Montgomery Named New Host Of Season-Opening MSR Weekend
HOLLY, Mich. – Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro officials have announced a change to the tour’s 2020 season-opening weekend, scheduled for April 17-18.
Originally set to take place at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway, the two-day event will shift south and be held at Montgomery Motor Speedway in central Alabama.
The Southern Speed Shootout will mark the first time in Must See Racing’s history that the series will race at Montgomery, as well as the first time the series has sanctioned a race in Alabama in six years.
Brian Gerster won the most recent Must See Racing stop in the Yellowhammer State, an event at Mobile Int’l Speedway in March of 2014.
April’s pair of points-paying events will mark the first time unrestricted winged 410 sprint cars have competed at the half-mile Montgomery oval, which dates back to 1956 as a pavement track and operated as a dirt track for three years prior to being surfaced with asphalt.
“To put it simply, I’m really excited for Must See Racing to be making a visit to Montgomery Motor Speedway,” said track promoter Stan Narrison. “The entertainment value that Jim Hanks and his series bring to the table and the speed that unrestricted 410s will have when they fly around here in April is second-to-none. This two day weekend will be a can’t-miss event on our 2020 calendar and we can’t wait to get to April and welcome the cars and stars of Must See Racing to Montgomery for the first time.”
The all-time Montgomery sprint car track record of 15.038 seconds (119.697 mph) was set by Bobby Santos III on April 3, 2016, a mark that Must See Racing teams will no doubt be taking aim at during the Southern Speed Shootout as they look to open the new season on a strong note.
“At Must See Racing, we pride ourselves in leading the way when it comes to innovation in our race formats, diversity in scheduling and putting on exciting competition for the race fans, and we’re very excited to make our first trip to Montgomery Motor Speedway in April,” said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. “After a 2019 season that was filled with new talent and a thrilling points battle that went down to the last race of the year, we look forward to continuing that momentum into the upcoming season with an exciting season-opening weekend in Alabama.”
Updated 2020 Must See Racing Sprint Car Series Schedule (as of Nov. 25)
April 17 – Montgomery Motor Speedway – Montgomery, Ala.
April 18 – Montgomery Motor Speedway – Montgomery, Ala.
May 2 – Anderson Speedway – Anderson, Ind.
May 9 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Ind.
May 23 – Anderson Speedway – Anderson, Ind. (Pay Less Little 500) *
June 13 – Lorain County Speedway – Lorain, Ohio
June 27 – TBA – TBA
July 18 – Lorain County Speedway – Lorain, Ohio
Aug. 6 – Golden Sands Speedway – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Aug. 7 – Golden Sands Speedway – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Aug. 22 – Owosso Speedway – Ovid, Mich.
Sept. 12 – Jennerstown Speedway – Jennerstown, Pa.
Oct. 16 – Ace Speedway – Altamahaw, N.C.
Oct. 17 – Ace Speedway – Altamahaw, N.C.
Series Announcer for Must See Racing
Lucas Oil Raceway Welcomes Must See Sprints In 2020
HOLLY, Mich. – After an eight-year absence, the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series will return to Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., as part of its 2020 schedule.
The World’s Fastest Short Track Cars will compete at the .686-mile paved oval on May 9, marking the series’ second race in the Midwestern portion of its season and the second race at LOR in series history.
The event will serve as the opening round of the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash Series for 2020, replacing one of the two previously-scheduled dates at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway.
Both Berlin dates have been removed from Must See Racing’s 2020 event calendar.
Brian Gerster was the winner the last time Must See Racing competed at Lucas Oil Raceway back in 2012. (Jacob Seelman photo)
The only prior appearance by the Must See Racing sprint cars at Lucas Oil Raceway came on July 9, 2012. On that day, Brian Gerster set the all-time LOR track record at 17.407 seconds (141.874 mph) in qualifying before going on to win the feature later that night.
The Must See Racing appearance at LOR will be part of the three-day Indy Revolution, May 7-9, featuring drag racing on the LOR drag strip Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the Must See Racing sprint cars headline action on the oval track Saturday night.
“It’s funny how things work out; I actually tripped over the Must See Racing series in a way, but started doing research and thought it would make a great idea and a great time for the fans at Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Indy Revolution promoter Mike Moore. “With the whole deal spanning over three days and ending with a race on the oval, it’s a complete automotive event that we feel should be a great time for the fans and for automotive enthusiasts of all kinds.
“We’ve been saying that ‘the Indy Revolution is coming,’ because back in the 80s, this used to happen with car shows, drag racing and oval-track racing … and we hope to bring back that tradition in May.”
The Lucas Oil Raceway event will directly follow Must See Racing’s Midwestern opener at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, making for a pivotal early-season swing through the Hoosier State when it comes to the championship points race.
“We are extremely excited to return to a top-class facility like Lucas Oil Raceway as we go into our second decade of competition in 2020,” said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. “Our first visit there back in 2012 was highlighted by some exceptional competition, and we hope to improve upon that in May, especially when you factor in the growth in talent and car counts that Must See Racing has experienced over the past year.
“Lucas Oil Raceway will provide another marquee event for our racers and fans in 2020 and we look forward to rolling into the track with The World’s Fastest Short Track Cars in a few short months.”
Details on the replacement date and venue for the second race of the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash mini-series will be announced at a later date.
Series Announcer for Must See Racing
Engine Pro & Must See Racing Renew Longstanding Partnership
HOLLY, Mich. – Engine Pro and Must See Racing officials announced Friday a continuation of their more than decade-long marketing program and support of grassroots racing.
The new deal includes an extension of both Engine Pro’s presenting sponsorship of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series and the entitlement sponsorship of the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash mini-series.
The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro schedule for the 2020 season was recently revealed, featuring 14 races across the Eastern half of the United States, and the tour will look to carry its positive momentum from 2019 into the new decade with the support of Engine Pro.
“We are extremely honored and grateful to go into yet another season with the support of our valued partners at Engine Pro,” said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. “Engine Pro, along with their product partners Fel Pro, Hastings, Mahle, Clevite, Scat, Ferrea and Melling, among others, are recognized leaders in the in the high-performance engine business and have been major supporters of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series for much of its tenure. We proudly showcase Engine Pro, their product supply companies and their international distribution partners at our race events and in the homes of viewers around the country on our national television programming package. Here’s to continuing that in 2020.”
“Must See Racing is an important part of our brand at Engine Pro. It puts our name and products in front of racers, their engine builders and automotive enthusiasts,” noted Engine Pro President Greg Dunlap. “Not only that, but it’s some of the most exciting auto racing that you’ll see anywhere in the country. Engine Pro is proud to be a part of another season of this thrilling series that just keeps getting better!”
The 2020 MSR event schedule continues to expand, enhance and grow the Must See Racing entertainment tradition for loyal race fans at many of the most significant, historic and famous short tracks in the country.
Jimmy McCune reigned as champion of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro in 2019, picking up his fifth-straight series title. Rick Holley was the series’ rookie of the year.
Series Announcer for Must See Racing
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