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.
MUST SEE RACING TO AWARD WEEKLY TOP FACEBOOK FAN
The new Must See Racing Facebook page, launched last week, will recognize a top fan each week. Go to www.facebook.com/mustseeracing
Each week the top fan, as ranked by Booshaka, will become eligible to be entered into a drawing. One random winner will be drawn from all entries to become the Grand Prize winner. Prizes include race tickets to the Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway on May 20, 2012. Open to all Facebook Fans that 'Like' Must See Racing on Facebook and are 16 years of age or older.
To be eligible to become a Top Fan you must meet the following criteria:
1. Like Must See Racing on Facebook.
2. Contribute through posts, comments, and likes.
3. Receive points for the quality of your participation.
Participants share, like, and comment on posts made by Must See Racing on the official Must See Racing Facebook Page. The more you interact, the more chances you have to increase your ranking amongst all fans of Must See Racing. You can see your ranking and how your friends are ranked that are also fans of Must See Racing on Facebook by clicking the "Top Fans" tab at the top of the Must See Racing Facebook page. You can also share your ranking to your own personal page as well as send a Tweet to brag about your rank.
Must See Racing is not responsible for the ranking of fans as determined by the Booshaka Facebook App.
Eligibility: Open to all fans of Must See Racing 16 & over that 'Like' Must See Racing on Facebook. No purchase necessary. Must See Racing officials and their families, sponsors, tracks, car owners and/or drivers are not eligible for this contest. Pages that 'Like' Must See Racing on Facebook and are associated with companies, whether they are Must See Racing promotional partners or not, will not be eligible for contest.
Rules: Each week the fan who is ranked #1 will be entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize Pack. If same fan is ranked #1 multiple weeks in a row, the Top Fan will be chosen from those next lowest in ranking and has not already been entered into the drawing.
Length of Contest: April 30-May 14, 2012. Drawing to be held on or about midnight May 14 from all eligible entries.
Prizes: 2 adult general admission tickets(valued at $50 total-no substitutions) to Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway to be held May 20, 2012, 2 Must See Racing Tshirts(up to adult XL), 2 Must See Racing Season Programs(1 MSRXSS 1 MSRSS), and 1 DVD of Winchester Event(to be shipped to winner). Winners will be notified no later than May 16. Tickets to Xtreme Speed Challenge as well as remaining prize pack will be available and must be picked up at Winchester Speedway box office between May 19-20, 2012. If Grand Prize Winner is unable to attend Must See Racing Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway on May 20, 2012, tickets to race shall be forfeited and other prizes will be mailed to winner. Winner is responsible for supplying valid mailing address within 48 hours of notification so that prizes can be delivered. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prizes.
BIOBASED.US TO OFFER WINNERS CIRCLE BONUS AT WINCHESTER
Holly, MI - April 21, 2012 - Don Wilshe and BIOBASED.US today announced that they will provide additional purse money for the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint and Super Modified events at Winchester Speedway May 20. The ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' will be highlighted by the debut of the new Must See Racing Super Modified Series with the return of Supers to Winchester after a 22 year absence.
BIOBASED.US will provide the ' Winners Circle Bonus ' and will guarantee the winner of the Xtreme Sprint Car and Super Modified features $6,000 to win their respective features. In addition, BIOBASED.US will also provide $1,000 to the Fast Qualifier of the MSRSMS event.
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.
This event will offer the largest winners purse for both Must See Racing divisions in 2012 to date. The expanded purse monies should attract some of the top sprint car and super modified drivers in the country. There has also been added a $500 to the MSRXSS 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.
BIOBASED.US has also pledged additional purse monies for the MSRSMS events at Auto City Speedway August 24 and Anderson Speedway October 6. The ' Winners Circle Bonus ' will now guarantee the winner $5,000 at both of these events. The Anderson Speedway race will feature a unique format of twin 50 lap features.
The pre-sale of tickets for the ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' will go on sale April 23. 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.
Fayard Sets Mobile Track Record
Two track speed records were shattered in the Open-Wheel Only Spectacular, Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway, A Rick Crawford Performance Track.
The evening got off to a fantastic start when six Must See Xtreme Sprint Cars surpassed Kevin Swindell's track record of 14.487 seconds - set in 2005. Todd Fayard, from nearby Saucier, MS, collected a $500 bonus when he emerged as the new track record holder with a lap of 13.919 seconds. Fayard was the only driver to crack the 13 second barrier.
Motorcyclist Robbie McClendon broke his own record of 21.330 set in August, by posting a 21.129 during qualifying on Saturday. This serves as a reminder as to why fans should get to the track as soon as possible the action starts long before the drop of the first green flag.
Must See Xtreme Sprint Car Series
Brian Olson took advantage of a front row starting position on his birthday to claim his first career Must See Xtreme Racing Sprint Car Series feature victory Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway. Olson piloted the Davey Hamilton Racing TRUFUEL entry into victory lane and collected the championship points lead for his efforts.
The laps ticked by at a blistering fast pace as Olson withstood a late race charge by Jason Cox. Cox appeared to have taken the lead from Olson on lap 20 but a caution had occurred just before the pass was completed. The break fell Olson’s way and he never looked back.
"With about ten laps to go, I was getting bottled up in lapped traffic and Jason got by me,” Olson said. “I caught a lucky break with the caution and got the lead back. After that I knew he was there and had to step it up - that's what I did and it paid off.
“This series is getting bigger and bigger and there are some really good drivers in it."
The three seven-lap heat races were won by Tim Cox, Jim Sheets, and Mickey Kempgens.
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