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The American Speedfest

FCD 06.09.21

SCHULTZ CHARGES TO MUST SEE SPEEDROME WIN

June 5, 2021 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Charlie Schultz took advantage of a lap 23 double-file restart to capture his second career Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro feature event Saturday night at the 1/5-mile Indianapolis Speedrome.

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Winged sprint cars made their second-ever appearance at the track, and first in nearly 21 years. Due to the small nature of the track, a 100-lap feature event was presented to a healthy crowd. Qualifications and qualifying races were held Friday night to set the field for Saturday night’s 100-lap affair. To date, it was the most laps the MSR series had contested.

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Outside front row starter Adam Biltz got the jump over Dylan Watson and lead the first 23 laps before a red flag waved on lap 23 after Anthony McCune rode up over the left front tire of three-time Little 500 champion Jeff Bloom. Both cars were eliminated for the night in the melee.


When the race resumed, Charlie Schultz powered past teammate Biltz for the led on the double-file restart. Schultz began to build a sizeable lead over the next 50 laps. Joe Liguori, who had initially started the race in the fifth starting position, slowly began to reel Schultz in.

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Liguori had caught Schultz in lapped traffic near lap 77 and it appeared this would be Liguori’s only series shot to challenge for the lead. Schultz was able to dispose of lapped cars quickly and end Liguori’s bid for a win.


Schultz was able to beat Liguori to the finish by only .563 seconds followed by Nolan Allison, Dylan Watson, and Biltz rounding out the top five.

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Last weekend’s American Speed U.S. Nationals winner Jimmy McCune was eliminated in a lap 2 incident after making contact with anther car. McCune’s bid for a repeat win ended after his car retired to the infield with damage.


Schultz became the fourth different winner in as many races to kick off the 2021 MSR season.

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“The Indianapolis Speedrome is definitely nothing like we normally run with a sprint car” Schultz explained in victory lane. ”This deal here was like racing midgets indoors at Ft. Wayne or karts at Columbus. I really think that my indoor experience really paid off for me tonight. I was able to hit my marks lap after lap and get into a good rhythm. I was able to distance myself and get through lapped traffic”.


Shultz explained his pass for the lead on the lap 23 double-file restart. “The restart prior to it (lap 23) I tried it on the outside, and I didn’t time it right getting off four. I knew what I had done wrong. Fortunately, we got a second chance to try it again and I was able to time it right. I love this 100-lap format. Its tire management and chess, not checkers. It was good, clean, hard racing by everybody tonight” concluded Schultz.


Finish:

  1. Charlie Schultz (9s) 100
    2.      Joe Liguori (13) 100
    3.      Nolan Allison (16) 100
    4.      Dylan Watson (12) 100
    5.      Adam Biltz (8a) 100
    6.      Tom Jewell (7) 98
    7.      Jacob Dolinar (48) 89
    8.      Tom Gerem (11) 97
    9.      Todd McQuillan (21) 87
    10.  Anthony Linkenhoker (4) 48
    11.  Jeff Blloom (26) 23
    12.  Anthony McCune (8) 23
    13.  Jimmy McCune (88) 3
    14.  Rick Holley (85) 0

 

All photos by David Sink

WINGED SPRINT CARS RETURN TO INDY SPEEDROME AFTER 21 YEAR ABSENCE

May 3, 2021 – Winged sprint cars are set to return to the Indianapolis Speedrome this weekend for the first time since 2000. It will be only the second time in the history of the iconic Indianapolis southeast side 1/5-mile oval that sprint cars have competed.

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The Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro will headline two consecutive nights of racing this weekend June 4-5 as part of the inaugural “Indyana Shutout”. The Saturday night finale will be highlighted by a 100-lap feature event.


The last time winged sprint cars competed at the Indianapolis Speedrome was August 11, 2000. Gary Fedewa won the 100-lap feature over Rick Holley and Mike Ling. It was an entertaining affair that saw Fedewa come from the eighth starting position to claim the win with a late race pass of Holley.


Current Indianapolis Speedrome Late Model points leader and 2019 World Figure 8 champion Eddie VanMeter announced on Tuesday afternoon that he will compete in this event. It will be VanMeter’s first foray in a sprint car. He will be aboard the Mike Blake owned orange #81 Dynamite chassis.


Most of the Must See Racing regulars are expected to compete including last weekend’s American Speed U.S. Nationals winner Jimmy McCune. Early 2021 MSR feature winner Joe Liguori will also be in competition and has announced he will be pulling double-duty. Liguori will also compete in a school bus figure 8.


Former drivers who competed in that long ago 2000 event are also expected to compete including Jeff Bloom and Holley.


Besides the 100-lap finale on Saturday night, the “Rumble for the Record” presented by EDCO Welding will also be on tap. Winged sprint cars and winged late models will go head-to-head in a speed trials qualifying format to break the track record. Bragging rights and a $5,000 payday will be on the line as to which car is ultimately the fastest type of car to grace the Indianapolis Speedrome asphalt.


The weekends activities will also include Street Stocks, Junior Fast Karts, Champ Karts, and USS Kenyon Midgets.  For those unable to attend the race will be streamed on www.Speedrome.tv.


For more information on this event please visit www.mustseeracing.com or www.speedrome.com

 

Eddie VanMeter hustles a sprint car around the Indianapolis Speedrome during a May 10, 2021 exhibition. David Sink Photo   

MCCUNE BANKS 5K WITH AMERICAN SPEED U.S. NATIONALS WIN

May 29, 2021 – Kalamazoo, Michigan – Jimmy McCune fought of challenges from Joe Liguori and Jason Blonde to win the Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro 50-lap feature event at Kalamazoo Speedway Saturday night. McCune’s victory in the inaugural American Speed U.S. National was worth $5,000.


McCune got the jump at the start from his outside front row starting position and led the first 17 circuits. Joe Liguori trailed closely and pulled alongside McCune on lap 17. The duo ran side-by-side for several laps. McCune managed to hang on to the top spot, but only momentarily.

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Jason Blonde then began to harass McCune for the lead with 27 laps to go and eventually wrestled the top spot away 4 laps later. Blonde began to pull away until a yellow flag flew for Nolan Allison’s spin on lap 35.


On the double-file restart, race leader Blonde surprisingly chose the outside line. When the green flag waved, Blonde got too high exciting turn two and nearly got into the wall. McCune assumed the top spot again and Liguori snagged second place.


The final caution waved with ten laps to go. McCune also chose the outside lane on this final restart. McCune took the lead and drove the final 10 laps to seal the victory.


In victory lane McCune insisted when Blonde took the lead and began to build a sizeable lead there was no quit. “We were still digging” explained McCune.”We just weren’t as good on that longer run. We just started the race a little too good. I needed to be a little more uncomfortable in the beginning of the race and let the car come to me. On that restart she launched on the bottom pretty hard. I sailed her into one and I realized he (Blonde) wasn’t there, so I let her slide up to take his line away and then we were off to the races from there. I wasn’t surprised he chose the outside lane on the next-to-last restart. That’s typical of Jason. He loved to run the top. This was probably my second biggest payday since I’ve been racing” concluded McCune.

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Jason Blonde was second followed by Troy DeCaire, Joe Liguori, and Jacob Dolinar rounding out the top five. Troy DeCaire was the nights fast qualifier with a lap of 11.003 seconds.


In the Maxima Racing Oils Must See Racing Midwest Lights event, Joey Wyckoff picked up his second consecutive feature event of the 2021 season over Dylan Watson, Charlie Schultz, James Rader, and Tim Henthorne.


MUST SEE RACING SPRINT SERIES PRESENTED BY ENGINE PRO 50-LAP  FEATURE FINISH:

  1. Jimmy McCune (88)
    2.      Jason Blonde (42)
    3.      Troy DeCaire (36)
    4.      Joe Liguoi (13)
    5.      Jacob Dolinar (48)
    6.      Nolan Allison (16)
    7.      Charlie Schultz (9s)
    8.      Tom Jewell (7)
    9.      Rick Holly (85)
    10.  Tom Geren (11)
    11.  Adam Biltz (8a)
    12.  Anthony Linkenhoker (41)
    13.  Jeff Bloom (26)
    14.  Anthony McCune (8)
    15.  LJ Grimm (99)
    16.  Teddy Alberts (44)


MAXIMA RAING OILS MUST SEE RACING MIDWEST LIGHTS 25-LAP FEATURE FINISH:

  1. Joey Wyckoff (90)
    2.      Dylan Watson (12)
    3.      Charlie Schultz (92)
    4.      James Rader (63)
    5.      Tim Henthorne (15)
    6.      Jason Rader (52)
    7.      Josh Sexton (51)
    8.      JJ Henes (36)
    9.      Justin Stanley (9)
    10.  Lauren DePasquale (18)
    11.  Craig Sharfenburg (99)
    12.  Dale McQuillen (23)

 

STORY FROM:: David Sink

PHOTO CREDIT TO: Jason Partanen