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Oswego, NY - The International SuperModified Association heads west this week for a Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 twinbill at the famed Sandusky Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio. The 24th annual Sandusky Hy-Miler 100 is one of the jewels in ...

Oswego, NY - The International SuperModified Association heads west this week for a Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 twinbill at the famed Sandusky Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio. The 24th annual Sandusky Hy-Miler 100 is one of the jewels in supermodified's classic triple crown. It's a prize all the top drivers are shooting for and one that many have missed over the years.

Last year's 100-lapper fell to rain, unfortunately, and was not able to be rescheduled. The Friday night 40 lap preliminary, so to speak, was won handily by Doug Saunier, who at this time is not a full time driver on the ISMA circuit. Look for Saunier to be on hand, however, to defend his title of that part of the weekend and to challenge for an elusive Hy-Miler win. The previously held Hy-Miler in 1999 was a battle of the two "Shoes" with Dave Shullick Jr. and Sr. taking the top spots. An unfortunate technical disqualification of his car took the younger Shullick's win away and handing it to his father who had finished second to the high-schooler. With another full racing season under his belt, and an ISMA win at Galesburg in 2000, Shoe Jr. will certainly be ready to challenge the veterans who come from all over the east coast, midwest and Canada for this one.

Coming off their recent Canadian jaunt, Lou Cicconi still leads the ISMA point chase by a mere six markers over 2000 ISMA champ Joe Gosek. Canadian Dave McKnight stands third chased by New Englander Chris Perley and the "Jersey Jet" Joey Payne in the Armand Boisvert 66. Finishing out the top ten coming into the midway mark of the 2001 ISMA season, are Russ Wood, Ken Bell, Howie Lane, Jamie Timmons and Scott Martel. Cicconi and McKnight hold two feature wins apiece for the year to date while Gosek, Perley and Payne have single marks in the win column. They, plus many more, will be gunning for two potential wins in Ohio.

But, it's not the points that count so much at Sandusky as the prestige. In the storied history of the event only drivers Dave Shullick Sr.(5), Bentley Warren(3), Russ Wood (3) and Gene Gibson(2) have won the event more than once. Only Warren and Joe Gosek have ever won the big three supermodified Classics - Sandusky, Oswego and Star. So it can be said that this race is not an easy one to win with the competition always on hand. With Oswego Speedway closed for the Port City's Harborfest, some of these drivers assuredly will strap on wings and head west .

Racing begins at 7:30 pm Friday, July 27 with the E-mods and American Hobby Stocks joining the supermodifieds in their 40 lap nightcap. Saturday, July 28, warmups begin at 1:00 pm with time trials running off at 4:00 pm and racing at 7:00 pm.

Sandusky Speedway is located at 614 West Perkins Ave., just off Rt. 250 in Sandusky Ohio. Phone 419-625-4084 for further information.

-IMSA

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