PIERCE WOULD LIKE TO FORGET 2012 SEASON
When you talk with Aaron Pierce about his 2012 season, he will quickly tell you that everything that could've went wrong did. Pierce is looking to put last season behind him and and focus on 2013 starting with the May 19 Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway. Pierce will be competing in the third Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) event of the year. Pierce is also working on a deal to compete in the season opener for the Must See Racing Super Modified Series (MSRSMS) on the same day.
Pierce's season got off to a bad start quickly last season. Prior to the MSRXSS opener at Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL, Pierce did some testing at each track."We had both of our primary cars complete and ready to go" Pierce explains of last season's fiasco. We had a good test at Pensacola and went to Mobile the next day. A left rear titanium stud broke when I hit the bump entering turn one and flipped off the track damaging the car. Then the next week in the race at Pensacola, I got together with another car and spun and hit the inside wall. The throttle stuck and I ended up hitting the outside wall. It kinda set the tone for the rest of the season"
The season got worse before it got better for Pierce. On June 9, at Lucas Oil Raceway, Pierce was back in action with his newly repaired primary Beast Chassis car. Bad luck returned once again when a power steering line came off during practice sending Pierce hard into the turn two wall and damaging the car once again. Pierce would be forced into a back up car owned by Canadian Jimmy Brown for the remainder of the evening.
Lady Luck finally came through for Pierce on July 5 at Shangri-La II Speedway in Tioga Cener, NY when Pierce picked up the MSRXSS 30-lap feature before a packed house. It was a nice consolation prize but a little too late to compete for the MSRXSS championship."I've won at least one race in something the last ten years straight so it was nice to get the win". Pierce finished seventh in the final 2012 MSRXSS final season standings.
Pierce feels that one got away from him at Winchester last season. I was leading the feature and got too comfortable. Troy DeCaire passed me. I got into his dirty air and couldn't pass him back. I let one get away. I love that place and have done really well there.
Pierce is eagerly awaiting the Xtreme Speed Challenge as well as Little 500 week next month."Both Anderson Speedway and Winchester Speedway are close to home and I have a lot of laps at both places. I've got a good wing car and a good non-winged car. I like my chances all week, especially the Little 500, so we'll see what happens. It's a long season and we're gonna have some opportunities" concludes Pierce.
DECAIRE'S DRIVING SUITS WINCHESTER PERFECTLY
Tampa, Florida driver, Troy DeCaire, is on a hot streak of sorts when it comes to competing at the famed high banked Winchester Speedway. He has won the last two Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) events there. Some are considering DeCaire the favorite to win the 2nd annual Xtreme Speed Challenge when the MSRXSS returns to Winchester Speedway May 19.
DeCaire is a two-time MSRXSS champion having accomplished this feat in 2010 and 2011. DeCaire missed out on a three-peat last season after only making nine starts due to the lack of a full-time ride.
The former Must See champion enjoys competing at Winchester Speedway."It's one of those places you either love or hate" explains DeCaire. "I guess I love it." DeCaire attributes his Winchester success more to his driving style rather than luck."I haven't had good luck there. I've been there five times with three different car owners. I have two wins, two seconds, and a DNF where I was leading. Funny thing is I've won the heat race every time I've been there. My two wins last year I attribute it to my driving style more than anything. It just suits that track".
DeCaire is quick to point out that Must See Racing has been good for his career and is putting pavement sprint cars on the radar."Must See racing is bringing light to pavement sprint cars. We were kinda the odd balls of sprint car racing before Must See Racing came along. I’ve been noticed because of the series. The exposure that Must See president Jim Hanks gives us is really good. We have television exposure and better purses. People now know what we are doing is real racing as far as the winged pavement sprint car stuff".
Could another MSRXSS championship for DeCaire be in the works? DeCaire likes his chances now that he is driving for Davey Hamilton Racing in a group effort along with veteran car owners George Rudolph and Dick Fieler."Its a pretty good group. If it wasn't for George (Rudolph), nobody would know that I could drive a sprint car. He took a chance on me early in my career. Dick Fieler is an interesting guy. He didn't miss a Formula One race in an eight-year span. He was on a team in Brazil and did some pretty neat things in F-1. And Davey Hamilton is the greatest supermodified driver to ever live. I've got a lot of knowledge and money behind me. I kinda feel like I got one up on everybody" concludes DeCaire.
If DeCaire is indeed able to claim the 2nd annual Xtreme Speed Challenge, it would give him three MSRXSS Winchester wins in-a-row and boost him for a tie on the all-time MSRXSS win list with five career victories.
MCCUNE TO COMPETE IN SUPER AT XTREME SPEED CHALLENGE
Jimmy "The Bulldog" McCune just might be the busiest man when the Xtreme Speed Challenge unfolds May 19 at Winchester Speedway. McCune plans on competing in both the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint and Supermodified features. With a nickname like "Bulldog", it seems only fitting that he would be the driver to attempt such a rigorous Sunday afternoon.
Racing runs in McCune's veins. He is a third generation driver following in his father and grandfather's footsteps. His grandfather, "Irish" Jim McCune, was a standout IMCA sprint car star in the 1960's.
The younger McCune is quickly making a name for himself in the pavement sprint car world. He has several victories with a handful of sanctions including the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS). He is currently tied for the lead on the all-time MSRXSS career feature win list with five victories.
When it comes to Supermodifieds, McCune is a rookie by all accounts. By the time May 19 rolls around, McCune will have made only three career Supermodified starts. McCune doesn't think it will be an issue during the Xtreme Speed Challenge since he has a ton of laps at Winchester in sprint cars and midgets.
McCune was asked what he thinks it will be like competing in a super at Winchester May 19. “I honestly don't know. But it should be wild" explains McCune."The two cars are considerably different to drive. You can't manhandle the super like you can the sprint car. The sprint car you can run a lot looser".
McCune's first-ever start resulted in a second place finish at Anderson Speedway last October during the MSRSMS finale. McCune drove a splendid race and came alive late in the 100 lap event. McCune charged to the front ultimately running out of laps in his bid for the win.
The Toledo, OH resident will be aboard the Don Wilshe owned BIOBASED.US Supermodified in 2013. In addition to trying to capture the 2nd annual Xtreme Speed Challenge, McCune has his sights on the 2013 MSRSMS title.
With all things considered in regards to being a "rookie", McCune has the laps and equipment to get the job done at the Xtreme Speed Challenge May 19. Don't be surprised if McCune is hoisting two trophies at the conclusion of the Xtreme Speed Challenge.
Helberg Among Favorites at Xtreme Sprint Challenge
Rohnert Park, Calif. driver, Jo Jo Helberg, is one of the early favorites to win next month's Must See Racing sanctioned Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway. The double header racing event will feature the TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) and the BIOBASED.US Must See Racing Super Modified Series (MSRSMS) competing on the same racing card May 19.
Helberg is the defending MSRXSS champion and has emerged as an early favorite to win the Xtreme Speed Challenge for more than one reason. If Helberg is to take home the $4,000 up for grabs to the winner, he will have to best a stout field that includes Troy DeCaire, who swept both MSRXSS events held at Winchester in 2012. A total purse of more than $20,850 for the MSRXSS portion of the event will be on the line for this second annual event.
Early in 2012, Helberg demonstrated that he could go fast as well as win races when he turned a lap of 12.669 seconds at Winchester on May 20. Helberg had reclaimed the World's record for a half-mile speedway that had been lost when Brian Gerster went 12.742 seconds just seven moths earlier at the famed Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway. Winchester is once again "The World's Fastest Half Mile" thanks to Helberg's efforts.
Helberg's 2012 championship was bittersweet considering he lost the 2011 title by eight points to Troy DeCaire. Helberg picked up two wins en route to his championship including the series finale at Marne, MI on August 25. At the Must See Racing awards banquet earlier this season, Helberg explained how much work and luck went into his first Must See Racing championship. “I moved here from California last year and put a full time all out effort to win the Must See championship. The level of competition and caliber of teams in Must See is the best and as tough as it gets, I'm really happy especially for my team and my family. I have to thank my dad and my crew, I had a lot of people pulling for me and that made a difference. It was hard work and a lot of fun".
Helberg, who recently moved his operation to Moorseville, North Carolina, will also be trying to claim a $50,000 bonus Must See Racing will be offering. The Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester May 19 will be the first leg of "The Triple Crown". If any driver can win the Xtreme Speed Challenge, the May 22 Must See Racing 60 at Anderson Speedway, and the 65th Pay Less Little 500 May 25, the driver will claim the $50,000 bonus.
The bonus has caught Helberg's attention, but he insists on staying the coarse."I'm definitely going for it" explained Helberg."I'm taking it one race at a time. I'm excited about Winchester. As long as I can keep the tires on the car, I've got a good shot. I'm not going for speed at Winchester this year. I'm gonna be more conservative. But, all my cards are going towards winning Winchester. If I can do that I got a good shot at Anderson because I've won there before and have a good set up. If I get that far, we'll see waht happens with the Little 500" concluded Helberg.
If his early 2012 success is any indication, Helberg might have a good shot at winning the bonus. Helberg has already won at Mobile International Speedway on March 24. His goal towards staking claim to the $50,000 bonus begins with the Xtreme Speed Challenge May 19 at Winchester Speedway.
- Early Bird Ticket Special
- Xtreme Speed Challenge Tickets
- MSR at Winchester & Anderson Speedways
- Tom Bigelow into USAC Hall of Fame
- Helberg Wins at Mobile International Speedway
- Litt Wins Royal Oak Southern Shootout at 5 Flags
- 5 FLAGS TRACK RECORD DESTINED TO FALL
- Royal Oak Southern Shoot Out Rain Date
- 2013 Biobased.us Race Team
- MSR Salem Speedway in the News