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Re(1): Hy-Miler History Book (Part 1 of 4)

2002...As has been the story over the past decade, team Dunigan had Sandusky's number dialed on Hy-Miler weekend. This time it was Joe Gosek, no stranger to Sandusky’s victory circle, passed teammate Russ Wood late in the race for his third Hy-Miler crown.
2003...After losing a motor in Hot Laps, Russ Wood in the Dunigan #29 started 23rd on the grid, making his way up from starting tail in the Consi to fifth place. Wood proved that you can indeed win from the back row, as the Pelham, New Hampshire driver claimed his fourth Hy-Miler Checkered.

2004...Mike Ordway made it a perfect 3-for-3 at Sandusky in ISMA sanctioned shows as he won the 75-lap June event and the Hy-Miler Preliminary 40-lapper on his way to picking up his first ever Hy-Miler victory in the Clyde Booth #61. This victory, coupled with his 2003 Oswego Budweiser Classic Victory and other Star Classic victories with Team Dunigan put Mike Ordway into a class met by only three other drivers: a Triple Crown Winner. The triple crown of supermodified racing consists of the Sandusky Hy-Miler, the Oswego Budweiser Classic, and the Star Classic. Now Mike Ordway joins the ranks of Doug Heveron, Bentley Warren, and Joe Goesk as the only four triple crown winners of all time!

2005...Team Dunigan once again showed its dominance in an awesome shootout in the final 25 laps between the #29 of Russ Wood and the #26 of Pat Abold. Several times was Wood able to get his #29 next to the #26, but Abold was able to hold the lead to pick up his second Hy-Miler victory (the first coming 13 years earlier in 1992). Early leader Scott Martel in the Lane #97 was overtaken by #11 Chris Perley, who by the race's midway point was absolutely decimating the field. A broken heim joint on the panhard bar was cause for an early exit while out to a huge lead for the #11. This was Abold's third victory on the way to picking up his 3rd ISMA title.

2006...The whole season was "The Year of the Perley" as the Rowley, Massachusetts driver came in winning 5 out of the first 7 ISMA sanctioned races. Sandusky would prove no different as the Rowley Rocket claimed his first Hy-Miler win, when late race leader Mike Lichty got held up in lapped traffic. Mike Ordway took the early lead, but was soon overtaken by Nokie Fornoro in the Soule 32. After the cross-flags, Mike Lichty looked like he would be the one to beat until lapped traffic entered in. On Friday, Perley claimed his first ever Sandusky win, while Mike Lichty again looked to be the winner, but two late-race yellows doomed the #84. This Hy-Miler victory put Perley at an unprecedented SIXTH consecutive ISMA win, 7th out of 9 for the year, and his 10th in the last 12!

2007...Chris Perley continued his string of dominance well into the 2007 ISMA season as the Rowley, Massachusetts driver picked up both Hy-Miler victories again this year. Leaving Sandusky, Perley had won 6 of the first 8 ISMA events in 2007. The 30th Annual Hy-Miler finally went back to full qualifying, as 6 of the top 12 time trialers were Ohio regulars. Jeff Holbrook and Dave Shullick Sr (Burch52) lead the field down to the green. The first 40 laps were caution-ridden, and Mike Lichty was out front. Perley chased him down around half way through, and the 11 simply checked out. DJ Shullick, having a career year, was running 5th with 10 to go, he found his way in 3rd with two to go, and as Lichty ran out of fuel on the last lap, Shullick Jr. claimed 2nd. Top Five was Perley, Shullick Jr., Didero, Lichty, McKnight (-1). Friday night also went to Perley, McKnight was 2nd, and DJ shullick went from 5th to 3rd in the last 3 laps.

2008...Chris Perley (06-08) joins Gordon Dukes (64-66), Bentley Warren (84-86), and Russ Wood (95-97) as the fourth driver to win three-consecutive Hy-Miler Nationals. The race got underway with DJ Shullick in the Clyde Booth #61 taking the point from the pole as Johnny Benson in the Lichty #74 fell into second. Always fast at Sandusky, Mike Lichty moved the family owned #84 past Shoe 2 on lap 28. His lead was short-lived, however, as on lap 42 he was sent tail after tangling with a lapped car (starting in 2008, ISMA doesn't use the passing flag). Perley, who was running a very close second, dodged the melee low and inherited the lead. By the half-way point, it was Perley, Schultz (May #7), and Benson. As the laps ticked off, Perley moved into his own time zone. The checkers fell with Perley winning his third in a row, Schultz in second, and Lichty was able to race his way back to a podium finish. Russ Wood (Holbrook #29) and Tim Jedrzejek (Reed #8) rounded out the top five. Friday night's race was won by local favorite Charlie Schultz after a lap-10 red in turn 3 took out many of the top competitors including Perley, and Shullick Jr. Friday's top three was Schultz, Lichty, and Wood.

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.


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