Brian Gerster Resets Jennerstown Track Record
JENNERSTOWN, Pa. – Brian Gerster smashed the sprint car track record at Jennerstown Speedway on Saturday afternoon during qualifying for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series David D. Mateer Memorial.
Brian Gerster at speed Saturday during qualifying at Jennerstown Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)
Gerster toured the lightning-fast, .522-mile oval in 15.198 seconds (123.648 mph) to top a 22-car field with his familiar No. 50m RAM Engineering Midwest-backed, Dick Myers Racing-prepared entry.
The top qualifying effort, Gerster's third of the season, was the 30th of his Must See Racing career and eclipsed the 14-year-old track record of 15.32 seconds set by Jeff Bloom back on Aug. 13, 2005.
It also came within a whisker of the all-time mark of 15.121 seconds (124.277 mph), which was posted by Dave Shullick Jr. in 2015 during ISMA Supermodified Series competition.
The scary thing for the rest of the field? Gerster was lamenting the lap after climbing from his car, saying that he felt he could have gone even quicker had it not been
"We missed it a little bit, actually. I made a mistake with the wing placement and it cost us, so we could've had that absolute track record if the driver hadn't screwed up," noted Gerster. "They should not leave adjustments in there for me. I should just have the steering wheel and pedals. But the car was still good. It was fun to go fast time here. Now I'm open for a small or huge invert, one or the other.
"There's a lot of fast cars; we're good, but this'll be a place that's aero dependent and traffic will be tough and everything like that," Gerster added. "We want to be fast all night, so there's three things we've got to do well, and that's qualifying, heat racing and the feature. The first one's over, but the feature is where the big money is at.
"That's where we want to be the best."
Brian Gerster (right) poses with Must See Racing President Jim Hanks (center) and a representative from American Racer Tires. (Jacob Seelman photo)
Gerster earned a $500 bonus for topping qualifying courtesy of American Racer Tires, the presenting sponsor of Saturday night's racing program at the Jennerstown speed plant.
Charlie Schultz, who finished third during last year's inaugural Must See Racing stop at Jennerstown, qualified second overall with a lap of 15.421 seconds (121.860 mph) in his John Reiser-owned No. 9s.
Canadian Ryan Litt was third on the speed charts (15.431/121.781) after pacing one of the two practice sessions held earlier in the day. Defending Jennerstown winner Jimmy McCune and past NASCAR modified champion Bobby Santos III followed in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Joe Liguori qualified sixth-quickest, ahead of recent Berlin Raceway winner Jason Blonde, current points leader Anthony McCune, Kevin Feeney and Christian Koehler.
Former track record holder Bloom was 11th fastest (16.177116.165) during two-lap qualifications.
Racing action at Jennerstown Speedway kicks off just after 6 p.m. local time.
QUALIFYING RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Jennerstown Speedway; Sept. 14, 2019
1. #50m – Brian Gerster, 15.198 (NTR); 2. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 15.421; 3. #07L – Ryan Litt, 15.431; 4. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.640; 5. #22a – Bobby Santos III, 15.653; 6. #13 – Joe Liguori, 15.725; 7. #42 – Jason Blonde, 15.738; 8. #8 – Anthony McCune, 15.915; 9. #6k – Kevin Feeney, 16.107; 10. #10k – Christian Koehler, 16.139; 11. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 16.177; 12. #7 – Tom Jewell, 16.245; 13. #8a – Adam Biltz, 16.400; 14. #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 16.770; 15. #81 – Johnny Petrozelle III, 16.783; 16. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 16.813; 17. #51 – Joshua Sexton, 18.094; 18. #15 – Tim Henthorne, 18.324; 19. #85 – Rick Holley, 18.387; 20. #32 – Todd McQuillen, 19.087; 21. #4 – Anthony Linkenhoker, 19.626; 22. #74 – Ivan Shaver, 20.430.
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