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Lucas Oil Raceway To Host Non-Points, Non-Winged MSR Sprint

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will host one of the most unique events in tour history at one of the Midwest’s most well-known facilities next season.

 

Announced Wednesday in advance of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, Must See Racing will headline the inaugural Indy Summer Nationals, June 18-20 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

The three-day mega event will feature a host of drag racing on the LOR drag strip, while the Saturday night portion of the program will star the warriors of Must See Racing in a special non-points, non-winged showdown on the .686-mile oval.

 

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The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series will hold its first non-winged event as a non-points special on June 20 at Lucas Oil Raceway. (Dallas Breeze photo)

 

Must See Racing will utilize Little 500 rules for the Lucas Oil special event, with the winner taking home a $4,000 payout from a purse of nearly $25,000 in total.

 

The Indy Summer Nationals will mark the first non-winged event in the history of the decade-old winged asphalt sprint car sanctioning body, a challenge and opportunity that MSR Founder and President Jim Hanks is eager to tackle next summer.

 

“Must See Racing has always prided itself on innovation, competition and entertainment for our fans, drivers and sponsor partners through the years, and we feel that we have all three of those boxes checked with the huge Indy Summer Nationals event coming up in June,” Hanks said. “We’ve put on some of the most exciting winged sprint car racing on pavement in the country over the last decade, and we hope to do the same with this special non-winged event at Lucas Oil Raceway, one of the premier facilities in the country. We look forward to the unique challenge that non-winged racing provides and showcasing that spectacle to our fans on June 20 during the Indy Summer Nationals.”


National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Tom Bigelow will serve as the grand marshal of the oval-track portion of the Indy Summer Nationals.


Bigelow was the 1978 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series champion and 1984 NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series champion.


He also raced in parts of 17 different Indy car seasons, with nine straight Indianapolis 500 appearances between 1974 and 1982 and a best finish in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing of sixth in 1977.


Joining the Must See Racing-sanctioned non-winged sprint cars on the Indy Summer Nationals oval-track card will be the Midwest Supermodified Series, the Midwest Compact Touring Series and the Super Cup Stock Car Series.


The Must See Racing portion of the Indy Summer Nationals will be taped for television broadcast on MAVTV as part of the award-winning SPEED SPORT presented by WorkAtHendrick.com series, hosted by industry veteran and SPEED SPORT President Ralph Sheheen.


“SPEED SPORT is thrilled to be working with Must See Racing and Jim Hanks for a fourth season in 2020, as we showcase these incredibly fast cars and talented drivers on our SPEED SPORT presented by WorkAtHendrick.com series on MAVTV,” said Sheheen. “Each year, we've had a new and exciting Must See event to cover and 2020 is no exception, as the series heads to the famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. We can't wait to add this venue to the already impressive lineup of Must See events we’ve broadcast on national television!”


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

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Montgomery Named New Host Of Season-Opening MSR Weekend

Montgomery Motor Speedway LogoHOLLY, Mich. – Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro officials have announced a change to the tour’s 2020 season-opening weekend, scheduled for April 17-18.


Originally set to take place at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway, the two-day event will shift south and be held at Montgomery Motor Speedway in central Alabama.


The Southern Speed Shootout will mark the first time in Must See Racing’s history that the series will race at Montgomery, as well as the first time the series has sanctioned a race in Alabama in six years.


Brian Gerster won the most recent Must See Racing stop in the Yellowhammer State, an event at Mobile Int’l Speedway in March of 2014.


April’s pair of points-paying events will mark the first time unrestricted winged 410 sprint cars have competed at the half-mile Montgomery oval, which dates back to 1956 as a pavement track and operated as a dirt track for three years prior to being surfaced with asphalt.


“To put it simply, I’m really excited for Must See Racing to be making a visit to Montgomery Motor Speedway,” said track promoter Stan Narrison. “The entertainment value that Jim Hanks and his series bring to the table and the speed that unrestricted 410s will have when they fly around here in April is second-to-none. This two day weekend will be a can’t-miss event on our 2020 calendar and we can’t wait to get to April and welcome the cars and stars of Must See Racing to Montgomery for the first time.”


The all-time Montgomery sprint car track record of 15.038 seconds (119.697 mph) was set by Bobby Santos III on April 3, 2016, a mark that Must See Racing teams will no doubt be taking aim at during the Southern Speed Shootout as they look to open the new season on a strong note.


“At Must See Racing, we pride ourselves in leading the way when it comes to innovation in our race formats, diversity in scheduling and putting on exciting competition for the race fans, and we’re very excited to make our first trip to Montgomery Motor Speedway in April,” said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. “After a 2019 season that was filled with new talent and a thrilling points battle that went down to the last race of the year, we look forward to continuing that momentum into the upcoming season with an exciting season-opening weekend in Alabama.”


Updated 2020 Must See Racing Sprint Car Series Schedule (as of Nov. 25)

April 17 – Montgomery Motor Speedway – Montgomery, Ala.
April 18 – Montgomery Motor Speedway – Montgomery, Ala.
May 2 – Anderson Speedway – Anderson, Ind.
May 9 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Ind.
May 23 – Anderson Speedway – Anderson, Ind. (Pay Less Little 500) *
June 13 – Lorain County Speedway – Lorain, Ohio
June 27 – TBA – TBA
July 18 – Lorain County Speedway – Lorain, Ohio
Aug. 6 – Golden Sands Speedway – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Aug. 7 – Golden Sands Speedway – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Aug. 22 – Owosso Speedway – Ovid, Mich.
Sept. 12 – Jennerstown Speedway – Jennerstown, Pa.
Oct. 16 – Ace Speedway – Altamahaw, N.C.
Oct. 17 – Ace Speedway – Altamahaw, N.C.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing