Anthony McCune Completes MSR Weekend Sweep
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – It may have taken Anthony McCune five years to notch his first Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro win, but it took him just one race to add his second.
McCune completed a weekend sweep with Must See Racing on Saturday during the second half of the asphalt winged sprint car tour’s opening doubleheader at Wisconsin’s Golden Sands Speedway.
The nephew of five-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune took a page out of his title-winning uncle’s playbook with a performance of dominant proportions at the third-mile paved oval. He passed Charlie Schultz for the top spot on lap 30 of 50 and went on to victory by 4.833 seconds.
Jimmy McCune got to second with 12 to go but had nothing for his young nephew, with Schultz holding on to complete the podium.
As for Anthony McCune, his philosophy boiled down to a simple statement in victory lane when asked if he was worried about being challenged in the closing laps.
“I glanced at the scoreboard and saw Jimmy in second, but then when I looked across (the infield) and saw him on the other straightaway, I figured he wasn’t going to get close enough to be able to have a run at me,” the younger McCune said with a chuckle. “We just wanted one and now we’ve got two. It’s pretty cool and hopefully we can keep it going. This has been a great place to race all weekend long.”
Bobby Santos crossed fourth after rallying from a spin on a lap-19 restart, with Jason Blonde fifth.
Prior to Santos’ spin, the feature’s lone red flag waved after Troy DeCaire and Joe Liguori got together while racing through slower traffic, eliminating both cars as a result of the incident.
The night’s scariest crash came during heat race action, when Jacob Dolinar’s No. 13 went end over end three times on the frontstretch before coming to rest. Dolinar was uninjured and walked away.
DeCaire topped qualifying with a lap of 10.544 seconds, while Anthony McCune and Rick Holley won their respective heat races.
The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season continues Aug. 15 at Lorain (Ohio) County Speedway.
1. 8-Anthony McCune, 2. 88-Jimmy McCune, 3. 9s-Charlie Schultz, 4. 22a-Bobby Santos, 5. 42-Jason Blonde, 6. 75c-Jerry Caryer, 7. 7-Tom Jewell, 8. 85-Rick Holley, 9. 6k-Kevin Feeney, 10. 13-Joe Liguori, 11. 36-Troy DeCaire, 12. 8a-Adam Biltz, 13. 26-Jeff Bloom.
Fast Qualifier: 36-Troy DeCaire, 10.544 seconds
Heat #1 winner: 8-Anthony McCune
Heat #2 winner: 85-Rick Holley
Anthony McCune Collects First Must See Racing Victory
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Aug. 7, 2020) – Anthony McCune collected his long-awaited first Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro victory in a thrilling finish Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway.
McCune, the nephew of five-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune, was running second in the closing laps of the 40-lap main event when he ran down race-long leader Joe Liguori in traffic coming to the white flag.
Anthony McCune’s familiar Abe’s Auto Parts & Sales/B&B Machinery Movers No. 8 dipped to the inside of Liguori’s black No. 13 in turns three and four, with McCune edging Liguori by a nose to lead lap 39.
McCune then completed the pass of turn two on the final lap and raced home to victory, beating Liguori and company back to the finish line by .794 seconds.
It was an emotional breakthrough for the young gun, a former series rookie of the year who had tried since 2015 to collect a victory, with multiple podium finishes but no trophies to show for his efforts before Friday.
“So many times we’ve lost these races in traffic, it feels good to finally get our first win that way,” said the younger McCune. “When I saw Liguori go high I knew I just had to go where he wasn’t, so I got underneath him and he kind of bumped wheels … while I was able to split between a couple of lapped cars and get away from him after that.
“This is awesome; it’s a memory I’ll keep for a long time, that’s for sure.”
Following a spin by Tom Jewell on the initial attempt at the green flag, the 40-lapper went caution-free on the second try to get going.
After leading the first 38 laps from the outside pole, Liguori was forced to settle for second, with Jimmy McCune completing the podium. Bobby Santos III and Troy DeCaire were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Jason Blonde, Kevin Feeney, Jerry Caryer, Charlie Schultz and polesitter Jacob Dolinar closed the top 10.
Friday night’s race marked the points opener for the Must See Racing sprint cars, delayed nearly four months due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the motorsports industry.
The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series returns to Golden Sands Speedway Saturday for another complete program, headlined by a 50-lap feature.
1. 8-Anthony McCune, 2. 13-Joe Liguori, 3. 88-Jimmy McCune, 4. 22a-Bobby Santos III, 5. 36-Troy DeCaire, 6. 42-Jason Blonde, 7. 6k-Kevin Feeney, 8. 75c-Jerry Caryer, 9. 9s-Charlie Schultz, 10. 13d-Jacob Dolinar, 11. 7-Tom Jewell, 12. 8a-Adam Biltz, 13. 26-Jeff Bloom, 14. 72s-Joe Speakman (DNS).
Fast Qualifier: 88-Jimmy McCune, 10.681 seconds
Heat 1 winner: 9s-Charlie Schultz
Heat 2 winner: 7-Tom Jewell
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