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McCune Family Sweeps MSR Qualifiers At Hickory

NEWTON, N.C. -- Just as they have all season long, the McCune family kicked off the final weekend of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season in dominating fashion, sweeping Friday's twin 20-lap qualifying races for the MSR Championships at Hickory Motor Speedway.


19-year-old Anthony McCune led the entirety of the first qualifier from the outside pole, jumping out to a full second's margin on the opening lap and polesitter Charlie Schultz waged an early scrap with Brian Gerster for the runner-up spot.

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(CSP/Chris Seelman photo)


Gerster worked around Schultz on the second revolution but could never catch the younger McCune, who maintained a consistent 1.5-second gap throughout the remaining distance en route to the win, his first major triumph in Must See Racing competition.


Though Gerster and third-place finisher Aaron Pierce faded in the final laps, both veterans locked themselves into the top-six redraw by finishing on the podium of the qualifying race.


In the second qualifier, three-time series champion Jimmy McCune -- Anthony's uncle -- assumed the top spot after polesitter and early leader Bronzie Lawson IV fell out with motor issues on lap nine, necessitating a caution and the lone restart of the entire day.


From there, the elder McCune held off a hard-charging Johnny Petrozelle to win the qualifier, with Petrozelle and Steve Surniak completing the podium and locking into Saturday's redraw for their starting positions.

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(CSP/Chris Seelman photo)


Meanwhile, Pierce came away with a $100 bonus for setting the Abe's Auto Parts Fast Time during two-lap qualifying to start the program, posting a lap of 12.293 seconds (106.304 mph) in the No. 26 Sam Pierce Chevrolet/Valvoline entry.


Friday's effort marked the second fast time of Pierce's Must See Racing career, as well as his first since Hickory in 2015.


Petrozelle, Gerster, Jimmy McCune and Anthony McCune completed the top-five in time trials.


Of note, Jimmy McCune had already clinched his third-consecutive series championship prior to rolling through the gates at Hickory on Friday, carrying an unassailable 97-point lead over Anthony McCune on the strength of seven wins throughout the season.


Saturday's portion of the MSR Championships kicks off at 10 a.m. with final practice for the sprint cars, followed by the top-six redraw at noon. The 50-lap feature will take the green flag at 1:45 p.m.


 

RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Hickory Motor Speedway; Nov. 17, 2017


Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials: 1. #26 - Aaron Pierce, 12.293; 2. #59 - Johnny Petrozelle, 12.367; 3. #50m - Brian Gerster, 12.383; 4. #88 - Jimmy McCune, 12.618; 5. #8 - Anthony McCune, 12.766; 6. #4B - Bronzie Lawson, 12.863; 7. #9s - Charlie Schultz, 13.165; 8. #1st - Steve Surniak, 13.430; 9. #8A - Adam Biltz, 13.806; 10. #33 - Joe Larkin, 14.496; 11. #12 - Glenn Worrell, 14.849; 12. #4L - Anthony Linkenhoker, 14.975; 13. #88VA - Bobby Rice, 15.344.


Abe's Auto Parts Qualifier #1 (20 laps, top three to redraw): 1. Anthony McCune, 2. Brian Gerster, 3. Aaron Pierce / 4. Charlie Schultz, 5. Adam Biltz, 6. Glenn Worrell, 7. Bobby Rice.

B&B Machinery Movers Qualifier #2 (20 laps, top three to redraw): 1. Jimmy McCune, 2. Johnny Petrozelle, 3. Steve Surniak / 4. Anthony Linkenhoker, 5. Joe Larkin, 6. Bronzie Lawson (DNF).


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Jacob Seelman
RaceChaserOnline.com, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer

Rev-X Products Continues Support Of Must See Racing

HOLLY, Mich. -- Must See Racing has announced the continuation of their partnership with Rev-X Products Inc. for the 2018 racing season.

 
A manufacturer and distributor of high performance oil and fuel additives, designed to reduce internal engine corrosion, Rev-X became the Official Product Supplier of Must See Racing this year.

 
Located in Grand Rapids, Mich., Rev-X Products has a decade-long record of success in the automotive and motorsports industries, creating, distributing and selling additives for oil, gasoline and diesel fuel applications.

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Rev-X Products will continue as a sponsor of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series next season. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

 
"Rev-X Products are made by racers, for racers and have a long history of success in motorsports," said Rick Beebe, National Sales Manager, Racing Development for Rev-X Products. "After a very successful 2017 racing season, we are pleased to continue our sponsorship with Must See Racing for the upcoming 2018 season."


"Jim Hanks and his very talented crew have gone far and above in our partnership between Rev X and Must See Racing bringing some new twists to promotions and brand awareness for our company. We at Rev-X would also like to congratulate Jimmy McCune on his championship season. Lets make 2018 an even better adventure for all involved by bringing some new faces to the races!"


"Our valued relationship with Rev-X Products extends our history of partnerships with first class companies that are committed to pursuing excellence both on and off the race track," added Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. "Rick and all the staff at Rev-X have been outstanding to work with and their products have produced spectacular results. We are pleased to build our partnership and brands at events, in the media, and on national television as we provide performance entertainment for racing fans everywhere."


"Must See Racing is built on and recognized for high performance and Rev-X Products deliver exactly that ... performance. There is no better place than with the record setting World's Fastest Short Track Cars to display their outstanding products and we are looking forward to the 2018 season and working with Rev-X once again."


Must See Racing's North and South divisions conclude the 2017 season this weekend at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway, competing as part of the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltDown on Nov. 17-18.


For more information on Rev-X Products, visit www.revxoil.com, and for more information on Must See Racing, visit www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
RaceChaserOnline.com, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer

MSR Championships To Be Taped For Suzuki Presents SPEED SPORT

HOLLY, Mich. -- A national audience will have eyes on the Must See Racing Championships this year, as the Nov. 17-18 event at Hickory Motor Speedway will be taped for a future airing of Suzuki Presents SPEED SPORT on the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

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The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series finale at Hickory Motor Speedway will be featured on Suzuki Presents SPEED SPORT and televised on MAVTV. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

 

The two-day spectacle of speed will crown Jimmy McCune as a three-time champion of the 410ci asphalt winged sprint car series, as well as close the book on what has been a record-setting season for the tour.

 

"We couldn't be happier than to have our friends with SPEED SPORT working with us again to deliver 'The World's Fastest Short Track Cars' to a national television audience," said Must See Racing founder and president Jim Hanks. "This is going to be a huge event for our fans and drivers, and the addition of the Suzuki Presents SPEED SPORT television broadcast will certainly make this season's finale one to remember."

 

The upcoming Hickory race continues the Must See Racing television partnership with SPEED SPORT Productions this season, following on from broadcasts of the Mother's Day Classic and Engine Pro Fast Car Slash at Berlin Raceway, as well as the 69th annual Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW-GM at Anderson Speedway.

 

"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Must See Racing and bring this exciting form of sprint car racing to Suzuki Presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV," said SPEED SPORT president Ralph Sheheen. "We couldn't ask for a better setting for Must See Racing's season finale than the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, where many legends of motorsports have refined their skills on the track."

 

Sheheen and Derek Pernesiglio will anchor the broadcast from the booth, with Dillon Welch serving as pit reporter.

 

Eight different states will be represented by the drivers in the field for the MSR Championships, which will feature a full slate of Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials, two 25-lap qualifying races and the 50-lap championship feature, all under the glimmer of the SPEED SPORT cameras.

 

Rev-X Products, which stepped up this season as the Official Product Supplier of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro, will serve as the presenting sponsor for the television package.

 

"It's been a great year for all of us at Rev-X, from supporting a great group of officials and racers to our involvement with Jimmy and Anthony McCune, as well as Jeff Bloom," said Rick Beebe, National Sales Manager, Racing Development for Rev-X Products. "As far as we're concerned, our partnership has been a total success and we are happy to continue our relationship with Jim Hanks and everyone at Must See Racing by supporting their upcoming television package at Hickory Motor Speedway. We look forward to being a part of it and to a successful finale to the season."

 

The Pro All Stars Series South will be racing alongside the Must See Racing sprint cars during the event weekend at Hickory, with the $15,000-to-win Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 marking one of the biggest super late model races in the Southeastern United States.

 

For more information on the MSR Championships at Hickory Motor Speedway, as well as all the latest news from the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series, visit www.mustseeracing.com.

 

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Jacob Seelman
RaceChaserOnline.com, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer

MSR Sprints Return To Berlin For 2018 Double Dip

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series has confirmed a pair of additional dates for its 2018 North division schedule, with Berlin Raceway slated to host the tour twice next season.


The seven-sixteenths-mile paved oval in Marne, Michigan will welcome 'The World's Fastest Short Track Cars' on May 12 and Aug. 18, continuing traditional dates for the track which has been on the Must See Racing schedule in six of the series' eight prior seasons.


In all, Berlin has hosted eight Must See Racing events since 2011.

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The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series will visit Michigan's Berlin Raceway twice next season, including the series' annual Engine Pro Fast Car Slash. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)


Jason Blonde (spring) and Brian Gerster (fall) split the two MSR victories at Berlin last season, with Troy DeCaire, JoJo Helberg and Gerster each boasting a series-best two wins at the Marne facility.


The Berlin announcement brings the 2018 Must See Racing schedule to a total of 13 confirmed race dates at 10 different facilities, with additional scheduling announcements coming in the near future.


"We're delighted to confirm that Berlin Raceway will return to the Must See Racing schedule for its two traditional dates next season," said Must See Racing Founder and President Jim Hanks. "Berlin has long been a staple track on our calendar and a facility that is much loved by our drivers, crews and fans. We thank Don DeWitt and all the staff at Berlin for agreeing to have us back and look forward to showcasing the speed and excitement that Must See Racing is known for twice over in 2018."


For more information on the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series, including race results, driver and team news, schedule information and more, visit www.mustseeracing.com.

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Jacob Seelman
RaceChaserOnline.com, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer & Media Director