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Must See Sprints Ready To Get Back On Track


HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will look to get its season back on track during the Firecracker Night of Speed at Birch Run Speedway and Event Center on Friday, July 5.

A slew of inclement weather has forced the postponement or cancellation of the last two Must See Racing events – at Berlin Raceway and Lake Erie (Pa.) Speedway, respectively – leaving the winged asphalt sprint car tour with only one event on the board heading into the month of July.

That event was all the way back on May 4 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, a 50-lap affair won by four-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune.

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Christian Koehler (10) battles Jimmy McCune during Must See Racing action at Birch Run Speedway in 2017. (Chris Seelman photo)

By virtue of that win, the 30th of his Must See Racing career, McCune leads the series point standings heading into Birch Run – where he won during the series debut at the four-tenths-mile oval in 2017.

However, for McCune to repeat his past success at Birch Run, he'll have to best a deep roster of talent including National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom; Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Jason Blonde; series veterans Tom Jewell, Jerry Caryer and Ike Beasley; and supermodified ace Charlie Schultz.

Anthony McCune – the eldest nephew of Jimmy McCune – is still seeking his first series victory, while Canadian Ryan Litt is looking to get his season righted after an engine issue at Anderson, as he chases his maiden Must See Racing championship.

Rookie talent expected to be in the field includes Florida's Joe Liguori, North Carolina's Ivan Shaver and Ohio teenager Jacob Dolinar, one of the younger nephews of Jimmy McCune.

With a stacked field planning to attend the Independence Day Weekend spectacular, Must See Racing President Jim Hanks is eager to see the series come out on top over Mother Nature this time out.

"We've certainly battled our share of weather issues through the first few months of the season, just like many series across the country, but we're very excited to return to Birch Run Speedway next week and get The World's Fastest Short Track Cars back on track where they belong," said Hanks. "The track is one that has put on tremendous racing for us in the past and we look forward to returning there."

In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, the Midwest Compact Touring Series, VROA modifieds and Birch Run Pure Stocks will also be on the racing card. The night will also include a fireworks show in celebration of the Fourth of July holiday.

Pit gates at Birch Run are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. on July 5, with hot laps starting at 4 p.m., qualifying beginning at 6 p.m. and racing kicking off promptly at 7:30 p.m.

A rain date of Saturday, July 6 has been established, if necessary.

For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series online at

Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Must See Sprint At Lake Erie Postponed By Rain

ERIE, Pa. – The scheduled debut of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series at Lake Erie Speedway will have to wait.

A forecast of persistent rain and thunderstorms throughout the day on Saturday has forced the postponement of a double-bill program at the three-eighths-mile oval, featuring the Must See Racing sprint cars and the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour.

Track and series officials are looking into the possibility of rescheduling the program for later in the year.

"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 consistent updated forecast that predicts rain for the day on Saturday, the track, ROC and MSR have determined that it is the best decision to postpone the event, rather than ignore the risk and forecast of probable bad weather."

The Erie postponement marks the second-straight weather related postponement for Must See Racing this season, following a washout of the scheduled Engine Pro Fast Car Dash at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway on June 1.

That Berlin event has been rebooked for Saturday night, Sept. 7.

Four-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune is the current Must See Racing point leader following his victory in the season-opener at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on May 4.

McCune leads his nephew Anthony by six tallies in the current standings, with Charlie Schultz, Tom Jewell and rookie Joe Liguori completing the top five in points.

The next scheduled Must See Racing Sprint Car Series event will be held at Birch Run Speedway and Event Center in Birch Run, Mich., on Friday night, July 5.

Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Must See Sprints Set For Lake Erie Blockbuster

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will be part of a unique double bill this weekend as 'The World's Fastest Short Track Cars' invade Lake Erie Speedway for the first time.

Must See Racing will team up with the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour for co-headlining features at the three-eighths-mile Pennsylvania oval on Saturday, June 15.

Originally slated to be deeper into the series' championship sojourn, the Lake Erie stop will now be the second Must See Racing event of the year, after weather-related and other scheduling issues shuffled the look of the winged 410ci asphalt sprint car tour's season calendar.

Saturday's appearance by Must See Racing marks the first sprint car event at the facility since the mid-2000s, when the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series took to Lake Erie for a mid-season stop.


Cars race during the recent Must See Racing season opener at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in May. (Randy Crist photo)

"Jim (Hanks, Must See Racing president) and I worked together for quite a while to make this happen, and we've been very eager to get to this point and see this show play out," said track operations manager A.J. Moore. "All of us with Lake Erie Speedway think this double-bill will definitely bring an extra level of excitement to the summer event that we've held with the Race of Champions modifieds which wasn't there before. It'll be one heck of a show and a very unique ticket for the fans.

"We're extremely excited for our inaugural appearance at Lake Erie Speedway and we're looking forward to adding Lake Erie to the list of venues we've competed at over the course of our 10 years," added Hanks. "Our drivers are eager to compete there, and we hope to be able to put on both a show of speed and wheel-to-wheel racing for our fans."

Four-time defending Must See Racing champion Jimmy McCune leads the series' cast of characters into Lake Erie, sitting atop the point standing by six markers over his nephew, Anthony McCune.

Charlie Schultz is chasing the two McCunes, ranked third in points despite a rough opening race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in May, with Tom Jewell and Joe Liguori filling out the top five.

All five of those drivers are expected to be in attendance at Lake Erie, as well as National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom, Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Jason Blonde, NASCAR modified ace Bobby Santos III, Canadian title contender Ryan Litt, as well as rookies Bobby Komisarski and Brenden Torok.

In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars and the Race of Champions modifieds, the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series and Race of Champions TQ midgets will also be on the racing card.

Pit gates open at Lake Erie on Saturday at 11 a.m., with hot laps kicking off at 3:30 p.m., qualifying at 5 p.m., heat races at 6 p.m. and features rolling off at 7 p.m. following opening ceremonies.

For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at

Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

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