JENNERSTOWN, Pa. – Troy DeCaire has qualifying figured out with the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro.
DeCaire, from Tampa, Fla., sped to his third straight Engine Pro Fast Time Award Saturday evening at Jennerstown Speedway, posting the quickest lap in advance of the third annual David D. Mateer Tribute Race at the half-mile Pennsylvania oval.
The two-time series champion turned a lap of 15.200 seconds (123.632 mph) with the No. 36 Statham Construction Hurricane, just .002 seconds off the sprint car track record held by Brian Gerster.
The scary part? DeCaire wasn’t happy with his car, and yet he was still fastest in the 21-car field.
“We made five laps in hot laps on old tires, so I knew that was part of our issue, but the car didn’t have what I wanted it to have, because I’m always thinking about the race,” DeCaire said. “We started talking track records, though, and I felt like we could beat it. I probably should have run the second (practice) session … but I had the car a little too low. I bottomed out and had to check up coming off (turn) two.
“I was a little tight, so I had to shake it, and we just missed it,” he added. “I think I had a 15.0 or a 14.90 if we’d had this thing set on kill … but I want the big check, so we’re looking to run 30 good ones.”
Saturday’s effort was the fifth fast time of DeCaire’s Must See Racing sprint car career.
While Gerster’s track record remained safe, the Fishers, Ind., native was unable to match DeCaire’s pace at Jennerstown. Gerster ran the second-fastest lap (15.326/122.615) in the Dick Myers Racing No. 50m.
Another Floridian, Joe Liguori, timed in third overall ahead of five-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune and Ohio veteran Charlie Schultz.
Adam Biltz, Kevin Feeney, series point leader Anthony McCune, Tom Jewell and debuting rookie Nolan Allison filled out the top 10 on the speed charts after two-lap qualifications.
Rick Holley, Gerster and DeCaire followed up time trials by winning their respective eight-lap heat races.
By virtue of a five-car inversion spun on the Wheel of Destiny, Charlie Schultz will start on the pole position for the 30-lap American Racer David D. Mateer Tribute Race.
Feature racing at Jennerstown Speedway begins shortly after 8 p.m. ET, with every lap broadcast live via SPEED SPORT Network affiliate Must See Racing TV. Pay-per-view tickets can be purchased for just $18.
QUALIFYING RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Jennerstown Speedway; Sept. 12, 2020
- #36 – Troy DeCaire, 15.200 seconds
- #50m – Brian Gerster, 15.326 seconds
- #13 – Joe Liguori, 15.578 seconds
- #88 – Jimmy McCune, 15.886 seconds
- #9s – Charlie Schultz, 15.932 seconds
- #8a – Adam Biltz, 16.161 seconds
- #6k – Kevin Feeney, 16.163 seconds
- #8 – Anthony McCune, 16.166 seconds
- #7 – Tom Jewell, 16.216 seconds
- #16 – Nolan Allison, 16.364 seconds
- #72s – Joe Speakman, 16.409 seconds
- #81 – Steve Surniak, 16.841 seconds
- #2 – Joey Wyckoff, 16.861 seconds
- #85 – Rick Holley, 16.905 seconds
- #13d – Jacob Dolinar, 16.869 seconds
- #26 – Jeff Bloom, 17.288 seconds
- #15 – Tim Henthorne, 17.588 seconds
- #12 – Dylan Watson, 17.610 seconds
- #11g – Tom Geren, 17.669 seconds
- #90 – Todd McQuillen, 18.562 seconds