Must See Racing Sets 2021 Schedule Of Events
HOLLY, Mich. (Dec. 10, 2020) — Must See Racing officials announced Thursday the tentative schedule for its American Speed Tour lineup of races next season, including seven two-day race weekends, the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash mini-series and several special events.
While it won’t feature a season-long championship battle, all of Must See Racing’s major events will still be headlined by winged asphalt 410 sprint car racing.
The season opener returns to South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway on April 23-24, pitting established Midwestern stars against many of the Southeast’s top regional sprint car teams in a battle for bragging rights and a chance to defend home turf.
In the month of May, the winged warriors will return to Michigan for Must See Racing’s first visit to the state since 2019, featuring a two-day event at a to-be-announced venue.
Kalamazoo Speedway will welcome Must See Racing back after several years’ absence, with the June 18-19 Open Wheel Madness spectacular, featuring the Must See Racing 410 winged sprints, the Midwest Supermodified Series, the Must See Racing Midwest Lights, Midwest Compacts and Zoo stocks.
The month of July will see Must See Racing in action on July 18-19, with a decision on venue coming at a later date.
The sanctioning body returns to Ohio’s Lorain Raceway Park on Aug. 13-14 for an event that will also feature the Midwest Supermodified Series, the Must See Racing Midwest Lights, modifieds and compacts.
The series will then head back to Michigan in September for another two-night stand at a to-be-determined venue.
Must See Racing will wrap up its 2021 season when Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway hosts winged 410 asphalt sprint car racing Oct. 8-9, marking the sanctioning body’s first visit to the half-mile oval.
Complete shows will be contested on both days at Montgomery.
The Engine Pro Fast Car Dash mini-series will have a points tally, points fund and special awards payout, much like in previous years with Must See Racing. The five event weekends in between the Anderson opener and Montgomery closer will be part of the Fast Car Dash lineup.
“Each year we assess the feedback from the tracks, teams, sponsors and fans to objectively determine our next and future season plans in the sport we all love. Must See Racing’s move from an annual championship points benefit system to an event-by-event team benefit system, which will include the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash mini-series and an American Racer points fund, plus our expansion into new racing venues with special events, is designed to enhance the racing entertainment for the fans.”
Returning for a fifth year, Must See Racing’s broadcast partnership with SPEED SPORT and MAVTV will again feature award-winning broadcaster and SPEED SPORT president Ralph Sheheen, alongside analyst Derek Pernesiglio.
The duo will offer in-depth coverage of select Must See Racing events to a prime-time MAVTV national television audience.
The first of several planned Must See Racing television events was recently announced, with the Pink Lady Classic sprint car event at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway Sept. 24-25 to be featured through SPEED SPORT Presents on MAVTV.
“Must See Racing is a valued SPEED SPORT partner and we believe winged sprint car racing on asphalt is one of the most exciting forms of racing in the country,” noted SPEED SPORT President Ralph Sheheen. “We look forward to working with the folks at Meridian Speedway and bringing the Pink Lady Classic to a national television audience as part of SPEED SPORT Presents on MAVTV.”
An era will end after more than a decade, however, as Must See Racing will no longer co-sanction or televise the Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.
“It’s been an exciting and fantastic run for us at Anderson with our involvement in the Little 500,” noted Hanks. “However, because of increased Must See Racing team participation and growing fan demand, we will focus on our core winged sprint car programs next year.
“We thank and wish continued success to the track, its management and all the event participants.”
Though Must See Racing’s time at the Little 500 has ended, the sanctioning body will remain active on Memorial Day weekend next May.
Must See Racing will host the new American Speed U.S. Nationals on May 29-30 at Ohio’s Lorain Raceway Park. The special event will feature many of the top pavement winged sprint car drivers from across the United States and Canada and provide a showcase of The World’s Fastest Short Track Cars.
“This is going to be a spectacular event, presenting race teams and race fans alike a Memorial Day weekend option that they have requested for a long time,” explained Hanks. “Because the vast majority of MSR teams do not compete in non-winged sprint car competition and are exclusive to the series, the event will not conflict with other same-day events, including the Little 500.
“The time is right for a major national winged pavement sprint car event to meet the growing fan demand in our sport,” Hanks added. “Based on race team and fan interest, as well as our partnerships with Engine Pro, American Racer and our other partners, this special event has the potential to quickly become one of the crown jewels in our sport.
“All of us at Must See Racing will put the effort and work in to make the inaugural American Speed U.S. Nationals a successful and entertaining major event.”
Despite Thursday’s announcement of a tentative schedule, Hanks added that all dates should be considered subject to change, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Because of the continuing and ever-changing COVID-19 health crisis, final scheduling will unavoidably be delayed this year,” he said. “Given that reality, we are very optimistic our 2021 scheduling, plans and formats will set up Must See Racing for possibly our best season yet.”
2021 Must See Racing Schedule Of Events
April 23-24 – Anderson Motor Speedway – Williamston, S.C.
May TBA – TBA – TBA, Mich.
May 29-30 – Lorain Raceway Park – South Amherst, Ohio **
June 18-19 – Kalamazoo Speedway – Kalamazoo, Mich.
July 16-17 – TBA – TBA
Aug. 13-14 – Lorain Raceway Park – South Amherst, Ohio
Sept. TBA – TBA – TBA, Mich.
Sept. 24-25 – Meridian Speedway – Meridian, Idaho **
Oct. 8-9 – Montgomery Motor Speedway – Montgomery, Ala.
** – Must See Racing special television event
MSR & SPEED SPORT Bringing Pink Lady Classic To MAVTV
MERIDIAN, Idaho (Nov. 12, 2020) — Must See Racing will partner with SPEED SPORT and Meridian Speedway to televise one of the quarter-mile asphalt oval’s biggest sprint car events next fall.
Meridian’s Pink Lady Classic, scheduled for Sept. 24-25, will air on MAVTV as part of a tape-delayed broadcast through the popular “SPEED SPORT Presents” series on the network.
The event will feature the Speed Tour sprint cars.
“The Diamond Cup has been the largest sprint car show that we’d put on, dating back to 1989, but the Pink Lady has morphed into an equal — if not bigger — event. Our car counts are equally strong for both events,” said Meridian Speedway managing partner Adam Nelson. “Considering that we’re putting together a big payday for this event next year, it’s a very big deal.
“It’s definitely an exposure opportunity for a lot of the teams in our region,” Nelson added. “We have some of the best winged sprint car racers on pavement anywhere in the country right in this area, and a lot of them don’t get out and travel a lot, so this provides a shot for them to get their names out to the world through the folks with Must See Racing, SPEED SPORT and MAVTV. We’re very excited.”
The Pink Lady Classic gets its name from the sprint car driven by Kenny Hamilton, a former owner of Meridian Speedway, whose iconic No. 98 carried a pastel-pink scheme for many years and was nicknamed “The Pink Lady” during his driving days.
The 2020 edition of the Pink Lady Classic was won by Cory Lockwood, who banked $10,000 for winning the event. Next year, that winner’s prize is planned to double to $20,000.
“We’ve got a unique deal at Meridian with the Speed Tour, as we have some partners that put up $1,000 apiece for the 2020 purse that was then matched by the speedway and then some. At the end of that show, we started putting those sponsors together again to make this happen and added 10 more sponsor slots,” Nelson noted. “These sponsors are ones who wanted to see a cool level of badassery put on by the racers that we have here, racing for a major payday that they don’t often get to race for.
“It’s enough to supplement your whole season’s expenses for some of our guys. This kind of an event is a huge deal for our area,” he continued. “Our typical shows are $1,000 to $1,200 to win, so this is substantially larger. To say that this is important is a vast understatement.”
The format for the 2021 Pink Lady Classic will be largely unchanged from 2020. This year’s race featured a three-segment breakdown, with two 38-lap stints preceding a 24-lap run to the checkered flag.
After the end of the second stage, only the top 10 will remain on track for the final 24 laps of the race.
“The format will stay intact. The only thing that we may look at adjusting are some of the preliminary events … with the two-day format and how those all work,” Nelson explained. “We feel like the Pink Lady Classic will produce a lot of exciting racing for both our fans at the track and those watching the MAVTV telecast. It’s a way to have 100 laps of sprint car racing with less wear and tear on the cars.”
Must See Racing President Jim Hanks is looking forward to providing the promotional push of the MSR and SPEED SPORT television package to Meridian’s most prestigious sprint car event.
“We are really excited to be a part of the 2021 Pink Lady Classic from Idaho’s Meridian Speedway,” said Hanks. “The event has a rich history and tradition of high-speed sprint car racing, featuring some of the best teams in the country competing for the prestigious title and this year’s $20,000 winner’s prize is sure to elevate the intensity, competition and participation to a whole new level.
“We are honored to partner with the track and SPEED SPORT to showcase the event on MAVTV as a part of Must See Racing’s recently-announced special-event racing entertainment, adding to our traditional scheduling which will be released in the next few weeks.”
SPEED SPORT has produced television coverage of Must See Racing events for many years and is looking forward to the Pink Lady Classic.
“Must See Racing is a valued SPEED SPORT partner and we believe winged sprint car racing on asphalt is one of the most exciting forms of racing in the country,” said SPEED SPORT President Ralph Sheheen. “We look forward to working with the folks at Meridian Speedway and bringing the Pink Lady Classic to a national television audience as part of SPEED SPORT Presents on MAVTV.”
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