Must See Championships Coming To Ace On Oct. 18-19
HOLLY, Mich. – A roller-coaster seven-month journey across the Midwest and Northeast, rife with competition, exciting moments and more, comes to an end on Oct. 18-19 for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro.
The winged 410ci asphalt sprint car tour will wrap up its 2019 season with a doubleheader during the sixth annual Rodney Cook Classic weekend at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., the first visit by Must See Racing to the four-tenths-mile oval.
Full shows are planned for both Friday and Saturday nights, with two more opportunities for drivers to gain points as the season winds up to its conclusion.
The prospect of two complete racing programs is going to ratchet the intensity up in a big way, considering the points battle is still tight for several positions coming down the home stretch.
Jimmy McCune (88) and Ryan Litt (07) will battle for the Must See Racing championship in two weeks at Ace Speedway. (David Sink photo)
For the first time in five years, the championship has not been locked up going into the last weekend of the season, with Canadian Ryan Litt only trailing Jimmy McCune by 23 points entering the Ace double.
Litt's position in the standings is thanks to the MSR drop rule, which requires each driver who has attended 60 percent of the season's completed races to drop their lowest-scoring night from their cumulative total. Litt ranks third in overall points scored this season.
McCune, the four-time defending series champion, had an engine failure in the second event of the season at Michigan’s Birch Run Speedway that has had him batting from behind for most of the year, but he finally passed nephew Anthony for the top spot in both overall points and points with the drop during the most recent event on the schedule.
That event, which saw Anthony drop to third in the standings, has put Litt within striking distance of his first Must See Racing title, while Jimmy McCune is seeking his record-extending fifth crown in a row.
While they’ll be battling one another for every position down the stretch, that trio will also have a strong field of drivers to do battle with on track as well, including National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom, Ohio open-wheel ace Charlie Schultz, Michigan veteran Tom Jewell, Carolina-area hotshoes Johnny Petrozelle III and Bobby Komisarski and more.
Open practice for all divisions at Ace takes place on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Friday’s pit gates opening at 9 a.m. Practice for the opening day show begins at 11 a.m., with qualifying following at 6 p.m. and racing firing off at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule sees the pit gates again swinging open at 9 a.m. and practice kicking off at 11 a.m., with qualifying beginning at 4 p.m. and feature racing to follow.
The Saturday program will be co-headlined by a 140-lap late model stock car feature, in addition to the championship race for the Must See Racing sprint cars.
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Must See Sprint At Rockford Stopped By Weather
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Mother Nature has scored a victory against the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series’ attempt to compete at Illinois’ Rockford Speedway this weekend.
Track and series officials announced Thursday evening that the sprint car portion of this weekend’s National Short Track Championship program at the quarter-mile bullring has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Potential weekend schedule adjustments due to a projected washout on Friday, as well as additional wet weather expected to span from Sunday through the middle of the coming week and heavy travel distances for many of the Must See Racing teams, all contributed to the decision.
The National Weather Service is calling for a 100 percent chance of rain on Friday, as well as a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms for Sunday’s matinee program.
“This early decision, while difficult and disappointing, is our genuine best effort to do the right thing for everyone involved,” said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. “Whenever possible, we try to avoid unnecessary and avoidable lost time and travel expenses for both our race teams and valued fans.
“Based on a forecast that predicts a realistic chance of rain for the day on Sunday, as well as additional rain coming into the weekend that may compact the schedule further, the track and MSR have determined that it is the best decision to cancel the sprint car portion of the event, rather than ignore the risk and forecast of probable inclement weather.”
The Rockford rainout is the third such weather-related postponement or cancellation for Must See Racing this season, after a postponement from June 1 at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway and the cancellation of the Lake Erie (Pa.) Speedway event that was scheduled for June 15.
With the Rockford weekend scrapped, the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series now looks toward its championship doubleheader, Oct. 18-19 at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C.
Schultz Gunning For MSR Redemption At Rockford
HOLLY, Mich. – Charlie Schultz doesn’t need any extra motivation going into this weekend’s Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro event at Illinois’ Rockford Speedway.
He’s been ready to chase redemption at the quarter-mile bullring for more than a year.
Schultz will take aim at the victory in Sunday’s Must See Racing event at Rockford after leading the first 48 laps of last year’s 50-lap feature before being passed by Jimmy McCune coming to the white flag.
In that event, Schultz ultimately crossed the finish line a heartbreaking second, and he’s looking to move the needle by one position this time around.
“Man, I think everyone figures that this one is definitely high on the priority list to get it done this time after that race last summer. We were so strong then,” Schultz lamented. “It was definitely a heartbreaker to lose it after leading that many laps, but I think it actually pushed us to be even stronger.
Charlie Schultz (9s) leads Jimmy McCune during Must See Racing Sprint Car Series action at Rockford Speedway. (Chris Seelman photo)
“When you consider that we came back a month later after that one and won (at Berlin), I think it was motivation for all of us on the team, even though it still stings even now. Rockford owes us one.”
Schultz noted that Rockford, being one of the shortest tracks on the series schedule, is a facility that suits his driving style well – given that he came from a karting background in his youth.
“I do think it’s a good place for us because of the fact that it’s a tight, small ratio (in the corners),” said Schultz of Rockford. “It’s a lot like indoor racing in that respect. I’ve run indoors at Columbus and Marion for a number of years in flat karts, and you just have to get up on the wheel.
“Rockford is one of those types of tracks and that suits my style, or my style suits it, however you want to say it,” Schultz added. “You have to be aggressive to be successful there, and I feel like we will be.”
Considering that Schultz hasn’t been back to Must See Racing victory lane since his win at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway in August of 2018, he’s feeling the impact of a 13-month winless drought.
That’s meant that for he and team owner John Reiser, the chase to end that dry spell is in high gear.
“There's always the push to win races, especially from a team perspective, and that’s why we keep coming to the race track. We go because we enjoy it and have fun, too, but ultimately at the end of the day you want to win races and run up front,” said Schultz. “We’ve been running up front and just haven’t quite gotten to a point where we’ve closed up the deal that last little bit.
“It seems like we don't always start off real strong, but usually by the middle of the summer we get along pretty well. And by the end of the year we’re right where we need to be,” Schultz added. “I think we just need to work on getting off to a little bit stronger of a start. We started (doing some of that) at the beginning of the season, so we’re not quite so far behind, but losing some races to the rain and scheduling issues has been frustrating.
“That’s cost us a couple of races that we could have been building on, but we’re not going to give up. We’re going to keep fighting and see where that gets us.
Schultz, who sits well inside the top five in points entering the weekend, will have to contend in a field including the likes of defending series champion Jimmy McCune; his nephew Anthony McCune; National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom; Canadian Ryan Litt and Brian Gerster, Must See Racing’s all-time fast qualifier over its 10-year history.
Saturday’s program features the Rumble for the Record time-attack special, before heat racing and a special 54-lap main event takes center stage on Sunday afternoon alongside the ARCA Midwest Tour.
Pit gates at Rockford open at 8:30 a.m. CT on Saturday, with hot laps rolling off at 11 a.m. CT and the first round of qualifying beginning at 2:15 p.m. CT. The remaining rounds will start at 5 p.m. CT.
On Sunday, pit gates open at 8 a.m. CT, with hot laps at 10:45 a.m. Heat racing will commence at 1 p.m. sharp and the feature will follow later in the afternoon.
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