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Jimmy McCune Sweeps Saturday Must See Practice At Anderson

2019 MSR Anderson S Jimmy McCune Candid Jacob Seelman PhotoANDERSON, Ind. – Jimmy McCune got his Must See Racing Sprint Car Series title defense off to a fast start on Saturday evening at Anderson Speedway by sweeping practice for the season-opening Must See Racing 50.


McCune, the four-time defending series titlist, was fastest in both sessions and set the fast lap of the day – 11.110 seconds (81.008 mph) – during the second and final round with his No. 88 Abe's Auto Parts/B&B Machinery Movers sprinter.


His nephew, Anthony McCune, was second-quick in Happy Hour with a best lap of 11.165 seconds (80.609 mph) with the similarly-schemed No. 8 B&B Machinery Movers machine.


Making his first winged sprint car appearance since 2016, home-state driver and outlaw late model ace Tyler Roahrig was third overall (11.311/79.569), followed by Charlie Schultz and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom.


Sixth was series rookie Joe Liguori, with fellow rookie Trey Osborne, Geoff Kaiser, Canadian Ryan Litt and Tom Jewell completing the balance of the top 10.


Hamilton Trucking Time Trials will kick off at 7 p.m. local time.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Anderson Speedway; May 4, 2019

 

  1.     #88 – Jimmy McCune, 11.110 seconds
    2.      #8 – Anthony McCune, 11.165 seconds
    3.      #99s – Tyler Roahrig, 11.311 seconds
    4.      #9s – Charlie Schultz, 11.399 seconds
    5.      #26 – Jeff Bloom, 11.555 seconds
    6.      #13 – Joe Liguori, 11.573 seconds
    7.      #81 – Trey Osborne, 11.580 seconds
    8.      #10n – Geoff Kaiser, 11.593 seconds
    9.      #07L – Ryan Litt, 11.625 seconds
    10.   #7 – Tom Jewell, 11.882 seconds
    11.   #71 – Brian Vaughn, 11.889 seconds
    12.   #51s – Joshua Sexton, 11.982 seconds
    13.   #85 – Rick Holley, 12.059 seconds
    14.   #10k – Christian Koehler, 12.184 seconds
    15.   #75c – Jerry Caryer, 12.263 seconds
    16.   #22 – Tony Grams, 12.284 seconds
    17.   #11g – Tom Geren, 12.315 seconds
    18.   #15t – Tim Henthorne, 12.456 seconds
    19.   #32 – Todd McQuillen, 12.553 seconds
    20.   #99k – Brendan Torok, 12.723 seconds
    21.   #4L – Anthony Linkenhoker, 13.482 seconds

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Roahrig Finds Fun Factor In Return To Winged Sprint Car Racing

ANDERSON, Ind. – Even before he laid a tire onto the race track for Friday's Must See Racing Sprint Car Series practice night at Anderson Speedway, Tyler Roahrig was already all smiles.


It had been three years since he had strapped into a winged asphalt sprint car to go racing, but the feel came back right away for the 28-year-old from Mishawaka, Ind.

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Tyler Roahrig at speed during practice Friday at Anderson Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)


The joy didn't go away, either, even if Roahrig was admittedly "still in non-winged mode" during his first run of hot laps at the quarter-mile, high-banked paved oval.


"Man, I forgot how much fun to drive these things are," Roahrig said after climbing from the Wayne Stickney-owned No. 99. "It's been three years, and this practice has already reminded me how much I missed these winged cars are, especially at this place. I'm already having a blast with these guys."


Roahrig noted that there was a certain aggression factor in driving the winged car versus the non-winged car that he had to readjust to between the first and second sessions on Friday.


"I've been so used to running without the wing here the last few years that I forgot how hard you could really run these things with the wing on top," Roahrig noted. "The first session, I was still a little bit out to lunch, I guess you'd say, but the second session we picked up three or four tenths ... and that was pretty much all me as the driver running it harder.


"But I really did forget how much enjoyment there is in running these things," he continued. "It's been since 2016 that I've run a winged car in the (United) States, and I'm really enjoying being back."


Roahrig noted that his partnership with the Stickney Racing Team came in large part due to a race in his home state that never ended up happening because of a washout last fall.

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Tyler Roahrig smiles in the pit area during Must See Racing Sprint Car Series practice Friday at Anderson Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)


"Wayne got ahold of me last year and wanted me to run a race in Fort Wayne at Baer Field (Motorsports Park), because I was going to be there anyways with my late model," Roahrig recalled. "That race rained out, unfortunately, but we kept in touch over the winter and decided to come here for our first race of the season.


"I think we fit well together as a team, because these guys are serious racers, just like I am. They want to win, they work hard on their car and I know it's a good piece," he added. "A lot of good racers have not only driven this car, but won in it, and I hope I can be the next one to add my name to that list."


Though he likely won't contest the full Must See Racing Sprint Car Series schedule and contend for rookie-of-the-year honors due to a handful of late model conflicts, Roahrig does expect to race a good number of series events this season with Stickney's team, including at least the first two events.


Roahrig also hopes to head east for the doubleheader weekend at Hillside Buffalo Speedway in Holland, N.Y., in late July, as well as hit the Border Wars doubleheader at Michigan's Owosso Speedway and Ohio's Sandusky Speedway in late August.


"I think we'll definitely do a few more," he noted. "It'll kind of be on a week-to-week basis, but I'm really excited to race with these guys. Basically, I'm going to run the (No.) 99 car whenever I can. Whenever my schedule allows and their schedule allows is when you'll see us.


"We could do anywhere around 10 races, I can't really say for sure. We'll see what happens."


One thing was clear on Friday, though. Roahrig's love for being back in a sprint car was virtually unmatched by any other force in the Anderson pit area, and he was quick to explain why, as well.


"Sprint cars are just a raw form of motorsports, in my opinion," Roahrig noted. "They're pretty simple and it's just about whatever it takes to be fast, is how a sprint car is built ... compared to a late model, anyways. My family actually started out in open-wheel cars, running in supermodifieds and sprints, so I've always been drawn to them. It has just taken me a while to be able to do it regularly.


"I love sprint car racing, though, and I have ever since I was a little kid. It's good to be back."


Saturday's racing program will be headlined by the Must See Racing sprint cars, with the Mel Kenyon Midget Series, late models, Legend cars and Midwest Champ Carts also on the racing card.


Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. local time, with rotating practice beginning at 5 p.m. Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m., immediately following opening ceremonies.


The full night of racing will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on SpeedShiftTV.com, as well as recorded for tape-delay broadcast on MAVTV through the award-winning SPEED SPORT television series.


USAC infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will be the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT telecast.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Fifteen Teams On-Site During Must See Sprint Practice At Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. – A healthy crop of 15 Must See Racing Sprint Car Series drivers and teams officially kicked off the 2019 season with open practice on Friday night at Indiana's Anderson Speedway.


The group in attendance accounted for two-thirds of the expected entries for Saturday's Must See Racing 50 at the high-banked, quarter-mile bullring, with three rounds of practice fully completed.


2019 MSR Anderson F Charlie Schultz Action Jacob Seelman PhotoWhile no official times were taken during the evening, veterans and rookies alike got a chance to shake down their machines and get a feel for the race track ahead of the season-opening event.


Among the returning stars looking to get a head start on the competition was Lorain, Ohio's Charlie Schultz, a former Midwest Supermodified Ass'n champion who finished third in points last season and is entering his third full-time season with Must See Racing this year.


On the unofficial stopwatch, Schultz was among the top-three quickest cars on Friday. He's hoping to build on his Anderson run from a year ago, when he finished fourth after a top-five qualifying effort.


"The car felt really good," said Schultz. "We made some changes over the winter and updated a few things, and went off what we had from here last year for our notes and baseline (setup). That was where we started off at here, and I think right out of the trailer we were pretty good.


"I can't say we're out of the ballpark for tomorrow; I think we're in good shape."


Four-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune was keeping his cards close to the vest Friday, not wanting to give anything away at a track where he's won five times before in Must See Racing action.


"We just went out to shake everything down and make sure we actually had brakes this time," McCune noted. "All in all, we've got our car in working order and we know what we need to get it fast, so we're looking for a good day tomorrow to get our run at another championship off to a solid start."


On the flip side of the coin, two rookies taking their first laps at Anderson in winged asphalt sprint car competition Friday afternoon were 16-year-old Trey Osborne and 14-year-old Brenden Torok.


Osborne showed out strongly in veteran car owner Mike Blake's No. 81 entry, getting up to speed quickly around the same track at which he's earned three wins in Kenyon Midget Series competition.


"The Kenyon car compared to this was a different world," Osborne explained. "When you turn in the corner with this thing, it just sets (down) and hooks. It's a lot different than the Kenyon car, which you're muscling around a good bit. ... Mike has this car set up well, though. I'm not having to work it too hard."


Torok nearly didn't make it to the race track this weekend, but with some hauling assistance from John Reiser, was able to make his first laps in the Dave Koyan-owned No. 99t on Friday afternoon.


"I'm just glad to be here; today was so much fun," Torok noted. "I can't say thank you enough to John, Charlie (Schultz) and the whole JR Motorsports team for helping to get our car here this weekend. Without them, we wouldn't have been able to do this deal. It was a solid afternoon, I feel like, and I kept learning every time I got out on the track. The last session, I really felt like we got the handle figured out.


"Saturday is about keeping the car in one piece and not trying to take more than the car and the track are willing to give us, but I feel good about things. This place is tight, but it's a lot of fun to drive."


Also taking laps on Friday were Anthony McCune, Tom Jewell, Brian Vaughan, Todd McQuillen, Jerry Caryer, Joe Liguori, Tyler Roahrig, Jeff Bloom and Tony Grams.


Anthony Linkenhoker and Rick Holley were at the track on Friday, but didn't arrive in time to turn laps during one of the three practice sessions held throughout the evening. Both veterans plan to compete during Saturday's racing program, however.


Saturday's racing program will be headlined by the Must See Racing sprint cars, with the Mel Kenyon Midget Series, late models, Legend cars and Midwest Champ Carts also on the racing card.


Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. local time, with rotating practice beginning at 5 p.m. Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m., immediately following opening ceremonies.


The full night of racing will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on SpeedShiftTV.com, as well as recorded for tape-delay broadcast on MAVTV through the award-winning SPEED SPORT television series.


USAC infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will be the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT telecast.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Torok Eager For Must See Sprint Debut At Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. – Fourteen-year-old Brenden Torok will step onto the biggest stage of his young racing career during this weekend's Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season opener at Anderson Speedway.


After a year's worth of serving as a crew member for veteran owner John Reiser and working on Charlie Schultz's machine, Torok will take the steering wheel in his own right for his series debut with the 410ci winged asphalt sprint car series during Saturday's Must See Racing 50.

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Torok will pilot the No. 99 for Koyan Racing, under the guidance of car owner Dave Koyan as well as Reiser as he embarks on his maiden voyage at the quarter-mile, high-banked bullring.


"I'm really excited for this weekend and I know it's going to be a really cool experience," Torok said in advance of the race weekend. "I know we have a 605 crate (engine) compared to the typical 410s, but what definitely helps us is that this is a small track where the power doesn't matter quite as much on the straightaways as it does on some of the bigger tracks.


"This weekend is exciting because a lot of the sprint cars from my home track (Lorain County Speedway) are coming up as well to compete, so there will be a lot of familiar faces," he added. "Hopefully we'll be able to put on a show racing one another, as well as all the Must See veterans I've gotten to know over the past year of being at the race track on a regular basis."


Though the prospect of his first Must See Racing event is admittedly, a little intimidating, that factor hasn't stopped Torok from preparing as much as he can to be as ready as possible on Saturday.


However, that preparation came with a bit of a funny snag along the way.


"I've watched a lot of video to help prepare myself for this weekend," explained Torok. "It's actually a funny story. I was on YouTube ... and apparently there's two tracks named Anderson – there's also one in South Carolina – and for a while I was watching the wrong track! I finally texted Charlie (Schultz) a photo of the video I was watching, and he told me I didn't have the right one.


"I felt a little dumb after that, but we had a good laugh about it."

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Brenden Torok in action during a recent test session at Lorain County Speedway. (Connie Scott Photo)


Though Torok knows he's a bit down on power compared to the top stars of the Must See Racing ranks, he knows that his primary goal is to go to school every time he hits the race track.


"I think at the beginning we'll have a good race going on, but for sure if the race goes into long runs, the 410s will start to gap us some," Torok admitted. "This weekend, for me, is all about getting experience and gaining respect from the veterans as much as I can. It's exciting to have this opportunity, especially at just 14 years old. I would have never thought I'd be here back in my quarter midget days.


"I want to get my name out there, and this weekend will be a big start to that process."


To that end, Torok doesn't have a specific finishing position in mind that he'd like to achieve. Completing laps and not damaging his race car are the main objectives come race time.


"I just want to have some decent luck and not crash the car," said Torok of his weekend mission. "I want to roll the thing back in the trailer in one piece and just have fun in the process. I know it's going to be a new experience, so I just hope to learn as much as I can and soak it all in along the way."


While Torok won't make a full run for rookie-of-the-year honors, he did say that he and Koyan Racing plan to make additional selected starts this season, beyond just Saturday's season opener at Anderson.


As he transitions from crew member to driver in the Must See Racing pit area, Torok was quick to note and look back on what it means to have come as far as he has in so short of a time period.


"The whole weekend is going to be awesome. To be racing with Charlie and Adam (Biltz) and all the people I've been helping all this time is pretty special to me," noted Torok. "I can't wait to get started."


Friday evening will see an open practice and cookout for the Must See Racing sprint car teams at Anderson, followed by Saturday's full racing program.


Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with rotating practice beginning at 5 p.m. Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m., immediately following opening ceremonies.


The full night of racing will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on SpeedShiftTV.com, as well as recorded for tape-delay broadcast on MAVTV through the award-winning SPEED SPORT television series. USAC infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will be the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT telecast.


In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, the Mel Kenyon Midget Series, late models, Legend cars and the Midwest Champ Carts will also be on the racing card for the May 4 program.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing