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Must See Tabs Bill Shipman As New Series Flagman

HOLLY, Mich. – Must See Racing Sprint Car Series officials have confirmed that veteran flagman Bill Shipman will fill that role for the upcoming season, becoming just the second person in series history to stand atop the flagstand.

Shipman fills the vacancy left by the sudden passing of J.D. Wilbur, the tour's original flagman who worked nearly every race in its nine-year history, during the offseason.

A former chief starter for both the United States Auto Club and the American Indycar Series, Shipman worked alongside Must See Racing race director Brent Seelman during the late 1980s within Ed Adair's All American Midget Series.

Now, Shipman and Seelman will reunite their racing efforts under the same banner once again.

"Filling the flagman position has obviously been a tough task for Must See Racing considering the tough circumstances of the offseason, but I think Bill will be a huge asset to MSR going forward, replacing the only starter the series has had since its inception," noted Seelman. "We all miss our friend J.D. Wilbur, but I think Bill's experience will make for a seamless transition and I look forward to working with him again this season."

"The legacy that J.D. Wilbur left behind and the impact he had on everyone at Must See Racing as our flagman for the last decade will always be remembered fondly, and all of those memories remain very important to all of us in the series, from staff members to our drivers and teams," noted Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. "He will never be forgotten by any of us. With all of that said, Bill Shipman's years of knowledge and his tenure from the flagman's post makes him a strong fit to help guide our series going forward into the new season.

"We look forward to having Bill atop the flagstand for all of our races this season and welcome him into the Must See Racing family."

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

Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Must See Racing Honors Top Performers At Annual Banquet For The 2018 Season

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Jim Hanks (left) presents car owner Gene Fogle and driver Tom Jewell with special awards during the annual Must See Racing banquet. (Chris Seelman photo)

HOLLY, Mich. – Must See Racing honored the top performers from its 2018 season during the annual Must See Racing Awards Banquet on Saturday in Coldwater, Mich., where Jimmy McCune was officially crowned champion for the fourth-straight year.

McCune put together another stellar season that included five wins in 12 Must See Racing events, locking up the title just by pulling in for the finale and securing the title by 100 points over nephew Anthony, who finished second for the second year in a row.

Virginia's Anthony Linkenhoker was also honored as the 2018 Must See Racing Rookie of the Year after his 10th-place finish in the championship this season. Linkenhoker participated in seven of the 12 points-paying features run during the year, traveling eight hours or more to several events in the process.


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Jim Hanks (left) presents champion car owner Jim McCune and champion driver Jimmy McCune with their championship trophies during the annual Must See Racing banquet. (Chris Seelman photo)

Linkenhoker also made a classy gesture during the night, as after he was announced as the winner of the 50/50 drawing, he donated his winnings back to Wounded Warriors.

Among the myriad of recognitions handed out during the night were plaques for the MSR staff members and series sponsors – including Engine Pro, Fel Pro, American Racer, 1-800-RADIATOR and Rev-X Products – as well as more than $30,000 in points fund money, product certificates and other awards.

Trophies for the top 15 in series points were also handed out, along with 24'' by 36'' profile posters that commemorated each driver's place in the season standings.

Special awards handed out included:
Driver of the Year (Jimmy McCune)
Crew Chief of the Year (John Reiser)
Young Gun Award (Bronzie Lawson IV)
Fast Qualifier of the Year (Anthony McCune)
Most Improved (Adam Biltz)
Sportsmanship Award (Jerry Caryer)
Hard Luck Award (Joe Speakman)
Hard Charger Award (Charlie Schultz/Tom Jewell)
Perseverance Award (Jeff Bloom)
Car Owner of the Year (Gene Fogle)

"Simply stated, it's our drivers and teams, their contributions and their quality of character that has defined Must See Racing and that made 2018 a really fun year," said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. "This was arguably our best season yet. When you have first class teams and quality competition at top shelf race tracks, are backed by great sponsors and are racing on a safe, level and competitive playing field ... in a culture of cooperation and mutual respect; it doesn't get better than that."

"This has been a season that has been extremely rewarding, appreciated and valuable beyond measure for Must See Racing as a whole and we are so excited to continue that momentum into 2019," Hanks added. "Congratulations to all our champions."

Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

MSR at Sandusky Speedway in 2019

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MSR To Honor Top Performers During Annual Awards Night

HOLLY, Mich. – Must See Racing will fete its top performers from the 2018 season during the annual MSR Awards Night on Jan. 19 at Quality Inn Coldwater.

The top 15 in points from the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series standings will all be honored during the proceedings, led by series champion Jimmy McCune, who wrapped up his fourth-straight title last year.

Veteran owner Jim McCune will also be recognized as part of the championship-winning team, along with additional special awards including Car Owner of the Year, Crew Chief of the Year and the season-long MSR Fast Qualifier Award, presented to the driver with the most fast times on the year.

Other honors to be handed out will be the Hard Charger of the Year Award, Young Gun Award, Most Improved Driver Award, the Sportsmanship, Perseverance and Hard Luck awards and the MSR Rookie of the Year Award, given to the first-year participant who finishes highest in the season standings.

2018 Banquet

The Must See Racing operations staff and series sponsors will also be recognized during the program.

In total, more than $31,000 in American Racer points fund money, contingency awards and other prizes will be distributed during the course of the banquet.

Each of the top-15 drivers in points will receive MSR's trademark 24'' by 36'' profile billboards, commemorating their season and where they finished in the standings, with a likeness of the driver and car included.

Series president Jim Hanks will anchor the program with a review of the season and his annual State of the Series address.

"This event is an annual tradition for all of us at Must See Racing and we're delighted to celebrate with all of our drivers in Coldwater, Mich., once again," said Hanks. "We look forward to honoring Jimmy McCune as our champion for the fourth time and congratulate him on his record-extending accomplishment. We're also excited to look back on our best year yet, which had seven different winners and eight different fast qualifiers, while also preparing for what promises to be a huge year ahead for the World's Fastest Short Track Cars."

The MSR Awards Night kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, but prior to the banquet proceedings will be the 2019 Owners & Drivers Meeting at 3 p.m.

That meeting will include a complete preview of the upcoming year, including the rules, schedule and other major highlights, along with a chance to register for the new season prior to the banquet.

Quality Inn Coldwater, site of the annual MSR Awards Night, is located at 1000 Orleans Blvd in Coldwater, Mich. The hotel can be reached at

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

Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing