TYLER GETS SECOND PAY LESS LITTLE 500 VICTORY
ANDERSON, Ind. (May 26, 2012) – Deuces were wild at the 64th running of the Pay Less Little 500 as Brian Tyler recorded his second win and brought team owner Larry Contos win number two at Anderson Speedway.
Tyler took the lead on lap 342 and led the final 158 circuits winning by one lap over rookie of the year Billy Wease.
With 13 laps remaining Tyler was running in close quarters behind Wease and in front of a charging Chet Fillip. But showing the experience of a veteran he backed out of the throttle to claim the win.
Tyler drove with a lot of patience early in the race and stayed among the front-runners throughout the 500-lap grind. As problems beset other teams, Tyler used the right pit strategy to take the point from Aaron Pierce, who was battling a leaking right rear tire.
“The last three or four years we’ve had a fast car and had motor problems,” he said. “This year I was playing the numbers game, I’m 44 and I drove the 44. Everything happened to work my way for once.”
Tyler said starting back in the field (15th), he needed a lot of patience and rode for a lot of laps.
“At the end they told me no one else was on the lead lap, so I just took it easy,” he said. “This race is never over until the checkered flag waves.”
Pierce was forced to pit on lap 372, which saw his hopes of the Little 500 victory dashed. Pierce was using an air-jack similar to what is used in the IZOD IndyCar Series and a clutch to speed up his pit stops.
Tyler’s first win game in 2006 and Contos won in 2008 with Shane Cottle at the wheel.
It proved to be an exceptional night for drivers from Noblesville with Wease coming home in second and Brian Gerster driving to a third place finish after starting 29th. Chet Fillip and Pierce rounded out the top five.
“I can’t say enough about the car,” Wease said. “The car was so well prepared by Jerry Powell. We had a chance of winning it, the car was too loose at the end.”
Gerster said his car got better after each pit stop and credited his team for great stops, changing rear tires both times.
“The car was loose on the front run, but once we got new tires on it was better,” he said. “I think I passed the most cars tonight, but we had no problems.
“If you would have told me earlier in the week that I’d finish third, I would have taken it,” Gerster said.
Eric Gordon looking for his tenth Little 500 win led from lap 278 to lap 329 when he stopped for his final required pit stop. But it knocked him out of contention when the crew had problems getting the right rear tire off the car and he lost five laps to the leader.
California driver JoJo Helberg dominated the first quarter of the race, running away from the field at the start and on several restarts.
His night ended on lap 121 when Shauna Hogg got slightly airborne on the back straight, bringing out the caution for debris. As cars bunched up, Helberg made heavy contact with the back straight wall.
Chet Fillip led over 110 laps in the middle stages of the race, but a series of pit stops to repair an apparent suspension problem left him three laps behind the leaders.
Pole sitter Tony Hunt’s night ended on lap 113 with a mechanical problem and Warsaw’s Tony Elliott lost laps early in the race following a lengthy stop on lap 24 with an engine problem.
It was a tough night for drivers from Madison County with Alexandria’s Donnie Adams Jr. getting collected in a three car tangle on the back straight on lap 71. Anderson’s Jim Sheets ended the night on the turn two wall on lap 263. Travis Welpott was involved in two spins, finishing 17th.
There were 14 cautions for 151 laps, but most were caused by single car incidents. There were six lead changes among five different drivers.
64th Annual Pay Less Little 500 Results:
POS # DRIVER HOMETOWN OWNER LAPS
1 44 Brian Tyler Mt. Pleasant, NC Larry Contos 500
2 12 Billy Wease Noblesville Jerry Powell 499
3 27 Brian Gerster Fishers Davis-Gerster Racing 498
4 77 Chet Fillip Indianapolis Advanced Racing Suspensions, Inc. 498
5 26 Aaron Pierce Muncie Sam Pierce 497
6 2 Eric Gordon Indianapolis Mike Bowman 494
7 35 Russ Gamster Peru Gary Gamester 494
8 3 Tim Barber Fairfield, CA Ted Finkenbinder 493
9 8 Kyle Feeney Oxford, MI Larry Burkhart/Marv Carmen 488
10 11 Denny England Warsaw Hoosier Metal Racing 488
11 28 Mickey Kempgens Tampa, FL Sam Pierce 486
12 5 Shauna Hogg Citrus Heights, CA Richard Hogg 484
13 55 Dave Baumgartner Ottawa Lake, MI Dave Baumgartner 480
14 15 Brandon Whited Richmond Bryan Whited 479
15 5 Tony Elliott Warsaw Gene Nolen 463
16 40 Jason Cox Park City, IL D.J. Racing 457
17 48 Travis Welpott Pendleton Welpott Racing 429
18 63 Rex Norris III Spiceland Rex Norris 414
19 87 Jacob Wilson Crawfordsville Wilson Bros Racing 402
20 88 Jimmy McCune Toledo, OH Jimmy McCune 390
21 1 Brian Gingras Lakeland, FL Gary Green 384
22 19 Keith Butler Riverview, FL KJ Motorsports, Inc 337
23 91 Troy DeCaire Tampa, FL Lenny Puglio 312
24 18 Jim Sheets Anderson Jim Sheets 258
25 20 Shane Hollingsworth Lafayette Gene Nolen 244
26 4 Shane Cottle Kokomo Larry Contos 242
27 10 Chris Neuenschwander New Haven Tony Neuenschwander 212
28 7 Ryan Litt London Ontario Ryan Litt Racing 141
29 7 JoJo Helberg Rohnert Park, CA Helberg Motorsports 121
30 56 Tony Hunt Lincoln, CA Mike Phulps 113
31 17 Donnie Adams, Jr. Alexandria Maragret Adams 69
32 14 Scott Pierovich Alamo, CA Ken Pierson 69
33 6 Jeff Bloom Bangor, MI Jeff Bloom Racing 51
BLONDE GETS ON TRACK TO WIN MUST SEE RACING 60
Anderson, IN - May 23, 2012 - Jason Blonde got a break on lap 27 and never looked back as he won his first TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series win of the year Wednesday night at Anderson Speedway. Blonde was driving the Suellen Wilshe owned BIOBASED.US Hurricane chassis car. Blonde was the fourth different winner in as many events in 2012 MSRXSS compettition.
The evening began in exciting fashion as California driver Jo Jo Helberg established a new track record with a lap of 10.168 seconds. This was a remarkable feat considering the excess heat and high humidity. Heat wins went to Tom Tolbert, Jimmy McCune, and Travis Miniea.
The front row of the 60 lap feature found BIOBASED.US teammates Jason Blonde and Tanner Swanson sharing the front row. Tanner Swanson got the jump at the start and lead the opening 27 laps. Blonde was all over Swanson in the early laps as Swanson was slowed by lapped traffic. Swanson gave way to Blonde on lap 27 when he was sidelined with apparent mechanical issues. Blonde then led the remainder of the event to capture his first MSRXSS victory of the season. Following Blonde was Kody Swanson, Troy DeCaire, Jo Jo Helberg, and Ryan Gillenwater rounding out the top five.
" I was able to catch Tanner in lapped traffic " explained Blonde in victory lane. " I got beside him and he pulled me. I wasn't sure if I could've gotten around him if he hadn't broke. I saw something going wrong with his right rear tire. After that I knew I could get the lead. Then I was waiting for something bad to go wrong with my tire. Its a good win for the BIOBASED #23 car ".Blonde explained how important the win was for his after getting off to a rough 2012 start. " Its been a tough way to start the year with three DNF's. It makes you wonder why you do it sometimes. As soon as you get that win, you know why your doing it ".
A dejected Swanson explained why he was forced out of the race on lap 27." We had a radius rod bolt back out of the right rear bird cage. Its disappointing. We had a really great car. I was rolling around saving my tires, picking off lapped cars as they came to me. I had the car to pick up my second Must See win ".
Must See Racing now will put its focus on the 64th annual Pay Less Little 500 Saturday night. Must See Racing is the sanctioning body of the Little 500. The event will be a special non-points event. Several MSRXSS teams are entered in the event.
For more info on Must See Racing go to www.mustseeracing.com
Feature Finish 60 Laps
1.23b Jason Blonde
2.19 Kody Swanson
3.91 Troy DeCaire
4.7 JoJo Helberg
5.45 Ryan Gillenwater
6.07 Jacob Wilson
7.88 Jimmy McCune
8.81 Travis Miniea
9.51 Mike Larrison
10.26p Aaron Pierce
11.40 Jason Cox
12.26 Jeff Bloom
13.20k Kyle Flint
14.22 Derek Snyder
15.41 Brian Olson
16.64 Mickey Kempgens
17.37 Hank Lower
18.23s Tanner Swanson
19.2t Tom Tolbert
20.10k Ron Kohler
21.55 Dave Baumgartner
22.1 Chris Neuneschwander DNS
PALLER & DeCaire WIN WINCHESTER MUST SEE EVENTS
Winchester, IN - May 20, 2012 - The inagural ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' was a heated affair both on and off the track. With temperatures in the high 80's, a good crowd was on hand to witness the TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series and BIOBASED.US Must See Racing Super Modified Series.
The Supermodifieds were making their first appearance at Winchester in nearly twenty-two years. Mexico, New York driver, Michael Barnes lead the way in MSRSMS time trials with a lp of 14.027 seconds to capture the $1000 bonus courtesy of BIOBASED.US.
Kyle Edwards used a front row starting spot to grab the lead and led the majority of the 30-lap event. Quick qualifier Michael Barnes,who had been on top of the speed charts all weekened,saw his race come to and end when his race came to an end when he made contact with Larry Lehnert on the backstretch early in the race. Paller began his charge to the front and was all over race leader Edwards. Paller made the pass on Edwads just as Edwards slowed due to mechanical issues. Pau White and Paller then put on a thrilling battle for several laps until White was also sent to the pits with mechanical issues. The win was anything but easy for Paller and was worth $6000 for the Berlin Heights, Ohio driver. " When we first started out the car was loose " explained Paller. " The car started getting better and better. I saw Kyle was fading. I drove under Kyle in three and four.on the outside and that was it. We got lucky. This is awesome. This is the first Supermodified win I've had. To have the win here with Must See Racing is just awesome " concluded Paller.
The Must See See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series feature event was equally as entertaining. California driver, Jo Jo Helberg, set a new World's Record for a 1/2 mile speedway when he turned a scortching lap of 12.669 seconds. 6 drivers in all were under the old Winchester Speedway track record. A hard charging Troy DeCaire battled his way into the lead before lap 5 and began to set sail. Helberg slowly worked his way to the front. The race was red flagged twice for two seprate events. Prior to lap 20, Mike Larrison tried to avoid a spinning Jason Cox in turn four and his machine rocketed into the pit entrance off turn four. When the race resumed, Jason Blonde began to run down DeCaire but got high exiting turn four and the car went flying through the pit entrance in the same exact place Larrison did moments earlier. Luckily no one was injured. When the green flad flew on lap 21, Helberg made a daring pass on DeCaire for the lead. DeCaire then retook the lead two laps later and never looked back. The win was also worth $6000 for DeCaire. ' I was watching my guys down the straight-away.I was trying to keep the car straight " explained DeCaire. " My motor bobbled late in the race and it allowed Jo Jo to get around me. He got by me but when he went by me I could see his right rear tire was chunking up and he was sliding. He was using it a little bit more than we were. With 8 laps to go,he began backing up to me. I got back by him. It was a good win for us and a nice payday.
The inagural ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' was a rounding success. The MSRXSS will next be in action this Wed. night at Anderson (IN) Speedway for the Must See Racing 60. For more info log onto www.mustseeracing.com
MSRSMS 30 LAP FEATURE RESULTS
1. Jim Paller
2. Jack Smith
3. Sondi Eden
4. Zach Gibson
5. Kyle Edwards
6. Paul White
7. Rich Reid
8. AJ Russell
9. Jon Henes
10. Larry Lehnert
11. Mike Barnes
12. Brandon Fisher DNS
13. Dave McKnight DNS
14. Cord Ehrhart DNS
MSRXSS 30 LAP FEATURE RESULTS
1. Troy DeCaire
2. Jo Jo Helberg
3. Dave Baumgartner
4. Jimmy McCune
5. Jacob Wilson
6. Mike Larrison
7. Hank Lower
8. Kyle Flint
9. Jason Blonde
10. Brian Gerster
11. Aaron Pierce
12. Travis Miniea
13. Brian Olson
14. Tanner Swanson
15. Jason Cox
16. Kody Swanson
17. Jeff Bloom
18. Chris Neuen schwander
19. Dave Steele DNS
PREPERATIONS FOR XTREME SPEED CHALLENGE CONTINUE
Winchester, IN - May 19, 2012 - Several teams from the TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series and the BIOBASED.US Must See Racing Super Modified Series took advantage of an open practice session Saturday afternoon at Winchester Speedway.
Ten Sprint Cars and six Super Modifieds participated in the four hour practice session. In the MSRXSS practice, Rohnert Park , CA driver, Jo Jo Helberg set the fastest time of the day. His lap of 12.88 seconds was the quickest but unofficial. Sunday's 30 lap feature will pay $6,000 to win with an additional $500 bonus for fast time courtesy of BIOBASED.US as part of the ' Winners Circle Bonus '.
The Super Modifieds took to the high-banks of Winchester Speedway for the first time in twenty-two years in anticipation of Sunday's big 30 lap feature also paying $6,000 to win. Mexico, New York driver, Michael Barnes, lead all Super Modifieds with the fastest lap of the day with a 14.10 unofficial lap. Interestingly,it was the first time Barnes had ever turned a lap at the legendary speedway." I've always wanted to come to Winchester and I was so exited to get here. Its kind of similar to a place we run in Connecticut, Thompson Speedway.But this is definitely like no other. I watched the Sprint Car guys and imitated what they were doing. Once I figured out where to pick the throttle up and made some changes to the car, got a little quicker as the day went on. I hope the race is exciting for the fans tomorrow.
The only serious accident occurred when Brampton, Ontario, Canada driver, Dave McKnight, hit the turn three wall after a part broke on his Gary Morton owned #70 machine. " I'm fine " explained McKnight. " We had a part on the car break.Were not sure if it was the left front locator or a Heim end on the right front radius rod. We went down into three and the part broke and I had no steering and the car sailed into the fence " McKnight was unsure if he would be able to get the car repaired in time tomorrow's event. " We've had several guys offer their shops to us. We are just gonna take our time getting the car back together " concluded McKnight.
Sundays racing action begins at 2 p.m. with spectator gates opening at 10 a.m. Former multi-time USAC champion and former Indy 500 starter, Tom Bigelow, will serve as Grand Marshall. The Full Throttle Modifieds and Vore's Welding Front Wheel Drive Compacts will be part of the racing extrazaganza. For More information go to www.mustseeracing.com or www.winchesterspeedway.com.
Attached photo: Michael Barnes during the open practice session Saturday afternoon at Winchester Speedway.
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