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Anthony McCune Leads Must See Drills At Rockford

LOVES PARK, Ill. – Still seeking his first-career Must See Racing Sprint Car Series win, Anthony McCune got off to a fast start at Rockford Speedway on Saturday afternoon by leading practice for the Sprint Car Spectacular at the semi-banked quarter-mile oval.

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McCune turned a lap of 11.855 seconds (75.917 mph) in his No. 8 Abe's Auto Parts & Sales/B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil sprinter, topping his uncle – three-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune – by nearly a quarter of a second.


The 20-year-old from Sylvania, Ohio has been lightning-quick in recent weeks, nearly capturing his first win at Midvale (Ohio) Speedway on July 14 before finishing second to his uncle. He also came home third Friday night at Madison (Wis.) Int'l Speedway on Friday night after leading 13 laps.


Jimmy McCune timed in second-fastest overall in the No. 88 Abe's Auto Parts & Sales/B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil machine, edging out first practice leader Jacob Wilson by just .003 of a second on the overall time sheets with a best lap of 12.096 seconds (74.405 mph).


Wilson was third (12.099/74.386), followed by Tom Jewell and Charlie Schultz.


Of the top-five fastest cars in practice, all but Jewell set their quick lap in the second round of hot laps. Jewell's best time came during the first session.


Hamilton Trucking Time Trials for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series are scheduled to kick off at 5:30 p.m. local time.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Rockford Speedway; July 28, 2018

Hot Laps (best overall time): 1. #8 – Anthony McCune, 11.855; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 12.096; 3. #07 – Jacob Wilson, 12.099; 4. #7 – Tom Jewell, 12.573; 5. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 12.590; 6. #72s – Joe Speakman, 12.713; 7. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle III, 12.737; 8. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 12.738; 9. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 12.917; 10. #8a – Adam Biltz, 13.055; 11. #4L – Anthony Linkenhoker, 14.064


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Santos Finally Pockets First MSR Sprint Victory


OREGON, Wis. – After four years of blood, sweat, tears, heartache and close calls, Bobby Santos III finally picked up his first-career Must See Racing Sprint Car Series victory on Friday night at Madison Int'l Speedway.


Santos and car owner Dick Fieler, who joined forces at the start of the 2015 season, had done everything but with a Must See Racing feature. During America's Winged Tailgate Party at the semi-banked, half-mile oval, everything finally came together for the former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion.

 

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PHOTOS CREDIT TO: Chris Seelman


The Franklin, Mass., native was the fast qualifier for the night at 15.037 seconds, but rolled a six on the inversion die and lined up for the initial start on the outside of the third row.


However, after polesitter Charlie Schultz spun during warm-ups for the feature and then fourth-starting Jacob Wilson smacked the wall when outside pole-man Johnny Petrozelle III spun the tires coming to the green flag, Santos ended up on the outside of the second row when the 30-lap feature finally kicked off.


Anthony McCune jumped into the lead when the green flag waved, having inherited the top starting spot after Schultz's spin, and quickly engaged into a torrid tug-of-war battle for the lead with his uncle, three-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune.


Though Jimmy McCune won the series' inaugural visit to Rockford in 2016 and appeared to have the better car at times, Anthony McCune held every advance from his uncle at bay, maintaining the lead as Santos started to close in on both of them.


Santos wrestled second away from Jimmy McCune on lap 11, then made his move for the lead three circuits later, when Anthony McCune got hung up trying to lap the slower car of Adam Biltz.


Rolling the extreme bottom groove of the speedway, Santos charged to the inside of the younger McCune, seized control of the race and never looked back.


Not even a green-white checkered restart, set up after Petrozelle spun in turn two with two laps left, could keep Santos out of victory lane.


He timed his jump perfectly when the green flag waved for the last time, pulling Jimmy McCune by five car lengths and ultimately crossing the finish line nearly two seconds in front when the twin checkers were displayed over the field.


"This feels really good," said Santos in victory lane. "I've had a major learning curve in these things, but we've gotten better with each race we've run. I have to thank Dick (Fieler) and my team for the job they've done and the effort they've put in. We've spent a lot of time chasing these guys (the McCunes). They've been the class of the field and as far as I'm concerned they're the guys to beat each night.


"To finally win one against them feels really special, but now we've got to back it up (in the future)."


For Fieler, Friday night's win marked his first Must See Racing victory since Troy DeCaire swept the season finale at Berlin Raceway on Aug. 23, 2014.


"It's hard to win in this series and this is a win I know we'll cherish as a group for a long time," noted Fieler. "We've struggled to learn how to run American Racer tires, but I think maybe we've finally got something figured out because that was a stellar race tonight. Bobby did a great job and this exactly the kind of result we hope for each night. I couldn't be happier."


McCune came home as the runner-up to extend his series points lead, but admitted after the race that motor issues kept him from mounting a charge on the final restart.


"I didn't really try there on that last green flag," admitted McCune. "I was fighting some gremlins with the car and it was running really hot. The water temperature was fluctuating around 20 degrees ... even before the race started, so I knew something wasn't right. When he (Santos) got by, I just got by Anthony and then cruised ... because I didn't want to blow a hose off or hurt the motor."


Anthony McCune completed the podium, followed by Petrozelle, who was the last car on the lead lap in fourth and made his first appearance in the No. 81 for veteran car owner Mike Blake on Friday night.


Jerry Caryer finished fifth ahead of Schultz, Tom Jewell and Biltz. Eight cars were running at the finish.


The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series concludes its Western Swing on Saturday night at Illinois' Rockford Speedway. Brian Gerster won last year's Must See Racing stop at the historic quarter-mile.

RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Madison Int'l Speedway; July 27, 2018


1-800-RADIATOR A-Feature (30 laps): 1. #22a – Bobby Santos III [6]; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune [5]; 3. #8 – Anthony McCune [3]; 4. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle III [2]; 5. #75c – Jerry Caryer [8]; 6. #9 – Charlie Schultz [1]; 7. #7 – Tom Jewell [7]; 8. #8a – Adam Biltz [9]; 9. #72s – Joe Speakman [10]]; 10. #26 – Jeff Bloom [11]; 11. #07w – Jacob Wilson [4]; 12. #4L – Anthony Linkenhoker [12].


Hamilton Trucking Time Trials (best of two laps): 1. #22a – Bobby Santos III, 15.037; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.099; 3. #07 – Jacob Wilson, 15.266; 4. #8 – Anthony McCune, 15.399; 5. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle III, 15.614; 6. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 15.616; 7. #7 – Tom Jewell, 15.706; 8. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 16.010; 9. #8a – Adam Biltz, 16.093; 10. #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.159; 11. #26b – Jeff Bloom, 16.596; 12. #4L – Anthony Linkenhoker, 20.112.


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


Abe's Auto Parts Heat Race #2 (8 laps): 1. Jacob Wilson, 2. Anthony McCune, 3. Bobby Santos III, 4. Jimmy McCune, 5. Charlie Schultz, 6. Johnny Petrozelle III.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Schultz Carrying Momentum Into MSR Sprints' Western Swing

 

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PHOTO CAPTION AND CREDIT: Charlie Schultz (9s) races Ike Beasley during Must See Racing Sprint Car Series action earlier this season. (Chris Seelman photo)


HOLLY, Mich. – Former supermodified standout Charlie Schultz is riding a wave of momentum as he continues to seek his first-career Must See Racing Sprint Car Series victory.


The Ohio veteran matched his career-best finish of fourth in the tour's most recent event at Midvale Speedway on July 14, and he sits inside the top five in points through the first six races of the season.


Schultz will have two chances to accomplish the goal of breaking into victory lane this weekend, as the stars of Must See Racing make their furthest trip west for the 2017 season, racing for the third-consecutive year at both Wisconsin's Madison Int'l Speedway and Illinois' Rockford Speedway.


Madison's high-speed half-mile provides the backdrop for the fastest track that Must See Racing will compete on all season, while Rockford's quarter-mile bullring is among the tightest and always provides some of the closest racing that the series sees each year.


Schultz set his high-water finish of fourth during last summer's invasion of the Madison half-mile, and he has high hopes that his John Reiser-led team can improve on that mark and earn their first podium this weekend.


"We had a really strong run at Midvale, for as crazy as that race was right from the beginning, and I feel like our first win is right around the corner," said Schultz. "Engine-wise, I think we're capable, and chassis-wise I think we're capable as well. We did a lot of homework over the winter and made some improvements after a less-than-stellar performance at Owosso (Speedway) and Birch Run (Speedway) earlier in the month, so I think we've definitely made strides and closed in on that objective of winning.


"We completely changed the back of the car, went and tested and now our car has been much more drive-able and racy," Schultz added. "It's been a family effort, for sure, and we're excited for what's hopefully to come."


For Schultz to capture that victory, however, he'll have to come out on top of some of Must See Racing's toughest competition.


Three-time defending series champion and current points leader Jimmy McCune swept the Western Swing two years ago, while his 20-year-old nephew Anthony narrowly missed out on capturing his first-career win during the Buckeye State Shootout at Midvale. Both will be in action again this weekend.


In addition, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom, two-time Little 500 champion Jacob Wilson, recent NASCAR Modified winner Bobby Santos III and reigning Must See Racing South division champion Johnny Petrozelle III will try their hands at scoring the victory, with four drivers having already celebrated a win this season.


In the previous two iterations of Must See Racing's Western Swing, one driver has swept the two race wins both times, with Jimmy McCune doing so in 2016 and Brian Gerster following suit last year.


This year's event at Madison will also utilize the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash format, which first debuted earlier this season at Berlin Raceway.


Gates at Madison Int'l Speedway open at 3:30 p.m. Friday, with hot laps kicking off at 5 p.m. Qualifying will roll off at 6:15 p.m., followed by racing action at 7:30 p.m.


For Saturday's portion of the program, gates at Rockford Speedway open at 2 p.m., with hot laps kicking off at 3:30 p.m. Qualifying will roll off at 5:30 p.m., followed by racing action at 7 p.m.


For more information on Must See Racing, including driver and team news, points standings, results, schedule updates and more, visit www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

See the Speed in at Madison & Rockford

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