Marty Reilly




Lichty and Klinect take Sandusky HiMiler opener

    Thirty of the ground pounding supermodifieds of the International Super Modified Association were pit side for the first day of the HiMiler Nationals of the three crown jewels of the ISMA season.


     The fast forty is usually that ,but with several cautions and a fuel stop the checkered flag fell after the midnight hour.


     When the green dropped at the start of the forty lap race Pa veteran Liquid Lou Cicconi jumped into the early lead, but after several cautions the seventh place starter and fast qualifier Mick Lichty took the lead. By lap nine local crowd favorite Dave Shullick Jr. started making his move on the outside.


      The hot running Canadian driver and the young Ohio hot shoe waged a side-by-side battle for the next thirteen laps. Just when Shullick got by Lichty and entered lap traffic mechanical problems in the form of a broken brake caliper for leader Shullick.


      On the restart Lichty jumped out to a big lead over Cicconi. With ten laps to go fourth place running Tim Ice slid off the track and got stuck into the mud from several storms that hit the area last week. During the extracation  of the Tim Ice machine the  ISMA officials allowed the crews to refuel the cars due to the high caution laps run.


       When the race resumed it was Lichty running away to his thried straight ISMA win. Lou Cicconi second and Moe Lilje with a strong third place finish giving the Reed Salvage team a win and a third. The fourth place finisher was Massachusets driver Jeff Locke, Charlie Shultz came from the back twice t0 finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten was Kyle Edwards, Trent Stephens, Mark Sammut, Trevor Berry and Matt Marlowe.



        The E-Mod feature was a lot like the supers with a lot of cautions. In the end after all the mayhem Stephen Klinect out running his teammate Joe Shannon for the win. Getting the Good Guy award is points leader Kenny Sharp. He spun the second running Shannon coming out of turn two. The tower didn't see it, but Shannon gave himself the penalty and went tail and Shannon got back his second place position. Way to go Kenny.


        My daughter Ashley who took the pics and I had a great time at Sandusky and when ever you get a chance to see the super modifieds you'll be watching some of the most unique cars you'll ever see. I would like to give a shout out to two race teams. Les Bales and the crew of super driver Jimmy McCune. Jimmy didn't win the race but I can bet ya they won the party and also young Ryan Litt's crew who has jus a little experience behind them, with three members being 78, 77 and 72 years young and full of pep.


         I would also like to give big thanks to Kevin Jaycox and his staff at Sandusky making our day very enjoyable.


        I couldn't close without saying a big thanks to Roger and his staff at Ash and I will be bringing you coverage from our state of Ohio and West Virginia and Westeren Pa.

Till next week Pray for dry weather,
Marty and Ashley Reilly













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