LOVES PARK, Ill. – Brian Gerster kept his summer hot streak going by winning the Must See Racing 50-lap feature Saturday night at Rockford Speedway, completing a sweep of the series’ Western Swing through Wisconsin and Illinois.
Gerster finished the night off in convincing fashion, taking the checkered flag by nearly a straightaway lead after setting quick time in qualifications earlier in the day with a lap of 11.597 seconds.
He was aggressive with lapped cars after taking the lead on lap 8 from early leader Anthony McCune, wasting no time building a sizeable lead early. He nearly lost the race one night earlier at Madison Int’l Speedway, when he struggled in lap traffic with two laps to go and second-place finisher Jimmy McCune nearly took the lead.
Gerster had none of that on this night, lapping cars as quickly as possible en-route to a dominating performance.
The win also showed the competition that his Dick Myers-owned machine is now a weekly threat, after suffering through early season struggles. The car was heavily damaged in an accident last August at Owosso Speedway, and the entire rear end of the car had to be reconstructed.
In victory lane, Gerster alluded to the fact the team has figured the rebuilt car out.
“This weekend is sort of a culmination of recovering from our car getting crashed at Owosso last year,” said Gerster. “The back of this thing was completely destroyed. A lot of work went into getting it fixed. The notebook on this thing is fifteen years old or something like that, and we kinda had to start over because things are different now. The car has been wanting a different set-up than what we’re used to.”
“We found some things the car likes. Hopefully we can keep rolling.”
Gerster added that his aggressive driving style was due to the fact Jimmy McCune would be there at the end.
“I figured Jimmy would be there. He really excels at little race tracks like this. I’d come off of two and glance at the main straightaway and could never see him. I figured he was close.”
“Last night I felt like I had a little bit of a lead and then I got hung up with a couple lapped cars with two to go, and he got next to us and almost stole one from us. This time I was just trying to get through lapped traffic as quick as possible. It worked out and we got the win.”
Jimmy McCune finished second, while his nephew Anthony McCune finished third after leading the opening eight laps of the event. Chris Neuenschwander was fourth and Charlie Schultz rounded out the top five.
The Must See Racing Sprint Series will next head to Michigan’s Owosso Speedway on Aug. 5, continuing a four weekend stretch and the busiest part of its 2017 schedule.
RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Rockford Speedway; July 29, 2017
A-Feature (50 laps): 1. #50m-Brian Gerster 2. #88 Jimmy McCune 3. #8 Anthony McCune 4. #10n Chris Nuenschwander 5. #9s Charlie Schultz 6. #26 Jeff Bloom 7. #10k Christian Koehler 8. #7 Tom Jewel 9. #75c Jerry Caryer 10. #8s Adam Blitz 11. #13 HD Carter 12. #72s Joe Speakman
CREDIT: Must See Racing