BIRCH RUN, Mich. — Anticipation is at an all-time high ahead of the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series’ inaugural appearance at Birch Run Speedway this Friday night, Aug. 25.
The American Racer Invitational will mark the series’ lone non-points event of the year and will pit some of the Midwest’s premier 410ci asphalt winged sprint car drivers against one another in a dash for a checkered flag and bragging rights over the rest of the competition.
With no points on the line, the pressure of the championship chase may be off, but it doesn’t make the upcoming event any less important for two-time defending MSR champion Jimmy McCune.
“You always want to win, and we always go to the race track aiming for the victory, no matter what the circumstances are,” McCune said. “Just because there’s no points on the line … our approach has to stay the same, and we plan for it to be that way this weekend. It’s certainly won us our share of races up to now.”
“Birch Run is a great track, and there’s a lot of us who were really pleased to see it reopen. I’m glad we’ve gotten a date there and I’m looking forward to hitting the track Friday night and chasing another victory.”
McCune enters Birch Run boasting a series-record six wins on the season, with no finishes worse than second in 10 series races and a 97-point lead over nephew Anthony in the point standings, as he chases a record-setting third consecutive championship.
Formerly known as Dixie Motor Speedway, recent renovations and updates to the four-tenths-mile oval by new owner Andy Suski have turned Birch Run into one of Michigan’s premier short tracks.
The American Racer Invitational will feature a full program of time trials and heat races, capped off by a 30-lap main event.
In two special twists for the night, qualified teams will receive a free right rear tire for the event, and unlike in most MSR races (where teams must use the same right rear tire for the whole night), there will be no limit on the number of right rear tires that can be used at Birch Run for the invitational.
The Midwest Compact Touring Series and pro late models will accompany the Must See Racing sprint cars on the racing card for the American Racer Invitational.
Pit gates on race day at Birch Run will open at 2 p.m., with hot laps rolling off at 4:00 and qualifying taking place at 6:30. The racing program begins at 7:30, following opening ceremonies.
For more information on Birch Run Speedway, visit the track’s new website at www.birchrunmispeedway.com.
For more information on Must See Racing, including driver and team news, race results, schedule updates, rules information and more, visit www.mustseeracing.com.
CREDIT: Must See Racing