MCKNIGHT; HELBERG CLAIM XTREME SPEED CHALLENGE VICTORIES
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May 19, 2013 – Winchester, IN – Dave McKnight and Jo Jo Helberg each claimed victories in Sunday’s Must See Racing Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway. The 2nd annual event was greeted by warm weather and a good crowd.
McKnight’s victory in the 30-lap Engine Pro Must See Racing Super Modified Series (MSRSMS) presented by Oliver Racing Parts feature was redemption of sorts. McKnight crashed during practice for last year’s Xtreme Speed Challenge and was unable to participate. McKnight, who started in the twelfth position, explained how important patience played in the outcome. “I can’t say enough about car owner Gary Morton” explained McKnight.” Gary told me to be patient. He had run here before and I had never run here. So this was a whole new world for me. He just told me you got a great car and be patient. Stay high and just give it time. Even when I got to the leaders and they were jostling, I just had to be patient until I had the right time and spot. You’re going so fast here and you come up on traffic so quick you have to be careful. I just waited and the opportunity was there and the car was there for me and I was able to attack. It was great”.
McKnight sported a smaller wing mounted on the rear of the car all day that may have played into the performance of the car. “I don’t really know if that was the key but it definitely helped. It didn’t kill out straightaway speed so less drag more speed. This place is all about finding a good balance between drag and speed. But it was very turbulent when I was in line with five guys. I had a lot of turbulence because I didn’t have a lot of air on it. Once I got out front and I got good air, the car was good” concluded McKnight. Mike McVetta finished second followed by Jimmy McCune, Kyle Edwards, and Brian Gingrass rounding out the top five.
Mike McVetta got things off to a fast start earlier when he set a new track record for the Supermodifieds with a lap of 13.801. Heat wins went to Kyle Edwards, Jimmy McCune, and Mike McVetta.
Jo Jo Helberg captured a thrilling 30-lap TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) feature that saw him chased relentlessly the entire distance by runner-up Brian Gerster. Jimmy McCune got the jump on pole sitter Helberg to lead the first lap. Helberg quickly regained the lead and was out front by lap two. The duo put on a driving clinic in lapped traffic that saw the two split lapped cars multiple times to the delight of the crowd. Helberg explained that he wasn’t too concerned about losing the lead at the start. “I figured I could get him back because he was leaving the door open. I think the motor was a little lazy because this motor has a lot of top end and not a lot of bottom end with the big gear I have to run” explained Helberg.
Helberg realized early on he was being challenged for the lead. ”One time I was going into one and I saw 4 or 5 lapped cars and saw a yellow nose stick on the inside and thought it was McCune. Then I realized it was Gerster when I glanced at the board. When he did that the first time I really tried to pick up the pace and change my line going through lapped traffic. When he did it to me the second time I had a little bit of clear track and kept my foot on the throttle.
Helberg was initially disappointed to see the caution come out on lap 21 after the race had went green up to that point. ”At first I was disappointed but then realized it gave the lapped cars a chance to start behind me rather than right in front of me. I knew I had a lot more lapped cars that I had to go through. And it gave the tires a chance to cool down the tires. I raced as if Gerster was on my tail the whole race regardless of whether I had clean air or lapped traffic” concluded Helberg.
The win gives Helberg two consecutive wins and put s him in position to claim a $50,000 bonus Must See Racing is offering if he can win the Must See Racing 60 at Anderson Speedway Wed. night as well as the Little 500 this coming Saturday night.
Brian Gerster was the day’s fast qualifier with a lap of 13.461 seconds. Heat wins went to Troy DeCaire, Aaron Pierce, and Helberg. Sunday’s Xtreme Speed Challenge kicked off a busy week for the Holly, MI based series. The MSRSMS will be in action again tomorrow night at Anderson Speedway along with the International Outlaw Figure 8 Series (IOFS). The MSRXSS will be racing Wednesday evening at Anderson Speedway before concluding the week with sanctioning duties of the 65th Pay Less Little 500 Saturday night May 25. All events will be available as live streamed Pay Per View by visiting WWW.XSAN.TV for complete details. For more details on Must See Racing visit www.mustseeracing.com
MUST SEE RACING SUPERMODIFIED SERIES 30-LAP FEATURE RESULTS
1. Dave McKnight
2. Mike McVetta
3. Jimmy McCune
4. Kyle Edwards
5. Brian Gingrass
6. Kyle Vanderpool
7. Rod Sauder
8. Sondi Eden
9. Rich Reid
10. Shane Johnson
11. Brad Wyatt
12. Larry Lenhert
13. Cody Gallogly
14. Zach Gibson
15. Jim Paller
MUST SEE RACING XTREME SPRINT SEREIS 30-LAP FEATURE RESULTS
1. Jo Jo Helberg
2. Brian Gerster
3. Jimmy McCune
4. Aaron Pierce
5. Troy DeCaire
6. Mike Larrison
7. Jason Cox
8. Joe Swanson
9. Jacob Wilson
10. Brian Olson
11. Cody Gallogly
12. Ryan Meyers
13. Jerry Caryer
14. Jim Sheets
15. Kevin Blue
16. Jimmy Kite
17. Tim Cox
18. Cody Gerhardt
19. Cody Swanson
WINGED SPRINTS & SUPERMODIFIEDS HIGHLIGHT WINCHESTER CARD
May 16, 2013 – Holly, MI – The second annual Xtreme Speed Challenge will bring the TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series and the Engine Pro Must See Racing Supermodified Series presented by Oliver Racing Parts together for a great twin bill of racing Sunday afternoon at Winchester Speedway.
The event will be the only appearance of the MSRSMS at Winchester Speedway in 2013. The event will offer something for every member of the family including record setting speeds, great racing action and for the kids an inflatable bounce house, a clown, and face painting. The Xtreme Speed Challenge will truly be family entertainment at its finest.
A stellar field of Must See Racing Xtreme Sprints is expected including: Jeff Bloom, Jason Cox, Troy DeCaire, Cody Gerhardt, Brian Gerster, Kody Swanson, Jimmy Kite, Mike Larrison, Jimmy McCune, Brian Olson, Aaron Pierce, Tom Tolbert, Joe Swanson, 2012 Series Champion Jo Jo Helberg and Jacob Wilson among others.
Last year’s Xtreme Speed Challenge saw Supermodifieds return to Winchester Speedway for the first time in nearly twenty-one years. A huge crowd greeted the inaugural event that also saw California’s Jo Jo Helberg set a new World’s record when he toured the famed half-mile with a lap of 12.669 seconds in his sprint car.
A strong field of Supermodifieds is also expected headlined by 2012 MSRSMS champion Kyle Edwards. Other drivers expected include Sondi Eden, Jimmy McCune, California’s Kyle Vanderpoole, Brian Gingrass, Dave McKnight, Jon Henes, Zach Gibson, Rich Reid, Brad Wyatt, Larry Lehnert, 2012 event winner Jim Paller, and others. Sprint and Super Race teams from 9 states and Canada have registered to compete on Sunday.
There will be an open practice session on Saturday afternoon from 2pm – 6pm. Grandstands open at 10am on Sunday with racing set to begin at 2pm. Adult admission is $25, youths 9-17 $15, 8 and under free, and Seniors 65 & up $15. For more info on this event please visit www.mustseeracing.com. To purchase tickets prior to the event call (248) 535-5575.
GERHARDT HEADS EAST LOOKING TO RACE
Nineteen-year-old Cody Gerhardt will be among the nearly thirty participants who will be competing in the Xtreme Speed Challenge Sunday afternoon May 19 at Winchester Speedway. The event will be the third race of the season for the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) and will kick off a busy week for the series.
The Madera, CA racer will be making the trek east simply to race. There is virtually no pavement sprint car racing in the state of California in 2013. Gerhardt has spent the early part of 2013 competing in the Pabst Blue Ribbon Winged World Series at his hometown Madera Speedway. The series is a supermodified vs. sprint car series that competes exclusively at Madera Speedway.
”They are trying to get the series where the sprints and supers can run competitively together” explains Gerhardt.”There are still some changes to go. They recently restricted the supers some to balance everything out. It’s really the only option we have right now. Other than Madera, we have to go to Idaho or Utah to race pavement sprint car stuff”.
After talking with Davey Hamilton, Gerhardt decided he would like to run a few races with the MSRXSS. ”We always wanted to come back to Indy to run some sprint car stuff. I’ve run the quarter midgets here before. I talked with Davey Hamilton and he told me how professional and great Must See Racing is. We decided to come east and run the Winchester and Anderson races this week”.
Gerhardt has never saw Winchester Speedway before and he will be a rookie in every sense Sunday in the Xtreme Speed Challenge. ”I’ve heard a lot about it and I’m looking forward to racing there. I’ve heard good stories and bad stories about the place, but mostly good. I’ve been told I’ll come back a man after running Winchester” Gerhardt laughs.
Getting to race is the primary reason for the trip out east. Gerhardt has set a goal of just finishing the race and getting a top ten as he realizes the competition in MSRXSS is fierce. “It will be a learning experience more than anything”.
The former multi-time Ford Focus midget champion burst onto the pavement sprint car scene in 2011. He claimed two feature wins while running with the USAC Western series and claimed Rookie of the Year honors.
Gerhardt will be competing for the potent west coast based Western Speed racing team. He will bring the Beast chassis, Shaver Racing Engines car to compete in the MSRXSS events this week. “I’m only going to compete in the Must See events this trip. Unfortunately, I won’t even be doing the Little 500 this year. This will probably be my only trip back east to race this year with my car. If I could find another car I might possibly come back later. But we’ll see. My focus is Winchester and Anderson right now and we’ll see how that goes” concludes Gerhardt.
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.
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