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McCune Nabs Fifth Must See Sprint Win Of 2017 At Owosso

OWOSSO, Mich. -- The back-and-forth battle for Must See Racing Sprint Car Series supremacy continued on Saturday night at Owosso Speedway, with Jimmy McCune coming out on top with a dominant performance for his fifth series win of the year.

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McCune took the lead from Jeff Bloom on lap four and led the remaining distance in the David D. Mateer Memorial/Must See Fast 40, capturing the win by a staggering 6.459 seconds over Gerster at the checkered flag.


The final 35 laps of the feature ran uninterrupted, following a caution flag at lap five for a spinning Ike Beasley.


For McCune, Saturday's win was a welcomed shot in the arm after being beaten handily by Gerster in Must See Racing's 'Western Swing' double header a week prior.


"This was a badass race car and that was a badass performance tonight," McCune said of his 21st-career series win. "This piece was a rocket from the time we unloaded; we had such a fast race car. Once I got out front I could pretty much do whatever I needed to with it. Traffic was still a challenge ... the slower cars held their lines well, but around this place it's always tough because it's pretty tight. We made it happen again, though, and I'm proud of that."


Saturday's final result completed a sweep of the night for McCune, who set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.216 seconds and won his heat race before capturing the $2,500 winner's share in the David D. Mateer Memorial.


The event paid tribute to the late past president of American Racer Tires, David D. Mateer.

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Gerster chased McCune for the entire distance, but had to settle for second as McCune ducked further and further away into the Michigan night.


Bloom and Anthony McCune finished third and fourth, respectively, as the last two cars on the lead lap. Charlie Schultz completed the top five.


Beasley rallied from his early issues to post a sixth-place finish, ahead of Derek Snyder, Tom Jewell, Jerry Caryer and Bronzie Lawson IV.

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The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series returns to action on Aug. 12 at Anderson Speedway.

RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Owosso Speedway; Aug. 5, 2017

1-800 RADIATOR A-Feature (40 laps): 1. Jimmy McCune, 2. Brian Gerster, 3. Jeff Bloom, 4. Anthony McCune, 5. Charlie Schultz, 6. Ike Beasley, 7. Derek Snyder, 8. Tom Jewell, 9. Jerry Caryer, 10. Bronzie Lawson IV, 11. Joe Speakman, 12. Adam Biltz, 13. Joey Irwin, 14. Chris Randolph, 15. Kevin Feeney, 16. H.D. Carter.


Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials: 1. Jimmy McCune, 13.216; 2. Brian Gerster, 13.286; 3. Charlie Schultz, 13.468; 4. Ike Beasley, 13.618; 5. Jeff Bloom, 13.631; 6. Anthony McCune, 13.636; 7. Derek Snyder, 13.835; 8. Jerry Caryer, 13.931; 9. Tom Jewell, 14.092; 10. Kevin Feeney, 14.250; 11. Chris Randolph, 14.355; 12. Joe Speakman, 14.442; 13. Bronzie Lawson IV, 14.575; 14. Adam Biltz, 14.654; 15. Joey Irwin, 15.428; 16. H.D. Carter, 19.783.


Abe's Auto Parts First Heat (10 laps): 1. Bronzie Lawson IV, 2. Adam Biltz, 3. Joe Speakman, 4. Chris Randolph, 5. Joey Irwin, 6. H.D. Carter.


B&B Machinery Movers Second Heat (10 laps): 1. Anthony McCune, 2. Tom Jewell, 3. Derek Snyder, 4. Kevin Feeney, 5. Jerry Caryer.


RAM Engineering Midwest Third Heat (10 laps): 1. Jimmy McCune, 2. Brian Gerster, 3. Charlie Schultz, 4. Ike Beasley, 5. Jeff Bloom.


All photos credit to CSP/Chris Seelman

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

MSR American Racer Invitational Added At Birch Run Speedway

2017 br 3BIRCH RUN, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series has added a special, non-points event to its season calendar, teaming up with Birch Run Speedway for an Aug. 25 program at theBir four-tenths-mile oval.


Formerly known as Dixie Motor Speedway, recent renovations and updates by new owner Andy Suski have turned Birch Run into one of Michigan's premier short tracks.


The Friday night special will mark Must See Racing's inaugural appearance at the facility.


"What a privilege it is for all of us at Must See Racing to be able to team up with a first-class facility like Birch Run Speedway," said MSR president and founder Jim Hanks. "We're truly looking forward to being able to bring the 'World's Fastest Short Track Cars' to the speedway fans and are ready to put on a show for all of them."


"This is a track that our drivers are looking forward to racing at and we're all excited for the American Racer Invitational, as well as working with the staff at Birch Run as we move into the second half of our season."


The event will feature a full program of time trials and heat races prior to the 30-lap main event.

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In two special twists for the night, qualified teams will receive a free right rear tire for the event, and unlike in most MSR races (where teams must use the same right rear tire for the whole night), there will be no limit on the number of right rear tires that can be used at Birch Run for the invitational.


"I don't know who's more excited, the drivers, the fans or all of us at Birch Run that sprint cars have a chance to invade our facility for a late-summer date," said track general manager Mike Szukhent. "It's going to be a true spectacle of speed and thrills and we couldn't be more excited to team up with Jim and all the staff at Must See Racing to put on what we anticipate to be one of the most-talked about shows of the year."


Szukhent added that he hopes American Racer Invitational will be a stepping-stone to a return for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series in 2018 as well.


"Based on where we're going and the comfort level and interaction we've already received since announcing the event, we're not just talking it; we would like to have the series back for a minimum of two dates next year," said Szukhent. "The brand of entertainment these cars put on is second-to-none and we're excited about the future possibilities."

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The Midwest Compact Touring Series and pro late models will accompany the Must See Racing sprint cars on the racing card for the American Racer Invitational.


Pit gates on race day at Birch Run will open at 2 p.m., with hot laps rolling off at 4:00 and qualifying taking place at 6:30. The racing program begins at 7:30, following opening ceremonies.


For more information on Birch Run Speedway, visit the track's new website at www.birchrunmispeedway.com.


For more information on Must See Racing, including driver and team news, race results, schedule updates, rules 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

BIRCH RUN TRACK PHOTO CREDIT: Dennis Freeman


MSR SPRINTS PHOTO CREDIT: CSP/Chris Seelman

GERSTER SWEEPS MUST SEE RACING WESTERN SWING

Loves Park, Illinois – Brian Gerster kept his roll going by winning the Must See Racing 50-lap feature Saturday night at Rockford Speedway. It was his second consecutive win in as many nights and finished off the weekend with a sweep of Must See Racing's western swing through Wisconsin and Illinois.


Gerster finished the night off in convincing fashion by taking the checkered flag by nearly a straightaway lead after setting quick time in qualifications earlier in the day with a lap of 11.597 seconds. He appeared aggressive with lapped cars after taking the lead on lap 8 from early leader Anthony McCune and wasted no time building a sizeable lead early. He nearly lost the race one night earlier when he struggled with lap cars with two laps to go and second place finisher Jimmy McCune took advantage of his struggles to momentarily take the lead, but still managed to hang on for the win. Gerster would have none of that on this night and lapped cars as quickly as possible en-route to a dominating performance.


The win also showed the competition that his Dick Meyers owned machine is now a threat after early season struggles. The car was heavily damaged in an accident last August at Owosso, MI. The entire rear end of the car had to be reconstructed and the team appears to have figured the car out.

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 In victory lane Gerster alluded to the fact the team has figured the reconstructed car out. "This weekend is sort of a culmination of recovering from our car getting crashed at Owosso last year" explained Gerster."The back of this thing was completely destroyed. A lot of work went into getting it fixed. The notebook on this thing is fifteen years old or something like that and we kinda had to start over because things are different now. The car has been wanting a different set-up than what we're used to. We found some things the car likes. Hopefully we can keep rolling".


Gerster reasoned his aggressive driving style was due to the fact Jimmy McCune would be there at the end. "I figured Jimmy would be there. He really excels at little race tracks like this. I'd come off of two and glance at the main straightaway and could never see him. I figured he was close. Last night I felt like I had a little bit of a lead and then I got hung up with a couple lapped cars with two to go, and he got next to us and almost stole one from us. Just trying to get through lapped traffic as quick as possible. It worked out and we got the win" concluded Gerster. Jimmy McCune finished second while his nephew Anthony McCune finished third after leading the opening 8 laps of the event. Chris Nuenschwander was third and Charlie Schultz rounded out the top five.


The Must See Racing Sprint Series will next head to Owosso, MI this Saturday August 5 as the series continues a four weekend stretch and the busiest part of its 2017 schedule.


Abe's Auto Parts heat #1 went to Chris Nuenschwander and Anthony McCune won the B&B Machinery Movers heat #2.


A-Feature (50 laps): 1. #50m-Brian Gerster 2. #88 Jimmy McCune 3. #8 Anthony McCune 4. #10n Chris Nuenschwander 5. #9s Charlie Schultz 6. #26 Jeff Bloom 7. #10k Christian Koehler 8. #7 Tom Jewel 9. #75c Jerry Caryer 10. #8s Adam Blitz 11. #13 HD Carter 12. #72s Joe Speakman


The Must See Racing Sprint Series will next head to Owosso, MI this Saturday August 5 as the series continues a four weekend stretch and the busiest part of its 2017 schedule.


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Gerster Becomes Third Different Must See Racing Winner Of 2017

ALL PHOTOS ATTACHED are credit to CSP/Chris Seelman


50-88 (Brian Gerster battles Jimmy McCune (88) for the win at Madison Int'l Speedway Friday night.

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50-8 Brian Gerster works the outside of Anthony McCune (8) Friday night at Madison Int'l Speedway.


OREGON, Wis. – Brian Gerster became the third different winner of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season and put a brief end to Jimmy McCune's dominance by winning Friday night's 30-lap feature at Madison Int'l Speedway.


Gerster took the lead from polesitter Charlie Schultz on lap seven and led the rest of the way in a near-nonstop feature that took just 12 minutes from start to finish.


After also setting fast time in qualifying, Friday marked Gerster's 17th-career Must See Racing triumph.

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"I was just trying to get to the front as fast as I could," said Gerster, who was making his first-ever appearance at the Madison half-mile. "Every time we run this series, with the invert ... we typically have to come from a row back or a couple rows back. The guys who get (to the front) fast are the guys who have been winning all the races, and tonight we were able to do that."


"I was just trying to get to the front ... get that clean air and drive my race. Things worked out for us."


Though Gerster held a lead of more than two seconds at times, he had to withstand a last-ditch charge by McCune, who closed to the back bumper of the No. 50m when Gerster was trapped behind the slower cars of Schultz and Adam Biltz with two laps to go.

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"I got bottled up there, with about three to go ... and I saw Jimmy show me his nose and knew it might get interesting. I hope the fans got some excitement of that; I know I did. I knew I had good pace though, and that I wasn't running the car quite as hard as I needed to. It all came together in the end."


Schultz started on the pole for the 30-lap main event, and was able to hold the advantage early thanks to a lap one caution for a spinning Jason Cox in Turn 4.


That nullified what would have been a pass for second for Jimmy McCune, who had to fall back behind his nephew Anthony McCune for the first restart of the night.


That restart saw Anthony McCune fall back as both Jimmy McCune and Brian Gerster jumped by on the outside, with Jimmy McCune quickly closing in on Schultz's tail tank for the top spot.

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The two-time defending champion attempted a pass for the lead in Turn 3 on the fifth circuit, but washed way up the race track and had to gather his car back up as Gerster went flying by into second.


"I just had a good run on him (Schultz) going down the backstretch; I caught a nice draft ... pulled out (to make the pass) and when I did, the car just bit on the left rear and I couldn't really steer it," McCune explained afterwards. "It drove me all the way to the infield on entry in and it was all I could to get it back under me."


Once Gerster took the lead, it was game-set-match. He led the McCunes by a second and a half at the halfway point, and without traffic in the final laps, would have easily cruised off into the Wisconsin night.


Jimmy McCune officially finished second by .993 of a second, but admitted that number was somewhat misleading with how strong Gerster was in clean air.


"He was really good out front; the traffic was what got us back into it there at the end," McCune said. "My mistake early in the going blew the whole race for us. The lap cars were an insane pain in the rear tonight. Hopefully, they're not that way tomorrow ... but (at Rockford) it's tight and we can use this new bumper there if we need to."


Anthony McCune completed the podium in third, scoring his third-consecutive top three finish and unofficially moving into second in points over Jeff Bloom.


Those three drivers were the only cars on the lead lap at the twin checkers.


Schultz hung on for fourth, the first car one lap down, just ahead of Jerry Caryer in fifth.


The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday, July 29 for the conclusion of their two-night 'Western Swing' at Illinois' Rockford Speedway, where Jimmy McCune is the defending winner.


RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Madison Int'l Speedway; July 28, 2017


1-800-RADIATOR A-Feature (30 laps): 1. #50m – Brian Gerster [5]; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune [4]; 3. #8 – Anthony McCune [2]; 4. #9s – Charlie Schultz [1]; 5. #75c – Jerry Caryer [6]; 6. #7 – Tom Jewell [7]; 7. #72s – Joe Speakman [9]; 8. #8A – Adam Biltz [10]; 9. #40 – Jason Cox [3]; 10. #13 – H.D. Carter [11]; 11. #26 – Jeff Bloom [8].


Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials: 1. #50m – Brian Gerster, 14.710; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.280; 3. #40 – Jason Cox , 15.453; 4. #8 – Anthony McCune, 15.681; 5. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 15.691; 6. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 15.968; 7. #7 – Tom Jewell, 16.038; 8. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 16.179; 9. #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.737; 10. #8A – Adam Biltz, 16.747; 11. #13 – H.D. Carter, NT.


Abe's Auto Parts Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Jeff Bloom, 2. Joe Speakman, 3. Jerry Caryer, 4. Tom Jewell, 5. Adam Biltz, 6. H.D. Carter (DNS).


B&B Machinery Movers Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. Jason Cox, 2. Brian Gerster, 3. Anthony McCune, 4. Charlie Schultz, 5. Jimmy McCune.

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