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AJ Russell joins MSR Xtreme Sprint Series


BIOBASED.US  sprint car team owner Suellen Wilshe announced today that AJ Russell will join teammates Jason Blonde and Jimmy McCune to compete in the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series targeting the 2012 events at Salem, Anderson, Winchester and Berlin Speedways.

AJ Russell of Clovis, California is one of the first Native American race car drivers to compete in NASCAR's top three divisions. He started racing at the age 7 in quarter midgets moving to the California Asphalt Trucks series at the young age of 15 where he won features and was selected “Rookie of the Year”.

A 17, AJ  moved into the 360 SuperModifieds, won features and collected another “Rookie of the Year” honor.

Up next , he competed in the  Davey Hamilton 410 SuperModified series winning  his first feature as a rookie, finished third in the series championship and  yet another “Rookie of the Year”.

Leaving the SuperModified league with his suitcase in hand, he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he raced in the Indy Pro Series. In 2007, A.J. took his 410 SuperModified to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the East vs. West SuperModified Championships starting 15th in a field of more than 35 cars and fought his way to the front to be the 2007 East vs. West Champion.

In January of 2010 A.J. moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he joined the Sacred Power Racing family to further his career as the first Native American in  NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series.

AJ currently competes in the BIOBASED.US sponsored Supermodified team racing in ISMA and the Must See Racing Supermodified Series. Russell is expected to be a front runner at  the Auto City Speedway/ Must See Racing “SUPER SHOOTOUT” on August 24th.

For information on the Must See Racing “SUPER SHOOTOUT” at Auto City Speedway on August 24th  visit or

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:

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 Anderson Speedway’s Must See Racing can be seen at For more on Winchester Speedway’s King of The Wings, go to

To learn more about the Must See Xtreme Sprint Car Series, please see: and on Twitter by following @MustSeeRacing.


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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
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




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.


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

JULY 7, 2012


●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.


●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?



That is a very good question!
Oswego Speedway, Hoosier Tire and ISMA must have the answers.

Jim Hanks
Must See Racing