LIGUORI SURVIVES WRECK FEST TO WIN MUST SEE OPENER
May 14, 2021 –Williamston, SC - Joe Liguori survived a wild night that included multiple crashes to win his first career Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro feature event Friday night at Anderson Motor Speedway near Anderson, South Carolina.
The event was the first of two nights of racing that officially kicked off the twelfth season for the 410-winged asphalt sprint car series. The event drew drivers from six different states including two series regulars from the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series.
photo of Liguori courtesy of David Sink
Liguori bested the field to claim quick time with a lap of 13.460 seconds.
The front row for the 30-lap feature saw Jacob Dolinar on the pole and Joey Aguilar on the outside front row. When the green flag waved, polesitter Jacob Dolinar lazily spun the car while leading exiting turn two. It appeared there was no contact from any other cars. The spin started a multi-car melee that saw Charlie Schultz and Joe Speakman get upside down. Additional cars were involved that included Rick Holley, Todd McQuillen, Tom Jewell, and Adam Biltz. Several other cars including Jimmy McCune received damage but returned after minor repairs.
When the race resumed after no laps were competed, Aguilar took command of the event. Aguilar had managed to build up a sizeable lead through 15 laps but DeCaire began to reel him in only a few laps later. DeCaire was able to close the gap and put pressure on the race leader. McCune had snuck into the fray and passed an unsuspecting DeCaire as he was battling Aguilar for the lead in heavy lapped traffic.
On lap 27 McCune moved to the outside of Aguilar entering turn 1. The duo raced side-by -side down the backstretch until making contact and eliminating McCune after contacting the wall. When the race resumed, DeCaire made a challenge for the lead several times. DeCaire was able to get alongside Aguilar exiting turn 2 and race alongside Aguilar until two made contact in turn 4 on the final lap. As both spun, Liguori dipped under the spinning leaders to race across the stripe for his first career MSR victory followed by Nolan Allison and Jacob Dolinar.
In victory lane Liguori explained how surprised the final laps played out. “We were riding around in fifth forever” explained Liguori.”The motor was running hot and I was like ‘I’m content with running fifth’. Then Jimmy (McCune) kinda got stuffed in the fence, and then a yellow flag came out, and I had gotten to third.
On the restart I saw the leaders (Aguilar and DeCaire) kinda get together on the backstretch. I was thinking ‘if they wreck each other were gonna win the race. If they don’t, we’re gonna run third’. Coming to the checker there at the end they wrecked each other, and we ended up winning. Its luck, 100 percent. We did not have the greatest car, but it was good enough to do what it did. The checks gonna clear the bank, and it doesn’t matter which way you look at it” concluded Liguori.
As victory lane ceremonies were taking place, MSR officials were putting out fires from several hotly contested teams, angry how the final laps of the race played out. MSR officials explained the top three finishers were official, but the finishing positions beyond that could be subject to revisions. Positions fourth on back were not official at the time this story was written.
1. Joe Liguori (13)
2. Nolan Allison (16)
3. Jacob Dolinar (48)
4. Joey Aguilar (11)
5. Troy DeCaire (36)
6. Joshua Sexton (90)
7. Jimmy McCune (88)
8. Anthony McCune (8)
9. Jay Dunham (51)
10. Rick Holley (85)
11. Charlie Schultz (9s)
12. Adam Biltz (8a)
13. Joe Speakman (72s)
14. Todd McQuillen (6)
15. Tom Jewell (7)
DNS Steve Surniak (81)
DNS Jeff Bloom (26)
UNDEFEATED STREAKS SET TO COLIDE WITH MSR VISIT TO ANDERSON
May 12, 2021 – Williamson, SC - Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro is only days away from kicking off its 2021 season with a two-day visit to Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamson, South Carolina this coming weekend May 14-15. A complete racing program is on tap both nights.
There several story lines heading into this weekend’s events but perhaps no bigger than the undefeated streaks of 5-time MSR champion Jimmy McCune and Tampa, Florida driver Joey “The Ace” Aguilar. Both drivers are undefeated in sprint car competition at Anderson Motor Speedway. Aguilar swept a pair of USCS 360 events in 2014. McCune is riding a three-race win streak at AMS which includes his most recent win there on April 20, 2018.
This will Be MSR’s first visit to the track since that April 20, 2018 event over three years ago. Something will have to give this weekend as one, or both drivers, could see their streaks end.
Another interesting story to keep an eye on this weekend is Troy DeCaire. DeCaire has been the nation’s winningest pavement sprint car driver each of the past two seasons. He currently finds himself tied with LJ Grimm with 5 wins already in this young season and most in the country. A win or two could help DeCaire put distance between himself and Grimm.
Young Anthony McCune is another driver to keep an eye on. The “Silence Assassin” opened his 2020 MSR campaign with a pair of wins and a weekend sweep. These victories ultimately propelled him to his first MSR championship. In the process he ended Uncle Jimmy McCune’s bid for a sixth straight MSR championship.
A solid list of entrants has been assembled for this weekend’s events. The evets were originally scheduled to be contested 3 weeks ago. Rain foiled those plans and the events have been rescheduled for this weekend.
In addition to the MSR regulars, a handful of drivers from the area expected to compete that includes North Carolina drivers Nolan Allison and Bobby Komisarski as well as Virginia driver Anthony Linkenhoker. Florida drivers Aguilar and DeCaire are also entered.
AMERICAN SPEED U.S NATIONALS TRUE CULMINATION OF CHAMPIONS
May 6, 2021 – The inaugural American Speed U.S. Nationals is less than 5 weeks away and entries steadily continue to come in from teams hoping to compete in this historic event. The two-day event May 28-29 at Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, Michigan will be highlighted by the Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro. In addition, the Maxima Racing Oils Must See Racing Midwest Lights and Midwest Supermodified Series will share the weekend’s racing line-up.
The two-day format will culminate in a $5,000 payday for one lucky MSR 410 driver in front of the MAVTV cameras May 29. This will be the first time MSR has competed at Kalamazoo Speedway in several seasons.
The MSR 410 portion of the event already has over 20 confirmed entries. The event is attracting former pavement sprint car champions from around the country. The event was created to bring champions from around the nation together over the holiday weekend to showcase a champion of champions type of event. The current list of entrants is doing just that.
Let’s take a look at some of the champions currently entered in the event to date.
Jason Blonde. This driver calls Litchfield, Michigan home. He currently has 7 Auto Value Super Sprints championships to his credit. He last title came as recently as 2017.
Jeff Bloom - The Bangor, Michigan driver has 3 Little 500 victories on his resume. He won the event in 1972, 1977, and 1991. In addition, Bloom is also a National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee.
Troy DeCaire – This Tampa, Florida drives loves championships and understands their importance. He was the inaugural MSR champion in 2010-11. He was the 2008 Tampa Bay Area Racing Association champion and 2009 Central Florida Wingless champion. He most recently captured the 2019 Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series championship.
Tom Jewell – The Vandalia, Michigan resident was the 1982 South Bend Motor Speedway Sprint Car/Supermodified track champion.
Anthony Linkenhoker – This Louisa, Virginia driver is the 2017 Virginia Sprint Series Champion. In addition, he was the 2018 Must See Racing Rookie of the Year.
Anthony McCune – The Toledo, Ohio twenty-three-year-old scored his first MSR championship in 2020 and looks destined for more championships in the future.
Jimmy McCune – The Five-time MSR champion is the winningest driver in MSR history. The Toledo, Ohio native also captured the 2017 Midwest Non-Wing Sprint Car championship.
Charlie Schultz – This former Supermodified star now focuses on winged pavement sprint cars. He is the 2010 Midwest Supermodified champion who currently calls Lorain, Ohio home.
DAVE MADER III TO MAKE HIS MUST SEE RACING DEBUT AT ANDERSON
April 28, 2021- 65-year-old Dave Mader III is having quite the week. Mader finished second in Saturday’s ARCA race at Talladega behind winner Coery Heim. Then today Mader announced he plans to compete in the upcoming Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro event at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina May 14-15.
Although it will be his first time competing with Must See Racing, it will not be the first time he has competed in winged asphalt sprint car events. The long-time stock car competitor competed years ago. ”I’ve drove one 4 times” explains Mader.”I ran for Johnny Ardis twice at Pensacola and twice at Mobile in the early 2000’s. I have always loved those cars since I was a kid when they were the Supers. I always wanted one and I ended up acquiring one several years ago. Now I’m getting it ready to race and I’m gonna race the damned thing.”
It will be a busy couple of weeks for Mader before heading to Anderson for his MSR debut. “I’m gonna race Montgomery this Saturday with my late model car. Then I’m gonna practice my ARCA car at Charlotte for that race which is the week after Anderson. After the Charlotte test is over I gotta test the sprint car in-between. It’s turned out to be a busy May. We just do it for fun.”
Mader has had a very impressive career up to this point. He has made starts in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series. He is the 1978 “Snowball Derby” winner. He is also the 1985-88 All-American Challenge Series champion.
After the Anderson Motor Speedway events, Mader insists there will be more, and this isn’t an one-off weekend. ”We plan to race with Must See Racing at Montgomery in the fall. There is talk of possible events at Pensacola and Mobile before the year is over. We may do those events also”.
Mader, who currently resides in Irvington, Alabama, has lofty expectations for his Must See debut. ”I go to win. I’ve been doing that for fifty years. 350 feature wins now, I’m not that type of person that’s gonna be happy just to be there” concluded Mader”.
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- MSR at Kalamazoo Speedway May 28 & May 29
- AMERICAN SPEED U.S. NATIONALS
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- SPRINT CARS SET TO RETURN TO INDY SPEEDROME FOR FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS