DeCaire Banks $500 With Jennerstown Fast Time
JENNERSTOWN, Pa. – Troy DeCaire has qualifying figured out with the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro.
Troy DeCaire in action Saturday at Jennerstown Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)
DeCaire, from Tampa, Fla., sped to his third straight Engine Pro Fast Time Award Saturday evening at Jennerstown Speedway, posting the quickest lap in advance of the third annual David D. Mateer Tribute Race at the half-mile Pennsylvania oval.
The two-time series champion turned a lap of 15.200 seconds (123.632 mph) with the No. 36 Statham Construction Hurricane, just .002 seconds off the sprint car track record held by Brian Gerster.
The scary part? DeCaire wasn’t happy with his car, and yet he was still fastest in the 21-car field.
“We made five laps in hot laps on old tires, so I knew that was part of our issue, but the car didn’t have what I wanted it to have, because I’m always thinking about the race,” DeCaire said. “We started talking track records, though, and I felt like we could beat it. I probably should have run the second (practice) session … but I had the car a little too low. I bottomed out and had to check up coming off (turn) two.
“I was a little tight, so I had to shake it, and we just missed it,” he added. “I think I had a 15.0 or a 14.90 if we’d had this thing set on kill … but I want the big check, so we’re looking to run 30 good ones.”
Troy DeCaire (left) poses with Must See Racing's Jim Hanks after setting fast time at Jennerstown Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)
Saturday’s effort was the fifth fast time of DeCaire’s Must See Racing sprint car career.
While Gerster’s track record remained safe, the Fishers, Ind., native was unable to match DeCaire’s pace at Jennerstown. Gerster ran the second-fastest lap (15.326/122.615) in the Dick Myers Racing No. 50m.
Another Floridian, Joe Liguori, timed in third overall ahead of five-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune and Ohio veteran Charlie Schultz.
Adam Biltz, Kevin Feeney, series point leader Anthony McCune, Tom Jewell and debuting rookie Nolan Allison filled out the top 10 on the speed charts after two-lap qualifications.
Rick Holley, Gerster and DeCaire followed up time trials by winning their respective eight-lap heat races.
By virtue of a five-car inversion spun on the Wheel of Destiny, Charlie Schultz will start on the pole position for the 30-lap American Racer David D. Mateer Tribute Race.
Feature racing at Jennerstown Speedway begins shortly after 8 p.m. ET, with every lap broadcast live via SPEED SPORT TV affiliate Must See Racing TV. Pay-per-view tickets can be purchased for just $18.
QUALIFYING RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Jennerstown Speedway; Sept. 12, 2020
- #36 – Troy DeCaire, 15.200 seconds
- #50m – Brian Gerster, 15.326 seconds
- #13 – Joe Liguori, 15.578 seconds
- #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.886 seconds
- #9s – Charlie Schultz, 15.932 seconds
- #8a – Adam Biltz, 16.161 seconds
- #6k – Kevin Feeney, 16.163 seconds
- #8 – Anthony McCune, 16.166 seconds
- #7 – Tom Jewell, 16.216 seconds
- #16 – Nolan Allison, 16.364 seconds
- #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.409 seconds
- #81 – Steve Surniak, 16.841 seconds
- #2 – Joey Wyckoff, 16.861 seconds
- #85 – Rick Holley, 16.905 seconds
- #13d – Jacob Dolinar, 16.869 seconds
- #26 – Jeff Bloom, 17.288 seconds
- #15 – Tim Henthorne, 17.588 seconds
- #12 – Dylan Watson, 17.610 seconds
- #11g – Tom Geren, 17.669 seconds
- #90 – Todd McQuillen, 18.562 seconds
Gerster Rules David D. Mateer Memorial At Jennerstown
JENNERSTOWN, Pa. – (Sept. 12, 2020) With the COVID-19 pandemic drastically shortening the season for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro, Brian Gerster was worried about being shut out of victory lane.
Brian Gerster celebrates in victory lane at Jennerstown Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)
After Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway, Gerster can throw those worries out the window.
Gerster steered the familiar Dick Myers-owned, MOPAR-powered No. 50m sprinter to a convincing victory in the American Racer David D. Mateer Tribute Race presented by Allied Milk Producers, taking the lead with 13 to go in the 30-lapper and holding on through a green-white-checkered restart.
Though tire problems for Troy DeCaire necessitated a caution with two laps to go, Gerster got the power down when the green flag waved for the final time, driving away from longtime rival Jimmy McCune to a .846-second victory.
It marked the 24th series win for Gerster, second only to McCune’s 34, and the Fishers, Ind., native was uncharacteristically excited when he climbed out of his car on the frontstretch to celebrate.
“How about that?!” Gerster cheered after celebrating atop the wing. “It’s awesome to win here tonight. 2020 has been a crappy year, but this is a great facility and man, I love coming here. We had a great run going at the (Little) 500 last week and weren’t able to finish it off … so it’s really nice to get the win.
“We’re not going to get skunked here, even in a short year for us.”
Brian Gerster poses with a bottle of Allied Milk Producers chocolate milk in victory lane. (Jacob Seelman photo)
Gerster’s winning pass came on lap 18, when he pitched his car to the apron of the third turn in a monstrous divebomb on McCune. It was set up two laps earlier by a caution for debris in turn four.
He never gave up command of the race from there, despite the misfortune for DeCaire on lap 28 that led to the final two-lap dash to the checkered flag.
“That pass we made was a credit to the guys who work on this race car,” Gerster noted. “Jimmy was running a bit wider line than I was, and you can’t follow someone in these cars and be in their dirty air. I just had to go down and try to get some clean air, and I made it work.”
McCune took the lead from the outset, driving past polesitter Charlie Schultz by the exit of turn two as Schultz free-fell to fifth before the end of the opening lap.
An early caution developed on lap five, after Steve Surniak slowed with a flat right-rear tire, but McCune controlled the restart and pulled away before a second yellow waved on lap 10 for the stalled car of Kevin Feeney on the backstretch.
McCune retained command through the halfway point, but the lap-16 debris caution worked against him and gave Gerster a chance, which the wily Hoosier didn’t squander in the slightest.
That left McCune to finish a frustrating second, one month after winning at Lorain County Speedway.
“I didn’t want to see any of those cautions, but that’s the nature of the beast sometimes,” McCune said. “We held them off as long as we could. I’m not a fan of the double-file restarts, but it is what it is.
“We started the night with a blown motor, and we finished on the frontstretch with a runner-up. We’ll take it after working our tails off to change the engine; I’m pretty pleased with it.”
Joe Liguori completed the podium, followed by Anthony McCune, who crossed fourth and maintained the championship lead by a single point over his uncle, Jimmy McCune.
Schultz faded to fifth, followed by fast qualifier Troy DeCaire and rookie Nolan Allison, who came home an impressive seventh in his Must See Racing debut. It was also Allison’s first start in a 410 sprint car.
In a field as deep as the one on display at Jennerstown Saturday night, Gerster was quick to savor the moment, capping his party in the winner’s circle with a swig of Allied Milk Producers chocolate milk.
“The McCune cars are always fast; Jimmy did a good job tonight, and (Troy) DeCaire did a good job all night as well. Fortunately we finally got the job done,” Gerster noted. “It’s fun racing with those guys and I’m glad to get the win. We’re lucky.”
To view complete race results, advance to the next page.
RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Jennerstown Speedway; Sept. 12, 2020
Engine Pro Time Trials: 1. #36 – Troy DeCaire, 15.200; 2. #50m – Brian Gerster, 15.326; 3. #13 – Joe Liguori, 15.578; 4. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.886; 5. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 15.932; 6. #8a – Adam Biltz, 16.161; 7. #6k – Kevin Feeney, 16.163; 8. #8 – Anthony McCune, 16.166; 9. #7 – Tom Jewell, 16.216; 10. #16 – Nolan Allison, 16.364; 11. #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.409; 12. #81 – Steve Surniak, 16.841; 13. #2 – Joey Wyckoff, 16.861; 14. #85 – Rick Holley, 16.905; 15. #13d – Jacob Dolinar, 16.869; 16. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 17.288; 17. #15 – Tim Henthorne, 17.588; 18. #12 – Dylan Watson, 17.610; 19. #11g – Tom Geren, 17.669; 20. #90 – Todd McQuillen, 18.562.
Heat #1 (8 laps, top five retain time): 1. Rick Holley , 2. Tom Jewell , 3. Joe Liguori , 4. Steve Surniak , 5. Adam Biltz , 6. Dylan Watson , 7. Todd McQuillen .
Heat #2 (8 laps, top five retain time): 1. Brian Gerster , 2. Anthony McCune , 3. Charlie Schultz , 4. Joe Speakman , 5. Tim Henthorne , 6. Tom Geren , 7. Jacob Dolinar .
Heat #3 (8 laps, top five retain time): 1. Troy DeCaire , 2. Jimmy McCune , 3. Nolan Allison , 4. Kevin Feeney , 5. Joey Wyckoff , 6. Jeff Bloom .
American Racer Feature (30 laps): 1. 50m-Brian Gerster , 2. 88-Jimmy McCune , 3. 13-Joe Liguori , 4. 8-Anthony McCune , 5. 9s-Charlie Schultz , 6. 36-Troy DeCaire , 7. 16-Nolan Allison , 8. 81-Steve Surniak , 9. 8a-Adam Biltz , 10. 11-Tom Geren , 11. 7-Tom Jewell , 12. 90-Todd McQuillen , 13. 72s-Joe Speakman , 14. 12-Dylan Watson , 15. 15h-Tim Henthorne , 16. 85-Rick Holley , 17. 6k-Kevin Feeney , 18. 13d-Jacob Dolinar , 19. 26-Jeff Bloom .
Lap Leaders: Charlie Schultz Grid, Jimmy McCune 1-17, Brian Gerster 18-30.
Hard Charger: 11-Tom Geren (+6)
Gerster Speeds During Jennerstown Must See Practice
JENNERSTOWN, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2020) – Making his first Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro appearance of the season, Brian Gerster topped the speed charts during Saturday practice at Jennerstown Speedway.
Gerster toured the .522-mile oval in 15.755 seconds (119.276 mph) with the No. 50m Dick Myers Racing sprinter to lead a 21-car field for the American Racer David D. Mateer Memorial.
Brian Gerster on Saturday at Jennerstown Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)
The Fishers, Ind., native and two-time series champion is also the sprint car track record holder at Jennerstown. He’s seeking his 24th career win in the series’ fourth points race of the season.
Florida’s Troy DeCaire followed Gerster on the overall charts, with a lap of 15.822 seconds (118.771 mph) in the No. 36 Statham Construction Hurricane.
Also a two-time champion, DeCaire led the way in the first of two rounds of practice and then elected to forego the second round to make a gear change before Engine Pro Time Trials at 3 p.m. ET.
Ohio’s Charlie Schultz (16.024/117.274) clocked the third-fastest lap, followed by series point leader Anthony McCune and Joe Liguori among the top-five runners.
Adam Biltz, Kevin Feeney, Joey Wyckoff, debuting rookie Nolan Allison and Tom Jewell filled out the top 10.
Five-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune was 12th-quick after motor issues in the first round of practice Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s David D. Mateer Memorial will be broadcast live on SPEED SPORT Network affiliate Must See Racing TV beginning at 3 p.m. ET with qualifying. Pay-per-view tickets for the event are $18.
PRACTICE RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Jennerstown Speedway; Sept. 12, 2020
- #50m – Brian Gerster, 15.755 seconds
- #36 – Troy DeCaire, 15.822 seconds
- #9s – Charlie Schultz, 16.024 seconds
- #8 – Anthony McCune, 16.175 seconds
- #13 – Joe Liguori, 16.340 seconds
- #8a – Adam Biltz, 16.562 seconds
- #6k – Kevin Feeney, 16.648 seconds
- #2 – Joey Wyckoff, 16.687 seconds
- #16 – Nolan Allison, 16.690 seconds
- #7 – Tom Jewell, 16.734 seconds
- #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.976 seconds
- #88 – Jimmy McCune, 17.060 seconds
- #81 – Steve Surniak, 17.356 seconds
- #85 – Rick Holley, 17.357 seconds
- #12 – Dylan Watson, 17.464 seconds
- #13d – Jacob Dolinar, 17.592 seconds
- #51s – Joshua Sexton, 18.540 seconds
- #15 – Tim Henthorne, 18.576 seconds
- #11g – Tom Geren, 18.829 seconds
- #90 – Todd McQuillen, 18.908 seconds
- #26 – Jeff Bloom, NT
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