INDIANAPOLIS – ACME Racing team owner Steve Stout confirmed during the annual PRI Trade Show that the team will expand to a two-car program.
Dave Shullick Jr. will join ACME Racing to drive the No. 49 supermodified alongside returning ACME Racing driver Trent Stephens, who will continue to drive the No. 19 entry.
“Dave came to me and we talked a while back, and I just came up with this idea,” said Stout. “We have had success in the past with Dave, and currently having success with Trent in the 19 car. So, we are going to build a new car and just have fun and have a go of it. A two-car team is nothing new to us, we have been there before, we will just have to focus more and harder.”
Stout is unsure what the team’s schedule will look like for next season, but he said the team does plan to compete at least part-time in the International Supermodified Ass’n.
“I am not sure on the race schedule for us yet, I am studying and thinking,” said Stout. “The ISMA schedule is grueling for us where we are located, we do plan to run the majority, and really the Sandusky Hy-Miler is in our back yard. The Midwestern Supermodified Series seems to have gotten off the ground pretty good. Their first year (was) last year and a lot of folks including, Lori May over there, are doing a lot of work on the promotion end. I think they will come along ok, we ran a couple last year with the 19 and Trent with them, so I am sure we will this upcoming season as well.
“The team will be deciding on a race schedule for both cars in the coming months based on everyone’s personal preference and series schedules. They will be competing in both the MSS and ISMA series, but neither will be on a full-time basis.”
Article and photo by Todd Ridgeway