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McCune Staying The Course; Birch Run Up Next For MSR Sprints


BIRCH RUN, Mich. -- Anticipation is at an all-time high ahead of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series' inaugural appearance at Birch Run Speedway this Friday night, Aug. 25.

The American Racer Invitational will mark the series' lone non-points event of the year and will pit some of the Midwest's premier 410ci asphalt winged sprint car drivers against one another in a dash for a checkered flag and bragging rights over the rest of the competition.

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With no points on the line, the pressure of the championship chase may be off, but it doesn't make the upcoming event any less important for two-time defending MSR champion Jimmy McCune.

"You always want to win, and we always go to the race track aiming for the victory, no matter what the circumstances are," McCune said. "Just because there's no points on the line ... our approach has to stay the same, and we plan for it to be that way this weekend. It's certainly won us our share of races up to now."

"Birch Run is a great track, and there's a lot of us who were really pleased to see it reopen. I'm glad we've gotten a date there and I'm looking forward to hitting the track Friday night and chasing another victory."

McCune enters Birch Run boasting a series-record six wins on the season, with no finishes worse than second in 10 series races and a 97-point lead over nephew Anthony in the point standings, as he chases a record-setting third consecutive championship.

Formerly known as Dixie Motor Speedway, recent renovations and updates to the four-tenths-mile oval by new owner Andy Suski have turned Birch Run into one of Michigan's premier short tracks.

The American Racer Invitational will feature a full program of time trials and heat races, capped off by a 30-lap main event.

In two special twists for the night, qualified teams will receive a free right rear tire for the event, and unlike in most MSR races (where teams must use the same right rear tire for the whole night), there will be no limit on the number of right rear tires that can be used at Birch Run for the invitational.

The Midwest Compact Touring Series and pro late models will accompany the Must See Racing sprint cars on the racing card for the American Racer Invitational.

Pit gates on race day at Birch Run will open at 2 p.m., with hot laps rolling off at 4:00 and qualifying taking place at 6:30. The racing program begins at 7:30, following opening ceremonies.

For more information on Birch Run Speedway, visit the track's new website at

For more information on Must See Racing, including driver and team news, race results, schedule updates, rules information and more, visit

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

MSR at Birch Run Speedway August 25th

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Gerster Captures Engine Pro Fast Car Slash At Berlin

MARNE, Mich. – Brian Gerster used a wire-to-wire performance to capture the 30-lap Engine Pro Fast Car Slash at Berlin Raceway Saturday night, starting from the pole and never looking back en route to his third Must See Racing Sprint Car Series win of the season.

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Gerster earned the prime starting position after winning the eight-lap Pole Slash earlier in the evening, charging from sixth to win the sprint and saying later on that it was a "turning point" in his team's night.

"The way I look at it is we came from sixth to win this deal tonight," Gerster said. "Track position wasn't everything ... but it was a big part of allowing us to do this tonight. We came from the third row and won, it was just that the feature was split into two parts."

The two-time series champion then added that the Dick Myers-owned No. 50m was arguably "the best it's been all season" as far as on-track performance was concerned.

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"We were solid all might long," Gerster explained. "Before this car crashed last year, it wanted some different things setup-wise that we've still been trying to work out, but it was as close (to where it was) as we've been and that's a credit to Dick Myers and Rick Ferguson. It feels good to take one back from that Toledo mafia tonight."

An early caution on the opening lap, after Bronzie Lawson IV spun exiting Turn 4 and slapped the outside wall on the frontstretch, set up a restart with Jimmy McCune on Gerster's tail tank, but after that lapped traffic became the key to Gerster's success.

He opened up as much as a second and a half on McCune before the next yellow flag flew with 13 to go, when Teddy Alberts spun to the bottom of Turn 4, and the same song and dance repeated itself with five to go after Jerry Caryer slowed to a stop on the backstretch and triggered the final caution.

Though McCune had been closing on Gerster slightly in traffic before the last yellow, he was trapped behind the lapped car of Kevin Feeney and lost just enough time when green flag conditions resumed to be able to make a run for the win.

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"We just didn't have quite enough tonight," McCune said. "I was running him down and then the yellow came out. I didn't want to see it ... but what can you do? That's racing."

May Berlin winner Jason Blonde was third ahead of Bobby Santos, who crossed the line on the podium but was docked one position after review of a procedural violation on the final restart.

Doug Dietsch finished a strong fifth, with Derek Snyder, Anthony McCune, Charlie Schultz, Kevin Feeney and Tom Jewell making up the balance of the top 10.

The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series returns to action on Aug. 25, with the non-points American Racer Invitational at Michigan's Birch Run Speedway and Event Center.


RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Berlin Raceway; Aug. 19, 2017

1-800-RADIATOR A-Feature (30 laps): 1. #50m – Brian Gerster (1); 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune (2);  3. #42 – Jason Blonde (7); 4. #22a – Bobby Santos (3); 5. #0 – Doug Dietsch (4); 6. #22 – Derek Snyder (5); 7. #8 – Anthony McCune (15); 8. #9s – Charlie Schultz (6); 9. #98 – Kevin Feeney (12); 10. #7 – Tom Jewell (13); 11. #8A – Adam Biltz (11); 12. #10k – Christian Koehler (10); 13. #75c – Jerry Caryer (8); 14. #44a – Teddy Alberts (9); 15. #13 – H.D. Carter (17); 16. #72s – Joe Speakman (14); 17. #4B – Bronzie Lawson IV (16); 18. #35 – Chris Randolph (18, DNS).

Abe's Auto Parts Time Trials: 1. #22a – Bobby Santos, 12.913; 2. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 12.914; 3. #50m – Brian Gerster, 13.080; 4. #22 – Derek Snyder, 13.337; 5. #42 – Jason Blonde, 13.377; 6. #0 – Doug Dietsch, 13.659; 7. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 13.818; 8. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 13.865; 9. #44A – Teddy Alberts, 13.950; 10. #10k – Christian Koehler, 14.151; 11. #8A – Adam Biltz, 14.301; 12. #98 – Kevin Feeney, 14.337; 13. #7 – Tom Jewell, 14.424; 14. #72s – Joe Speakman, 14.633; 15. #8 – Anthony McCune, 14.803; 16. #B4 – Bronzie Lawson IV, 14.844; 17. #13 – H.D. Carter, 19.592; 18. #35 – Chris Randolph, NT.

Abe's Auto Parts First Heat (8 laps): 1. Anthony McCune (2); 2. Bronzie Lawson IV (1); 3. Tom Jewell (4); 4. Joe Speakman (3); 5. H.D. Carter (5); 6. Chris Randolph (6, DNS).

B&B Machinery Movers Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Teddy Alberts (2); 2. Christian Koehler (1); 3. Kevin Feeney (6); 4. Charlie Schultz (3); 5. Jerry Caryer (4); 6. Adam Biltz (5).

RAM Engineering Midwest Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Derek Snyder (1); 2. Brian Gerster (2); 3. Bobby Santos (4); 4. Jimmy McCune (3); 5. Jason Blonde (5); 6. Doug Dietsch (6).

Engine Pro Fast Car Slash (8 laps, set first four rows of feature lineup): 1. Brian Gerster (6); 2. Jimmy McCune (7); 3. Bobby Santos (8); 4. Doug Dietsch (6) / 5. Derek Snyder (5); 6. Charlie Schultz (1); 7. Jason Blonde (4); 8. Jerry Caryer (2).

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

Engine Pro Fast Car Slash At Berlin On Tap For MSR Sprints

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series is set for one of their biggest weekends of the season, with the homeland for series title sponsor Engine Pro playing host to the annual Engine Pro Fast Car Slash at Berlin Raceway on Aug. 19.

Race 10 on the calendar see the winged warriors tackling the .4375-mile Berlin Raceway, a staple venue for the series, appearing on every season calendar at least once with the exception of MSR's inaugural season in 2010.

This year's Fast Car Slash will mark the ninth time Must See Racing has competed at the Marne facility, and will be televised nationally on Suzuki Presents SPEED SPORT, as announced Wednesday.

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The MAVTV broadcast of the Fast Car Slash will air at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 7.

In the seven prior MSR features held at Berlin, five different winners have visited victory lane, including Jason Blonde this past May.

Last year's Fast Car Slash was rained out, meaning Brian Gerster enters as the defending winner of the event, having won the race in 2015.

Saturday's format will see a standard format of hot laps, two-lap time trials, eight lap heat races, a B-Main (if necessary) and the 30 lap A-Main run as normal, but with the addition of the Fast Car Slash.

The eight-lap sprint will provide an extra twist in determining the feature lineup. The driver who sets quick time in qualifying will roll a die to determine whether the fastest six or eight drivers will compete in the Slash. Eligible drivers must be among the five transfers out of their respective heat race, and any holes following the heats will be filled by the next-fastest driver(s) from qualifying.

Once the green flag drops on the Fast Car Slash, drivers will look to pass the field en route to victory and a $300 bonus, with any driver who is passed on-track in the Slash eliminated and slotted into the starting grid based on their order of elimination.

All drivers who survive elimination will line up for the feature based on their finishing order from the Fast Car Slash, with eliminated drivers following behind them.

The event is always a fan-favorite when the MSR field hits the track at Berlin, and will no doubt provide some of the most intense action of the night during the Berlin program.

"The Fast Car Slash is a staple of our fall visit to Berlin, and we're excited to have it back once again with our partners at Engine Pro," said MSR Founder and President Jim Hanks. "This addition to the format puts the drivers more 'in control' of their starting spots and gives the fans one more thrilling race to view before the main event. We're looking forward to seeing who can survive the Slash and start up front on Saturday night!"

In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, the Berlin Raceway super late models will run twin 35-lap features, with modifieds and super stocks also on the racing card.

Pit gates on Saturday at Berlin open at 1:30 p.m., with hot laps hitting the track at 3 p.m. and qualifying for the Must See Racing sprint cars and the super late models to follow.
An autograph session is scheduled for 5:30 and racing kicks off at 6:30.

For more information on Berlin Raceway, visit, and for more information on Must See Racing, visit

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