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Loaded Rookie Class Set For Must See Sprint Opener

HOLLY, Mich. – As the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro season prepares to kick off this weekend at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, one of the prevailing storylines circles around the impressive class of rookies that will take to the track this season.


In fact, more than a half-dozen rookie contenders are entered for Saturday's Must See Racing 50 at the high-banked, quarter-mile Indiana bullring, a testament to the growth and stability of the series.

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Brenden Torok, seen here testing at Lorain County Speedway, will compete in select Must See Racing events this year. (Connie Scott photo)


This year's Must See Racing rookie battle will be led by an open-wheel veteran in Joe Liguori, who has a wealth of experience in midget and USAC Silver Crown cars through the years, but will be embarking on his first season of touring action in a winged 410ci asphalt sprint car.


From Lebanon, Ind., Liguori is a past recipient of the Rumble in Fort Wayne's David Lesiecki Award for Untiring Dedication and Devotion to Motorsports, as well as a multi-time feature starter at the historic indoor midget event. He earned three top-10 finishes in four Silver Crown appearances last season.


Liguori is excited by the new challenge of pavement 410ci sprint car racing, as well as looking forward to competing at Anderson, a track he's had plenty of experience at over the course of his career.


"I grew up racing pavement in Florida," Liguori noted. "I ran open wheel modifieds, some mini stocks and a handful of sprint car races with TBARA between 2004 and 2008. My record book shows that I'm a better pavement racer than I am a dirt racer, so it made sense as I've gotten a little older to come back to pavement racing this season and see what we can make of it.


"I've won at Anderson in national midgets, (Ford) Focus midgets, regional midgets and even Kenyon midgets, so it's a track that I'm familiar with and know how to get around and I'm excited to be back there this weekend."


Another rookie, albeit less of a household name, hoping to leave his mark on the Anderson quarter-mile this weekend is 14-year-old Brenden Torok, piloting the No. 99 sprinter for car owner Dave Koyan.

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Joe Liguori will tackle the full Must See Racing schedule for the first time in his career this season. (Jacob Seelman photo)


Torok will contest select Must See Racing events amid a full-season pursuit of the Crate Sprint championship at Ohio's Lorain County Speedway, a class in which he won two races last season.


The teenager is eager to get started against the tough competition that Must See Racing provides, especially after spending last season as a crew member for series veteran Charlie Schultz and gaining the opportunity to learn about the mechanics of the asphalt sprint cars he'll be driving regularly this year.


"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to race on the stage that Must See Racing provides this season, especially being that I'm just 14," said Torok. "It's a great opportunity and one that I'm really thankful for. I've already been watching a lot of video to learn as much about the track as I can and I'll be relying on a lot of the knowledge I gained working with Charlie (Schultz) last season to get up to speed quickly during the race weekend. It's an exciting time and we hope to have a lot of fun."


Recently announced to the seat of the Mike Blake Racing No. 81 is 15-year-old Clintonville, Ohio, young gun Trey Osborne, who will team with Blake to run six races at Anderson this season, including Saturday's Must See Racing winged event and the non-winged Pay Less Little 500 on May 25.


Osborne is the reigning United States Speed Ass'n Mel Kenyon Midget Series champion and became the first driver in that series' history to lock up the championship prior to the final race of the season when he clinched the title a month early in 2018.


Other rookie contenders expected to be in action include Lorain County regulars Tim Henthorne and Joshua Sexton and Indiana hotshoe Tyler Roahrig, who will race at Anderson in the No. 99 entry of longtime asphalt sprint car owner Wayne Stickney.


Roahrig is a pavement late model standout in the Midwest who came back from injury to race again after a frightening super late model crash at Anderson in 2014 forced him to relearn how to walk.


Contending against the rookies will be a loaded crop of veterans seeking to defend their turf, including four-time series champion Jimmy McCune, Anthony McCune, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom, former supermodified ace Charlie Schultz and another veteran in Tom Jewell.


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

Must See Sprint Season Set To Ignite At Anderson In May

HOLLY, Mich. – After a longer-than-anticipated offseason, the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will kick off its new season on May 4 at one of its longest-running facilities, Indiana's Anderson Speedway.


The high-banked quarter-mile will play host to the Must See Racing season opener for the first time, as a star-studded field of drivers tries to conquer the Hoosier State bullring during the Must See Racing 50.


Leading the charge for the series regulars will be four-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune, who romped to another title last season on the strength of five victories during the course of the year.

 

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The 2019 Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season will begin at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in May. (Chris Seelman photo)


McCune, who boasts a series-best five victories at Anderson (2010, 2015 hat trick, 2017), will be looking to get back to victory lane there after being bested by a dominant Chris Neuenschwander one year ago.


Neuenschwander is expected to be back, however, to try and defend his victory from last year's Must See Racing 50, again driving the No. 10n Pro Strip/NAPA Auto Parts entry for car owner Ron Koehler.


His victory last fall saw the New Haven, Ind., veteran charge from seventh to the win, lead 48 out of 50 laps and put all but runner-up McCune a lap or more down by the time the checkered flag waved in one of the most dominant performances in series history.


Aside from McCune and Neuenschwander, longtime series veteran Tom Jewell will be back in the White Hare Racing No. 7 to take another stab at securing his first Must See Racing victory, while National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and three-time Pay Less Little 500 champion Jeff Bloom is also expected to compete.

 

Canadian Ryan Litt will return to Must See Racing competition this season in hopes of unseating McCune for the series championship, with former supermodified ace Charlie Schultz and McCune's nephew – Anthony McCune – also projected to be title contenders, as well as in the mix for an Anderson victory.

 

The list of non-series regulars who could play a factor at Anderson is equally as loaded, too, with North Carolina's Tony Grams and Ohio's Trey Osborne among those with plenty of bullring experience.

 

Osborne is a past Mel Kenyon Midget Series winner at the Anderson quarter-mile and will pilot the Mike Blake Racing No. 81, while Grams is entered in his own No. 22 machine.


The Must See Racing 50 at Anderson will be broadcast live on pay-per-view by Speed Shift TV, as well as taped for broadcast on the SPEED SPORT television series on MAVTV. United States Auto Club pit and infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will serve as the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT broadcast.


And while the likely winner of the season opener won't be known until the first Saturday in May, one thing is for certain: with more than 20 cars projected to be in attendance, the action on the track will be fast, furious and entertaining – all hallmark qualities of The World's Fastest Short Track Cars.


"All of us at Must See Racing are extremely eager to kick off the 2019 season after a long winter, and there's hardly a better place to do so than at Anderson Speedway, which is deeply tied in to both the history of Must See Racing and the history of sprint car racing as a whole," said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. "Having the Must See Racing 50 as our season kickoff this year, with so many potential storylines to follow, will make for a strong launching pad for our racing calendar this year.


"We hope the fans will come out and join us on May 4 as we hit the track for the first time in 2019."


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


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

April 2019 TV Alert

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SPEED SPORT & Must See Racing Renew Television Partnership

HOLLY, Mich. — Officials from Must See Racing and SPEED SPORT have confirmed that the two brands will renew their partnership for a third season, with five one-hour shows set for broadcast on MAVTV.


Headlining the tape-delay television rostrum will be a two-hour telecast of the Must See Racing-sanctioned 71st running of the Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW on May 25 at Indiana's Anderson Speedway.


Last year's Little 500 was won by Kody Swanson, who took the checkered flag for the second time in three years, while car owner Gene Nolen earned his first victory in the crown-jewel sprint car event.

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Berlin Raceway will be the site of one of five one-hour MAVTV broadcasts featuring the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series this year. (Chris Seelman photo)


Swanson is expected to return to defend his crown with Nolen, with a host of stars from the United States and Canada set to challenge him, including former event winners Jeff Bloom and Brian Tyler.


The first race to be taped will be the May 4 Must See Racing 50 at the Anderson quarter-mile, which will host the season-opening event for the first time in series history.


Other MSR events to be shown on MAVTV include the second annual David D. Mateer Tribute presented by American Racer from Pennsylvania's Jennerstown Speedway on Sept. 14, as well as one of the annual Must See Racing appearances at Michigan's Berlin Raceway, one of the series' longest-running facilities.


"The decision to continue our partnership with SPEED SPORT was an easy one in our book," said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. "Their professionalism in capturing the wheel-to-wheel action, excitement and record-setting speed of the Must See sprint cars for their television programming is unmatched, and their ability to tell the stories of our drivers and teams, both on and off the track, delivers outstanding entertainment for our race fans.


"It also provides great value for our supporters at Engine Pro, the Engine Pro product partners, and 1-800 Radiator & AC, as well as continues to bolster our series' brand of grassroots racing."


The award-winning SPEED SPORT program will be hosted by SPEED SPORT president and veteran broadcaster Ralph Sheheen, with Derek Pernesiglio alongside for analysis, as the duo offers in-depth coverage of Must See Racing events to a prime-time national television audience.


"We are excited to once again bring the thrilling high speed action of the Must See Racing Series to race fans across the country on our award-winning SPEED SPORT series," said SPEED SPORT President Ralph Sheheen. "This will be our third season of producing the national television coverage of the Must See Racing Series, and this year's package is one of the most highly anticipated. From kicking off the year on the high banked quarter-mile at Anderson to traditional shows at Berlin and Jennerstown, the fastest sprint cars on the planet provide tremendous excitement for race fans both in the stands and watching on SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.


"Of course, the highlight of the year will be the 71st running of the Little 500, and it will be a real joy to call one of America's great sprint car races once again this season."


United States Auto Club broadcast personality Georgia Henneberry will serve as the pit reporter for the May 4 event at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, while longtime Knoxville Raceway track announcer and SPEED SPORT contributor Tony Bokhoven will patrol pit road during the 71st Pay Less Little 500.


Log on to mustseeracing.com and speedsport.com for event air dates and additional series news.


A live pay-for-view option for the 71st annual Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW from Indiana's Anderson Speedway on May 25 will also be available through SpeedShiftTV.com.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing