Two races up prizes for 2003

Two traditional winged supermodified classics to pay $10,000 to winner. Oswego, NY - Two of the most prestigious race events for the winged supermodified division just became even more important to win. It was recently confirmed in a joint ...

Two traditional winged supermodified classics to pay $10,000 to winner.

Oswego, NY - Two of the most prestigious race events for the winged supermodified division just became even more important to win. It was recently confirmed in a joint announcement between ISMA, Lucas Oil and the track promoters that both the traditional Sandusky Hy-Miler Nationals 100 in July and the Star Classic 200 in September will increase the winner's check to $10,000. The Lucas Oil-ISMA supermodifieds will vie for the top gold at Sandusky on August 26 and at Star Speedway on September 6.

Said ISMA president Chuck Handley, "Because of our new Luca Oil sponsorship, we wanted to make these two high profile races even bigger. Paying out additional prize money can't hurt by bringing the caliber of competition to an even higher level than it has been. And, it turn can only bring higher excitement for the fans. Lucas Oil has allowed us to do more for the fans already by backing our Stunt Bike giveaway at each race and this is just another way to say thanks for the support of the many fan families who follow the ISMA-LUCAS Oil Super Series."

In the long, storied history of supermodified racing in general, three races have evolved that have been the "races to win" during each season. At Oswego Speedway, the International Classic 200 is the longest in distance, but that race has been run for over 40 years without the wings. At Oswego, the Lucas Oil / ISMA organization competes in a shorter version, called the ISMA Super Nationals - a race that is 50 laps in distance and is run the day before the International Classic on Labor Day weekend. For the winged supers Sandusky and Star Classics are the races that they most wish to add to their career resumes.

Sandusky Speedway, a hotbed of supermodified racing in the Ohio area initiated the Nationals back in 1978 where Dave Shullick took home the top prize. Many famous drivers over the years have etched their names in the Hy-Miler Nationals honor roll such as Gary Allbritain, Doug Heveron, Gus Olexen, Bentley Warren, Gene Lee Gibson, Joe Gosek, Pat Abold, Jim Shirey, Bob Fitzpatrick, Russ Wood, Joey Payne, Dave McKnight. Joe Gosek is the defending champion having copped his third Hy-Miler win last season.

At Star, 2003 will see the 38th running of the Star Classic. The Star Classic's win list is definitely a who's who in supermodified racing. Names such as the legendary Ollie Silva, Bud Crotty, Don MacLaren, Ed West, Bentley Warren, Howie Brown, Dave Thomas, Jim Shampine, Dick Batchelder, Doug Heveron, Paul Richardson, Gene Gibson, Dave Simard, Joe Gosek, Chris Perley, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway and Lou Cicconi. Only Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek and Doug Heveron have managed to take a win at all three super "Classics" during their careers.

The increase in the purse at these two major events will only make the competition keener if that's possible as you look back at the past winners. The Sandusky Hy-Miler is 100 laps on a half-mile oval and the Star Classic is 200 laps on a quarter-mile bowl. The racing at both speedways is always some of the best of the season. This year it should be even better. Adding $4,000 to each of the winner's paychecks certainly will be the incentive!

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Drivers Bentley Warren