Must See Racing Championship Moves To Hickory
HOLLY, Mich. — The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series has announced that the tour’s championship weekend has shifted to Hickory Motor Speedway on Nov. 17-18.
Jacob Wilson (07) battles Jimmy McCune in Must See Racing sprint car action at Hickory Motor Speedway. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)
Originally scheduled at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Must See Racing is now partnering with the Pro All Stars Series as part of the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown, which features a $15,000-to-win, 300-lap PASS South super late model race as part of the blockbuster two-day weekend.
“PASS is very glad to work with Must See Racing again at Hickory as part of the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown,” said Pro All Stars Series president Tom Mayberry. “Some of the most powerful short track cars in North America will come together when PASS and Must See Racing join together at the MegaMeltdown. Fans and racers from across the continent will get a chance to see super late models and winged sprint cars compete on the same weekend, and we are glad that Jim Hanks and his staff were able to help us make this happen.”
The Must See Racing sprint car portion of the event will feature twin 25-lap qualifying races on Friday, with the top three finishers from each qualifier advancing into a blind redraw on Saturday for the top six starting positions in the championship feature.
All other drivers will start straight up on their qualifying race finishing position, with a 50-lap A-Main on Saturday afternoon — paying points for both the Must See Racing North and Must See Racing South divisions — determining the champions for the 2017 season.
This will mark the first time Must See Racing has visited Hickory for a second time during the same calendar year, following successful springtime events in each of the last three seasons.
Past Must See Racing winners at Hickory include Jeff Bloom (2015) and Jimmy McCune (2016, 2017).
“We are delighted to be back at Hickory Motor Speedway once again and excited to be able to work with Tom Mayberry and the staff with PASS to bring ‘The Fastest Short Track Cars In The World’ to one of the biggest weekends of short track racing in the Southeast,” said Must See Racing founder and president Jim Hanks. “Hickory has always been a favorite venue of our drivers and teams and we look forward to a fantastic show as we close out our season and crown our two division champions for the year in one action-packed weekend of racing.”
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Birthday Boy Jimmy McCune Wins MSR Sprint At Birch Run
Photos credit to CSP/Chris Seelman
BIRCH RUN, Mich. – Anthony McCune may have dominated Friday night's American Racer Invitational at Birch Run Speedway, but Jimmy McCune was not to be denied in the closing stages of the 30-lap feature.
The uncle passed his 19-year-old nephew on a late-race restart in the non-points special event, leading the final six circuits around the four-tenths-mile oval for his seventh series win of the year.
Of note, Jimmy McCune becomes the second Must See Racing driver to win on his birthday, following Chris Neuenschwander, who accomplished the same feat at Kalamazoo Speedway last August.
"Man, we had to work for this one," said Jimmy McCune in victory lane. "We were horrible for most of the night. We made every change in the book, it felt like, and it took us forever to find something that worked. Finally, in the heat race, I was able to start working the top ... and we were just a little too snug."
"That top groove was where it was at in the feature. We could make it work well. I just can't believe the year we're having, man. (Seven wins) is unbelievable."
As Anthony McCune led the first 24 laps from the outside pole, Jimmy McCune used traffic to his advantage after rising from fifth on the grid, taking second from Doug Dietsch on lap 10 and cutting a near-three second deficit down to mere car lengths inside of 10 to go as Anthony struggled through traffic.
Just as Jimmy was making the winning pass in Turns 3 and 4 around Anthony's outside, the caution flag flew coming to five to go for the spinning cars of Kyle Edwards and Christian Koehler – who started from the pole after an invert pill of 10 – on the frontstretch.
With scoring reverting back to the last fully-completed lap, Anthony reassumed the lead for a single-file restart, with Jimmy chasing as the field returned under the green flag with six laps to run.
Anthony remained glued to the bottom as Jimmy attacked the center groove of the race track, drawing even before another caution flew for the slowing car of Derek Snyder on the backstretch.
That set up another restart with six to go, and the second verse was the same as the first, with Jimmy using the same move to complete the pass and take a commanding lead by the time the five-to-go signal came down from the flagstand.
But the two-time champion's night wasn't quite done, as Snyder spun on the frontstretch as flagman J.D. Wilbur was set to unfurl the twin checkers, setting up a green-white-checkered restart that saw Jimmy McCune run off into the Michigan night.
Anthony McCune settled for his second runner-up finish of the year by .940 of a second, but admitted he could taste the possibility of his first-career win as the laps wound down.
"I wanted that first win," he said wistfully. "I thought we had a great shot at it ... but I knew somebody would be coming (from behind) eventually. I didn't want to see that caution; I thought maybe I could have held him off without it, but it's still a great night for us. I've just got to keep following him (Jimmy) and keep learning, and hopefully that first win will come soon."
Jason Blonde drove from seventh to complete the podium in third, followed by Jacob Wilson and Ryan Gillenwater.
In time trials, former supermodified ace Kyle Edwards scored his first-career Abe's Auto Parts Fast Time Award with a lap of 12.980 seconds (110.940 mph) around the four-tenths-mile oval.
Tom Jewell, Wilson and Gillenwater won their respective eight-lap heat races.
Friday night's event marked the inaugural appearance by Must See Racing at the recently-reopened Birch Run facility, which was purchased by Andy Suski and heavily remodeled before the start of the season.
RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Birch Run Speedway; Aug. 26, 2017
1-800-RADIATOR A-Feature (30 laps): 1. #88 – Jimmy McCune ; 2. #8 – Anthony McCune ; 3. #42 – Jason Blonde ; 4. #07W – Jacob Wilson ; 5. #45 – Ryan Gillenwater ; 6. #9s – Charlie Schultz ; 7. #0 – Doug Dietsch ; 8. #11 – Kyle Edwards ; 9. #35 – Chris Randolph ; 10. #98 – Kevin Feeney ; 11. #7 – Tom Jewell ; 12. #22 – Derek Snyder ; 13. #10k – Christian Koehler ; 14. #00 – Joey Irwin ; 15. #26 – Jeff Bloom ; 16. #8A – Adam Biltz ; 17. #13 – H.D. Carter  (DNS).
Lap Leader(s): A. McCune 1-24; J. McCune 25-30.
Hard Charger: #35 – Chris Randolph (+5)
Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials: 1. #11 – Kyle Edwards, 12.980; 2. #22 – Derek Snyder, 12.997; 3. #45 – Ryan Gillenwater, 13.132; 4. #42 – Jason Blonde, 13.153; 5. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 13.209; 6. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 13.216; 7. #0 – Doug Dietsch, 13.261; 8. #07 – Jacob Wilson, 13.272; 9. #8 – Anthony McCune, 13.537; 10. #10k – Christian Koehler, 13.649; 11. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 13.733; 12. #98 – Kevin Feeney, 13.749; 13. #7 – Tom Jewell, 13.752; 14. #35 – Chris Randolph, 14.058; 15. #00 – Joey Irwin, 15.207; 16. #8A – Adam Biltz, 15.209; 17. #13 – H.D. Carter, 16.285
Abe's Auto Parts First Heat (8 laps): 1. Tom Jewell (3), 2. Kevin Feeney (4), 3. Chris Randolph (2), 4. Joey Irwin (1), 5. Adam Biltz (5, DNS); 6. H.D. Carter (6, DNS).
B&B Machinery Movers Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Jacob Wilson (2); 2. Jimmy McCune (4); 3. Anthony McCune (1); 4. Christian Koehler (5); 5. Jeff Bloom (6); 6. Doug Dietsch (3).
RAM Engineering Midwest Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Ryan Gillenwater (2); 2. Jason Blonde (1); 3. Kyle Edwards (4); 4. Charlie Schultz (5); 5. Derek Snyder (3).
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