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Must See Three: The Week of Speed


Holly, Mich. – A whirlwind week awaits the TruFuel Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series and as they visit two historic Midwestern tracks for three events in a seven day span.

First up is the "Xtreme Speed Challenge". The Must See Racing Sprint Cars and the Must See Racing supermodified series take on Winchester Speedway Sunday afternoon, May 20th. Winchester is one of the most notable and intimidating racing venues in the world, serving as a perfect host for the lightning-fast winged sprint cars and the return of the supers after a 22 year hiatus . Gates open at 10 a.m. with racing getting underway at 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 23rd the series moves some 50 miles east to Anderson Speedway, one of the fastest quarter-mile tracks in the world. The "Must See Racing 60" will feature one of the most frantic races of the season, as a full field of winged sprint cars do battle on the tight confines of the high banks at Anderson Speedway. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

The week is capped off in grand style with the 64th Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday night, May 26th. The classic event will see the sprinters remove their wings for the only time this season, competing for their share of one of the largest purses in short track racing. The Little 500 starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, with practice and qualifying taking place on Wednesday through Friday. Advance race tickets are recommended. visit andersonspeedway.com

A full complement of racers will assemble for the three events, with 2010 King of the Wings winner Dave Steele added to the mix at Winchester. Others expected to vie for the spotlight are local favorite Aaron Pierce, defending "60" winner Hank Lower, Recent "Royal Oak Southern Shootout" winners Brian Olson and Tanner Swanson and perennial fan favorite Jeff Bloom.

A crowded roster of racers will be there to challenge, including Kody Swanson, JoJo Helberg Troy DeCaire, Jason Cox, Jimmy McCune, Sondi Eden, Jacob Wilson, Todd Fayard, Dave Baumgartner, Brian Gerster, Mike Larrison and Travis Miniea, among others.

Fans will look forward to a host of entertaining activities during the events, including a "hands-on" show car, t-shirt and merchandise giveaways, along with driver autograph sessions. Fans will meet "XTREME SPEED CHALLENGE" Grand Marshall and Hall of Famer Tom Bigelow at a Meet and Greet session.

All three events will be telecast on a tape-delayed basis across the country. Well-known broadcaster Rick Benjamin will serve as play-by-play host, while Hall of Fame driver Tom Bigelow will provide color commentary. Longtime writer and broadcaster Dave Argabright will serve as pit reporter.

The Xtreme Sprint Series features powerful winged sprint cars with 800-plus horsepower and are considered the world’s fastest short track racing machines. The Must See Supermodifieds, one the most exotic short track cars on the planet, will challenge the sprints for speed and racing excitement.

TICKET HOT LINE CALL 248-535-5575      VISIT MUSTSEERACING.COM for event details

FOUR TO LITTLE 500 HALL OF FAME IN 2012


Anderson, IN - May 9, 2012 - Three well-known Little 500 competitors and track official are slated for induction into the Little 500 Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 26, part of " Little 500 Week " in Anderson, Indiana. The " Class of 2012 " will be formally inducted at a luncheon at Anderson Speedway.
 
From the Historic Era (1949-1975) are Finley Lane and the late Bob Luscomb while from the Modern Era comes Joe Conroy and Mike Blake.
 
Lane, of Poneto, IN, is a longtime track official particularly during the Sun Valley era. He produced Little 500 souvenir programs through many years with other family members. Also assisted former track owner, Joe Helping, in many capacities.
 
Luscomb, originally from Orlando, FL, was an influential Floridian driver who was the first Sunshine State driver to begin the annual trek in 1972. He made 6 starts from '72 to '77 while leading 24 laps. He continued as a car owner and finished 3rd with driver Dave Scarborough in 1979.
 
Blake, who currently lives in Indianapolis,IN, made 11 starts as a driver from 1976 to 2002 with a best finish of twelfth in 1998. He completed 3,829 laps as a driver. He has fielded 7 entries as a car owner since 2003 with a best finish of 8th with driver Brad Armstrong in 2008.

Conroy, from Brunswick, OH, was a car owner who fielded 8 entries from 1991-1998. His cars finished 3rd in 1995 and 1998. Led 269 laps.

 
Tickets for this year's luncheon can be purchased by calling (765) 288-4587. Seating is limited, so advance tickets will be the only way to guarantee a seat.

WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY “XTREME SPEED CHALLENGE”


Holly, MI - May 8, 2012 - Must See Racing officials today released early entries for the
inaugural ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' at Winchester Speedway May 20. The racing program will feature both the TRUFUEL Xtreme Sprint Series as well as the new BIOBASED.US Super Modified Series.

The early entry list contains 17 SuperModifieds and 22 Xtreme Sprint Cars. Officials also indicated this was the initial list and several more teams will are expected to enter the event in the days
leading up to the event.

Jack Smith #09Both the Super Modified and Sprint Carevents will pay $6000 to win the feature events as part of the BIOBASED.US ' Winners Circle Bonus '. In addition, There will be a $1000 bonus for quick
time in the Super Modified division and $500 for the Sprint Cars.
 
The ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' is shaping up to be arguably one of the biggest open wheel events of 2012. The Sprint Car entry list is already highlighted by Tampa, Florida's Dave Steele who will be returning to competitive competition in the Midwest for the first time in two seasons. Other entries include, Tanner Swanson and Brian Olson, who picked up Must See Racing victories in events last month to kick off the 2012 season. Two-time defending MSRXSS champion Troy DeCaire is also entered. Others early entries include: Dave Baumgartner, Jason Blonde, Jeff Bloom, Collin Cabre, Jerry Caryer, Jason Cox, Todd Fayard, Kyle Flint, Brian Gerster, Kyle Hamilton, Jo Jo Helberg, Mike Larrison, Hank Lower, Jimmy McCune, Aaron Pierce, Kody Swanson, Jacob Wilson, and Billy Wease.
 
The Super Modifieds will be returning to Winchester after a twenty-two year absence and the early entry list is full of past champions of the division. Dave McKnight and Gene Lee Gibson highlight the list. Gibson is a former Super Modified winner at Winchester while McKnight will be driving for car owner Gary Morton. Morton won the last two Super Modified events at Winchester. Other entries include: AJ Russell, Tanner Swanson, Kody Swanson, Jack Smith, Kevin Shirey, Sondi Eden, Cord Ehrhart, Brandon Fisher, Jeff Gibson, Jon Henes, Paul White, Larry Lehnert, Jim Paller, Matt Palmer, and Rich Reid.
 
Multi-time United States Auto Club (USAC) champion and Indy 500 starter, Tom Bigelow, will serve as honorary Grand Marshal for this event. A meet and greet with fans is planned. Bigelow currently resides in Winchester and enjoyed great success at the speedway as a driver during his racing career.
 
 There will be an open practice one day before the event May 19 from 2 - 6 P.M. to give teams additional track time. The Full Throttle Modifieds and Vore's Welding FWD Compacts will also be part of this racing extravaganza. A meet and greet with Grand Marshal Tom Bigelow is also planned the day of the event.
 
Tickets for the  ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' are now on sale. Fans are encouraged to get tickets early to avoid long lines at the ticket window the day of the event. Call (248) 535-5575 to purchase tickets or log onto www.mustseeracing.com for additional details.

Tom Bigelow to Serve as Grand Marshal


Multi-time United States Auto Club (USAC) champion and Indy 500 starter, Tom Bigelow, will serve as the honorary Grand Marshal for May 20 Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway. The racing extravaganza will be highlighted by the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars and Must See Super Modifieds.
 
Bigelow enjoyed a tremendous racing career that ended in the early 1990's. Bigelow is an inductee of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall Of Fame as well as the National Sprint Car Hall Of Fame. Bigelow is currently a color commentator for Must See Racing events that are televised on Fox SportsNet. It is only fitting that Bigelow  will serve as a Grand Marshal for this historic event as Bigelow currently resides in Winchester and enjoyed great success at the speedway. In addition, he made his final  racing start in an ARCA race at the track in the early 1990's.
 
Bigelow, originally from Whitewater, WI, got his racing start in the late 1950's driving stock cars
at the local Jefferson (WI) Speedway. He eventually migrated to running midgets with the famed BADGER racing association. 
Eventually Bigelow relocated to Winchester and began racing more events in the Indiana area and particularly with the USAC Sprint Car division. Bigelow took to the sprint cars and amassed a whopping 52 USAC National Sprint Car wins which ranks first all-time with the series. He also claimed the 1978 title.
 
His open wheel success gave him the opportunity to compete in the Indy Car ranks with CART and USAC for seventeen seasons. He made 104 starts including 9 Indy 500 starts with a 6th place his best Indy 500 finish. He finished second in back-to-back Indy Car starts at Texas and Milwaukee in 1978.
 
When the USAC Sprint Car schedule began to dwindle in the mid 1980's, Bigelow migrated back to the midgets and was able to win several features as well as the 1984 USAC National Midget champion. He claimed the USAC Regional Midget Series title 2 years earlier in 1982.


Bigelow made one NASCAR Cup start in his career in 1986. The day ended early for him after only 30 laps due to engine failure. Bigelow enjoyed the experience. " I should have stayed there ( NASCAR ) " Bigelow recently explained. " That's when money was starting to arrive down there and I didn't have a sponsor ". The experience would play a role in the final years of Bigelow's career as he finished his driving days behind the wheel of an ARCA car in the early 1990's.
 
The last several seasons have found Bigelow behind the camera at Must See Racing events as well as tutoring younger drivers. Must See Racing President, Jim Hanks, explains Bigelow's value to the series. " Not long ago someone asked me what Tom Bigelow means to Must See Racing. The answer is everything. He brings a rich history as one of the best drivers of all time, he brings Hall of Fame credentials and most importantly he brings quality of character. Tom knows the racing game and is a great ambassador for our series and our sport ".
 
The ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' is shaping up to be arguably one of the biggest open wheel events of 2012. The TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series will be competing in their third event of the 2012 season. The BIOBASED.US Must See Racing Super Modified Series will be competing in its inaugural event. It will be the first time in twenty-two years the Super Modifieds have competed at Winchester Speedway.
 
Both the Sprint Car and Super Modified feature events will each pay $6,000 to win thanks to Don Wilshe and BIOBASED.US offering the Winners Circle Bonus. In addition, there will be a $1,000 Fast Time Bonus to the Super Modified fast qualifier and $500 to the Sprint Car fast qualifier.
 
There will be an open practice one day before the event May 19 from 2 - 6 P.M. to give teams additional track time. The Full Throttle Modifieds and Vore's Welding FWD Compacts will also be part of this racing extravaganza. A meet and greet with Grand Marshal Tom Bigelow is also planned the day of the event.
 
Tickets for the  ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' are now on sale. Fans are encouraged to get tickets early to avoid long lines at the ticket window the day of the event. Call (248) 535-5575 to purchase tickets or log onto www.mustseeracing.com for additional details.