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
David D. Mateer Tribute at Jennerstown Speedway
AMERICAN RACER CONTINUES AS THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF MUST SEE RACING
The Must See Racing Sprint Series has announced that American Racer will continue as the official and exclusive series tire for the next three years (2021 thru 2023).
Must See Racing president Jim Hanks said, “From the day back in March 2011 that MSR selected American Racer, their management team, engineers and our series distributor, Wayne Bishop of Michigan American Racer LLC has delivered on every commitment and promise enabling MSR to not only meet, but exceed, our three original objectives of safety, presenting a level and competitive playing field for our competitors, and significantly reducing tire costs for our teams.”
Tires are one of the most important components in racing, creating a difficult and complex dynamic for competitors and officials alike. As the overall costs of racing challenges race teams the American Racer tire has leveled the playing field between wide spread tire budgets while significantly reducing all competitors tire expenses.
“I really appreciate and respect American Racer’s continued and ongoing commitment to product quality and competitive pricing. Performance has been the foundation of our series and our outstanding relationship. The quality of our first class race teams, their spectacular record setting performance competing on the American Racer tire objectively speaks for itself,” concluded Hanks.
“It is with great pleasure we continue and extend our long standing relationship with Must See Racing showcasing our brand and American Racer tires with the World’s Fastest Short Track Cars” added Specialty Tires of America Director of Racing, Scott Junod.
MSR is based in Holly, Michigan and features 410 CI unlimited horsepower winged pavement sprint cars competing at some of the most historic and notable tracks in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast regions of America including the upcoming American Racer “DAVID D. MATEER TRIBUTE” at Jennerstown Speedway (Pennsylvania) on Saturday September 12, 2020.
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