Gerster Sweeps Birch Run Must See Practice

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Gerster Sweeps Birch
Brian Gerster. (Jacob Seelman photo)

BIRCH RUN, Mich. – Brian Gerster hasn’t raced with the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro since last season, but he quickly proved Friday that he hasn’t lost his touch.

Gerster swept practice for the Firecracker Night of Speed at Birch Run Speedway by leading both sprint car sessions, posting a fast lap of 13.711 seconds (105.025 mph) with the No. 50m RAM Engineering mount for Dick Myers Racing around the four-tenths-mile oval.

The two-time series champion is the defending Birch Run winner and seeking his first win of the year.

Home-state driver Jason Blonde was second-quick in the Tony Nosa-owned No. 42 at 13.779 seconds (104.507 mph), followed by four-time defending champion Jimmy McCune in third (13.796/104.378).

Troy DeCaire and Canadian Ryan Litt completed the Fast Five, ahead of Anthony McCune, Joe Liguori, Ike Beasley, Kevin Feeney and Charlie Schultz.

Three drivers – Beasley, rookie Jacob Dolinar and Joey Irwin – only ran the first round of practice on Friday afternoon.

Dolinar ended up scratching for the remainder of the night after motor issues were discovered under the hood of his H.D. Carter-owned No. 13j.

Qualifying for the Must See Racing sprint cars is set for just after 7 p.m. ET.

 

PRACTICE RESULTS: Must See Racing Sprint Car Series; Birch Run Speedway; July 5, 2019

  1. #50m – Brian Gerster, 13.711
  2. #42 – Jason Blonde, 13.779
  3. #88 – Jimmy McCune, 13.796
  4. #99 – Troy DeCaire, 13.801
  5. #07L – Ryan Litt, 13.873
  6. #8 – Anthony McCune, 14.001
  7. #13 – Joe Liguori, 14.041
  8. #97 – Ike Beasley, 14.076
  9. #6k – Kevin Feeney, 14.114
  10. #9s – Charlie Schultz, 14.165
  11. #8a – Adam Biltz, 14.299
  12. #75c – Jerry Caryer, 14.494
  13. #7 – Tom Jewell, 14.546
  14. #26 – Jeff Bloom, 14.550
  15. #17 – Bobby Komisarski, 14.557
  16. #88n – Frank Neill, 14.601
  17. #44 – Teddy Alberts, 14.867
  18. #72s – Joe Speakman, 15.536
  19. #85 – Rick Holley, 15.628
  20. #32 – Todd McQuillen, 15.815
  21. #13 – Jacob Dolinar, 15.981
  22. #00 – Joey Irwin, 16.208
  23. #74 – Ivan Shaver, 17.134

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