Hy-Miler has proved elusive

Some of top drivers in ISMA seek victory at Sandusky Speedway race
Kevin Shields
Jul 26, 2014


Trent Stephens has stood on top of the Midwest Supermodified Association world for the last three years.

And he's well on his way to becoming the first-ever driver to win the series championship four times in 2014, currently atop the MSA points, again.

One title and race that has eluded the 25-year-old Ravenna resident, though, is a win at the annual ISMA Supermodified Hy-Miler Nationals, which took place Saturday at Sandusky Speedway.

Each summer the 100-lap feature at the half-mile track kicks off the Triple Crown of Supermodified racing, that consists of the Hy-Miler, the Oswego Speedway's Budweiser International Classic 200 in New York and the Star Speedway Classic in New Hampshire.

Stephens has won plenty of times at Sandusky, but he's yet to accomplish winning a leg of the Triple Crown, something his future father-in-law, Mike Ordway, knows all about.

Ordway is one of four drivers to ever win all three events, finishing with a win in the Hy-Miler in 2004.

“Mike (Ordway) started racing in the 1980s and it took him that long to win them all,” Stephens said. “It's kind of cool knowing that I'm marrying into a family that's won it. I try to pick his brain a lot.”

Entering Saturday, Stephens had yet to crack the top 10 in the Hy-Miler at a place he considers home. He recently won three MSA features in a row, starting June 7 at Lorain County Speedway, Toledo Speedway on June 13 and at Sandusky Speedway on June 21.

“This race has been my Achilles heel,” Stephens said. “I've been racing since I was 7 years old and pretty much every race that I've raced in, that I wanted to win, I've been able to win.

“I've been able to win a bunch of races here at Sandusky, but this is the big one. This is the one everyone wants to win, and I've had horrible luck in this event. I've had some really fast cars, though, just had bad luck running them.”

Another local driver with bad luck until recently at the Hy-Miler was North Ridgeville's Dave Shullick Jr. A second generation racer, who followed the footsteps of his father Dave Shullick Sr., Shullick Jr. grew up at Sandusky Speedway.

“This is one of my favorite tracks,” Shullick Jr. said. “Anytime we race here, it's like coming back home. We always seem to run real well here. I think we have a little bit of an advantage against many of the guys we race against here just because we know the track so well.

“Plus, I grew up watching my father race here for 15 to 20 years," he added. "The things I learned from watching him are things I still use out there today.”

Shullick Sr. has five Hy-Miler titles to his name.

Shullick Jr. thought he had won his first Hy-Miler in 1999, however, the victory was taken away shortly after standing next to his father in victory lane when his car was disqualified.

Fourteen years later, the son finally joined dad when Shullick Jr. won the Hy-Miler last July.

“Absolutely!,” Shullick Jr. said, asked if he felt like the Hy-Miler monkey had been lifted off his back. “When we put this race deal together last year, the sole purpose was to win the Hy-Miler. We had been strong at Sandusky all year, and we knew we had a good shot.

“They always say the first one is the hardest one to get," he added. "So hopefully, the next couple Hy-Miler wins come easier.”

A field of 28 drivers were set to take the green flag Saturday evening.

“We had a real good run (Friday),” Shullick Jr. said. “We started 12th and ended up taking second. We'll be starting 12th again (Saturday) but it's a long race and you just got to pick your way up there so you can be up front at the end. The end is the most important part of this race.”

One thing is for sure, both Stephens and Shullick Jr. will have fun nights no matter the final result. Stephens started his Hy-Miler from the fourth spot.

“It's fun coming here supporting Ohio and representing Ohio against these guys from all over the country,” Stephens said. “It's good to run up front, too. You want to be fast here to show that us Ohio boys aren't slow, or anything like that.”



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Honestly, is there any reason that this speedway should be able to disrupt their neighbors peace and rest by racing until 1:45 a.m.? Surely you can not have a backyard party with load music at that time of the morning so why is it that they seem to be beyond complying with local ordinances?

Blackberry Phale

Can you cite the local ordinance?

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I know if you are having a party and the neighbors complain and the cops show up, if you don't comply with their request you get ticketed. I know the sidewalk cafes downtown have to close at 11 p.m. I also know that any band that has played outside has ended their performance by 11 p.m. So I guess there must be something on the books that is enforceable. Maybe next time I just call the cops and file a complaint.

Why don't you go out in your yard at 1AM and try running a chain saw and see what the neighbors have to say?


Since the racetrack is in Perkins Township...what ordnance applies?

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If one doesn't exist, I'm sure we could get one passed! I'm a race enthusiast myself and a roaring engine is music to my ears but unless we are talking Lemans 24 hour these local tracks have no business scheduling races that cannot be completed by 11 PM! It's simply not fair to the rest of the community and is disturbing the peace.

Daisy Mae

It is totally unacceptable for the races to be so loud and go so late. Last night it was past 1 a.m. With windows shut, air conditioning and music on, the roar of the cars could still be heard. The racetrack just needs to go.

Erie County Resident

This is in Perkins and yes they run later than should be. One thing comes to mind though that people seem to forget this track was here first before anyone built around them it was farm land there.
If the township has to put up with Sandusky Ohio Bike trash Week noise then suck it up and deal with it like we have to as you OBW supporters say.
This happens once a year also. Race on guys.

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Here is an ordinance that a township put in place to handle the problem.


There never seems to be a need for regulations,laws,ordinances and the like until someone creates the need by trampling on the rights of others.


You people crack me up, If you don't like it move, the race track was there first. It's like hating traffic but building a house on the causeway. Also it's one weekend a year, that people come from all over the United States to enjoy. This IS a major event for not only Perkins township, but also for the city. This race brings thousands and thousands of people to the area, spending big bucks in our community. The races started at 7:30pm on Friday night, and 7:00pm Saturday night. Saturday nights race was on schedule to conclude by 9:30pm, 10:00pm at the latest. But at 9:08pm Mother Nature stepped in, do you really think that while your all snuggled up at a home, that you either purchased or rent knowing that there is a speedway in the area mind you, that these men and women wanted to be out sitting in the rain until 1:30 in the morning? How about the racecar drivers and the people that work on the racecars, do you think that they wanted to be there for nearly 20 hours? It rained folks that's all. The rain created this, as Milli Vanilly once said, "blame it on the rain, cause rain don't shine and rain don't care, you've got to blame it on something, so BLAME IT ON THE RAIN". I would like to now take a second and thank all of the race teams, and Sandusky Speedway for all of the hard work that was put into getting the races in this weekend. Thank you

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Who is leading in the last lap before the rain call....call the race or finish it the next day.....Indy has been rescheduled many times as has Michigan Motor Speedway.

Jarrett Emmerich



Follow the money. That's your answer why it's allowed to continue.