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Engine Pro Fast Car Slash At Berlin On Tap For MSR Sprints

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series is set for one of their biggest weekends of the season, with the homeland for series title sponsor Engine Pro playing host to the annual Engine Pro Fast Car Slash at Berlin Raceway on Aug. 19.


Race 10 on the calendar see the winged warriors tackling the .4375-mile Berlin Raceway, a staple venue for the series, appearing on every season calendar at least once with the exception of MSR's inaugural season in 2010.


This year's Fast Car Slash will mark the ninth time Must See Racing has competed at the Marne facility, and will be televised nationally on Suzuki Presents SPEED SPORT, as announced Wednesday.

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The MAVTV broadcast of the Fast Car Slash will air at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 7.


In the seven prior MSR features held at Berlin, five different winners have visited victory lane, including Jason Blonde this past May.


Last year's Fast Car Slash was rained out, meaning Brian Gerster enters as the defending winner of the event, having won the race in 2015.


Saturday's format will see a standard format of hot laps, two-lap time trials, eight lap heat races, a B-Main (if necessary) and the 30 lap A-Main run as normal, but with the addition of the Fast Car Slash.


The eight-lap sprint will provide an extra twist in determining the feature lineup. The driver who sets quick time in qualifying will roll a die to determine whether the fastest six or eight drivers will compete in the Slash. Eligible drivers must be among the five transfers out of their respective heat race, and any holes following the heats will be filled by the next-fastest driver(s) from qualifying.


Once the green flag drops on the Fast Car Slash, drivers will look to pass the field en route to victory and a $300 bonus, with any driver who is passed on-track in the Slash eliminated and slotted into the starting grid based on their order of elimination.


All drivers who survive elimination will line up for the feature based on their finishing order from the Fast Car Slash, with eliminated drivers following behind them.


The event is always a fan-favorite when the MSR field hits the track at Berlin, and will no doubt provide some of the most intense action of the night during the Berlin program.


"The Fast Car Slash is a staple of our fall visit to Berlin, and we're excited to have it back once again with our partners at Engine Pro," said MSR Founder and President Jim Hanks. "This addition to the format puts the drivers more 'in control' of their starting spots and gives the fans one more thrilling race to view before the main event. We're looking forward to seeing who can survive the Slash and start up front on Saturday night!"


In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, the Berlin Raceway super late models will run twin 35-lap features, with modifieds and super stocks also on the racing card.


Pit gates on Saturday at Berlin open at 1:30 p.m., with hot laps hitting the track at 3 p.m. and qualifying for the Must See Racing sprint cars and the super late models to follow.
An autograph session is scheduled for 5:30 and racing kicks off at 6:30.


For more information on Berlin Raceway, visit www.berlinraceway.com, and for more information on Must See Racing, 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

Fast Car Slash Coming Soon!

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McCune Scores Fifth-Career Anderson Speedway MSR Win

ANDERSON, Ind. – Jimmy McCune got one for the thumb Saturday night in Central Indiana, scoring his fifth-career Anderson Speedway winged sprint car win with Must See Racing after a furious duel around the quarter-mile oval.


McCune used a high-low switch to take the lead from polesitter and early-race leader Chris Neuenschwander on lap 17, holding serve throughout the remaining distance and fighting off long-time rival Brian Gerster in the closing stages.


Not only was the win McCune's fifth at Anderson, it was his personal-best sixth series win of the year and the record-extending 22nd of his MSR career.


While the win may have looked easy, McCune said it was anything but.


"I hope it was fun (for the fans to watch)," McCune laughed. "It was crazy out there. The car was good. It was just tough to figure out what guys wanted to do. Some wanted to run right through the middle and others wanted to run the top. It was just hard to pick and choose where they were gonna be."


"The last few laps, the race track was all oiled (down) ... about two car widths wide. It was treacherous and we were sliding around everywhere. I got there, but man, we were hanging on."


The only true nervous moments for McCune were on lap 22, when Christian Koehler spun out right in front of the lead pack and nearly collected him in the process, and inside of 20 to go when lap traffic was at its peak.


On both laps 31 and 34, Gerster had a chance to work to McCune's inside as the No. 88 was pinned in heavy traffic with no momentum, but both times McCune was able to find escape routes and get back in front.


Though Gerster fell .729 of a second short in the end, he too cited the oiled-down track as being a major factor as time wound down.


"The last five laps, somebody was dumping a ton of oil on the track and Jimmy was getting sideways ... I was getting sideways; it was crazy," Gerster said. "We had a decent night after messing up in qualifying, but we kept digging. We had a shot at the win a couple times. We just didn't get the job done."


Anthony McCune completed the podium in third, notching his fifth straight finish of fourth or better and his fourth podium in the last five races, followed by Chris Neuenschwander and Jerry Caryer.


Doug Dietsch, Charlie Schultz, Dameron Taylor, Tom Jewell and Brian Vaughn completed the top 10.


Jimmy McCune was the night's fast qualifier, scoring his seventh-career Abe's Auto Parts Time Trial Award with a lap of 10.710 seconds (84.034 mph) around the quarter-mile bullring.


Christian Koehler, Tom Jewell and Jerry Caryer won their respective 10-lap heat races.


The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday, Aug. 19 with the running of the annual Engine Pro Fast Car Slash at Berlin Raceway.


RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Anderson Speedway; Aug. 12, 2017


1-800-RADIATOR A-Feature (50 laps): 1. #88 – Jimmy McCune [4]; 2. #50m – Brian Gerster [5]; #8 – Anthony McCune [3]; 4. Chris Neuenschwander [1]; 5. Jerry Caryer [2]; 6. #0 – Doug Dietsch [6]; 7. #9s – Charlie Schultz [7]; 8. #5 – Dameron Taylor [10]; 9. #7 – Tom Jewell [9]; 10. #71 – Brian Vaughn [8]; 11. #10k – Christian Koehler [13]; 12. #B4 – Bronzie Lawson IV [11]; 13. #8A – Adam Biltz [14]; 14. #72s – Joe Speakman [12]; 15. #13 – HD Carter [15]; 16. #26 – Jeff Bloom [16].


Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials (best of two laps): 1. #88 - Jimmy McCune, 10.710; 2. #8 - Anthony McCune, 10.829; 3. #75c - Jerry Caryer, 10.900; 4. #10 - Chris Neuenschwander, 10.930; 5. #50m - Brian Gerster, 10.971; 6. #0 - Doug Dietsch, 11.136; 7. #9s - Charlie Schultz, 11.158; 8. #71 - Brian Vaughn, 11.216; 9. #7 - Tom Jewell, 11.226; 10. #26 - Jeff Bloom, 11.246; 11. #5 - Dameron Taylor, 11.313; 12. #B4 - Bronzie Lawson IV, 11.441; 13. #72s - Joe Speakman, 11.465; 14. #10k - Christian Koehler, 11.550; 15. #8A - Adam Biltz, 11.651; 16. #13 - HD Carter, 14.278.


Abe's Auto Parts First Heat (10 laps): 1. Christian Koehler ($100) [1]; 2. Joe Speakman ($50) [2]; 3. Dameron Taylor ($35) [4]; 4. Bronzie Lawson [3]; 5. Adam Biltz [5]; 6. HD Carter [6].


B&B Machinery Movers Second Heat (10 laps): 1. Tom Jewell ($100) [1]; 2. Charlie Schultz ($50) [3]; 3. Brian Vaughn [2] ($35); 4. Doug Dietsch [4]; 5. Jeff Bloom [5].


RAM Engineering Midwest Third Heat (10 laps): 1. Jerry Caryer ($100) [2]; 2. Chris Neuenschwander ($50) [1]; 3. Jimmy McCune ($35) [4]; 4. Brian Gerster [5]; 5. Anthony McCune [3].


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

Saturday August 12th at Anderson Speedway

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