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MSR Sprints Return To Berlin For 2018 Double Dip

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series has confirmed a pair of additional dates for its 2018 North division schedule, with Berlin Raceway slated to host the tour twice next season.

The seven-sixteenths-mile paved oval in Marne, Michigan will welcome 'The World's Fastest Short Track Cars' on May 12 and Aug. 18, continuing traditional dates for the track which has been on the Must See Racing schedule in six of the series' eight prior seasons.

In all, Berlin has hosted eight Must See Racing events since 2011.

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The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series will visit Michigan's Berlin Raceway twice next season, including the series' annual Engine Pro Fast Car Slash. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

Jason Blonde (spring) and Brian Gerster (fall) split the two MSR victories at Berlin last season, with Troy DeCaire, JoJo Helberg and Gerster each boasting a series-best two wins at the Marne facility.

The Berlin announcement brings the 2018 Must See Racing schedule to a total of 13 confirmed race dates at 10 different facilities, with additional scheduling announcements coming in the near future.

"We're delighted to confirm that Berlin Raceway will return to the Must See Racing schedule for its two traditional dates next season," said Must See Racing Founder and President Jim Hanks. "Berlin has long been a staple track on our calendar and a facility that is much loved by our drivers, crews and fans. We thank Don DeWitt and all the staff at Berlin for agreeing to have us back and look forward to showcasing the speed and excitement that Must See Racing is known for twice over in 2018."

For more information on the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series, including race results, driver and team news, schedule information and more, visit

Jacob Seelman, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer & Media Director

McCune Set To Celebrate Third MSR Sprint Title At Hickory

HOLLY, Mich. – It all comes down to one final race weekend on Nov. 17-18, as the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series concludes its season and crowns a champion during the MSR Championships at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The season-closing, two-day weekend will see the Must See Racing cars and stars compete as part of the Pro All Stars Series South's Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 spectacular, with two of the premier asphalt short track series in the nation completing their seasons at the same track on the same day.

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Jimmy McCune has clinched his third Must See Racing Sprint Car Series championship, but hopes to add another win at Hickory Motor Speedway to end the season. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

For the MSR sprint car portion of the event, Jimmy McCune will officially claim his third-straight series title, a record for the series since its inception in 2010.

McCune enters the MSR Championships carrying an unassailable 97-point lead over nephew Anthony, with a maximum of 91 points on offer for a perfect weekend, including fast time, a qualifying race win and the feature victory on Saturday night.

But despite knowing that the big trophy is already on ice, McCune has his sights set on claiming a final race win to cap off what he calls "a career season."

"Listen, just because we know we're going to win another championship doesn't mean the goal's not still the same," said McCune. "We come into each race with the goal of going to victory lane, and that's just what we plan to do at Hickory. We've won the last two years there in the spring, so hopefully we can keep our roll going and win our third-straight at the end of the weekend."

"It's been one heck of a year for this team. We've been able to perform every time we hit the race track and I don't expect anything different in this last race."

Among the contingent of drivers hoping to stop McCune from winning yet another race this season is Lorain, Ohio's Charlie Schultz, who is wrapping up his rookie year on tour and sits eighth in points with one race to go.

A former MSA Supermodified regular, Schultz has had a solid season as he acclimates to racing winged sprint cars, and says he'd like nothing more than to cap off the year challenging for a victory.

"Man, we've had a lot of fun this season," said Schultz. "As a racer, you're never happy not going to victory lane, but (car owner) John (Reiser) and I knew coming into this deal that we'd have a bit of a learning curve. It's taken a little time, but we're getting comfortable now and I think you'll see us contend for a strong finish at Hickory."

Other drivers planning to compete in the MSR Championships at Hickory include two-time series champion Brian Gerster, Schultz's teammate Adam Biltz, former series Rookie of the Year Anthony McCune and long-time pavement sprint car veteran Tom Jewell.

The format for the MSR Championships will see a full slate of Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials and two 25-lap qualifying races on Friday evening, followed by the 50-lap season finale feature on Saturday afternoon.

Pit gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday for Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown weekend, with practice rolling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the MSR qualifying races beginning promptly at 4 p.m.

On Saturday for championship day, pit gates open at 7:30 a.m., with sprint car practice set for 10 a.m. If needed, a B-Main will roll off at 12 noon and the 50-lap championship feature will begin at 1:45 p.m.

For more information on the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series, including race results, driver and team news, schedule information and more, visit

Jacob Seelman, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer

Coming Soon - MSR Championship, PRI & Awards Banquet

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Must See Racing Announces Partial 2018 Schedule

HOLLY, Mich.  — The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro has revealed the majority of its 2018 racing schedule, featuring many of the tour's traditional race dates and a brand-new venue that is joining the series for the first time.


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Must See Racing has announced its North division calendar for the 2018 season. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

Next year, Must See Racing will kick off its schedule with the seventh-annual Southern Shootout, which returns to Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the third-consecutive season on April 20-21.

The two-day weekend will serve as the season-opener for both the Must See Racing North and South divisions.

The Must See Racing Northern division will then contest its first standalone event at Birch Run Speedway in Birch Run, Mich. on May 11, with the four-tenths-mile oval hosting a points event for the first time after a successful non-points race in 2017.

The Birch Run race will be followed up by a second race at a to-be-announced venue on May 12, making for an early doubleheader weekend for Must See Racing's Midwest-based core race teams.

Then, pavement sprint cars from across the country will convene at the quarter-mile Anderson (Ind.) Speedway during Memorial Week for the MSR-sanctioned, non-points Pay Less Little 500, set for May 26.

A second to-be-announced venue will host the series on June 9, followed by a big-money race at Pennsylvania's Jennerstown Speedway on June 23. Featuring the series for the first time ever, Jennerstown's half-mile will play host to a $4,000-to-win event for Must See Racing, creating a cornerstone stop on the series' mid-summer stretch.

Must See Racing North teams will make their first of two stops at Owosso Speedway in Ovid, Mich. just prior to Independence Day week, with the June 30 show traditionally serving up can't-miss action on the three-eighths-mile, semi-banked oval.

That event will be followed up by the series' second appearance at Midvale Speedway in New Philadelphia, Ohio, with the 'Thunder in the Valley' featuring the MSR sprint cars at the three-tenths-mile bullring on July 14.

Another traditional doubleheader weekend will close the summer stretch, with Madison Int'l Speedway returning to the MSR calendar for the third-straight season on July 27 and a stop at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway on July 28 completing the twinbill and helping to reduce travel costs for teams over the two-day haul.

The month of August will see MSR teams return to Owosso on Aug. 4, the first race of three straight weekends of competition, with the series also making a repeat stop in Anderson, Ind., on Aug. 11 before a to-be-announced event closes the stretch of five races in four weeks on Aug. 19.

The MSR Championships will return to historic Hickory Motor Speedway for the second-straight year, closing the series season on Nov. 16-17 and marking a joint, season-ending weekend for both the North and South division teams.

The Hickory event will wrap up the points-paying portion of the year and crown both division champions in an action-packed two-day weekend event.

Additional dates for the Must See Racing South division will be revealed at a later date.

Both the North and South divisions will be again be independent of each other, with both divisions offering separate points funds, multiple contingency awards and cash bonuses for competing drivers.

In addition, Must See Racing will offer heat race payouts to the top three positions in every heat race for the second year in a row, as well as a fast time bonus of $100, awarded to the top qualifier at every event during the season.

"We are very pleased and excited to be able to announce the majority of our 2018 season this early, allowing race teams, drivers and fans maximum opportunity to make travel plans and prepare for what we hope is going to be another great year of racing," said Must See Racing Founder and President Jim Hanks. "The enthusiasm of our passionate race fans and race teams ahead of the 2018 season has been defined by the addition of yet another new track in Jennerstown Speedway and the entertaining shows our drivers have put on in the past year. All of us at Must See Racing are proud of the schedule we've assembled and we're eagerly anticipating another year of wheel-to-wheel, record-breaking competition."

Must See Racing Sprint Car Series Schedule

April 20 — Anderson Motor Speedway — Williamston, S.C.

April 21 — Hickory Motor Speedway — Hickory, N.C.

May 11 — Birch Run Speedway — Birch Run, Mich

May 12 — TBA — TBA

May 26 — Anderson Speedway (Pay Less Little 500, non points) — Anderson, Ind.

June 9 — TBA — TBA

June 23 — Jennerstown Speedway — Jennerstown, Pa.

June 30 — Owosso Speedway — Ovid, Mich.

July 14 — Midvale Speedway — New Philadelphia, Ohio

July 27 — Madison Int'l Speedway — Oregon, Wis.

July 28 — Rockford Speedway — Rockford, Ill.

Aug. 4 — Owosso Speedway — Ovid, Mich.

Aug. 11 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

Aug. 18 — TBA — TBA

Nov. 16-17 — Hickory Motor Speedway — Newton, N.C.

Jacob Seelman, Managing Editor
Performance Motorsports Network, Radio Co-Host
Must See Racing, Series Announcer