SCHULTZ CHARGES TO MUST SEE SPEEDROME WIN
June 5, 2021 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Charlie Schultz took advantage of a lap 23 double-file restart to capture his second career Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro feature event Saturday night at the 1/5-mile Indianapolis Speedrome.
Winged sprint cars made their second-ever appearance at the track, and first in nearly 21 years. Due to the small nature of the track, a 100-lap feature event was presented to a healthy crowd. Qualifications and qualifying races were held Friday night to set the field for Saturday night’s 100-lap affair. To date, it was the most laps the MSR series had contested.
Outside front row starter Adam Biltz got the jump over Dylan Watson and lead the first 23 laps before a red flag waved on lap 23 after Anthony McCune rode up over the left front tire of three-time Little 500 champion Jeff Bloom. Both cars were eliminated for the night in the melee.
When the race resumed, Charlie Schultz powered past teammate Biltz for the led on the double-file restart. Schultz began to build a sizeable lead over the next 50 laps. Joe Liguori, who had initially started the race in the fifth starting position, slowly began to reel Schultz in.
Liguori had caught Schultz in lapped traffic near lap 77 and it appeared this would be Liguori’s only series shot to challenge for the lead. Schultz was able to dispose of lapped cars quickly and end Liguori’s bid for a win.
Schultz was able to beat Liguori to the finish by only .563 seconds followed by Nolan Allison, Dylan Watson, and Biltz rounding out the top five.
Last weekend’s American Speed U.S. Nationals winner Jimmy McCune was eliminated in a lap 2 incident after making contact with anther car. McCune’s bid for a repeat win ended after his car retired to the infield with damage.
Schultz became the fourth different winner in as many races to kick off the 2021 MSR season.
“The Indianapolis Speedrome is definitely nothing like we normally run with a sprint car” Schultz explained in victory lane. ”This deal here was like racing midgets indoors at Ft. Wayne or karts at Columbus. I really think that my indoor experience really paid off for me tonight. I was able to hit my marks lap after lap and get into a good rhythm. I was able to distance myself and get through lapped traffic”.
Shultz explained his pass for the lead on the lap 23 double-file restart. “The restart prior to it (lap 23) I tried it on the outside, and I didn’t time it right getting off four. I knew what I had done wrong. Fortunately, we got a second chance to try it again and I was able to time it right. I love this 100-lap format. Its tire management and chess, not checkers. It was good, clean, hard racing by everybody tonight” concluded Schultz.
- Charlie Schultz (9s) 100
2. Joe Liguori (13) 100
3. Nolan Allison (16) 100
4. Dylan Watson (12) 100
5. Adam Biltz (8a) 100
6. Tom Jewell (7) 98
7. Jacob Dolinar (48) 89
8. Tom Gerem (11) 97
9. Todd McQuillan (21) 87
10. Anthony Linkenhoker (4) 48
11. Jeff Blloom (26) 23
12. Anthony McCune (8) 23
13. Jimmy McCune (88) 3
14. Rick Holley (85) 0
All photos by David Sink