Jimmy Kite Joins Must See Racing
Open Wheel Veteran To Make Winged Sprint Car Series Debut at Salem
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 23, 2012 – Whenever Jimmy Kite slides behind the wheel of a racecar, it becomes “Must See” motorsports. Now, Kite, who lives in Indianapolis but considers Stockbridge, Ga. his home, will really be a part of Must See Racing when he joins the TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series for three races in the coming weeks. The open wheel-racing veteran has been named driver of the No. 81 Mike Blake Racing winged sprint car for the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on August 11, the Must See Racing event at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway scheduled for August 18 and the King of the Wings race at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on August 19. The races will mark Kite’s debut in the series that utilizes 410-cubic inch V8 engines and traditional winged sprint car chassis on racing slick tires.
As if watching the five-time Indianapolis 500-starter piloting a 410-winged sprinter is not enough, the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series does it all on steeply banked, paved ovals. Kite is no stranger to the trio of Indiana short tracks at which he will race the No. 81. The last lap he turned on Salem’s 33-degree banked, .555-mile oval was his victory lap in prestigious 1997 NAMARS Classic midget race. The Salem win was one of several key victories that skyrocketed Kite’s career into Indy car racing that season. He has also logged open wheel racing laps at Anderson – a quarter-mile, high-banked track at which he has raced the May tradition known as the “Little 500” in 1996 – and Winchester Speedway – a half-mile, steeply-banked facility he competed at during the famous ESPN “Thursday Night Thunder” races – as well during the early days of his career.
As fast as Kite’s previous starts at these legendary tracks were, they won’t be as quick or as punishing as the Mike Blake Racing machine. Most often thought of as a dirt track specialty, on pavement winged sprint cars are as physically and mentally demanding as any car in the world. The high speeds and g-forces generated by the massive wing on the car and the high banking under it will require Kite to draw back on his experience of racing an Indy car at Dover Downs or Richmond International. He is also familiar with finding the balance between high-horsepower and high-downforce machines from his NASCAR and ARCA starts. In fact, the 1997 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year has also run winged sprint cars on pavement previously in his career in two separate series. However, those efforts were always with smaller 360 cubic-inch engines.
The TRUFUEL Must See Xtreme Sprint Car Series runs a 15-race schedule on paved ovals. The Series enjoys an impressive television package bringing the events to over 125 million households on FOX Sports Net (FSN) as well as online at MotorSportWorld.TV.
In addition to the orange No. 81 Mike Blake Racing entry in the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series, Kite is also driving the No. 25 Indy Line Stripe/Eddie Sachs Racing Beast-Chevrolet in the USAC Silver Crown Series on both dirt and pavement.
Indy Line Stripe is a pavement maintenance leader in Indiana and surrounding states. The Indianapolis-based company is owned by Kite, fellow racer Geoff Dodge and Curt Shuttleworth. For more, visit: www.IndyLineStripe.com.
Quotes Jimmy Kite: On racing in the Must See Racing XtremeSprint Car Series: “410 sprint cars are always fun. Winged sprint cars are just crazy fun. Put both of those together and I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to these three races with Mike Blake Racing in the Must See Xtreme Sprint Car Series! I just want to make sure Mike is as proud after these three races as he is now about his decision to put me in his car.”
On joining Mike Blake Racing: “Mike and I have talked for several years about me hopping into his car but we both always seemed to have something else going on. Finally our schedules worked out and we can enjoy these races together. I am really looking forward to giving the No. 81 the best run in these next three races that I can.”
On expectations for these three races with Mike Blake Racing: “Racing with Mike Blake Racing in the Must See Series gives me a little of everything I have raced before. I've raced 410 sprint cars on dirt plenty. I have raced several times on pavement with a winged sprint car. Now, merging those two together should be a blast. Throw in the laps I've raced in Indy cars on short tracks and I'm hoping all of this carries over into a very successful three races for Mike.”
On racing at Salem, Anderson and Winchester: “It's always fun to go back to tracks where you’ve run well and even better when you've won at them like at Salem. But with the history of these three tracks, I'm just thrilled period to be debuting racing at them. I have great memories at each track.”
Jimmy Kite can be found on Facebook at Jimmy Kite and on Twitter at @JimmyKite
For more on the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial, please visit www.SalemSpeedway.com. Anderson Speedway’s Must See Racing can be seen at www.AndersonSpeedway.com. For more on Winchester Speedway’s King of The Wings, go to www.WinchesterSpeedway.com.
To learn more about the Must See Xtreme Sprint Car Series, please see: www.MustSeeRacing.com and on Twitter by following @MustSeeRacing.
BLONDE WINS IN KALAMAZOO - FIRST TIME BACK
Kalamazoo, MI - July 14, 2012 - Jason Blonde returned to TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) action Saturday night after injuries sustained in a crash a month ago. Blonde found victory lane after winning the ' Must See Racing 50 ' at Kalamazoo Speedway.
Blonde suffered a broken tailbone when he backed his Suellen Wilshe owned BIOBASED.US car into the wall at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on June 9. Blonde had been absent from the past three MSRXSS events prior to Saturday's return. A Doctors release earlier in the week allowed Blonde the chance to return to action and he made up for lost time. The win was Blonde's second MSRXSS victory of the season.
Jacob Wilson lead the first twenty laps before relinquishing the lead to Brian Gerster. Gerster began to build a sizeable lead as the race wore on. It appeared that Gerster would claim the win as the laps wound down. With three laps too go, Gerster began to get into heavy lapped traffic. Exiting turn four, Gerster made contact with a lapped car and rode up and over the rear tire of the lapped car. When Gerster's car landed back on the ground it took Gerster a few seconds to gather the car up and get up to speed. Blonde took advantage of Gerster's misfortune. Gerster held on for second followed by Aaron Pierce, Jo Jo Helberg, and Jacob Wilson rounding out the top five.
Jo Jo Helberg was the nights fast qualifier with a lap of 10.701 seconds. Heat wins went to Jimmy McCune, Kyle Flint, and Troy DeCaire.
The MSRXSS will now enjoy a four week break before heading to Salem (IN) Speedway for the annual Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial on August 11th. Jo Jo Helberg is the defending race winner.
For more information on Must See Racing log onto www.mustseeracing.com.
MUST SEE RACING 50 OFFICIAL FINISH JULY 14, 2012
1. Jason Blonde
2. Brian Gerster
3. Aaron Pierce
4. Jo Jo Helberg
5. Jacob Wilson
6. Troy DeCaire
7. Jimmy McCune
8. Donnie Adams Jr.
9. Mike Larrisno
10. Jason Cox
11. Brian Olson
12. Hank Lower
13. Kyle Flint
14. Dave Baumgartner
15. Derek Snyder
16. Ron Koehler
17. Joe Speakman
18. Brad Wyatt
19. Jeff Bloom
20. Billy Wease
21. Ryan Gillenwater
CLARIFYING STATEMENT REGARDING XTREME SPRINT SERIES TIRES
MUST SEE RACING
WE CAME, WE RACED, WE LEARNED, WE CONQUERED
Pretty strong statement and it’s meant to be considering the extraordinary events at Oswego Speedway’s “King of Wings” event held on Saturday July 7th.
CLARIFYING STATEMENT REGARDING XTREME SPRINT SERIES TIRES
Must See Racing series officials would like to clarify their stance with regard to tires. At this past weekend’s event at Oswego Speedway, several XSS competitors shattered the track record during time trials, led by Jason Cox of Park City, Ill. with a time of 15.125 seconds. Following time trials, spectators heard several incorrect statements regarding the tires utilized by XSS competitors.
While it was asserted that the XSS utilizes trick “gumball” tires, this is far from reality. The American Racer right rear tires used in XSS competition is an American Racer 132, considered within the industry to be in the range of a “hard” tire. XSS officials provided sharp and unwavering oversight of the qualifying process and every car present was using the proper American Racer tire as required by series rules. Every XSS competitor at Oswego raced the full 30-lap feature with the same right rear tire on which the car qualified, consistent with series rules. At the conclusion of the feature race the durometer reading of the right rear American Racer tire of event winner Jimmy McCune was 65.
“When we selected American Racer tires for our series beginning with the 2011 season, we were guided by three principles,” said series president Jim Hanks. “We wanted a safe tire; we wanted a level playing field with a durable tire that could repeat through multiple heat cycles and a major tire cost savings for all of our competitors;. Through 20 series events the tire has proven itself on all counts: safety, quality, durability and affordability.
“Setting speed records was not, and has never been, part of the consideration for our choice of a series tire. However, the fact that one of the most durable and stable tires in our sport has shattered speed records at six of eight venues thus far this year is a testament to the dogged competitiveness of our teams, and to the overall quality of the American Racer product. “There is intense competition within the racing community that encompasses tracks, types of cars, and tire manufacturers. However, in the heat of such competition it is important for the integrity of the sport that the facts be maintained.”
Hanks and officials with the Xtreme Sprint Series welcome any inquiries and would invite all interested parties to contact the series office at (248) 762-1732
KING OF WINGS
JULY 7, 2012
HERE ARE THE FACTS:
●The ISMA Supermodifieds qualified.
●The Must See Sprints Qualified, set a New Track Record and had five cars faster than the fastest Supermodified.
●Track management, before the last Sprint was off the track, instructed track announcer Roy Sova to announce that the only reason the sprints were faster was because “they weight 500 lbs less and they run on GUMBALL tires which is why some only completed one lap”
●This is a FALSE STATEMENT and FACTUALLY INCORRECT. -The weight difference is more like 315 lbs (depending on the weight of the Driver) - Must See Racing, by rule and at every track mandates an American Racer right rear that has a sticker durameter of 57-58 and was durametered after the feature at 65.
●Only two cars did not take two qualifying laps, one of which had a blown power steering line. ●Immediately after the Sprints qualifying track announcer Roy Sova announced the top three ISMA Supermodified qualifiers were going to REQUALIFY ON A SOFTER TIRE to attempt to get back the track record. They failed, in fact were slower than the original times.
HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS:
●Why didn’t the track inform Must See Racing of this special addition to the program and schedule?
●Why didn’t the track and/or ISMA check the facts and truth about the Must See Tires which were right there in front of them.
●Why was a tire that is not officially manufactured by Hoosier Tire Company available at the track, mounted on ISMA Supermodified cars ready to requalify within minutes of the surprise announcement?
●Why didn’t the track give the provable, beyond a shadow of any doubt, fact that the ISMA Supermodified original qualifying tires were considerably softer than the Must See qualifying tires?
●WHY WAS MUST SEE RACING FALSELY ACCUSED OF TILTING THE PLAYING FIELD,RUNNING ILLEGAL TIRES WHEN THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT ISMA, WITH THE TRACKS APPROVAL, DID IN PLAIN SITE OF EVERYONE WHO WAS THERE?
That is a very good question!
Oswego Speedway, Hoosier Tire and ISMA must have the answers.
Must See Racing
MCCUNE CLAIMS OSWEGO MUST SEE GO - COX MAKES HISTORY
Oswego, NY - July 7, 2012 - Jimmy McCune claimed his first TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) of the year Saturday night at the legendary Oswego Speedway before a packed house. The series was making its second appearance of a trip through the state of New York that began two nights earlier at Shangri-La II Speedway. The MSRXSS was participating for the first-time-ever at Oswego and the annual ' King of Wings ' event.
The fireworks began earlier in the night when Jason Cox bested the existing all-time track record of 15.198 seconds previously held by Supermodified driver Chris Perley. Cox turned a lap of 15.125 seconds to claim the new track record. There had been speculation all week from fans, media, and competitors leading up to the event as to whether or not a Sprint Car would break the track record. The MSRXSS is known as
' The Fastest Short Track Cars in the World ' and have broken the track record at 6 of 7 events entering Saturday's Oswego event. Cox's record breaking qualifying run drew a mixed reaction from the predominately Supermodifed fan base on hand.
After qualifying, track officials announced to the crowd that they would allow the two fastest ISMA Supermodifieds, Mike Lichty and Rob Summers, a chance to reclaim the track record. Each driver was given "gumball" tires that were far softer than the tires they qualified on in an attempt to reclaim the record. To the disappointment of the Supermodified faithful, the record would stand. It was now apparent to everyone in attendance that the Sprint Cars are far superior and arguably the baddest open wheel machines in the country, and now the Northeast.
Heat races were won by Jimmy McCune and Dave Baumgartner.
Pole sitter Dave Baumgartner lead the opening lap and surrendered the lead to McCune on lap two. McCune never relinquished the lead the remainder of the thirty-lap affair despite engine issues over the final seven circuits. McCune gave car owner Suellen Wilshe her third MSRXSS win of the 2012 season. A happy McCune explained what an up and down night he experienced. "On the start I spun the tires and got sideways a little bit. Baumgartner got a jump on me and I just followed in behind him. Once my tires came up to temperature I got a run on him down the backstretch and got past him going into three. After that I just made laps. I could see a lot of things going on. I could see what lap it was and couldn't hear anybody for a long time. We dropped a cylinder with probably eight or ten to go. I was thinking I'm gonna loose Oswego because this motor's gonna puke running away with this race" laughed McCune." But she stuck together and we won. I cant thank my guys enough. They worked their tails off all day" concluded McCune. Baumgartner finished second followed by Mike Larrison, Aaron Pierce, and Jacob Wilson rounding out the top five.
New track record holder Jason Cox struggled to a ninth place finish after starting tenth." It was a one groove racetrack and you couldn't get on the outside to pass anybody" explained Cox." Everybody was pretty much equal. Where you started was pretty much where you finished. It was pretty much one of those bummer races, but that's what you gotta do sometimes".
The race went green to checkered with two lead changes. There were eleven cars on the lead lap at the conclusion of the race.
The MSRXSS will next be in action at Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, MI July 14 for the ' Must See Racing 50 '. Brain Gerster is the defending champion of the race.
For more information on the MSRXSS log onto www.mustseeracing.com.
OSWEGO SPEEDWAY MSRXSS FEATURE RESULTS 7/7/12
1. Jimmy McCune
2. Dave Baumgartner
3. Mike Larrison
4. Aaron Pierce
5. Jacob Wilson
6. Brian Gerster
7. Jo Jo Helberg
8. Troy DeCaire
9. Jason Cox
10. Brian Olson
11. Sondi Eden
12. Jerry Caryer
13. Jeff Bloom
14. Tim Cox
- LADY LUCK SHINES ON PIERCE FOR FIRST 2012 MUST SEE WIN
- GERSTER BECOMES FIRST 2012 MUST SEE MULTIPLE WINNER
- HELBERG, WILSON LEAD XTREME SPRINT SERIES THROUGH EARLY SEASON
- GERSTER SLIDES TO MUST SEE WIN
- Family Festival at Anderson Speedway
- MSR in REVVED UP Magazine
- TYLER GETS SECOND PAY LESS LITTLE 500 VICTORY
- BLONDE GETS ON TRACK TO WIN MUST SEE RACING 60
- PALLER & DeCaire WIN WINCHESTER MUST SEE EVENTS
- PREPERATIONS FOR XTREME SPEED CHALLENGE CONTINUE