Sandusky Speedway ISMA

Sandusky Speedway circa 1975
Sandusky Speedway Hymiler 2006
The family and I vacationed in Elyria, Ohio a week ago. Not the mecca of anything spectacular, except that it’s where I spent the first 16 years of my life. We stayed with my brother (Rick), his wife (Kithy) and my nephew (Ricky) for the 5 days we were there.

How does this fit in with racing and the title of this post?

Local Shorttrack Racing

My father raced every weekend at Lorain County Speedway, which I’m sad to say just closed down about 6 weeks before we flew to Ohio. It was a 1/4 mile asphalt oval. Occasionally, on the big race weekends, we would ride in the bed of my dad’s truck and haul his race car out to Sandusky Speedway, in Sandusky, Ohio.

I loved Sandusky Speedway! It’s a 1/2 mile asphalt track that always had a big crowd and lots of cars. My father raced (street?) stock cars, next level up from the bombers or whatever they called them back then. He raced something like a 1972 Chevelle back in the late 1970’s. I think there was one more class of stock cars above him.

In addition to my love for watching my dad race, I was in awe of the Sprints and SuperModifieds. The power those cars have is awesome. What is it? Like 800 hp on a 1100 pound car? Amazing.

So, in anticipation of our trip to Ohio, I happened along the Sandusky Speedway website. Lo and behold the feature story is about Dave Shullick Jr. Wow! Dave Shullick (senior) ruled the SuperModified series back when I was a kid.

ISMA Hymiler Nationals

Hearing that name and seeing the pictures of the track was all it took to know that no matter what, we were going to Sandusky Speedway that Saturday night. Much to my surprise (and delight) it turned out to be the Sandusky Hymiler Nationals weekend, with a 100 lap feature event for the ISMA cars.

The track was everybit as exciting as I remember it and the Sprints and SuperModifieds put on an outstanding show. ISMA drivers from all over the NorthEast where there. Plus, a couple of young stud Sprint drivers that my daughters ogled every chance they got.

The pictures in this post are:

The #94 and #62 back from the late 1970’s at Sandusky Speedway. I really think that the #94 is Dave Shullick.

A picture from the 100 lap ISMA feature event.

I’ve posted more pictures of the races on my personal site.”