OSWEGO, NY (July 23, 2019) - Michael Barnes ‘The Hustler’ from Mexico, N.Y. will return to Sandusky Speedway’s Hy-Miler this Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, again piloting the famed Vic Miller No. 11 ISMA Supermodified.
On the heels of an impressive drive from fourteenth to second a year ago, Barnes is hoping for a repeat performance this weekend, and perhaps a change in luck. His 2018 run went to naught when he was caught in the path of a spinning lapped car while chasing leader Dave Shullick Jr.
Despite his misfortune in the 100-lapper, Barnes made the most of his three appearances with Miller last season, first finishing third in the ‘Fast Forty,’ following that up with his brilliant run in the Hy-Miler a day later, and concluding with another podium at Thompson’s World Series.
There is no question that the 2016 Oswego champion, who already won big in the ‘Grand Prix’ Independence Weekend special earlier this month, will again be a threat this weekend. In his four Sandusky appearances with Miller, Barnes has fallen short of the top five just one time.
Other drivers from New York State set to join this fan favorite at the Hy-Miler Nationals include eight time Oswego champ and former ‘King of Wings’ Otto Sitterly, another former ISMA winner in Michael Muldoon, sophomore campaigner Tyler Thompson, and rookie Nick Capelli.
Sandusky’s gates will open at 2pm on Friday, with grandstands and practice at 4pm and time trials at 6:30pm. Qualifying races will take the green flag at 7:30pm. Grandstand tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $8 for kids six to twelve, and children five and under are free.
For Saturday’s finale, pits will open at 11am, grandstands and practice at 1pm, time trials at 4pm, and racing at 7pm. Grandstand pricing will be $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $8 for kids six to twelve, and children five and under will again be admitted without charge.
Fans planning to attend both days of the Hy-Miler will have the opportunity to purchase a two day pit pass through the Speedway for $75. Further information on Hy-Miler Weekend can be found at SanduskySpeedway.com.
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About the International Supermodified Association: ISMA was founded in 1974 by multi-time Oswego Speedway champions Jim Shampine and Nolan Swift to ensure the future and longevity of Supermodified racing. Powered by their earth shaking 900 horsepower engines, the winged Supermodified is one of the fastest short track race cars in the world capable of reaching speeds up to 160mph. Through 45 seasons of operation, ISMA continues to be one of the most popular, well recognized touring series in short track racing. The organization has eleven events scheduled at nine different facilities this season that include stops in New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Connecticut, and Ontario.