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Must See Racing Adds Date At Lake Erie Speedway

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series will break new ground next season with a stop at Pennsylvania's Lake Erie Speedway on June 15.

The three-eighths-mile Erie County oval will welcome the winged 410ci asphalt sprint car series for the first time amid the busy midsummer stretch that traditionally determines the championship contenders each year.

Next year's appearance by the Must See Racing sprint cars will mark the first time the open-wheel division has raced at Lake Erie Speedway since the mid-2000s, when the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series hosted an event at the facility.

The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will pair with Must See Racing to co-headline the event card.

"Jim (Hanks, Must See Racing president) and I have been working together for quite a while to make this happen, and we think it will definitely bring an extra level of excitement to the summer event that we've held with the Race of Champions modifieds that wasn't there before," said track operations manager A.J. Moore. "It'll be one heck of a show and a very unique ticket.

"Fans should circle this event on their calendars and make plans to come out to Lake Erie Speedway on Father's Day weekend."

The Lake Erie date will mark the first of two stops in the Keystone State for Must See Racing in 2019. The tour will return to Pennsylvania in September for the David D. Mateer Tribute at Jennerstown Speedway.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lake Erie Speedway to our 2019 calendar and thank A.J., (track presidents) Donald Prischak and Daniel Prischak and all the staff who have helped to make this addition possible," said series president Jim Hanks. "We look forward to seeing the 'World's Fastest Short Track Cars' invade Lake Erie next season and putting on an entertaining show for our passionate race fans."

Lake Erie is the third new track for Must See Racing in 2019, joining previously-announced debuts at North Carolina's Ace Speedway in March and New York's Hillside Buffalo Speedway in July.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

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Must See Racing Chief Starter JD Wilbur, 64

LISLE, Ill. – Longtime Must See Racing Sprint Car Series flagman Joseph Darrell 'JD' Wilbur passed away Nov. 22 at the age of 64.

Wilbur served as the chief starter for the winged asphalt 410 sprint car tour since its inception.

JD Wilbur

Photo by Chris Seelman

Prior to his time with Must See Racing, Wilbur was well-known in the motorsports industry for his time in American open wheel racing, serving as a starter for the CART Champ Car Series for many years.

"To say that all of us with Must See Racing are shocked and devastated at the sudden and tragic loss of J.D. Wilbur is a tremendous understatement," noted Must See Racing president Jim Hanks. "J.D. was an integral part of our officiating team and his presence was felt by everyone who came into contact with him at our race events and race tracks. Since Must See Racing first began, he oversaw the action on track and I don't ever remember a cross word or lack of respect ever being given to him.

"He was one of the best at what he did and his skill for the craft will be sorely missed," Hanks added. "Our hearts will grieve, but we will race on in J.D.'s honor and carry forward with the same strength that he instilled in so many."

Wilbur is survived and remembered by many, including children Christopher Wilbur, Jennifer (Jeremy) Overton and Michael (Megan) Wilbur; grandchildren Tristan, Madisyn, Myranda, Nollie, Mera, Alexis Banker, Brian Barcomb and Alyssa Overton.

He was the son of Kenneth and the late Janet Wilbur, the brother of Janice Locke and the late Kennette and Drew Wilbur and the uncle to many.

A memorial service for Wilbur will be held at a later date. He will also be honored by Must See Racing during the series' upcoming season.

Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

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