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Jimmy McCune Rekindles Qualifying Prowess At Sandusky

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Jimmy McCune has been counting points ever since a rare engine failure in July relegated him to the role of the pursuer in the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series championship hunt.

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Jimmy McCune poses with son Jimmy IV after topping Must See Racing qualifying at Sandusky Speedway on Sunday. (Jacob Seelman photo)


McCune picked up 10 of those valuable points Sunday afternoon at Sandusky Speedway, topping Hamilton Trucking Time Trials for the finale of Border Wars weekend.


The four-time defending series champion toured the flat half-mile in 15.266 seconds (117.909 mph) with his No. 88 Abe's Auto Parts & Sales/ B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil sprinter to lead a 23-car field.


Sunday's effort was the 10th Hamilton Trucking Fast Time Award of McCune's career, third all-time.


"The car was definitely fast there," said McCune. "We went home after last night, because I was pretty disgusted with the way the car was after we spun out ... and just got to working on it because that's not anything that usually happens to me, especially with that race car. So we went home and worked for four or five hours last night and this morning, stripped it down and put it back together.


"So far, it's paid off really well. That was a consistent lap we laid down in qualifying."


McCune's longtime rival, Brian Gerster, was second-quick (15.384/117.005) with the No. 50m RAM Engineering Midwest entry for Dick Myers Racing, followed by Tyler Roahrig and Canadian Ryan Litt.


Charlie Schultz, a local favorite and former Midwest Supermodified Ass'n, completed the top five.


Anthony McCune qualified sixth, followed by Adam Biltz, Jerry Caryer, Tom Jewell and Mike McVetta.


Racing at Sandusky Speedway is scheduled to kick off shortly after 6:30 p.m.


QUALIFYING RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Sandusky Speedway; Aug. 25, 2019


    #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.266
    #50M – Brian Gerster, 15.384
    #99s – Tyler Roahrig, 15.446
    #07L – Ryan Litt, 15.473
    #9s – Charlie Schultz, 15.517
    #8 – Anthony McCune, 15.573
    #8a – Adam Biltz 15.635
    #75c – Jerry Caryer, 15.649
    #7 – Tom Jewell, 15.705
    #7k – Mike McVetta, 15.877
    #13 – Joe Liguori, 15.913
    #6k – Kevin Feeney, 16.007
    #26 – Jeff Bloom, 16.081
    #42 – Jason Blonde, 16.163
    #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 16.252
    #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.355
    #13d – Jacob Dolinar 16.378
    #85 – Rick Holley, 16.567
    #51 – Joshua Sexton, 16.825
    #90k – Joey Wyckoff, 16.866
    #99k – Brenden Torok, 17.054
    #32 – Todd McQuillen, 17.423
    #15 – Tim Henthorne, 17.453

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Ryan Litt Fast Early Around Sandusky Half-Mile

SANDUSKY, Ohio – One night after setting the fastest time in qualifying during Border Wars weekend, Canadian Ryan Litt kicked things into high gear a little earlier in the day Sunday at Sandusky Speedway.


Litt posted the fastest time in Must See Racing Sprint Car Series practice at the flat half-mile, touring the track in 15.710 seconds (114.577 mph) with his No. 07L BS&B Radiator/Xtreme Metal Worx sprinter.

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Ryan Litt at speed at Sandusky Speedway on Sunday afternoon. (Jacob Seelman photo)


He hopes to snap a winless drought with the 410ci winged asphalt sprint car tour dating back to the series opener at Florida's Five Flags Speedway in 2013, his most recent and only Must See victory.


Second on the speed charts Sunday was Indiana's Tyler Roahrig, a pavement late model ace who won Saturday night's non-winged sprint car feature at Baer Field Motorsports Park. Roahrig turned a lap of 15.868 seconds (113.436 mph) with the No. 99 Stickney Racing Team entry.


Behind Roahrig was a quartet of Buckeye State veterans, led by four-time defending Must See Racing champion Jimmy McCune, who was third overall at 15.908 seconds (113.151 mph).


Engineer and reigning Midwest Supermodified Series champion Mike McVetta landed fourth on the board (15.996/112.528), followed by point leader Anthony McCune and Adam Biltz.


Brian Gertser, Charlie Schultz, Kevin Feeney and Jason Blonde completed the top 10.


Qualifying for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.


PRACTICE RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Sandusky Speedway; Aug. 25, 2019


    #07L – Ryan Litt, 15.710
    #99s – Tyler Roahrig, 15.868
    #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.908
    #7k – Mike McVetta, 15.996
    #8 – Anthony McCune, 16.010
    #8a – Adam Biltz, 16.013
    #50m – Brian Gerster, 16.022
    #9s – Charlie Schultz, 16.096
    #6k – Kevin Feeney, 16.222
    #42 – Jason Blonde, 16.254
    #7 – Tom Jewell, 16.291 (13L)
    #75c – Jerry Caryer, 16.422
    #26 – Jeff Bloom, 16.423
    #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.510
    #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 16.740
    #13 – Jacob Dolinar, 16.932
    #51 – Joshua Sexton, 16.998
    #85 – Rick Holley, 17.092
    #90k – Joey Wyckoff, 17.160
    #99s – Brenden Torok, 17.347
    #15 – Tim Henthorne, 17.677
    #32 – Todd McQuillen, 18.198
    #13 – Joe Liguori, NT

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Home-State Pride Driving Torok At Sandusky

SANDUSKY, Ohio – After a solid showing during his Must See Racing Sprint Car Series debut, teenager Brenden Torok is hoping to take the next step in Sunday's Border Wars finale at Sandusky Speedway.


Torok, 15, enters the half-mile after an 11th-place finish during his maiden voyage at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway back in May, carrying confidence in his No. 99 Koyan Racing team.

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Brenden Torok is making his second Must See Racing sprint car start this weekend at Sandusky Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)


What's more, he's returning to the 410ci winged asphalt sprint car series at his home race track, buoyed by a crate sprint feature win at Lorain County Speedway following his Must See debut.


The opportunity to compete at the famed facility is one that's not lost on the young Torok.


"It's awesome, especially with Lorain County closing for the rest of the year, to be able to put down some laps at a track that I grew up around," said Torok. "To be able to race there with some of the people that I grew up watching and looked up to is super special for me at this stage in my career. Out of all the tracks in Ohio, I feel like Sandusky is one of the best choices to bring the Must See series to.


"I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of people there that might not otherwise get a chance to watch these amazing race cars, and hopefully we can put on a great showing for them."


Torok also knows that there's home-state pride on the line at Sandusky and wants to perform well, considering that a majority of the full-time Must See Racing drivers hail from the state of Ohio.


"Any time you come to a race in your home region, you want to go out and run strong, and it's no different this weekend at Sandusky," Torok noted. "We want to grab as many positions as we can and really end up with a great day for Dave Koyan and all the people who support this No. 90 team.


"It does add a little bit of pressure, considering that you're racing in front of a lot of family and friends, but we thrive on that and want to rise up to the intensity," he added. "We'll just see what happens."


As far as his personal goals for the event, Torok hopes to crack that top-10 threshold on Sunday evening and put himself among the frontrunners at the end of the 30-lap Border Wars finale.


"My goal for this week is definitely to get up inside the top 10," he explained. "I almost got there ... and actually ran inside the top 10 for a lot of the race back at Anderson, so I think we're definitely capable of making it happen. Having more laps at this track, compared to others, I believe will help us as well.


"As long as we roll it back into the trailer in one piece, we'll be happy, but we're aiming high this week."


Qualifying for Sunday's Border Wars finale at Sandusky Speedway is scheduled for 4 p.m.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit www.mustseeracing.com.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Gerster Rules MSR Border Wars Opener At Owosso

OVID, Mich. – Though he hasn't been able to race "a whole lot" through the summer months of the season, Brian Gerster's will to win has in no way diminished.


That passion for competition was on full display Saturday night at Owosso Speedway, as Gerster dominated to score the victory in round one of Must See Racing's Border Wars doubleheader.

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Brian Gerster (50m) races Charlie Schultz for the lead Saturday night at Owosso Speedway. (David Sink photo)


Gerster took the lead from Jason Blonde on lap 11 of the 40-lap sprint car feature and never looked back, driving away over the second half en route to his first series win of the season.


Saturday night's triumph was the 22nd of Gerster's Must See Racing career, second only to Jimmy McCune's series-leading 31 wins, and one that the Indiana veteran described as "much-needed."


"Us drivers don't like to talk about it much, but I'm getting older and these (wins) are fewer and farther between, now," admitted Gerster in victory lane. "That being said, it's really cool to win a race tonight. The 88 car (Jimmy McCune) I knew was going to be tough, but I saw he had some trouble there, so that was certainly a help in a way. It still wasn't easy, though; we still had to race the 42 (Jason Blonde) and the 9 (Charlie Schultz) ... even the 8 (Anthony McCune) was quick. There's a lot of good cars in the field.


"I hope the fans enjoyed that show, because this is a neat little race track and we enjoy coming here."


Blonde started third but powered to the lead on the opening lap, passing polesitter Joe Liguori in turn three before Johnny Petrozelle III and Tom Geren tangled on the backstretch a half-lap later to draw the first yellow flag of the night.


The collision sheared the left-front wheel off Petrozelle's Mike Blake Racing sprinter, ending his night, while Geren also retired after his car left the track on the back of a flatbed.


From there, the course of the race shifted further working lap four, when Jimmy McCune spun from fourth place coming onto the frontstretch to bring another caution out, slowing the pace again.


That relegated the elder McCune to 16th place for the restart, where he took just four laps to improve 10 positions and get back inside the front six. Meanwhile, Blonde, Schultz and Gerster put on an epic battle for the lead up front, with Schultz nearly making a slide job stick several times at the front.


Gerster finaly wrested second away on the ninth round, and it was just two more circuits before he ducked inside Blonde to take a lead he wouldn't relinquish after that.


"This is the best car that we've had here at Owosso, start to finish through the feature," Gerster noted later on. "We were able to get a win here last year, but we were struggling at the end and the 88 was coming hard on us there. Luckily it wasn't 50 laps last year. But the car was really, really good tonight.


"I'm pretty excited to win a race. We haven't raced a whole lot this summer. This one is fun."

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Brian Gerster celebrates his 22nd Must See Racing sprint car win Saturday at Owosso Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)


After moving into the top spot, Gerster set a blistering pace, opening up nearly four seconds over the field before a lap-21 yellow for a slowing Ryan Litt bunched the field back up one more time.


The final restart of the night saw Schultz power back past Blonde to reclaim the runner-up position, but behind them, Jimmy McCune was charging through the field like a man possessed.


McCune was up to fourth at the 12 to go benchmark, then split his nephew Anthony and the lapped car of Joe Speakman to grab a podium position with nine circuits left.


His final hurrah came with four to go, when he drove around Schultz to secure the runner-up spot, but by then Gerster was gone by a whopping 5.784 seconds.


That left Jimmy McCune to settle for a frustrating second, instead of his third win of the season.


"Our night wasn't too bad. Second sucks, but you know how it is," said McCune. "The car got tight on me? I shook it loose and it got really loose. We spun it after that ... and it's uncharacteristic; I don't think I've spun out in about 10 years, but we did tonight and we still came back to second.


"I just wish we would have had the whole race to show that 50 what we really had."


Schultz completed the podium, followed by Anthony McCune and fast qualifier Ryan Litt.


RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Owosso Speedway; Aug. 24, 2019


Hamilton Trucking Time Trials (best of two laps): 1. #07L – Ryan Litt, 13.481; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 13.753; 3. #50m – Brian Gerster, 13.759; 4. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 13.784; 5. #8 – Anthony McCune, 13.925; 6. #42 – Jason Blonde, 13.960; 7. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 14.070; 8. #13 – Joe Liguori, 14.092; 9. #8a – Adam Biltz, 14.119; 10. #7 – Tom Jewell, 14.427; 11. #6k – Kevin Feeney, 14.432; 12. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 14.548; 13. #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 14.696; 14. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle, 14.709; 15. #72s – Joe Speakman, 14.826; 16. #44 – Teddy Alberts, 14.932; 17. #13d – Jacob Dolinar, 15.007; 18. #85 – Rick Holley, 15.233; 19. #32 – Todd McQuillen, 15.365; 20. #11g – Tom Geren, 15.418; 21. #15 – Tim Henthorne, 15.483; 22. #51 – Joshua Sexton, 15.631; 23. #4 – Anthony Linkenhoker, 15.951; 24. #74 – Ivan Shaver, 15.979.


Abe's Auto Parts Heat #1 (8 laps, top five transfer): 1. Brian Gerster [6], 2. Adam Biltz [4], 3. Joe Speakman [2], 4. Jason Blonde [5], 5. Jerry Caryer [3] / 6. Rick Holley [1], 7. Tim Henthorne [7], 8. Ivan Shaver [8].


Abe's Auto Parts Heat #2 (8 laps, top five transfer): 1. Jimmy McCune [6], 2. Anthony McCune [5], 3. Kevin Feeney [3], 4. Johnny Petrozelle III [2], 5. Joe Liguori [4] / 6. Jacob Dolinar [1], 7. Tom Geren [7], 8. Anthony Linkenhoker [8].


Abe's Auto Parts Heat #3 (8 laps, top five transfer): 1. Bobby Komisarski [2], 2. Ryan Litt [6], 3. Charlie Schultz [5], 4. Teddy Alberts [1], 5. Tom Jewell [3] / 6. Todd McQuillen [7], 7. Joshua Sexton [8], 8. Jeff Bloom [4].


Engine Pro Last Chance Showdown (10 laps, top five transfer): 1. Jeff Bloom [1], 2. Jacob Dolinar [2], 3. Tom Geren [5], 4. Rick Holley [3], 5. Todd McQuillen [4] / 6. Ivan Shaver [8], 7. Joshua Sexton [7], 8. Tim Henthorne [6], 9. Anthony Linkenhoker (DNS).


Border Wars A-Feature (40 laps): 1. #50m – Brian Gerster [6], 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune [7], 3. #9s – Charlie Schultz [5], 4. #8 – Anthony McCune [4], 5. #07L – Ryan Litt [8], 6. #42 – Jason Blonde [3], 7. #13 – Joe Liguori [1], 8. #17 – Bobby Komisarski [13], 9. #7 – Tom Jewell [10], 10. #6k – Kevin Feeney [11], 11. #75c – Jerry Caryer [12], 12. #44 – Teddy Alberts [16], 13. #72s – Joe Speakman [15], 14. #85 – Rick Holley [19], 15. #32 – Todd McQuillen [20], 16. #8a – Adam Biltz [9], 17. #13d – Jacob Dolinar [17], 18. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle III [14], 19. #11g – Tom Geren [18], 20. #26 – Jeff Bloom [2].


Lap Leader(s): Joe Liguori 0, Jason Blonde 1-10, Brian Gerster 11-40.


Hard Charger: #50m – Brian Gerster (+5)


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing