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McCune Caps Off Must See Racing Season With Another Win

NEWTON, N.C. -- Jimmy McCune ended the 2017 Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season exactly the way he started it: standing in victory lane and celebrating with a big trophy.

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(CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

McCune completed a near-perfect weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday during the MSR Championships, following up his Friday qualifying race win by redrawing the pole and then dominating the season-ending 50-lap feature.

The No. 88 Abe's Auto Parts & Sales/B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil sprinter was out front for all but three circuits around the historic .363-mile oval, as McCune weathered a mid-race challenge from Brian Gerster to capture his record-extending and series-leading eighth win of the season.

Saturday's victory marked the 24th of McCune's Must See Racing career and his 101st feature win overall.

All told, McCune's win percentage for the season was a whopping 66.7, as he took home top honors in two of every three Must See Racing events contested.

Though McCune already had his third-consecutive series championship locked up before the weekend ever began, carrying a 97-point lead entering the Hickory event, he stressed that he wanted to finish strong -- and that's exactly what he did.

"Man, I don't know what it is about coming down here, but our car loves these Southern tracks," said McCune, who picked up his third-straight win at Hickory and fifth in a row below the Mason-Dixon Line.

"It's really special to clinch another championship, and to do it down here where we've had so much success lately means a lot. Most of my career I never really raced for points, but now we've been really fortunate the last few years and things have worked in out favor. We always go after wins because those look really good on my wall, but championship trophies are pretty cool too."

McCune never lost focus, despite a restart on lap 22 after nephew Anthony slowed in turn four, which first allowed Gerster to close in on his back bumper bar.

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"I was trying to get a little breathing room on the restart, but I spun the tires and Gerster was right there," McCune explained. "I knew if he got a run, it'd be close quarters, but I just waited a couple laps (after losing the lead) to pull a big slider and then let it ride from there."

Perhaps the bigger note was that McCune sat out the first practice of the day with motor issues, before storming back come feature time to capture the victory.

"We always seem to struggle during the early part of the day when we come down here, but we manage to get it right and figure it out when it counts," McCune explained. "In the spring here, I threw three springs at it and still didn't know what we'd have for the race, but it all worked out then, just like it did today. This was a good win for us."

McCune led the first 23 laps before Gerster used a huge dive entering turn three to move inside for the lead, edging him out for the top spot on lap 24 before clearing him completely to assume command moments before the crossed flags were displayed for halfway.

But it was only two more rotations before McCune used a similar move to reclaim the point for good, diving to Gerster's inside in turns one and two on lap 27 as Gerster was held up by slower traffic to take command back and drive away from there.

McCune ultimately drove off to a three-second margin when the twin checkered flags were displayed, while Gerster was left to settle for second one more time.

"It was a good race," Gerster said. "We had something go wrong with our motor, though, because I was probably only running on six cylinders for most of the feature. I was really surprised I could hang with him on the restart, but once I got a crack at him I figured I'd bury it down into the corner and see what happened."

"We got the lead, but I knew if I didn't get up off the corners real well he'd be right back there and drag-race me. He put the big dive-bomb on me there and I just didn't have an answer for it. We were lucky to finish; we'll take this and come back next year to take another crack at it."

Aaron Pierce completed the podium finishers in third, using a huge outside-inside crossover to pass Johnny Petrozelle for the position after Petrozelle was forced three-wide by a lapped car while looking to take second from Gerster late in the race.

Once Pierce cleared Petrozelle for third with 13 laps to go, the Denton, N.C. native didn't have the steam to get back by, but his fourth-place finish was more than enough to clinch the Must See Racing South division championship.

Steve Surniak completed the top five, followed by Bronzie Lawson, who came home sixth and outdueled Adam Biltz for Rookie of the Year honors in the final outing of the season.

The 2018 Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season kicks off April 20 at South Carolina's Anderson Motor Speedway.

RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; MSR Championships; Hickory Motor Speedway; Nov. 18, 2017

1-800-RADIATOR A-Feature (50 laps): 1. #88 - Jimmy McCune [1]; 2. #50m - Brian Gerster [3]; 3. #26 - Aaron Pierce [5]; 4. #59 - Johnny Petrozelle [2]; 5. #1st - Steve Surniak [4]; 6. #4B - Bronzie Lawson IV [12]; 7. #9s - Charlie Schultz [7]; 8. #8A - Adam Biltz [9]; 9. #4L - Anthony Linkenhoker [8]; 10. #33 - Joe Larkin [10]; 11. #12 - Glenn Worrell [11]; 12. #88VA - Bobby Rice [13]; 13. #17s - Jeremiah Simonis [14]; 14. #8 - Anthony McCune [6].

Lead Changes: Two between two drivers.

Lap Leader(s): J. McCune 1-23; Gerster 24-26; J. McCune 27-50.

Laps Led: J. McCune (47); Gerster (3).

Hard Charger: #4B - Bronzie Lawson IV (+6)


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

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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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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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).

Jacob Seelman, 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, and for more information on Must See Racing, visit

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