JEFF BLOOM RETURNS AT WINCHESTER
Veteran sprint car driver Jeff Bloom has been running at Winchester Speedway for a long time. Bloom’s racing career began back in 1968. It wasn’t until 1972 that Bloom began competing in the sprint cars and in particular, the American Speed Association (ASA).
Since his sprint car debut at Winchester in 1972, Bloom has twenty-seven second place finishes. Track statistician, Bob Lemons, claims that Bloom holds the record for more second place finishes than anyone in the tracks 100 year history. “How many times should I have won at Winchester? A lot” states Bloom. ”Something always seemed to happen for one reason or another. I know I’ve finished second three times in the King of Wings race”.
Bloom is eagerly looking forward to Sunday’s Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway. It will be the third race of the season for the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) and first for the Must See Racing Super Modified Series (MSRSMS).
If you ask Bloom, he will quickly tell you he loves racing at Winchester Speedway. ”I love the race track. But I will tell you this about Winchester. It’s the only race track that I’ve run where you go in the corner hard and you don’t know for sure if you’re gonna exit the corner. You race the track and not the competitors. The second time I ever ran Winchester, I had fast time and tied the track record with a lap of 16.18 seconds for a long time”.
Sunday’s return to Winchester will technically be his first race back since he suffered severe burns in a frightening crash at Marne, MI last August. Bloom attempted his comeback April 14 during the Glen Niebel Classic at Anderson Speedway. Motor issues didn’t allow Bloom the opportunity to compete in the feature event. Sunday’s event will allow Bloom the first chance at extended laps in live competition. “I feel fine. I felt fine at Anderson with what few laps I got before the motor problems”.
The Xtreme Speed Challenge will start what will be a hectic week for Bloom. In addition to Winchester, Bloom will compete in the Must See Racing 60 at Anderson May 22, and the Little 500 three days later. Bloom is a three-time Little 500 winner.
Bloom, who will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame next month, is fairly confident he will have a good day Sunday. “My expectations are to run up front and be competitive. My chances of winning are up in the air because you never know what can happen. But the last time I ran there last August, I was fourth quick, started on the pole, and ran up front. So we’ll see what happens” concluded Bloom.
HOSS CHAMP TO TACKLE HIGH BANKS AT WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY WITH MUST SEE RACING
Defending Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series (HOSS) champion Joe Swanson will tackle the high banks of Winchester Speedway during the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) sanctioned Xtreme Speed Challenge May 19.
Swanson will be making a rare MSRXSS start as he primarily has competed with the HOSS series to date. Swanson lists wanting to run at Winchester Speedway and the lure of racing on a Sunday afternoon as reasons for his entry in the Xtreme Speed Challenge.
“I ran at Winchester in 2009 and loved it. I never got to practice beforehand and spent the first half of the day just getting laps and figuring the car out” explains Swanson. ”Once I started going fast the car started bottoming out. Going fast at Winchester is definitely a different feeling”.
Swanson insists one of the main reasons for competing May 19 is a chance to get to race another event in 2013.”I work a lot, and with it being a Sunday afternoon, it helps a lot. There aren’t too many Sunday afternoon shows around”.
Must See Racing features some of the best winged pavement sprint car drivers in the country and Swanson realizes he will have to bring his A-game. “It’s a stiff level of competition. The depth of the field is very good. Must See races some tracks I don’t get to run with HOSS. I feel pretty good. It’s gonna be a learning experience. I feel I have a good chance of getting a good finish and feel confident I can run with those guys. I like the challenge of competing against the best”.
Swanson will have a busy weekend to say the least. On Saturday night he will compete in a HOSS event in Michigan as he attempts to defend his title. Then will head to Winchester for Sunday afternoons event. Swanson will be driving for the Sam Pierce Chevrolet Racing Team at Winchester in their back up Hurricane Chassis car. “Aaron Pierce is a good friend of mine and has helped me with my non-winged program. They gave me the opportunity to drive the spare car at Winchester and possibly Anderson a few days later if things go good at Winchester” concludes Swanson.
Swanson has gotten off to a phenomenal start thus far in 2013. Swanson finished second to Aaron Pierce in the Glen Niebel Classic at Anderson Speedway April 14. He then took the victory at Spartan (MI) Speedway April 27 to record his first-ever non-winged pavement victory. Swanson might be a dark horse in the running to capture the Xtreme Speed Challenge, but don’t count him out because this Warsaw, IN driver is as confident as they come.
COX FOCUSED ON WINNING RACES IN 2013
Twenty-year-old Park City, IL driver Jason Cox insists he’s focused on winning races, and not necessarily championships, in 2013.
Cox finished third in the final Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) final standings in 2012. He grabbed everyone’s attention at the MSRXSS opener at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on April 13th when he torched the track record. He proved he could go fast again when he set another track record at the legendary Oswego (NY) Speedway on July 7th.
Cox opened the 2013 season driving for himself at the 2013 MSRXSS openers in March after car owner Dick Fieler and Cox parted ways. “I started the season driving for myself” explains Cox.”Steve Smith approached me about running for him this year. Steve’s never been a car owner before. He’s always run his own stuff. He wants to see how it goes as far as being a car owner. He’s kind of excited and wants to go racing. I wouldn’t have able to do a lot of racing this year if it wasn’t for him”.
The team is preparing for the upcoming Xtreme Speed Challenge MSRXSS event at Winchester Speedway May 20th. Winchester is a place Cox enjoys racing at and has had good success. ”For a lot of guys Winchester is intimidating. Just looking at the place can be intimidating. You have to treat it with respect because it can bite you. I’ve always enjoyed running there. I’ve always liked it. I like the big places like Salem, Winchester, and Toledo. I think we can win there. I was battling Troy DeCaire for the lead there last year before I blew a tire coming off turn four. It was frustrating. I thought the car was good. I’ve always been top three there but have never been able to get the deal done. But I like our chances this time around”.
Cox is focused on having fun this season. ”We’re trying to go out there and have fun and win. Sometimes when you focus on trying to win a championship it takes the fun out of it. I didn’t want to have to do that this year. I will run a lot of Must See events and a few others”.
After the Xtreme Speed Challenge, Cox says his season is up in the air at this point. “I probably won’t even do the Little 500 this year. We’re probably just gonna focus on the wing stuff. I need to condition myself better to run the Little 500”.
Cox is thankful for the opportunity that Smith has provided for him” I probably wouldn’t have been able to do a whole lot of raced in 2013 if not for Steve. Jim Coffey & Sons Heating & Cooling, ETNA Supply, and Super Shox have also helped us out”.
Cox would like nothing better than to walk out of Winchester with his first career MSRXSS victory during the Xtreme Speed Challenge. “I really feel good about our chances to tell you the truth. Most drivers don’t go to a race thinking they’re gonna finish second. You go thinking you’re gonna win and that’s how I feel about our race at Winchester” concludes Cox.
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- MSR at Mayor's Breakfast
- 2013 MUST SEE RACING TELEVISION
- GERSTER LOOKS FORWARD TO RETURN TO WINCHESTER
- KITE RETURNS TO ROOTS FOR 2013 SEASON
- Four to Little 500 Hall of Fame
- NORTHWEST TRANSPLANT OLSON OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2013
- MSR in the News
- PIERCE WOULD LIKE TO FORGET 2012 SEASON