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McCune Rebounds For Must See Victory At Berlin

MARNE, Mich. – Jimmy McCune rebounded from a rare engine failure in his most-recent Must See Racing Sprint Car Series start in a big way on Saturday night at Berlin Raceway.

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Jimmy McCune poses in victory lane at Berlin Raceway. (David Sink photo)


With his focus firmly on getting back in the championship hunt, McCune rolled from seventh to the lead in four laps, then drove away from the competition down the stretch for his 31st career MSR victory.


Saturday's Engine Pro Fast Car Dash score marked McCune's second win in three races this season and his second in Must See Racing competition at the unique seven-sixteenths-mile oval.


"There were a few times (in traffic) that I made some guys move out of the way, but we put it all together and got us another one tonight," said McCune in victory lane. "This is a hometown race for Rev-X Oil, and we did it again tonight, and I just can't say thanks enough to all the people that make this race car fast and keep us coming back to the race track every time out.


"I figured we'd be alright in clean air, so I just moved the wing back and let it eat," McCune noted in regards to the final laps. "That was the biggest thing, was just to go as fast as I could over the final four laps, stick to the bottom and make him (Blonde) have to go around the outside. It all worked out."


After a 10-car inversion for the feature, Kevin Feeney led the field to green for the 30-lap Engine Pro Fast Car Dash main event, escaping to the early lead over Jerry Caryer before a spinning Tom Jewell in turn four brought the caution lights on with one lap in the books.


At that point, McCune had already jumped from seventh up to fourth, but it was his rival Jason Blonde who made the most noise on the ensuing restart.


Blonde, a 2018 inductee into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame, powered his way forward from fifth to second when the green flag dropped again but was powerless to stop McCune when the four-time defending series champion made a two-for-one power play in turn three on the fourth round.


Once McCune swept underneath both Blonde and Feeney, he stretched his legs quickly, running out to a 2.789-second margin at the halfway point and carrying a lead of more than three seconds when a late yellow waved with just four circuits remaining to be run.

 

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Jimmy McCune (88) leads Jason Blonde during Saturday's Must See Racing Sprint Car Series event at Berlin Raceway. (David Sink photo)


The caution, for a spin by Johnny Petrozelle III, was a narrow escape for Blonde – who just avoided the slowing Mike Blake Racing No. 81 in time to escape with no damage and reset for a final charge.


However, Blonde could do nothing with McCune on the final restart, as the Toledo, Ohio, native turned the fastest lap of the entire race – a stunning 13.722-second clip – on lap 28 and never looked back.


McCune took the checkered flag first by a margin of 3.307 seconds, leaving Blonde to settle for second.


"From where we were in the heat race, this is a great result," said Blonde. "We were out to lunch at that point, but we fought back. We got some setup help that brought the car back to life, and it helped us finish second, but Jimmy was in a class all his own tonight. We weren't going to catch him at the end."


Canadian Ryan Litt completed the podium, followed by point leader Anthony McCune and Feeney.


After a last-minute decision to come to Berlin, Brian Gerster set fast time in qualifying at 13.209 seconds (119.237 mpt) and crossed the line sixth. Anthony McCune won the eight-lap Engine Pro Fast Car Dash.


To view complete race results, advance to the next page.


RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Berlin Raceway; Aug. 10, 2019


Hamilton Trucking Time Trials: 1. #50m – Brian Gerster, 13.209; 2. #9s – Charlie Schultz,, 13.234; 3. #07L – Ryan Litt, 13.368; 4. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 13.434; 5. #42 – Jason Blonde, 13.504; 6. #7 – Tom Jewell, 13.535; 7. #8 – Anthony McCune, 13.618; 8. #44 – Teddy Alberts, 13.659; 9. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 13.908; 10. #6k – Kevin Feeney, 13.932; 11. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 13.951; 12. #8a – Adam Biltz, 14.139; 13. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle, 14.467; 14. #1 – Christian Koehler, 14.609; 15. #0 – Doug Dietsch, 14.653; 16. #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 15.074; 17. #11g – Tom Geren, 15.098; 18. #85 – Rick Holley, 15.098; 19. #72s – Joe Speakman, 15.230; 20. #51 – Joshua Sexton, 15.569; 21. #32 – Todd McQuillen, 15.861; 22. #13 – Jacob Dolinar, 16.132; 23. #15 – Tim Henthorne, 16.220; 24. #4 – Anthony Linkenhoker, 17.791, 25. #99 – Tyler Roahrig, NT.


Heat #1 (8 laps, all transfer): 1. Jerry Caryer [6], 2. Jeff Bloom [5], 3. Doug Dietsch [3], 4. Johnny Petrozelle [4], 5. Tom Geren [2], 6. Todd McQuillen [7], 7. Tim Henthorne [8], 8. Joe Speakman [1], 9. Tyler Roahrig [DNS].


Heat #2 (8 laps, all transfer): 1. Kevin Feeney [6], 2. Bobby Komisarski [1], 3. Christian Koehler [4], 4. Rick Holley [2], 5. Adam Biltz [3], 6. Jacob Dolinar [5], 7. Joshua Sexton [7], 8. Anthony Linkenhoker [8].


Engine Pro Fast Car Dash (8 laps): 1. Anthony McCune [2], 2. Teddy Alberts [1], 3. Ryan Litt [6], 4. Brian Gerster [8], 5. Jason Blonde [4], 6. Charlie Schultz [7], 7. Tom Jewell [3], 8. Jimmy McCune [5].


A-Feature (30 laps): 1. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 2. #42 – Jason Blonde, 3. #07L – Ryan Litt, 4. #8 – Anthony McCune, 5. #6k – Kevin Feeney, 6. #50m – Brian Gerster, 7. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 8. #44 – Teddy Alberts, 9. #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 10. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle, 11. #1 – Christian Koehler, 12. #8a – Adam Biltz, 13. #85 – Rick Holley, 14. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 15. #51 – Joshua Sexton, 16. #32 – Todd McQuillen, 17. #13 – Jacob Dolinar, 18. #15 – Tim Henthorne, 19. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 20. #0 – Doug Dietsch, 21. #11g – Tom Geren, 22. #4 – Anthony Linkenhoker, 23. #72s – Joe Speakman, 24. #7 – Tom Jewell.


Lap Leader(s): Kevin Feeney 1-3, Jimmy McCune 4-30.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Gerster Picks Up Must See Racing Fast Time At Berlin

MARNE, Mich. – Brian Gerster extended his all-time qualifying record with the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series during Saturday's Engine Pro Fast Car Dash program at the seven-sixteenths-mile oval.


Gerster raced to his 29th career Hamilton Trucking Fast Time Award with a lap of 13.209 seconds (119.237 mph) in the No. 50m RAM Engineering Midwest/Fuller Life Water Co. sprinter for Dick Myers Racing.


It marks Gerster's third-career MSR-sanctioned fast time at Berlin, and his first at the track since the special Speed Trial event in 2015, when he broke the all-time track record.


Defending Berlin winner Charlie Schultz timed in second-fastest at 13.234 seconds (119.012 mph) with the John Reiser-owned No. 9s entry, followed by Canadian Ryan Litt (13.368/117.819), who was third in the 24-car field.


Four-time Must See Racing Sprint Car Series champion Jimmy McCune and home-state driver Jason Blonde completed the top five in qualifying.


Tom Jewell, who finished a career-best second last June at Berlin, was sixth ahead of Anthony McCune, Teddy Alberts, Jerry Caryer and Kevin Feeney.


Tyler Roahrig, who planned to race the Wayne Stickney No. 99 Saturday night, participated in a pair of practice sessions early in the day but scratched for the evening after fighting a severe vibration.


Heat races at Berlin are slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.


QUALIFYING RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Berlin Raceway; Aug. 10, 2019


Hamilton Trucking Time Trials: 1. #50m – Brian Gerster, 13.209; 2. #9s – Charlie Schultz,, 13.234; 3. #07L – Ryan Litt, 13.368; 4. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 13.434; 5. #42 – Jason Blonde, 13.504; 6. #7 – Tom Jewell, 13.535; 7. #8 – Anthony McCune, 13.618; 8. #44 – Teddy Alberts, 13.659; 9. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 13.908; 10. #6k – Kevin Feeney, 13.932; 11. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 13.951; 12. #8a – Adam Biltz, 14.139; 13. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle, 14.467; 14. #1 – Christian Koehler, 14.609; 15. #0 – Doug Dietsch, 14.653; 16. #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 15.074; 17. #11g – Tom Geren, 15.098; 18. #85 – Rick Holley, 15.098; 19. #72s – Joe Speakman, 15.230; 20. #51 – Joshua Sexton, 15.569; 21. #32 – Todd McQuillen, 15.861; 22. #13 – Jacob Dolinar, 16.132; 23. #15 – Tim Henthorne, 16.220; 24. #4 – Anthony Linkenhoker, 17.791, 25. #99 – Tyler Roahrig, NT.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Berlin Up Next For Must See Sprints

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will resume after a weather-induced, month-long break with Saturday's stop at Berlin Raceway.


Originally scheduled to be the second of two Must See Racing appearances at Berlin this season, the Aug. 10 event will now be the first of that pair, thanks to a rainout of the series' attempt to race at the seven-sixteenths-mile oval back in early June.


In fact, Saturday's race will mark just the third race of the year for the asphalt winged 410ci sprint car series, with Jimmy McCune and Jason Blonde claiming the spoils at the first two starts of the year at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and Birch Run (Mich.) Speedway, respectively.


Due to McCune having engine troubles at Birch Run, the championship picture has been blown wide open, with the four-time champion's nephew Anthony atop the standings by 10 over Charlie Schultz.

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The Must See Racing field prepares to go racing at Berlin Raceway last August. The tour returns there on Saturday. (Chris Seelman photo)


Anthony McCune is still looking for his first-career Must See Racing victory, however, a storyline he hopes will be a moot point following Saturday's proceedings at Berlin.


"We've been close; we just need to seal the deal and catch that last break," said the younger McCune following the most recent event at Birch Run. "We know we have the speed. Berlin is a place that has been good to us recently, and hopefully, we can turn that good fortune into a victory next time out."


In order to capture that elusive win, however, Anthony McCune will have to turn back the likes of a field that includes his uncle Jimmy; pavement ace Troy DeCaire; home-state favorite Blonde; series regulars Charlie Schultz, Ryan Litt and Adam Biltz; and Tom Jewell, who finished second at Berlin one year ago.


As of press time, 24 drivers representing seven different states will be in attendance at Berlin.


The Fast Car Dash format will be in effect for the Berlin event, with the top eight cars from qualifying participating in a fully-inverted, eight-lap heat race and a total of $900 in bonus money on the line.


In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, the Berlin Raceway 4-cylinders, sportsman and super stock classes will also be on the racing card for the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash.


Pit gates open at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with hot laps kicking off at 3 p.m., qualifying hitting the track at 5:15 p.m. and feature racing beginning at 6:30 p.m., following the night's opening ceremonies.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit www.mustseeracing.com.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing