FINAL PREPERATIONS FOR AMERICAN SPEED U.S. NATIONALS; SCHEDULE ALTERED
May 27, 2021 – We are just two away from the inaugural American Speed U.S Nationals at Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo Michigan. The event was originally scheduled to kick off this Friday night May 28. Cool temperatures and the forecast of rain forced postponement of Friday’s racing action. The event will now be consolidated into a one-day program this Saturday night May 29. Final preparations continue for one of the biggest one-day open wheel extravaganzas ever showcased on Memorial Day Weekend in the state of Michigan.
The May 29 event will feature three different classes of winged open wheel machines racing on the same night headlined by the return of Supermodifieds to Kalamazoo for the first time in nearly 17 years. The event will also feature the Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro and an appearance of the Must See Racing Maxima Racing Oils Midwest Lights Series.
This will be the first appearance of Supermodifieds at Kalamazoo Speedway since June 11, 2004 when the “Dion Parish Memorial 30” was held. Parish was a local Supermodified driver who lost his life at the track in a practice crash the previous fall. Moe Lilje won that last event nearly 17 years ago.
The MSR sprint car portion of the event has already topped 20 entries with drivers entered from six different states. Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida are represented. The roster also features multiple champions from several different pavement sprint car associations, giving it true national event status.
The nation’s top two leading pavement feature wins leaders Troy DeCaire and LJ Grimm are also entered. DeCaire if fresh off his seventh victory after capturing a Granite Super Sprint Series event at Monroe, Washington. Grimm trails DeCaire closely with five total wins in 2021.
Other drivers of note include 5-time MSR champion Jimmy McCune, defending MSR champion Anthony McCune, 6-time AVSS champion Jason Blonde and former Midwest Supermodified Association champion Charlie Schultz.
The MSR sprints will battle it out Saturday night for 50 laps with the winner taking home $5,000. Saturday’s program will also include a complete program for the Maxima Racing Oils Midwest Lights Series. The Midwest Lights Series is a 602-crate engine winged sprint car series. The series features several young and up-and-coming drivers.
A full field of MSR Lights and MSS Supers are expected. Several drivers will be doing double-duty competing in multiple divisions this weekend including Joshua Sexton, Charlie Schutz, and JJ Henes among others.
For those unable to make it, the event will be streamed live on www.mustseeracing.tv through the Speed Sport network. A one-day viewing pass for $19.99 is currently being offered. A high-quality production for this event has been planned.
AMERICAN SPEED U.S. NATIONALS ALREADY OVER 20 ENTRIES
May 25, 2021 – Must See Racing officials today confirmed that the inaugural American Speed U.S. Nationals scheduled for this weekend May 28-29 has already topped 20 entries. The Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro will battle it out Friday and Saturday at Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a 50 lap feature and a $5,000 payday on Saturday night.
After last weekend’s two-day visit to Anderson Motor Speedway near Anderson, South Carolina, it didn’t appear a strong field of cars would be available for this weekend’s event. A lap-one crash last Friday night saw nearly half the field collected in the accident after Jacob Dolinar did a slow lazy spin entering turn two. From there cars went crashing and the cars of Todd McQuillen, Joe Speakman and Charlie Schultz flipping.
For many of the MSR teams it has been a mad dash to get cars ready. The series is in the midst of a three-race stretch that will end with a two-day visit to the Indianapolis Speedrome June 4-5. Cars are at a premium right now.
Ohio car owner John Reiser regularly fields two cars in the series with drivers Adam Biltz and Charlie Schultz. It appeared as if he wouldn’t have any cars from his stable ready for this weekends race. A quick phone call to Reiser on Monday afternoon revealed that its full speed ahead for the team and they anticipated having two cars available. It first appeared both his cars may have been totaled. Reiser may have been hit harder in the accident than many other car owners.
“The #9s that Charlie Schultz drives for me is unrepairable” explains Reiser. ”We took it all apart and thought we could repair the frame. Its not worth repairing. We have another car in our stable that we are able to use for this weekend. People won’t be able to tell it’s a different car. Its already lettered and everything. It was just a matter of changing motors and plumbing.
The #8a that Adam Biltz drives was fine as far as the frame. It was just a lot of wing damage and front-end parts. We got spare wings and stuff. Both cars will be there”.
Reiser explained why it was important to get both cars back on the track to support the American Speed U.S. Nationals. “Every night we’ve last week, this weekend, and this week we’ve been working on the cars. Either tonight or tomorrow night we’re gonna shake down the other car. It doesn’t have any laps on it. I think most of the guys have been able to get their cars repaired in time for this weekend’s race except Joe Speakman. We don’t race for points. Its just a matter that we love racing. There aren’t a whole lot of races and I’m just worried we won’t have any races. I’m just trying to help the series out” concluded Reiser.
This weekend’s event will also feature the Midwest Supermodified Series and Maxima Racing Oils Midwest Lights. A rare triple header of open wheel racing. For those that cant make it the event will be streamed live at www.mustseeracing.tv for $19.99 or $24.99 for both nights of racing action
LJ GRIMM LATEST AMERICAN SPEED U.S. NATIONALS ENTRANT
May 19, 2021 – Seffner, Florida’s LJ Grimm is the latest driver to enter the inaugural American Speed U.S. Nationals Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro event at Kalamazoo Speedway May 28-29. Grimm will be aboard the Wayne Stickney owned Diablo Chassis Toyota powered #99.
It will be Grimm’s first appearance with Must See Racing and first sprint car event he’s participated in outside the state of Florida. The 27-year-old relative newcomer to sprint car racing started driving pavement sprint cars regularly in 2019 with the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series (SSSS). Since then, he’s become a terror. He was crowned the 2020 SSSS Rookie of the Year. He currently has five pavement sprint car feature victories thus far in 2021, 4 non-winged and 1 winged.
Grimm explained how the deal to compete in the American Speed U.S. Nationals came together. “David Sink recommended me” explained Grimm. ”Then Wayne Stickney game me a call and we talked. It took about a week for him to decide. I guess I ran it good enough down here (Florida) for him to give me a shot at Kalamazoo.
I’m looking forward to driving a 410. Obviously the #99 is proven with Troy (DeCaire) and Tyler Roahrig lately. I’ve been to a few Must See Races while helping Shane Butler. I’m excited to get up there and race with Troy, someone I race with regularly down here. If I have any questions, I can ask him. He’s been all over the United States racing. I’m also looking forward to racing with everyone else who runs the series”.
Grimm has high expectations entering the event and realizes a strong finish could get him recognized, as he would ultimately like to run mor events up north. But he realizes things will be different that what’s he’s normally been used to with a change of scenery.
.“I’m excited for this opportunity. Racing with Must See Racing in Michigan is kind of a big deal to get my name out there. A win would be great. I wanna win obviously every time I roll out. Going to a new track, driving a new engine, and racing against new people, I’m gonna shoot for a top five finish this first time out” concluded Grimm.
Entries continue to come in for this event. In addition to the Must See Racing 410’s, the event will also feature the Maxima Racing Oils Must See Racing Midwest Lights Series, and the Midwest Supermodified Series.
Both nights of the American Speed U.S. Nationals will be streamed live on www.mustseeracing.tv as part of the Speed Sport TV network. More details on the event will be announced in the coming days.
DECAIRE WINS ANDERSON MUST SEE FINALE IN DOMINTING FASHION
May 15, 2021 – Williamston, South Carolina Troy DeCaire picked up his first Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro victory in several seasons in dominating fashion Saturday night. DeCaire picked up a win in the two-day finale at Anderson Motor Speedway near Anderson, South Carolina.
Saturday’s finale fared far better than the opener Friday night. Friday’s event involved several multi-car incidents including a lap one pile-up that sent two cars flipping. In addition, two separate battles for the lead resulted in damaged cars and egos. It was chaotic to say the least. Saturday’s finale didn’t resemble the previous night’s carnage filled program in the least.
DeCaire started in the sixth position in the 30-lap feature that saw only 11 cars take the green due to availability of cars from the previous night’s event. In typical DeCaire fashion, he jumped to the outside on the green flag and made it three-wide going into turn one. By the time DeCaire exited turn two he was already in second position behind race leader and Friday night winner Joe Liguori. Four laps later DeCaire took command of the event and never looked back in dominating fashion.
DeCaire finished 6.598 seconds ahead of Liguori and built nearly a half lap advantage over third place finisher Jimmy McCune. Rounding out the top five were Anthony McCune and Jacob Dolinar.
Nolan Allison was the night’s fast qualifier with a lap of 13.571 seconds.
“We haven’t run a lot of 410 races in a while” DeCaire explained in victory lane.”I had a couple of them taken from us lately I feel like. Finally, it feels good to close the deal here”.
DeCaire’s early charge to the front may have been the difference. “This place is really hard to pass on. I feel like passing is at a premium here, especially when you can air it out. It sticks really good in the first turn at a lot of places. I really worked on that all day. I didn’t necessarily know I was gonna start on the outside. On the start I got over the top of the right front of the #48 and he gave me the lane. It got a little close with the #7. But to eliminate four cars in the first corner, they say you can’t win it on the first lap, but you can save a little tire” concluded DeCaire.
The series will be back in action May 28-29 at Kalamazoo Speedway for the inaugural American Speed U.S. Nationals and a $5,000 payday.
- Troy DeCaire (36)
2. Joe Liguori (13)
3. Jimmy McCune (88)
4. Anthony McCune (8)
5. Jacob Dolinar (48)
6. Nolan Allison (16)
7. Steve Surniak (81)
8. Tom Jewell (7)
9. Bobby Koisarski (17)
10. Joshua Sexton (90)
11. Rick Holley (85)
DNS Todd McQuillen (2)
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