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Re(1): Hy-Miler History Book (Part 2 of 2)

2009...Chris Perley becomes the only driver in history to pull down four consecutive Hy-Miler checkered flags. Ohio's Tim Ice (May Motorsports #77) took off from the green and led the first half of the race. A lap 12 red caused by Mark Sammut's (#78) rear end blowing took out several competitors. After a spin by Jeff Locke on lap 19, the race ran green until lap 61. Meanwhile, Dave Shullick Jr. piloted his Clyde Booth #61 past Tim Ice for the lead at about the halfway point, and Chris Perley soon followed suit. The yellow flew on lap 61 for Ohio's Randy Burch (Stout #49), and as the race went back to green, Perley nabbed the lead. Several cautions slowed the event leading up to a red on lap 70 caused by a turn-one tangle by Lou Cicconi and Jeff Holbrook blocking the track with at least seven cars involved. The rest of the race ran rather uneventful except for a lap 90 red caused by Trent Stephens (Stout #19) launching onto the turn-one tires. The 2009 Hy-Miler top five was Chris Perley (Vic Miller #11), Dave Shullick Jr. (Booth #61), Mike Lichty (Lichty #84), Russ Wood (Holbrook #29), and Charlie Schultz (May Motorsports #7). Friday night's race was won by local favorite Randy Burch (ACME Racing #49) who grabbed the lead on lap 9 and never looked back. Friday's finish was Burch, Shullick Jr., Schultz, Summers (Lane #97), and Tim Ice.

2010...Mark Sammut battled to his first ever Sandusky win and became the third Canadian to bring the Hy-Miler trophy north of the boarder. Sammut grabbed the initial lead from outside pole but was quickly chased down by lap 13 by fellow Canadian Mike Lichty and local favorite and Friday (Saturday morning) winner Dave Shullick Jr. Lichty was able to sneak by Sammut on Lap 23, and later Shullick Jr. got by on lap 34. The caution-plagued event was red-flagged for refuel on lap 40 with the trio of Lichty, Shullick Jr., and Sammut leading the way. At the red, a hard charging Randy Burch had made it all the way to fourth from his 18th place starting position. Twenty laps later, the mechanical woes continued on the Clyde Booth #61 as Dave Shullick Jr. came to a stop in turn 4 while running second, with a problem in the rear end. This made the top three Lichty, Sammut, and Burch. As the race neared its concluding point, the Lichty car was clearly slipping away, and Burch nailed down second position when the yellow flew on lap 96. Out of no where, the Burch 52 and the Wood 29 (who had snuck into fourth) headed pitside to pick up another jug of fuel, and rejoined tail, with only ten cars running. As the checkered fell, it was Sammut (Sammut #78) out in front, with Robbie Summers (Holbrook #35) in second, Jeff Locke (Locke #37) in third, Mike Lichty (Lichty #84) in fourth, and Tim Ice (May #77) rounding out the top five. Randy Burch (Burch #52) and Russ Wood (Holbrook #29) were able to use the last four laps to get to 6th and 7th. The Friday "Fast Forty" was rained out just prior to the feature, but was run on Saturday morning at 10:15am. Dave Shullick Jr. (Booth #61) dominated the event, with Robbie Summers (Holbrook #35) in second, Charlie Schultz (May #7) in third, Mike Lichty (Lichty #84) in fourth, and Tim Ice (May #77) in fifth. An interesting note, in both events, Summers was second, Lichty was fourth, and Ice was fifth.

2011...Tim Jedrzejek aboard the Soule #32 held on for a three-hour endurance run that saw five red flags and two refuels. Johnny Benson (Lichty #74) took the initial lead, but was soon up in smoke on lap 3, as the first red fell for a faulty oil line that slicked up the race track. Jeff Locke inherited the lead and the race ran green until lap 20 when the red fell again for the trio of Mark Sammut, Kyle Edwards, and Otto Sitterly (Vic Miller #11) coming together on the back stretch. After the first refuel, the restart was Locke, Mike Ordway Sr. (Clyde Booth #61), Jedrzejek, Lichty, and Trent Stephens (Stout #19). Yellow fell on lap 38 for a simple spin, but on the restart, Ordway Sr. jumped Locke for the lead. Ordway Sr. would then be penalized to the rear on lap 44 during another caution and Locke would reinherit the point. The third red of the event fell on lap 47 when Jeff Locke flew off of turn 1 after bouncing off the front stretch wall. Mike Lichty, who had just gotten by Jedrzejek for second, inherited the lead. The fourth red of the event fell on lap 68 for a dramatic crash involving four of the Ohio contingent as Trent Stephens (who had worked his way up to fourth) tangled with Jack Smith (Joe Gillingham #5), and Stephens ended up perched on the tractor tires off of turn 3 after helicoptering off the racetrack. Also collected in the incident were Charlie Schultz (May #7) who had been running fourth at the time, and Bobby Dawson (Reed's Salvage #28). The lead was not the place to be as the caution fell again on lap 74 for the Mike Lichty machine, who was sidelined with magnito issues. On the lap 74 restart, after so much attrition, the top five was Jedrzejek, Ben Seitz (Richard Bein #17), Russ Wood (Holbrook #29), Mike Ordway Jr. (Stout #49), and Dave Shullick (Lane #97). That's how they ran the rest of the way, hold for the fifth red flag which fell on lap 80 for a simple spin, and refueling again had to take place. Friday's "Fast Forty" was an excellent race seeing only one caution for a simple spin on lap 9, and like the previous couple of years, it was dominated by the Ohio cars. Trent Stephens was the man to watch in Friday's show, as he broke in the heat race, then won the consi, started 19th, and came all the way to finish in the fourth spot. Mike Lichty (Lichty #84) brought home the checkers, with Ohio favorite Bobby Dawson (Reed's Salvage #28) in second, Russ Wood in third, Trent Stephens in fourth, and Kyle Edwards rounded out the top five.

2012...Tim Jedrzejek driving the Soule #32 won his second Hy-Miler in as many years. Jedrzejek grabbed the early race lead and never looked back as his many challengers fell by the wayside. Early challengers included Moe Lilje (Reed's Salvage #8) who's night ended early with a right-rear caliper issue, and then Charlie Schultz who ended up on top of the tires in turn 2 after a mechanical issue around the midway point of the race. Mike Lichty (Reed's Salvage #84) and Dave Shullick Jr. (ACME Racing #49) were able to chase down, but not pass, Timmy J as he flew under the Hy-Miler checkers. The top five was Jedrzejek, Lichty (second both nights), Shullick Jr., Johnny Benson Jr. (Lichty #74), and Eddie Witkum Jr. (Lane #97). Friday night's race was delayed by a thunderstorm that hit right at dusk prior to the running of heat races. As happens almost every year, the Friday show was won from the front two rows, and the top five included a bunch of the Ohio contingent. From the outside pole starting position, Mike Ordway Sr. (Booth #61) crossed under the checkered flag in the "Friday Fast Forty" for the sixth time in his driving career, the rest of the top five were rounded out by Mike Lichty (Reed's Salvage #84), Moe Lilje (Reed's Salvage #8), Trent Stephens (ACME Racing #19), and Dave Shullick Jr. (ACME Racing #49).

2013...Dave Shullick Jr. driving the brand new Jim Bodnar #94 won his first Hy-Miler, an 85 lap rain shortened affair run on Sunday Afternoon due to Saturday night raining out, avenging his 1999 Hy-Miler disqualification. DJ grabbed the lead on lap 13 from Eddie Witkum (Witkum #21) and never looked back, with Moe Lilje (Reed's Salvage #8) following him the entire way. The #94 was never heavily challenged all the way to the rain drops on lap 85, and Lilje secured second place. The reset of the top five were Lou Cicconi (Vic Miller #71), Charlie Schultz (May Motorsports #7), and Ben Seitz (Richard Bien #17). Friday Night's fast forty showcased an amazing dual through lapped traffic between Mike Lichty (Reed's Salvage #84) and Dave Shullick Jr., with the pair swapping the lead several times between laps 9 and 28, ending finally when the #94 of Shullick brought out the yellow with a broken brake caliper. After that yellow, Mike Lichty was off to the checkers. Following Lichty were Lou Cicconi (71), Moe Lilje (8), Jeff Locke (Locke #37), and Charlie Schultz (7) who had squeezed out a top five after pitting for adjustments in the first ten laps of the show. It has become regular throughout the last decade or so that many of the top five are the same both nights, this year was no different with Lilje, Cicconi, and Schultz finishing in the top 5 both nights.

2014…Lou Cicconi driving the Clyde Booth #61 grabbed the lead from Jeff Locke (Locke #37) on lap 16 and never looked back, but was challenged heavily in the final 10 to 15 laps by the Ohio duo of Dave Shullick Jr. (Bodnar #95) and Moe Lilje (Reed’s Salvage #8). Rain fell on lap 37 eventually leading to a rain delay of over three hours. After racing resumed, Bobby Santos (Vic Miller #11) found himself in second place, but as the race got to the later stages, Santos fell off to Shullick Jr., and Lilje. Once in second place, Shullick Jr. wasted no time applying pressure to Cicconi for the lead, maneuvering outside of Cicconi on several occasions, but could never make the move stick. While these two were fighting for the lead, Lilje was able to pull up to their bumper, and raced by Shullick Jr. with just four to go. Despite several attempts, Lilje was not able to get by Cicconi, and the Aston, Pennsylvania resident picked up his first Hy-Miler victory. Following Cicconi in a close second and third were Lilje and Shullick Jr. Jeff Locke and Friday Night’s winner, Ben Seitz (Richard Bien #17) rounded out the top 5. This was the 3rd Hy-Miler in the past 4 to be won from the front row. Friday Night’s fast forty, also delayed by rain, was won from the pole position by Ben Seitz, who took over the lead from outside pole sitter Jeff Locke on lap 16. Top five were Seitz, Shullick Jr., Mike Lichty (Reed’s Salvage #84), Cicconi, and Robbie Summers (Brad Lichty #74). Continuing the trend from previous years, three drivers were in the top five both nights: Cicconi, Seitz, and Shullick Jr.

2015…Clyde Booth (#61) picked up his second consecutive Hy-Miler victory as car owner (third overall), but this year, Chelmsford, Massachusetts’ Jon McKennedy was at the helm. Tim Ice (#65) picked off the lead at the green flag, and the first caution of the event fell for the Mike Lichty (Reed’s Salvage #84) who had come to a stop in turn 3 on the 5th circuit. 10 laps later, Alison Cumens (#39) spun in turn 2. A long green span elapsed with Ice still out front, McKennedy in second up from his starting position of fourth. Yellow flew again on lap 39 when Ryan Coniam (#46) came to a stop on the backstretch. Tim Ice caused his own yellow and reluctantly gave up the lead on lap 43 when a front crank bolt broke, ending his night. After inheriting the lead, McKennedy took off past halfway. The entire complexion of the race changed on lap 52, with Danny Shirey (ACME Racing #49) coming to a stop with engine woes. At this juncture, the heavily favored Dave Shullick Jr. (Jim Bodnar #95) surprised the crowd when he exited into the pits off of turn 1. The infamous “red to refuel” occurred on lap 64. The racing that ensued after was hot and heavy between McKennedy and local favorites Kyle Edwards (#1, renumbed from #11), and Mike McVetta (#22), as these two dogged the leader McKennedy but could never squeak by. The final yellow fell on lap 96 for Friday night’s winner, Trent Stephens (ACME Racing #19), who had spun on the backstretch. McKennedy flew under the checkers and was followed by Kyle Edwards, Mike McVetta, Eddie Witkum (#21) - who had passed nearly every car there except the top 3, and Tim Jedrzejek (Howie Lane #97) rounding out the top 5. Friday’s Fast Forty was won off the pole by local favorite Trent Stephens. Friday’s top 5 were Stephens, Jeff Locke (#37), Mike McVetta (#22), Ben Seitz (#17), and McKennedy.

2016…Dave Shullick Jr. (Jim Bodnar #95), starting tenth on the grid, picked up his second Hy-Miler victory in one of the best Hy-Miler finishes to date, dueling back and forth throughout the race with late race leader Mike Lichty (Reed’s Salvage #84). Eddie Witkum (P&L Vinal #21) and Mike Ordway Jr. (Clyde Booth #61) brought the field to the green, with Ordway Jr. jumping to the early race lead. The race stayed green for the first 36 laps, with caution falling for a spin in turn 4 for a car about to go down a lap, collecting leader Ordway Jr. in the process. Ohio’s Mike McVetta (#22), whose team thrashed through the night to get the #22 back into contention after a Friday night mishap, inherited the lead, but only for one lap, as he was sidelined on lap 37 with a broken panhard bar bolt. On the previous lap 36 restart, Shullick Jr. was able to get by Lichty for second, so Shullick Jr. inherited the lead on lap 37 with McVetta retiring for the night. Over the next 50 laps, there were several single-car cautions. On lap 80, Shullick Jr. was pinned high behind a lapped car as Lichty and Trent Stephens (ACME Racing #19) got by for the lead. Stephens stuck right to Lichty but despite every attempt, Stephens could not complete a successful pass for the lead. A precautionary yellow came out on lap 89 for a slowing AJ Lesiecki (May Motorsports #77). As the field took the white for the lap 89 restart, Trent Stephens’ second place ride came to a stop, out of fuel, causing the yellow to remain out; subsequently a red to refuel ensued when the #19 did not opt to go pitside. For prolonging the yellow flag condition, the #19 was required to go tail per ISMA rule. Top five at this point were Lichty, Shullick Jr., Mark Sammut (#78), Tim Jedrzejek (Lane #97), and Otto Sitterly (Jim Bodnar #96). As the race resumed on lap 89, all eyes were on the duo of Lichty and Shullick Jr. out front. Over the next 3-4 laps, Shullick Jr. kept trying to get by Lichty on the outside, and finally was able to make it stick. This marked the fourth time in the race that Shullick Jr. and Lichty had swapped positions. With 2 to go, the Lichty #84 seemed to be out of rubber, as Sammut got by for second. In the final lap, Lichty fell back to fifth, as Shullick Jr. claimed the checkers. Top five were Shullick Jr., Sammut, Jedrzejek, Sitterly, and Lichty. Friday night’s Fast Forty was also claimed by Shullick Jr., who after starting sixth, put on a clinic lapping all but the top ten, the finish being Shullick Jr., Moe Lilje (Jim Bodnar Jr. #76), Danny Shirey (ACME Racing #49), Mike Lichty (#84), and Dave McKnight (Gary Morton #70) rounding out the top five. 2016 marked the sixth time that the weekend was swept, with Shullick Jr. joining Russ Wood (Dunigan #29) in 1995 and 1997, Mike Ordway Sr. (Clyde Booth #61) in 2004, and Chris Perley (Vic Miller #11) in 2006 and 2007.


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