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Must See Sprints Set For Lake Erie Blockbuster

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will be part of a unique double bill this weekend as 'The World's Fastest Short Track Cars' invade Lake Erie Speedway for the first time.


Must See Racing will team up with the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour for co-headlining features at the three-eighths-mile Pennsylvania oval on Saturday, June 15.


Originally slated to be deeper into the series' championship sojourn, the Lake Erie stop will now be the second Must See Racing event of the year, after weather-related and other scheduling issues shuffled the look of the winged 410ci asphalt sprint car tour's season calendar.


Saturday's appearance by Must See Racing marks the first sprint car event at the facility since the mid-2000s, when the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series took to Lake Erie for a mid-season stop.

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Cars race during the recent Must See Racing season opener at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in May. (Randy Crist photo)


"Jim (Hanks, Must See Racing president) and I worked together for quite a while to make this happen, and we've been very eager to get to this point and see this show play out," said track operations manager A.J. Moore. "All of us with Lake Erie Speedway think this double-bill will definitely bring an extra level of excitement to the summer event that we've held with the Race of Champions modifieds which wasn't there before. It'll be one heck of a show and a very unique ticket for the fans.


"We're extremely excited for our inaugural appearance at Lake Erie Speedway and we're looking forward to adding Lake Erie to the list of venues we've competed at over the course of our 10 years," added Hanks. "Our drivers are eager to compete there, and we hope to be able to put on both a show of speed and wheel-to-wheel racing for our fans."


Four-time defending Must See Racing champion Jimmy McCune leads the series' cast of characters into Lake Erie, sitting atop the point standing by six markers over his nephew, Anthony McCune.


Charlie Schultz is chasing the two McCunes, ranked third in points despite a rough opening race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in May, with Tom Jewell and Joe Liguori filling out the top five.


All five of those drivers are expected to be in attendance at Lake Erie, as well as National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom, Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Jason Blonde, NASCAR modified ace Bobby Santos III, Canadian title contender Ryan Litt, as well as rookies Bobby Komisarski and Brenden Torok.


In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars and the Race of Champions modifieds, the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series and Race of Champions TQ midgets will also be on the racing card.


Pit gates open at Lake Erie on Saturday at 11 a.m., with hot laps kicking off at 3:30 p.m., qualifying at 5 p.m., heat races at 6 p.m. and features rolling off at 7 p.m. following opening ceremonies.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

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Schultz Seeking A Berlin Must See Repeat

HOLLY, Mich. – Last August, Berlin Raceway was the site of one of the more-thrilling breakthroughs in recent Must See Racing Sprint Car Series history, as Charlie Schultz picked up his maiden tour victory in a thrilling finish.


Schultz held off eventual series champion Jimmy McCune in a battle for the ages, picking up a trophy for car owner and friend John Reiser and establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with going forward.

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Charlie Schultz is the defending Must See Racing Sprint Car Series winner at Michigan's Berlin Raceway. (Chris Seelman photo)


As the series returns to Berlin for Saturday night's Engine Pro Fast Car Dash event at the seven-sixteenths-mile oval, Schultz would like nothing more than to repeat his prior success at Berlin and inject his name into the Must See Racing championship mix with another win.


"Obviously, to come into Berlin being the defending winner is cool for both me and for the No. 9s team, considering we haven't been able to say that before with Must See Racing," said Schultz. "It's a good deal, because you've always got confidence going back someplace you've run well in the past. Anytime you've been successful at a venue it gives you confidence to build on.


"I think our biggest thing, though, is that we go looking to race competitively and to have fun doing it," Schultz added. "We would definitely check both of those boxes with another victory, for sure."


Schultz enters Berlin off a frustrating start to the year, with a seventh-place finish during the season opener at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway not what he'd hoped for as a kickoff to the year.


However, his qualifying and heat race performances at Anderson salvaged his position in points, keeping him third in the title race behind Jimmy McCune and Anthony McCune, just nine tallies off the top spot.


That's good news for Schultz, who aspires to knock the McCunes down a peg in points this year. He's not letting any potential pressure get to him, however.


"There's always the pressure that you put on yourself at any race, and maybe a little more being a past winner at a track, but it's only as much pressure as I put on myself," Schultz noted. "We know what our situation is and we know the stakes, but it's also really early in the season and you can't win the whole year in just the second race. You can definitely dial yourself out though if you have a bad outing.


"We're just focused on one race at a time right now and performing at our peak each time out."


For Schultz to reign at Berlin again, however, he'll have to outlast a star-studded field, including both McCunes; former NASCAR modified champion and pavement ace Bobby Santos III; series veterans Jeff Bloom and Jason Blonde; as well as rookie standouts Tyler Roahrig and Joe Liguori.


Newcomers to the series expected to make their first Must See Racing starts at Berlin include Bobby Komisarski, Ivan Shaver and Jacob Dolinar, another of the nephews of four-time Must See Racing champion Jimmy McCune.


The Fast Car Dash format will be in effect for the event, with the top eight cars from qualifying participating in a fully-inverted, eight-lap heat race which will help to set the pre-inversion lineup for the night's 30-lap main event.


In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, the VROA modifieds, Berlin Raceway modifieds and super stocks will also be on the racing card for the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash.


Pit gates open at 1 p.m. Saturday, with hot laps kicking off at 3 p.m., qualifying hitting the track at 4:45 p.m. and feature racing beginning at 6:30 p.m., following the night's opening ceremonies.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing