Lorain To Open Winged Portion Of MSR Season

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Lorain To Open
The Must See Racing point season begins next weekend in Ohio. (Jacob Seelman photo)

LORAIN, Ohio – After a nine-month wait, the winged warriors of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will finally take to the race track once again on Saturday, July 18.

The season will ignite with round one of the Xtreme Speed Challenge, featuring both the Must See Racing national 410 sprint cars and the 602 crate-engined Must See Racing Midwest Lights Series.

It will be the first points-paying event of the year for the Must See Racing national series, following the non-points Indy Summer Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway back on June 20, while the Midwest Lights completed their first points-paying event on July 3 at Shady Bowl Speedway and will tackle race two.

Must See Racing’s championship schedule was poised to begin in April at Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway, before the COVID-19 pandemic brought all sports in the United States to a sudden halt.

The two Must See Racing divisions will compete in separate programs, with full sets of time trials, heat races, B-mains (if necessary) and a feature event for both classes, making for twice the sprint car action at the three-eighths-mile paved oval.

Next weekend’s event will mark the first time since 2008 that 410 sprint cars have raced at Lorain County and just the second 410 sprint car event in track history.

Jimmy McCune will enter the weekend both as the five-time defending series champion and the most recent sprint car winner at Lorain County as well. He won the track’s previous 410 sprint car run, held June 7, 2008, in the same Drinan Chassis machine he’ll use next weekend in an attempt to repeat.

Of note, McCune has won the last four Must See Racing winged season openers in a row, split between South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway and Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.

However, McCune won’t be the only driver hoping to open their season on a strong note.

Florida’s Troy DeCaire and Massachusetts’ Bobby Santos III – the two winningest pavement sprint car drivers in the country in 2019 – will lead the charge among drivers hoping to dethrone McCune’s dominance, along with veterans Tom Jewell and Jerry Caryer, McCune’s nephew Anthony and more.

Must See Racing officials are eager to bring upward of 20 of The Fastest Short Track Cars in the World to Lorain County, which was shuttered early last season and reopened this year under new management.

“It’s been a long wait for many of our Must See Racing drivers, but we can’t wait to see them back on the track next weekend with the wings on top,” said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. “We started our season with a lot of momentum and saw a thrilling race at Lucas Oil Raceway without the wings, but this is where our championship chase begins and we expect the intensity and excitement to be high.

“We’re looking forward to watching our defending champion, Jimmy McCune, start his quest for a sixth series title and also ready to see our strongest field yet try to stop him from earning that championship once again,” Hanks continued. “It’s going to be a fun season and we’re ready to get things going.”

Completing a tripleheader of open-wheel activity, the Midwest Supermodified Series will join both Must See Racing classes on the action-packed card. The Midwest Compact Touring Series will also race as well.

Pit gates open at noon on Saturday, with hot laps starting at 2 p.m. and single-car qualifying for the Must See Racing 410 sprints and Midwest Supermodifieds rolling off at 5 p.m.

An autograph session, adhering to necessary social distancing protocols and procedures, will take place at 6 p.m. before racing action hits the track around 7 p.m. local time.