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Jimmy McCune Keeps Rolling With Anderson MSR Fast Time

ANDERSON, Ind. – Jimmy McCune kept his dream of sweeping Saturday's Must See Racing Sprint Car Series opener alive by rolling to the fastest lap in Hamilton Trucking Time Trials at Anderson Speedway.


The four-time and defending series champion, who was the final driver to qualify among the 21-car field, toured the quarter-mile, high-banked oval in 11.006 seconds (81.774 mph) with the familiar No. 88 Abe's Auto Parts/B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil sprinter.

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Jimmy McCune at speed on Saturday at Anderson Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)


"The car is good," McCune said. "We changed some things from last year to hopefully fix some of our struggles on the short tracks, and I feel like we're closer. Hopefully we made the right changes for tonight's heat race and feature, but it's been an extremely chilly day and challenging, as well. The track is cold and doesn't have a lot of grip.


"We've fought that and tried to find the happy spot, but this is a good start, for sure."


Saturday evening's effort marked McCune's ninth Must See Racing Fast Time Award and his fourth at Anderson, a track where he's won five times before in his Must See Racing career.


That success and familiarity lends itself to a level of comfort, McCune noted.


"This is one of my favorite places to come to, so that's always a plus," he said. "I love racing this joint."


Charlie Schultz, who McCune bumped from the top spot right at the end of qualifying, ended up second-fastest and just .041 seconds off of the pole time.


Anthony McCune, Jimmy McCune's nephew, followed in third. Geoff Kaiser and Jeff Bloom followed in fourth and fifth, respectively.


Joe Liguori, Tyler Roahrig, Tom Jewell, Trey Osborne and Canadian Ryan Litt completed the top 10.


Racing at Anderson Speedway is slated to kick off shortly after 8:15 p.m. local time.

QUALIFYING RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Anderson Speedway; May 4, 2019

 


1.      #88 – Jimmy McCune, 11.006 seconds
2.      #9s – Charlie Schultz, 11.047 seconds
3.      #8 – Anthony McCune, 11.075 seconds
4.       #10n – Geoff Kaiser, 11.075 seconds
5.      #26 – Jeff Bloom, 11.095 seconds
6.       #13 – Joe Liguori, 11.179 seconds
7.      #99s – Tyler Roahrig, 11.207 seconds
8.       #7 – Tom Jewell, 11.217 seconds
9.      #81 – Trey Osborne, 11.268 seconds
10.    #07L – Ryan Litt, 11.361 seconds
11.    #75c – Jerry Caryer, 11.414 seconds
12.   #10k – Christian Koehler, 11.657 seconds
13.   #51s – Joshua Sexton, 11.878 seconds
14.    #85 – Rick Holley, 12.019 seconds
15.    #32 – Todd McQuillen, 12.328 seconds
16.   #22 – Tony Grams, 12.401 seconds
17.    #11g – Tom Geren, 12.421 seconds
18.    #15t – Tim Henthorne, 12.443 seconds
19.    #99k – Brendan Torok, 12.629 seconds
20.   #4L – Anthony Linkenhoker, 13.098 seconds
21.   #71 – Brian Vaughn, NT

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Jimmy McCune Sweeps Saturday Must See Practice At Anderson

2019 MSR Anderson S Jimmy McCune Candid Jacob Seelman PhotoANDERSON, Ind. – Jimmy McCune got his Must See Racing Sprint Car Series title defense off to a fast start on Saturday evening at Anderson Speedway by sweeping practice for the season-opening Must See Racing 50.


McCune, the four-time defending series titlist, was fastest in both sessions and set the fast lap of the day – 11.110 seconds (81.008 mph) – during the second and final round with his No. 88 Abe's Auto Parts/B&B Machinery Movers sprinter.


His nephew, Anthony McCune, was second-quick in Happy Hour with a best lap of 11.165 seconds (80.609 mph) with the similarly-schemed No. 8 B&B Machinery Movers machine.


Making his first winged sprint car appearance since 2016, home-state driver and outlaw late model ace Tyler Roahrig was third overall (11.311/79.569), followed by Charlie Schultz and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom.


Sixth was series rookie Joe Liguori, with fellow rookie Trey Osborne, Geoff Kaiser, Canadian Ryan Litt and Tom Jewell completing the balance of the top 10.


Hamilton Trucking Time Trials will kick off at 7 p.m. local time.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Anderson Speedway; May 4, 2019

 

  1.     #88 – Jimmy McCune, 11.110 seconds
    2.      #8 – Anthony McCune, 11.165 seconds
    3.      #99s – Tyler Roahrig, 11.311 seconds
    4.      #9s – Charlie Schultz, 11.399 seconds
    5.      #26 – Jeff Bloom, 11.555 seconds
    6.      #13 – Joe Liguori, 11.573 seconds
    7.      #81 – Trey Osborne, 11.580 seconds
    8.      #10n – Geoff Kaiser, 11.593 seconds
    9.      #07L – Ryan Litt, 11.625 seconds
    10.   #7 – Tom Jewell, 11.882 seconds
    11.   #71 – Brian Vaughn, 11.889 seconds
    12.   #51s – Joshua Sexton, 11.982 seconds
    13.   #85 – Rick Holley, 12.059 seconds
    14.   #10k – Christian Koehler, 12.184 seconds
    15.   #75c – Jerry Caryer, 12.263 seconds
    16.   #22 – Tony Grams, 12.284 seconds
    17.   #11g – Tom Geren, 12.315 seconds
    18.   #15t – Tim Henthorne, 12.456 seconds
    19.   #32 – Todd McQuillen, 12.553 seconds
    20.   #99k – Brendan Torok, 12.723 seconds
    21.   #4L – Anthony Linkenhoker, 13.482 seconds

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Roahrig Finds Fun Factor In Return To Winged Sprint Car Racing

ANDERSON, Ind. – Even before he laid a tire onto the race track for Friday's Must See Racing Sprint Car Series practice night at Anderson Speedway, Tyler Roahrig was already all smiles.


It had been three years since he had strapped into a winged asphalt sprint car to go racing, but the feel came back right away for the 28-year-old from Mishawaka, Ind.

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Tyler Roahrig at speed during practice Friday at Anderson Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)


The joy didn't go away, either, even if Roahrig was admittedly "still in non-winged mode" during his first run of hot laps at the quarter-mile, high-banked paved oval.


"Man, I forgot how much fun to drive these things are," Roahrig said after climbing from the Wayne Stickney-owned No. 99. "It's been three years, and this practice has already reminded me how much I missed these winged cars are, especially at this place. I'm already having a blast with these guys."


Roahrig noted that there was a certain aggression factor in driving the winged car versus the non-winged car that he had to readjust to between the first and second sessions on Friday.


"I've been so used to running without the wing here the last few years that I forgot how hard you could really run these things with the wing on top," Roahrig noted. "The first session, I was still a little bit out to lunch, I guess you'd say, but the second session we picked up three or four tenths ... and that was pretty much all me as the driver running it harder.


"But I really did forget how much enjoyment there is in running these things," he continued. "It's been since 2016 that I've run a winged car in the (United) States, and I'm really enjoying being back."


Roahrig noted that his partnership with the Stickney Racing Team came in large part due to a race in his home state that never ended up happening because of a washout last fall.

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Tyler Roahrig smiles in the pit area during Must See Racing Sprint Car Series practice Friday at Anderson Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)


"Wayne got ahold of me last year and wanted me to run a race in Fort Wayne at Baer Field (Motorsports Park), because I was going to be there anyways with my late model," Roahrig recalled. "That race rained out, unfortunately, but we kept in touch over the winter and decided to come here for our first race of the season.


"I think we fit well together as a team, because these guys are serious racers, just like I am. They want to win, they work hard on their car and I know it's a good piece," he added. "A lot of good racers have not only driven this car, but won in it, and I hope I can be the next one to add my name to that list."


Though he likely won't contest the full Must See Racing Sprint Car Series schedule and contend for rookie-of-the-year honors due to a handful of late model conflicts, Roahrig does expect to race a good number of series events this season with Stickney's team, including at least the first two events.


Roahrig also hopes to head east for the doubleheader weekend at Hillside Buffalo Speedway in Holland, N.Y., in late July, as well as hit the Border Wars doubleheader at Michigan's Owosso Speedway and Ohio's Sandusky Speedway in late August.


"I think we'll definitely do a few more," he noted. "It'll kind of be on a week-to-week basis, but I'm really excited to race with these guys. Basically, I'm going to run the (No.) 99 car whenever I can. Whenever my schedule allows and their schedule allows is when you'll see us.


"We could do anywhere around 10 races, I can't really say for sure. We'll see what happens."


One thing was clear on Friday, though. Roahrig's love for being back in a sprint car was virtually unmatched by any other force in the Anderson pit area, and he was quick to explain why, as well.


"Sprint cars are just a raw form of motorsports, in my opinion," Roahrig noted. "They're pretty simple and it's just about whatever it takes to be fast, is how a sprint car is built ... compared to a late model, anyways. My family actually started out in open-wheel cars, running in supermodifieds and sprints, so I've always been drawn to them. It has just taken me a while to be able to do it regularly.


"I love sprint car racing, though, and I have ever since I was a little kid. It's good to be back."


Saturday's racing program will be headlined by the Must See Racing sprint cars, with the Mel Kenyon Midget Series, late models, Legend cars and Midwest Champ Carts also on the racing card.


Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. local time, with rotating practice beginning at 5 p.m. Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m., immediately following opening ceremonies.


The full night of racing will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on SpeedShiftTV.com, as well as recorded for tape-delay broadcast on MAVTV through the award-winning SPEED SPORT television series.


USAC infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will be the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT telecast.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Fifteen Teams On-Site During Must See Sprint Practice At Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. – A healthy crop of 15 Must See Racing Sprint Car Series drivers and teams officially kicked off the 2019 season with open practice on Friday night at Indiana's Anderson Speedway.


The group in attendance accounted for two-thirds of the expected entries for Saturday's Must See Racing 50 at the high-banked, quarter-mile bullring, with three rounds of practice fully completed.


2019 MSR Anderson F Charlie Schultz Action Jacob Seelman PhotoWhile no official times were taken during the evening, veterans and rookies alike got a chance to shake down their machines and get a feel for the race track ahead of the season-opening event.


Among the returning stars looking to get a head start on the competition was Lorain, Ohio's Charlie Schultz, a former Midwest Supermodified Ass'n champion who finished third in points last season and is entering his third full-time season with Must See Racing this year.


On the unofficial stopwatch, Schultz was among the top-three quickest cars on Friday. He's hoping to build on his Anderson run from a year ago, when he finished fourth after a top-five qualifying effort.


"The car felt really good," said Schultz. "We made some changes over the winter and updated a few things, and went off what we had from here last year for our notes and baseline (setup). That was where we started off at here, and I think right out of the trailer we were pretty good.


"I can't say we're out of the ballpark for tomorrow; I think we're in good shape."


Four-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune was keeping his cards close to the vest Friday, not wanting to give anything away at a track where he's won five times before in Must See Racing action.


"We just went out to shake everything down and make sure we actually had brakes this time," McCune noted. "All in all, we've got our car in working order and we know what we need to get it fast, so we're looking for a good day tomorrow to get our run at another championship off to a solid start."


On the flip side of the coin, two rookies taking their first laps at Anderson in winged asphalt sprint car competition Friday afternoon were 16-year-old Trey Osborne and 14-year-old Brenden Torok.


Osborne showed out strongly in veteran car owner Mike Blake's No. 81 entry, getting up to speed quickly around the same track at which he's earned three wins in Kenyon Midget Series competition.


"The Kenyon car compared to this was a different world," Osborne explained. "When you turn in the corner with this thing, it just sets (down) and hooks. It's a lot different than the Kenyon car, which you're muscling around a good bit. ... Mike has this car set up well, though. I'm not having to work it too hard."


Torok nearly didn't make it to the race track this weekend, but with some hauling assistance from John Reiser, was able to make his first laps in the Dave Koyan-owned No. 99t on Friday afternoon.


"I'm just glad to be here; today was so much fun," Torok noted. "I can't say thank you enough to John, Charlie (Schultz) and the whole JR Motorsports team for helping to get our car here this weekend. Without them, we wouldn't have been able to do this deal. It was a solid afternoon, I feel like, and I kept learning every time I got out on the track. The last session, I really felt like we got the handle figured out.


"Saturday is about keeping the car in one piece and not trying to take more than the car and the track are willing to give us, but I feel good about things. This place is tight, but it's a lot of fun to drive."


Also taking laps on Friday were Anthony McCune, Tom Jewell, Brian Vaughan, Todd McQuillen, Jerry Caryer, Joe Liguori, Tyler Roahrig, Jeff Bloom and Tony Grams.


Anthony Linkenhoker and Rick Holley were at the track on Friday, but didn't arrive in time to turn laps during one of the three practice sessions held throughout the evening. Both veterans plan to compete during Saturday's racing program, however.


Saturday's racing program will be headlined by the Must See Racing sprint cars, with the Mel Kenyon Midget Series, late models, Legend cars and Midwest Champ Carts also on the racing card.


Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. local time, with rotating practice beginning at 5 p.m. Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m., immediately following opening ceremonies.


The full night of racing will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on SpeedShiftTV.com, as well as recorded for tape-delay broadcast on MAVTV through the award-winning SPEED SPORT television series.


USAC infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will be the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT telecast.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing