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Gerster Speeds To 27th Career Must See Racing Fast Time

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PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Seelman


OVID, Mich. – Brian Gerster extended his all-time qualifying lead with the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series by topping Hamilton Trucking Time Trials for the Laura Devlin Memorial Fast Forty at Owosso Speedway on Saturday evening.


Gerster was only third-quick in practice during the heat of the day, but as the sun started to dip down his No. 50m Dick Myers Racing sprint car came to life. The Fishers, Ind., native and two-time series champion toured the three-eighths-mile oval in 13.439 seconds (100.454 mph) to top the 13-car field.


Saturday's effort earned Gerster a $100 bonus and marked the 27th fast time of his Must See Racing career.


Three-time defending series titlist and Gerster's long-time rival, Jimmy McCune, was second-quick and just a hundredth of a second off the pole time. McCune turned a lap of 13.449 seconds (100.379 mph) in the No. 88 Abe's Auto Parts & Sales/B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil entry.


Right on the two veterans' heels was 20-year-old Anthony McCune, the nephew of Jimmy McCune and the 2015 series Rookie of the Year. The youngest driver in the field posted a time of 13.467 seconds (100.245 mph) in the No. 8 Abe's Auto Parts & Sales/B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil machine.


The top three qualifiers were separated by less than a half-tenth of a second on the stopwatch.


Jason Blonde, looking for his first Must See Racing win since May of 2017, and Ike Beasley completed the Fast Five in qualifying.


Sixth through 10th were Jeff Bloom, Charlie Schultz, Jerry Caryer, Tom Jewell and Adam Biltz.


Racing action for the Open Wheel Mania program at Owosso Speedway is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

QUALIFYING RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Owosso Speedway; Aug. 4, 2018

 

  1. #50m – Brian Gerster, 13.439
    2.       #88 – Jimmy McCune, 13.449
    3.       #8 – Anthony McCune, 13.467
    4.       #42 – Jason Blonde, 14.595
    5.       #97 – Ike Beasley, 13.618
    6.       #26b – Jeff Bloom, 13.721
    7.       #9s – Charlie Schultz, 13.740
    8.       #75c – Jerry Caryer, 13.979
    9.       #7 – Tom Jewell, 14.011
    10.   #8a – Adam Biltz, 14.227
    11.   #0 – Doug Dietsch, 14.326
    12.   #11 – Tom Geren, 14.749
    13.   #5 – Don Dietsch, 14.923


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Laura Devlin To Be Remembered During Must See Stop At Owosso

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PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Seelman


OVID, Mich. – Saturday's Must See Racing Sprint Car Series stop at Owosso Speedway will be about more than just the racing on the track.


It will also be about honoring the life of a long-time contributor to Michigan motorsports who tragically passed away earlier in the year.


Laura Devlin, a past board member for the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame and a long-time friend to the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series, died in April at the age of 81 after suffering burns during a tragic house fire. She and her late husband, Neal, fielded a sprint car for 2005 MMSHoF inductee Harold Reynolds, with whom the Devlins scored most of their victories as car owners in 1975 and 1976 at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway.


Though she retired years ago from team involvement, Devlin had spent time over the past several years in the Must See Racing pit area aiding teams whenever possible, including National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom.


In honor of her involvement with the series and in Michigan auto racing, the Must See Racing portion of Saturday's event at Owosso Speedway – just an hour west from Devlin's home in Ortonville, Mich. – will be billed as the Laura Devlin Memorial Fast Forty.


She will also be honored during the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 4.


 "Upon joining the Board of Directors of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame nearly 30 years ago, Laura was one of several who graciously welcomed me into the organization," said past MMSHoF president Dan Van Koevering. "Her kindness, generosity, and encouragement was always deeply appreciated by me. Even after she resigned her position as a board member, she continued to support the Hall of Fame and often attended our yearly induction ceremony and banquet. I will miss this special lady's sincerity and enthusiasm for the sport she dearly loved and supported."


"Laura Devlin was one of the most dedicated people in auto racing that I've ever met," added National Speedway Directory's Allan Brown. "It was a pleasure to call her friend for more than 40 years. She was always present with a smile and hug for my wife and myself. She will definitely be missed."


Devlin's two children, Karen and Doug, will be among several family members in attendance during Saturday's proceedings and will help to present the winner's trophy on the frontstretch following the Must See Racing feature.


Three-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune will lead the Must See Racing charge back into Owosso, leading his 20-year-old nephew Anthony McCune and former supermodified ace Charlie Schultz in the championship standings entering the ninth race of the season.


Former Owosso winner Jason Blonde, Anthony McCune, Tom Jewell, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom and fellow series regulars Jerry Caryer and Adam Biltz are expected to compete as well.


Saturday's Must See Racing event is part of Owosso Speedway's Open Wheel Mania event, with the Illini Midgets joining 'The World's Fastest Short Track Cars' on the four-division card.


Pit gates open at noon, with hot laps kicking off at 2 p.m., qualifying taking the green flag at 5 p.m. and racing beginning at 7 p.m.


For more information on the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series, visit www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Parity Reigns Supreme Entering Second Must See Stop At Owosso


HOLLY, Mich. – The overarching story of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season entering Saturday's Fast Forty at Owosso Speedway can be summarized in one word: parity.


The series has already seen its largest number of different winners since 2014, with five drivers – Jimmy McCune, Bronzie Lawson IV, Aaron Pierce, Brian Gerster and Bobby Santos III – visiting victory lane in the eight races contested so far this year.


Two of those five added their names to the Must See Racing record books for the first time, with Lawson topping the series at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in April and Santos winning at Madison (Wis.) Int'l Speedway less than a week ago, marking the first new winners in the series since the 2016 season.

 

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Must See Racing sprint cars prepare to race at Owosso Speedway last August. The series returns there on Saturday. (Chris Seelman photo)


And if all that weren't enough, Charlie Schultz nearly scored his first series win last Saturday at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway, while young gun Anthony McCune and veteran Tom Jewell have both knocked on the door to victory lane at various points during the year as well.


Each of those factors together adds up to what might be the most hotly-contested visit to the three-eighths-mile Michigan oval in series history, with the ninth race of the Must See Racing season set for Aug. 4 and a myriad of potential outcomes in play.


Schultz will be looking for revenge after being passed for the win by Jimmy McCune with two laps to go at Rockford, while the three-time defending series champion and points leader has already been victorious four times this year and hopes to score his third Owosso win in the last four races.


Both veterans will have to overcome a loaded field in order to hoist the trophy, however, with former Owosso winner Jason Blonde, Anthony McCune, Jewell, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom and fellow Must See Racing regulars Jerry Caryer and Adam Biltz all rejoining the battle as well.


Perhaps the best description of the Must See Racing parity this season came from Rockford Speedway general manager David Deery following the tour's most recent event on July 28.


In that race, the top-four drivers spent the last 15 laps jockeying for position around the quarter-mile bullring while navigating slower traffic, all while separated by just more than one second.


The race may have featured a slightly lower-than-average car count compared to the rest of the season, but it didn't matter at that juncture, Deery noted. What mattered was the close competition out front.


"The fun part for the fans at Rockford was that the Must See guys were doing 12-second laps, so that made it even more exciting," Deery said. "I told (series president) Jim (Hanks) before the weekend that really, all we needed was about six good cars and we were going to have a hell of a show. As the crowd saw Saturday, it didn't take much to accomplish exactly that.


"When you have the talented drivers that Must See Racing brings racing within inches of one another and putting on that kind of a show, that's the thing people remember and I think that's what has made the series' season this year so memorable up to this point."


Saturday's Must See Racing event is part of Owosso Speedway's Open Wheel Mania event, with the Illini Midgets joining 'The World's Fastest Short Track Cars' on the four-division card.


Pit gates open at noon, with hot laps kicking off at 2 p.m., qualifying taking the green flag at 5 p.m. and racing beginning at 7 p.m.


For more information on the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series, visit www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Open Wheel Mania - August 4th at Owosso Speedway

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