rob Summers (97)
18. Dave Shullick Sr. (49)
19. Dave Shullick Jr. (61)
20. Jeff Abold (05)
21. Moe Lilje (19)
22. Kyle Edwards (71)
23. Dave Trytek (70)
24. Gene Lee Gibson (00)
25. Bobby Haynes Jr. (44)
26. Dave Mumaw (14)
2009...Chris Perley becomes the only driver in history to pull down four consecutive Hy-Miler checkered flags. Ohio's Tim Ice (May Motorsports #77) took off from the green and led the first half of the race. A lap 12 red caused by Mark Sammut's (#78) rear end blowing took out several competitors. After a spin by Jeff Locke on lap 19, the race ran green until lap 61. Meanwhile, Dave Shullick Jr. piloted his Clyde Booth #61 past Tim Ice for the lead at about the halfway point, and Chris Perley soon followed suit. The yellow flew on lap 61 for Ohio's Randy Burch (Stout #49), and as the race went back to green, Perley nabbed the lead. Several cuations slowed the event leading up to a red on lap 70 caused by a turn-one tangle by Lou Cicconi and Jeff Holbrook blocking the track with at least seven cars involved. The rest of the race ran rather uneventful except for a lap 90 red caused by Trent Stephens (Stout #19) launching onto the turn-one tires. The 2009 Hy-Miler top five was Chris Perley (Vic Miller #11), Dave Shullick Jr. (Booth #61), Mike Lichty (Lichty #84), Russ Wood (Holbrook #29), and Charlie Schultz (May Motorsports #7). Friday night's race was won by local favorite Randy Burch who grabbed the lead on lap 9 and never looked back. Friday's finish was Burch, Shullick Jr., Schultz, Summers (Lane #97), and Tim Ice.
2010...Mark Sammut battled to his first ever Sandusky win and became the third Canadian to bring the Hy-Miler trophy North of the boarder. Sammut grabbed the initial lead from outside pole but was quickly chased by lap 13 down by fellow Canadian Mike Lichty and local favorite and Friday (Saturday morning) winner Dave Shullick Jr. Lichty was able to sneak by Sammut on Lap 23, and later Shullick Jr. got by on lap 34. The caution-plaged event was red-flagged for refuel on lap 40 with the trio of Lichty, Shullick Jr., and Sammut leading the way. At the red, a hard charging Randy Burch had made it all the way to fourth from his 18th place starting position. Twenty laps later, the mechanical woes continued on the Clyde Booth #61 as Dave Shullick Jr. came to a stop in turn 4 while running fourth, with a problem in the rear end. This made the top three Lichty, Sammut, and Burch. As the race neared its concluding point, the Lichty car was clearly slipping away, and Burch nailed down second position when the yellow flew on lap 96. Out of no where, the Burch 52 and the Wood 29 (who had snuck into fourth) headed pitside to pick up another jug of fuel, and rejoined tail, with only ten cars running. As the checkered fell, it was Sammut (Sammut #78) out in front, with Robbie Summers (Holbrook #35) in second, Jeff Locke (Locke #37) in third, Mike Lichty (Lichty #84) in fourth, and Tim Ice (May #77) rounding out the top five. Randy Burch (Burch #52) and Russ Wood (Holbrook #29) were able to use the last four laps to get to 6th and 7th. The Friday "Fast Forty" was rained out just prior to the feature, but was ran on Saturday morning at 10:15am. Dave Shullick Jr. (Booth #61) dominated the event, with Robbie Summers (Holbrook #35) in second, Charlie Schultz (May #7) in third, Mike Lichty (Lichty #84) in fourth, and Tim Ice (May #77) in fifth. An interesting note, in both events, Summers was second, Lichty was fourth, and Ice was fifth.
2011...From Carol Haynes...
TIMMY JEDRZEJEK AND SOULE RACING TEAM EACH CLAIM FIRST HY-MILER NATIONALS CAREER WINS SATURDAY NIGHT AT SANDUSKY
Sandusky, OH- Independence, Ohio's Tim Jedrzejek has not been a stranger in victory lane at Sandusky Speedway over his career. Dan Soule and the Soule race team had not been strangers in victory lanes either during their storied racing career. But neither Jedrzejek nor Soule had ever brought home a Hy-Miler Nationals title, the first of the traditional "Triple Crown" of supermodified racing. Saturday night they both accomplished an elusive goal. Getting together in 2011, the new owner-driver team survived what was one of the wildest Nationals 100 ever that took over two and a half hours, and 200-plus laps, counting cautions, to complete. survived five red flag incidents and two refuelings to come out on top at the end of the race which finished well after midnight. Timmy J inherited the lead on lap 47 when then leader Jeff Locke flew off the track. Jedrzejek then lost the point to Mike Lichty on lap 64, reclaiming it again on lap 74 when Lichty's 84 broke.
The first-time Hy-Miler winners admitted in victory lane that there was luck involved in the win. "This was a wild and whacky one. It seems like whoever got in the lead had some bad luck. I was wondering if I was going to be next. Danny Soule and the whole 32 car team puts together a car that never lets us down. The team has a long history and finally we were able to produce a great win for them. Yes, we benefited from a lot of bad luck tonight, but we've been on that end too.
"We'll take this win and we'll celebrate it tonight. Thanks everyone out there and to Hy-Miler for sponsoring the race so long. Winning the 34th Hy-Miler is pretty impressive for us. This is a nice welcome home to Sandusky after being away for a year. It feels pretty good now. I don't know what else to say except, thanks to Danny Soule, his entire team and family. We've been working on it and working on it. Maybe we finally hit on something. Maybe we weren't the fastest car at times. We probably were defending our position more than we were racing hard but that's what it's all about. You have to be there at the end and today was our day."
Bourne, MA driver Ben Seitz had stayed in sight of the leader and watched many drop by the wayside during the course of the long event. When Lichty handed the lead back to Jedrzejek on lap 74, Ben was right there in second. He pressured the leader to the end but with the class the 4-time NEMA midget champion has always shown. Said Seitz after the race, "I think we were a touch quicker but we couldn't have passed him. He had the car to beat. We didn't have enough to get by him. It was a good run. I'd like to thank all the fans for sticking with us and all my sponsors, Cape Cod Aggregates, Lorusso Heavy Equipment, my car owner Dickie Bien, R&R Motors and Lindblad Chassis. We have struggled a little bit this year, but the car is coming around. Hopefully this means we'll be able to better for the rest of the season."
Also applying a little pressure was 4-time Hy-Miler winner Russ Wood who ran his usual race- cautious in the first half, game on in the second. Wood, whose first Nationals win came in 1995, acknowledged he was a bit older than the two guys ahead of him. "It's been a long weekend. It takes its toll on drivers and crews. You are just dragging the whole way. I'm not too bad after 200-plus laps though. I was probably the oldest guy out there but I hung with these guys. There was some serious racing there. I just took it easy the first half and then kind of went after that. We had some attrition and that helped us out. But, you have to be there at the end. We were close and we gave it our best. Thanks to everyone who came out and stuck with us."
Johnny Benson Jr. and Jeff Locke led the way to green after time trials, heats and a consi had established the 27-car field. Benson's luck of the draw evaporated in smoke just into lap four when the Lichty 74 blew up in smoke, a possible due to a faulty oil line or tank. Red dropped immediately for the clean up and Benson was pushed pitside. Pitting here was Dave Shullick Jr. who returned to the tail.
Jeff Locke was now the leader – a dubious distinction this night. Locke took off with Timmy J, Mike Ordway Sr., Mike Lichty, Rob Summers and Trent Stephens tagging along.
Locke had put some distance on the pack by lap 20 with Ordway Sr keeping close behind until the first of many damaging incidents occurred. Defending Hy-Miler champ Mark Sammut was attempting a pass of Kyle Edwards out back when the two tangled collecting Otto Sitterly, in the Vic Miller 11, in the process. Sitterly and Edwards were hooked, and Sammut, incurring some heavy damage, went off on the flatbed. The second red had dropped and refueling was allowed.
On the restart, Locke was able to break away once again but Ordway Sr. was not far behind, but neither were Jedrzejek, Lichty, Stephens, Summers, Paul White and Charlie Schultz.
On lap 33, Locke and Ordway's lead dwindled as yellow flew for Jim Paller and Dave Duggan. Rich Reid called it a night here, as had former Hy-Miller champ Dave McKnight.
Lap 38 was a controversial one. A quick yellow came for a Duggan spin and on the restart Ordway got the best of Locke to claim the lead – so he thought. It had been determined in the scoring tower that he had passed before the green. Ordway denied the call later saying Locke had been scrubbing his tires before restarts and then sprinting ahead suddenly. Ordway was watching for the move this time and said he'd just been trying to keep Locke from gaining an advantage, ending up alongside of Locke just before the green was called by the ISMA race director. In any case the call was made and although Ordway had built a lengthy lead, he would be sent to the rear on the next yellow which came on lap 44 for the 9 of Eddie Witkum and then again two more times for the 51 of Duggan. Duggan left the race at this juncture.
Jeff Locke was back in the lead on the restart of the second attempt at lap 44. He took off again as Timmy J trailed with Lichty third. Charlie Schultz, Trent Stephens, Ben Seitz, Rob Summers and Bobby Dawson were top eight.
As the lap counter turned to 47, Jeff Locke came off turn four, hit the inner wall and flew right off the first turn parts and dust flying. A broken wishbone bolt was deemed the culprit. Red dropped again while Jeff and car were extricated from the grassy area. He was not hurt. Green flew again and Timmy J was now the possessor of the lead, which no one seemed to be able to hold to for long. Mike Lichty, the winner on Friday night, was tucked on the 32's tail with a distance between the duo and Schultz, Stephens and Seitz.
The race developed into a long green spell as Jedrzejek and Lichty wove through traffic. On lap 62 they approached two slower cars who were also racing, and now it was a guessing game as to where to go for the leader and the runner-up. Lichty picked the right way by and was the leader on lap 64. He immediately took off putting lap cars behind his 84 and the 32. Moving up on the 32, in those dicey laps was the 19 of Stephens. On lap 67, Lichty put the 5 of Jack Smith down one and then did likewise to the 16 of Paul White. On lap 68, all hell broke loose again. Trent Stephens, trying to follow Timmy J around the 5 of Smith, did not make the pass. "The 5 came out and I brushed him. The 16 may have slowed there, but I just went flying." Said Stephens on Sunday morning. Trent's 19 flew out off the track almost clearing the ball field fence protected by a pile of tires, landing on those tires. Just behind, Charlie Schultz and Bob Dawson were also involved in the melee. The 19 of Stephens looked to be pretty much be a write-off. Dawson was hooked. The Smith car was ofn and the 16 of White also was in the pits. Stephens later developed breathing problems and was taken to the hospital for a check up and said Sunday morning that he just was sore and received bruised ribs. The MSA point leader is hoping to have something to drive at the next event, August 13.
A couple more cautions after this red, hit on the restart of 69 and again on lap. When the green finally stuck, Lichty was the leader with Jedrzejek, Seitz, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway Jr., and Dave Shullick Jr. all benefiting from the attrition up front.
Bad luck struck yet another race leader on lap 74 when Mike Lichty slowed and was pushed to the pits. At first lack of fuel was suspected, but it was not the problem. Lichty came back out, sputtering, and then pitted again. Mike said later, "My first instinct was that I was out of fuel the way the motor drank. We knew we were going to be close, but my fuel man does an absolutely phenomenal job. It turned out to be a broken rotor and mag."
A battle up front developed after this restart with Jedrzejek, Seitz, Wood, Ordway Jr. and Shullick Jr. BUT with 20 to go, red flew again when the 9 of Witkum had spun. Unfortunately, the caution laps allotted for fuel use on the last fuel stop, had just about run out and refueling was allowed for the second time in the lengthy event. Lichty even came back here, six laps down but with time to make up some spots on those who had exited.
Out front the three-way war was being waged between Jedrzejek, Seitz and Wood. Ordway Jr. and Shullick Jr. trailed with Schultz, White, Summers, Lichty and Witkum the only cars on the track in the last 20 laps. It was Timmy J, Seitz, and Wood the top three with only .05 seconds separating the trio at the checkered. Nothing in the lineup changed in the fourth through tenth place spots.
Ordway Jr., who had not even planned on competing during the weekend, was very happy with a fourth. "I can't thank Steve Stout, Rich and all those guys enough for letting me drive the car. I haven't driven a big block in a couple years. I was racing a small block just to stay in it. I was going to come out here and just help Clyde's team as dad was driving the 61. Then Stouts asked me to come drive the car. I struggled yesterday with it. Today was a lot better. We just kind of played it cool and then a bunch of guys dropped out. We had a pretty decent car. I think at the end we could have driven up through anyway even if there had been more cars out there."
Another first-time driver-owner combo was Shullick Jr. in the Lane 97, subbing for Dan Lane. Shoe II said about his fifth place finish, "It was a long week. I don't think it was a secret that we weren't very good. We kept working on it though. For the consi, we finally hit on something. For the race the car was pretty good. It was a little freer in the middle than I wanted it to be but we had good traction all night off the corners. It's just a testament to these guys. I worked them like dogs all weekend.
"I have to thank Howie Lane for the ride. Also thanks to Steve Stout for all the help he gave us with the car setup. It's been a long time since we've been in a Bodnar car here. Some of the stuff we used to do, didn't work so we had to rely on other people to kind of bring it along. I don't think that, without Steve, we would have had the finish we had tonight. And, that finish was actually a weird one. We broke an oil line about the third lap into the race. We came in the pits during that stop. It had soaked my driver's suit and I had to change driver suits. Then I got back in the car, finished the race and may have been the only driver to change suits during a Hy-Miler. Other than that it was a really good race. Getting a fifth out of this was really good."
Summary 34th annual Hy-Miler Nationals, ISMA Event #7, July 30, 2011:
Heat 1: Timmy Jedrzejek, Trent Stephens, Paul White, Kyle Edwards, Mike Ordway Jr., Otto Sitterly, Joey Scanlon, Jack Smith, Jim Paller, Moe Lilje, Gene Lee Gibson
Heat 2: Johnny Benson Jr., Ben Seitz, Rob Summers, Russ Wood, Mark Sammut, Charlie Schultz, Dave Shullick Jr., Rich Reid, Eddie Witkum Jr., AJ Lesiecki
Heat 3: Bob Dawson, Mike Lichty, Jeff Locke, Mike Ordway Sr., Dan Bowes, Dave McKnight, Dave Duggan, Craig Rayvals, Jeff Gibson, Tim Ice
Consi: Shullick Jr., Smith, Scanlon, Reid, Duggan, Paller, Lilje, Rayvals, Lesiecki, Witkum, J. Gibson.
Hy-Miler 100 – 1. Timmy Jedrrzejek (32), 2. Ben Seitz (17), 3. Russ Wood (29), 4. Mike Ordway Jr. (49), 5. Dave Shullick Jr. (97), 6. Charlie Schultz (7), 7. Paul White (16), 8. Rob Summers (35), 9. Eddie Witkum Jr. (9), 10. Mike Lichty (84), 11. Craig Rayvals (04), 12. Moe Lilje (08), 13. Trent Stephens (19), 14. Bobby Dawson (28), 15. Mike Ordway Sr. (61), 16. Jack Smith (5), 17. Jeff Locke (37), 18. Dave Duggan (51), 19. Rich Reid (92), 20. Jim Paller (64), 21 Kyle Edwards (1), 22. Mark Sammut (78), 23. Otto Sitterly (11), 24.Dave McKnight Jr. (70), 25. Joey Scanlon (88), 26. Johnny Benson Jr. (74), 27 Danny Bowes (18).