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GERSTER SWEEPS MUST SEE RACING WESTERN SWING

Loves Park, Illinois – Brian Gerster kept his roll going by winning the Must See Racing 50-lap feature Saturday night at Rockford Speedway. It was his second consecutive win in as many nights and finished off the weekend with a sweep of Must See Racing's western swing through Wisconsin and Illinois.


Gerster finished the night off in convincing fashion by taking the checkered flag by nearly a straightaway lead after setting quick time in qualifications earlier in the day with a lap of 11.597 seconds. He appeared aggressive with lapped cars after taking the lead on lap 8 from early leader Anthony McCune and wasted no time building a sizeable lead early. He nearly lost the race one night earlier when he struggled with lap cars with two laps to go and second place finisher Jimmy McCune took advantage of his struggles to momentarily take the lead, but still managed to hang on for the win. Gerster would have none of that on this night and lapped cars as quickly as possible en-route to a dominating performance.


The win also showed the competition that his Dick Meyers owned machine is now a threat after early season struggles. The car was heavily damaged in an accident last August at Owosso, MI. The entire rear end of the car had to be reconstructed and the team appears to have figured the car out.

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 In victory lane Gerster alluded to the fact the team has figured the reconstructed car out. "This weekend is sort of a culmination of recovering from our car getting crashed at Owosso last year" explained Gerster."The back of this thing was completely destroyed. A lot of work went into getting it fixed. The notebook on this thing is fifteen years old or something like that and we kinda had to start over because things are different now. The car has been wanting a different set-up than what we're used to. We found some things the car likes. Hopefully we can keep rolling".


Gerster reasoned his aggressive driving style was due to the fact Jimmy McCune would be there at the end. "I figured Jimmy would be there. He really excels at little race tracks like this. I'd come off of two and glance at the main straightaway and could never see him. I figured he was close. Last night I felt like I had a little bit of a lead and then I got hung up with a couple lapped cars with two to go, and he got next to us and almost stole one from us. Just trying to get through lapped traffic as quick as possible. It worked out and we got the win" concluded Gerster. Jimmy McCune finished second while his nephew Anthony McCune finished third after leading the opening 8 laps of the event. Chris Nuenschwander was third and Charlie Schultz rounded out the top five.


The Must See Racing Sprint Series will next head to Owosso, MI this Saturday August 5 as the series continues a four weekend stretch and the busiest part of its 2017 schedule.


Abe's Auto Parts heat #1 went to Chris Nuenschwander and Anthony McCune won the B&B Machinery Movers heat #2.


A-Feature (50 laps): 1. #50m-Brian Gerster 2. #88 Jimmy McCune 3. #8 Anthony McCune 4. #10n Chris Nuenschwander 5. #9s Charlie Schultz 6. #26 Jeff Bloom 7. #10k Christian Koehler 8. #7 Tom Jewel 9. #75c Jerry Caryer 10. #8s Adam Blitz 11. #13 HD Carter 12. #72s Joe Speakman


The Must See Racing Sprint Series will next head to Owosso, MI this Saturday August 5 as the series continues a four weekend stretch and the busiest part of its 2017 schedule.


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Gerster Becomes Third Different Must See Racing Winner Of 2017

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50-88 (Brian Gerster battles Jimmy McCune (88) for the win at Madison Int'l Speedway Friday night.

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50-8 Brian Gerster works the outside of Anthony McCune (8) Friday night at Madison Int'l Speedway.


OREGON, Wis. – Brian Gerster became the third different winner of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season and put a brief end to Jimmy McCune's dominance by winning Friday night's 30-lap feature at Madison Int'l Speedway.


Gerster took the lead from polesitter Charlie Schultz on lap seven and led the rest of the way in a near-nonstop feature that took just 12 minutes from start to finish.


After also setting fast time in qualifying, Friday marked Gerster's 17th-career Must See Racing triumph.

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"I was just trying to get to the front as fast as I could," said Gerster, who was making his first-ever appearance at the Madison half-mile. "Every time we run this series, with the invert ... we typically have to come from a row back or a couple rows back. The guys who get (to the front) fast are the guys who have been winning all the races, and tonight we were able to do that."


"I was just trying to get to the front ... get that clean air and drive my race. Things worked out for us."


Though Gerster held a lead of more than two seconds at times, he had to withstand a last-ditch charge by McCune, who closed to the back bumper of the No. 50m when Gerster was trapped behind the slower cars of Schultz and Adam Biltz with two laps to go.

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"I got bottled up there, with about three to go ... and I saw Jimmy show me his nose and knew it might get interesting. I hope the fans got some excitement of that; I know I did. I knew I had good pace though, and that I wasn't running the car quite as hard as I needed to. It all came together in the end."


Schultz started on the pole for the 30-lap main event, and was able to hold the advantage early thanks to a lap one caution for a spinning Jason Cox in Turn 4.


That nullified what would have been a pass for second for Jimmy McCune, who had to fall back behind his nephew Anthony McCune for the first restart of the night.


That restart saw Anthony McCune fall back as both Jimmy McCune and Brian Gerster jumped by on the outside, with Jimmy McCune quickly closing in on Schultz's tail tank for the top spot.

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The two-time defending champion attempted a pass for the lead in Turn 3 on the fifth circuit, but washed way up the race track and had to gather his car back up as Gerster went flying by into second.


"I just had a good run on him (Schultz) going down the backstretch; I caught a nice draft ... pulled out (to make the pass) and when I did, the car just bit on the left rear and I couldn't really steer it," McCune explained afterwards. "It drove me all the way to the infield on entry in and it was all I could to get it back under me."


Once Gerster took the lead, it was game-set-match. He led the McCunes by a second and a half at the halfway point, and without traffic in the final laps, would have easily cruised off into the Wisconsin night.


Jimmy McCune officially finished second by .993 of a second, but admitted that number was somewhat misleading with how strong Gerster was in clean air.


"He was really good out front; the traffic was what got us back into it there at the end," McCune said. "My mistake early in the going blew the whole race for us. The lap cars were an insane pain in the rear tonight. Hopefully, they're not that way tomorrow ... but (at Rockford) it's tight and we can use this new bumper there if we need to."


Anthony McCune completed the podium in third, scoring his third-consecutive top three finish and unofficially moving into second in points over Jeff Bloom.


Those three drivers were the only cars on the lead lap at the twin checkers.


Schultz hung on for fourth, the first car one lap down, just ahead of Jerry Caryer in fifth.


The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday, July 29 for the conclusion of their two-night 'Western Swing' at Illinois' Rockford Speedway, where Jimmy McCune is the defending winner.


RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Madison Int'l Speedway; July 28, 2017


1-800-RADIATOR A-Feature (30 laps): 1. #50m – Brian Gerster [5]; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune [4]; 3. #8 – Anthony McCune [2]; 4. #9s – Charlie Schultz [1]; 5. #75c – Jerry Caryer [6]; 6. #7 – Tom Jewell [7]; 7. #72s – Joe Speakman [9]; 8. #8A – Adam Biltz [10]; 9. #40 – Jason Cox [3]; 10. #13 – H.D. Carter [11]; 11. #26 – Jeff Bloom [8].


Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials: 1. #50m – Brian Gerster, 14.710; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.280; 3. #40 – Jason Cox , 15.453; 4. #8 – Anthony McCune, 15.681; 5. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 15.691; 6. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 15.968; 7. #7 – Tom Jewell, 16.038; 8. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 16.179; 9. #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.737; 10. #8A – Adam Biltz, 16.747; 11. #13 – H.D. Carter, NT.


Abe's Auto Parts Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Jeff Bloom, 2. Joe Speakman, 3. Jerry Caryer, 4. Tom Jewell, 5. Adam Biltz, 6. H.D. Carter (DNS).


B&B Machinery Movers Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. Jason Cox, 2. Brian Gerster, 3. Anthony McCune, 4. Charlie Schultz, 5. Jimmy McCune.

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Jacob Seelman
RaceChaserOnline.com, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer

2017 David D. Mateer Memorial at Owosso Speedway

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Anthony McCune Seeking Maiden MSR Sprint Car Win On 'Western Swing'

HOLLY, Mich. -- If ever there was a weekend where the numbers were in favor of 19-year-old Anthony McCune, this weekend's Must See Racing Sprint Car Series 'Western Swing' doubleheader is the one to watch.


After all, McCune's last two feature finishes with the series have been a third-place effort at Owosso (Mich.) Speedway on July 1 and a strong runner-up finish at Midvale (Ohio) Speedway on July 15, meaning that as far as he's concerned, there's only one hurdle left to climb.

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"Now we want that win," McCune said. "If you look at the numbers, that's the only thing we haven't done yet, right?"


The 2015 series Rookie of the Year will have two chances to accomplish that goal this weekend, as the stars of Must See Racing make their furthest trip west for the 2017 season, racing for the second-consecutive year at both Wisconsin's Madison Int'l Speedway and Illinois' Rockford Speedway.


Madison's high-speed half-mile provides the backdrop for the fastest track that Must See Racing will compete on all season, while Rockford's quarter-mile bullring is among the tightest and always provides some of the closest racing that the series sees each year.


Though McCune's uncle Jimmy swept the two races last season, part of a five-win campaign that netted the long-time veteran a second-straight championship, young Anthony is confident that he has a chance to knock his mentor off this time around.


"I believe we'll have a shot; I really do," McCune said. "My confidence is way up after we nearly won at Midvale and I'm super-motivated to get that last spot we're missing. I've learned a lot this year and I'm ready to show it."


Anthony said that while it was a disappointment to not be able to capitalize on his uncle's near-misfortune at Midvale, when Jimmy was losing a right-front tire in the closing laps but hung on to secure the win, he has already put that out of his mind and is solely focused on the upcoming weekend of racing.


"I wanted that win, but what's done is done," said the younger McCune. "You can't think about what you could have done differently, my grandpa says ... just have to get going on the next one and that's what we're going to do."


Gates at Madison Int'l Speedway open at 3:30 p.m. Friday, with hot laps kicking off at 5 p.m. Qualifying will roll off at 6:20 p.m., followed by racing action at 7:30 p.m.


For Saturday's portion of the program, gates at Rockford Speedway open at 2 p.m., with hot laps kicking off at 3:30 p.m. Qualifying will roll off at 5:30 p.m., followed by racing action at 7 p.m.


For more information on Must See Racing, including driver and team news, points standings, results, schedule updates and more, visit www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
RaceChaserOnline.com, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer