Week 1 - May Motorsports Recap

Good Afternoon!

Checking in with a race weekend recap. #7 Charlie Schultz started the feature line up in 6th place, finished 3rd and #77 Tim Ice started 12th and finished 8th. Charlie quickly moved to the front and dominated the race until about five laps to go and then it was a nail biter as the #49 DJ Shullick and him battled it out.  The following is the “official” racing recap.

Shullick Jr. delivers birthday gift and big win to open MSA season

Todd Ridgeway
MSA Media
May 5, 2012

Dave Shullick Jr. made a sweeping pass on then leader Charlie Schultz with just two laps to go to grab the 30 lap Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) presented by Town Money Saver 2012 opening season feature race at Sandusky (OH) Speedway Saturday night. For Shullick Jr. this was his career 20th MSA victory and it came on a night when he was celebrating his Father Dave Shullick Sr.’s birthday. Getting to the front was a task in itself, but getting past a very fast and determined Schultz, Shullick Jr. had his work cut out for him.

MSA veteran drivers Jack Smith and Jon Henes would bring the field of 16 fire breathing, alcohol burning, winged monster to the start of the 30 lap contest. Smith would go on point as the first marker was completed as several cars battled side by side for position. The first of five cautions would fly at lap two. After a quick realigning of the field it was back to full speed as Smith continued to set the pace. Another handful of laps into the event Henes and Mike Lichty would make contact ending both cars night and sending them pit side.

However, that yellow gave Schultz the track position he was looking for. Steadily moving through the field Schultz was now in position to mount a challenge. Once the green flew again Schultz wasted little time as he pushed to the front and started setting a blistering pace. Through 15 more laps and two cautions Schultz still maintained a sizable lead as the two team Stout cars were coming through the field trying to get to the leader.

With but a handful of laps to go the yellow would be displayed and the field would be bunched up for a final run to the checkers. When racing resumed Shullick Jr. was there, breathing down the leader’s pipes with his teammate and 2011 MSA Champion Trent Stephens in tow. Being fast qualifier, but have some heat race mishaps Stephens had started dead last on the field and now found himself in the thick of the battle as laps clicked off.

Shullick Jr. would get a run then fall off as Schultz soldiered on. But, finally Shullick Jr. got the boost he needed and pulled up beside Schultz with just two laps to go. Shullick Jr. muscled by to get the point and one lap later, on the last lap, Stephens zipped past Schultz to get the runner up position. Once Shullick was in front it was all over as he set sail for the final two markers unchallenged and in control. Following the Stout cars and Schultz across the line was Bobby Dawson fourth as Kyle Edwards rounded out the top five.

“I have a really great team of dedicated helpers,” said team Owner Steve Stout. “As of this past Thursday at 5 pm we just got our engine back. At 1030 Thursday night they turned the lights on here and we got our first practice and hot laps in. I need to thank our engine builder Paul Kistler for getting the parts and getting this engine together in a hurry. Some of my guys took vacation days from their jobs to help get this car prepared. I am just so grateful,” finished the happy car owner.

“The car was actually pretty good all day,” started the winning driver Shullick Jr. “We were a little tight most of the day, and a little early. I just had to keep fighting back and fighting back. I had to get them would I could get them, some on restarts. I got to Charlie and got to the bottom and could have stuck it in there but I chose not to, I was afraid we would both wreck. Luckily I got another run a couple laps later and was confident it would stick in there. I had a tough season last year, and to come back strong this year feels really good right now. I am not worried about the points right now; I always felt if you could win, points would come. I just want to keep having fun and stay consistent, that’s what’s important, I think we will be ok this year. I want to thank my Dad, it’s his birthday today,” finished the winning driver.

Runner up Stephens was satisfied with his finish. “We had a fast car and we knew it. After the heat race it was kind of discouraging because we were going to have to start in the back. I started thinking back to last year at an ISMA show where I started 19th and finished fourth. So, I just starting thinking I could do it. We think we have a problem with the car’s rear suspension. It would be really good, then tight, then real loose so I had to keep changing my line. So luckily I was still able to get to the front and get a one, two finish for the team. Tonight turned around, that’s what good teams do, they take bad stuff and make good out of it. Hopefully we can keep getting good finishes like this,” finished the 2011 Champion driver.

“We came pretty close tonight,” started Schultz. “We did a lot of changes over the winter, trying to get the thing where it would turn really good. We were getting closer as the day went on. The restarts and short runs the car was really good, but the long run the car just got locked down really hard and it just got so tight. You know it’s tight when you can hear the front tire squeal when you are coming off the corner. Its big time auto racing, we’ll come back and just keep having fun. It’s an excellent start to the season getting a podium finish; I only had two all year last year. It’s a tossup who’s going to win week in and week out,” finished 2010 MSA Champion Schultz.

17 cars where pit side for the opening race for the 2012 MSA Campaign. Stephens set fast time with a lap of 14.473 followed by his teammate Shullick Jr. who had a lap time of 14.518. Heats were secured by the two Reed Salvage teammates of Bobby Dawson and Mike Lichty.

Next up for May Motorsports, May 19th at Sandusky Speedway.

Thank you for your support.

David & Lori May
May Motorsports