LADY LUCK SHINES ON PIERCE FOR FIRST 2012 MUST SEE WIN
July 5, 2012 - Tioga Center, NY - Aaron Pierce finally had Lady Luck give him a break and captured his first TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) win of 2012 Thursday night at Shangri-La II Speedway.
Until Thursday night's victory, Pierce had experienced several tough breaks to start his 2012 MSRXSS season. Several crashes and DNF's had left the Daleville, IN driver frustrated to say the least. In victory lane Pierce explained what a confidence booster his first win of 2012 was. "This win tonight gives us a little momentum. I've been a little discouraged with all the bad luck lately. If we can get it (car) this good for Saturday, they've (competitors) got a problem".
The MSRXSS made its first visit into the Northeastern part of the country Thursday night for the first of two races in the state of New York. The traveling 410 c.i. winged pavement series was greeted by a very large crowd. The series will visit Oswego Speedway Saturday night for the second and final night of the New York swing.
Jo Jo Helberg got the excitement rolling early when he set a new track record on the 1/2 mile concrete/paved oval. Helberg clicked off a lap of 14.243 seconds (126.378 mph) to etch his name in the history books.
Heat race wins went to Brian Olson, Jason Cox, and Hank Lower.
Pole sitter Jimmy McCune got the jump and lead the opening 19 laps. Pierce realized that none of the other cars were running the bottom part of the track and decided to try it out since it was left wide open. Pierce began working his way to the front and eventually made the pass for the lead on lap 19 and never looked back. Jimmy McCune finished second followed by Jacob Wilson, Jason Cox, and Jo Jo Helberg rounding out the top five. " I started running the bottom because it was the only place I could get air on the wing" Pierce explained in victory lane."The car was phenomenal over the bumps.Some guys were having trouble getting over the bumps but our car was glued".
Pierce acknowledged the huge crowd and the excitement level throughout the night that the MSRXSS brought. "I really like this place and hope we come back.Its rough and you really have to have your stuff right to win here" concluded Pierce.
The series will head to Oswego Speedway Saturday for a joint show with the ISMA Supermodifieds as part of the annual ' King of Wings ' event. The first-ever appearance of winged 410 c.i. sprints to Oswego will have added excitement with the possibility of a new track record. The MSRXSS has been dubbed the ' Fastest Short Track Cars In The World '. The series has set new track records at six of the seven events thus far in 2012.
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Feature Finish-30 Laps
1.26p Aaron Pierce
2.88 Jimmy McCune
3.07 Jacob Wilson
4.40 Jason Cox
5.7 Jo Jo Helberg
6.41 Brian Olson
7.55 Dave Baumgartner
8.26b Jeff Bloom
9.51 Mike Larrison
10. 75c Jerry Caryer
11. 81 Sondi Eden (DNF)
12. 4 Tim Cox (DNF)
13. 2 Larry Austin (DNF)
14. 5 Troy DeCaire (DNF)
15. 37 Hank Lower (DNS)
GERSTER BECOMES FIRST 2012 MUST SEE MULTIPLE WINNER
July 3, 2012 - Clio, MI - Brian Gerster became the first TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) multiple feature winner of 2012 Tuesday night at Auto City Speedway in Clio, MI.
Gerster captured the 3rd annual ' Must See Twin 20's ' event for the second consecutive year. Gerster's win was his second consecutive with the series in 2012 after winning the last time out on June 9 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis. His victory busted up a string of five different winners to start the 2012 season.
The highly popular ' Must See Twin 20's ' featured a unique format and was greeted by a large crowd despite threatening rain earlier in the day. In addition to heat races, drivers were to run one of two twenty lap qualifying races that would set the field for the twenty lap feature event.
Jo Jo Helberg bested twenty other competitors to capture the night's fastest qualifying time when he turned a lap of 13.212 seconds. Helberg was unable to lower the track record and broke a string of five consecutive outings where a track record had been set at 2012 MSRXSS events dating back to the opener April 13 at Five Flags Speedway.
Brian Gerster and Mike Larrison won each of their qualifying races to earn front row starting positions for the feature event. Larrison lead the opening lap but quickly surrendered the lead back to Gerster by the second go around. Gerster continued to lead Larrison and Jacob Wilson until the race went yellow for the first time on lap 14 for a slowed Larrison. When the green flag flew again, Jimmy McCune got past Wilson and set sail for Gerster until another yellow flew on lap 19 bunching up the field and giving McCune one last chance at Gerster. Gerster was able to hold off McCune for his fifth career MSRXSS victory in only eight starts.
The MSRXSS now prepares for a trip to the state of New York for races Thursday July 5 at Shangri-La II and Oswego Speedway Saturday night July 7. It will be the furthest east the series has traveled in its short history.
For more information on the MSRXSS including the remaining 2012 schedule log onto www.mustseeracing.com.
AUTO CITY SPEEDWAY TWIN 20'S FEATURE FINISH
1. Brian Gerster
2. Jimmy McCune
3. Jacob Wilson
4. Brian Olson
5. Jason Cox
6. Jo Jo Helberg
7. Sondi Eden
8. Hank Lower
9. Ryan Litt
10. Kyle Flint
11. Donnie Adams Jr.
12. Kyle Feeney
13. Jerry Caryer
14. Bill Tyler
15. Dave Baumgartner
16. Bobby Santos III
17. Aaron Pierce
18. Mike Larrison
19. Jeff Bloom
20. Kevin Feeney
DNS Ryan Gillenwater
HELBERG, WILSON LEAD XTREME SPRINT SERIES THROUGH EARLY SEASON
HOLLY, Mich. – As the Trufuel Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series finishes the initial busy stretch of the 2012 campaign,competitors can look back upon a sensational display of speed at the first five venues.
Preview Video for the King of the Wings at Oswego Speedway
At each stop, series competitors unloaded their equipment and prepared to test the limits of man and machine on an oval track. At each stop, a New Track Record was established.
Action began in April at Five Flags Speedwayin Pensacola, Fla., where Jason Cox set a new speed record and Tanner Swanson won the first round of the Southern Shootout. Next was Alabama’s Mobile Intl. Speedway, where Todd Fayard shattered the existing track record and Brian Olson scored the finale of the Southern Shootout. The daunting hills of Indiana’s Winchester Speedway was next in May, where JoJo Helberg laid down a record-setting lap of 12.669 seconds on the legendary half-mile, and defending series champion Troy DeCaire prevailed in the Xtreme Speed Challenge. Three days later at Anderson Speedway Helberg again broke the track record and Jason Blonde won the MustSeeRacing 60. In June Brian Gerster exhibited a flawless performance at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, setting a new track record and winning the 25-lap Night of Speed feature event.
With five races in the books and nine remaining, Helberg holds a 13-point lead over Jacob Wilson. The series next outing takes them to Auto City Speedway in Flint, Mich. on July 3 for the MustSee Twin 20’s.
The season has brought an interesting array of personalities to the point standings. The intense nature of competition has reshuffled the fortunes of several XSS competitors, and consistency has emerged as the key. Helberg and Wilson, for example, have qualified for every feature race thus far, and hope to continue their strong performances at Auto City.
Helberg finished second at the most recent outing at Lucas Oil Raceway, and appears to be on the cusp of his first victory of the season. Wilson has also been strong, earning top-10 finishes at every event thus far. Olson rides third in points and continues to gain strength, while Cox has been a strong presence at every outing.
Several stalwart XSS racers find themselves deep in the series standings, leaving them eager to win and improve their lot. Gerster hopes to build on his victory at Lucas Oil Raceway, returning to Auto City as the defending race champion. Aaron Pierce has experienced a malady of mechanical woes, and finds himself highly motivated. Dave Baumgartner posted a season-best finish of fourth at Lucas Oil Raceway, while Jimmy McCune rallied for a hard-fought fifth-place finish. Both hope to continue to gain ground on the series leaders.
Ten of the 14 XSS events in 2012 will be broadcast on national television to over 166 million American homes. In addition, viewership continues to be boosted by video streaming on the series website. XSS cars are officially the “World’s Fastest Short Track Cars”, drawing fans and viewership from across the USA to see the cars racing at over 150 mph on some of the most prestigious tracks in America.
More information is available at www.mustseeracing.com.
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS
1. JoJo Helberg (Rohnert Park, Calif.) 379
2. Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) 366
3. Brian Olson (Indianapolis, Ind.) 365
4. Jason Cox (Park City, Ill.) 359
5. Mike Larrison (Brownsburg, Ind.) 350
6. Dave Baumgartner (Ottawa Lake, Mich.) 341
7. Hank Lower (Angola, Ind.) 320
8. Jimmy McCune (Toledo, Ohio) 296
9. Troy DeCaire (Tampa, Fla.) 292
10. Aaron Pierce (Daleville, Ind.) 283
UPCOMING XTREME SPRINT SERIES EVENTS
July 3 – Auto City Speedway (Flint, Mich.)
July 5 – Shangri-La II Speedway (Tioga Center, N.Y.)
July 7 – Oswego Speedway (Oswego, NY)
July 14 – Kalamazoo Speedway (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Aug. 11 – Salem Speedway (Salem, Ind.)
Aug. 18 – Anderson Speedway (Anderson, Ind.)
Aug. 19 – Winchester Speedway (Winchester, Ind.)
Aug. 25 – Berlin Raceway Park (Marne, Mich.)
Aug. 31 – Oswego Speedway (Oswego, N.Y.)
GERSTER SLIDES TO MUST SEE WIN
Indianapolis, IN - June 9, 2012 - Brian Gerster used an aggressive lap ten slide job on leader Aaron Pierce, nearly touching the grass, and never looked back en route to his first TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series race of the year Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Gerster had earlier established a new track record when he bested Davey Hamilton's existing Supermodified track record with a lap of 17.407 seconds. Gerster is the fifth different winner in as many MSRXSS feature events in 2012, giving proof to how competitive the series is.
Aaron Pierce, driving the Jimmy Brown owned #55, got the jump and lead the first ten circuits. Gerster worked his way from the eighth starting position to challenge Pierce. On lap ten entering turn one, Gerster dove to the bottom of the track. Gerster then slid up in front of Pierce, gathered the car up, and assumed the lead. Jo Jo Helberg closed in on Gerster five laps later and challenged Gerster for the lead momentarily until Helberg's engine began to go sour. Gerster went the rest of the way unmolested while Helberg held on for second and Bobby Santos III rounded out the top three.
In victory lane Gerster explained his strategy when he took the lead from Pierce." I had no intention of making a dirty move. I knew if I could get to the inside my car had been sticking pretty good down there and I'd give it a try " explained Gerster. " I was pretty sure I was ahead of him at some point. I let the thing head back up the race track. I was pretty aggressive but its what we had to do. If the grass had been five foot lower, I'd have been five foot lower ". Gerster also acknowledged that he knew Helberg was right there early in the race. " I saw him a little bit one time. I was running hard but I wasn't maxed out. I figured if anybody pressured me I could pick up the pace " concluded Gerster.
UNOFFICIAL FINISH - 25 LAPS - LUCAS OIL RACEWAY
1. Brian Gerster
2. Jo Jo Helberg
3. Bobby Santos III
4. Dave Baumgartner
5. Jimmy McCune
6. Aaron Pierce
7. Brian Olson
8. Jason Cox
9. Jacob Wilson
10. Donny Adams Jr.
11. Troy DeCaire
12. Chris Neuuenschwander
13. Jerry Caryer
14. Mike Larrison
15. Jeff Bloom
16. Hank Lower
17. Sondi Eden
18. Travis Miniea
19. Ron Koehler
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