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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.

Xtreme Speed Challenge to Offer Something For Everyone


Holly,MI - May 16, 2012 - Sunday afternoon's inaugural ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' at Winchester speedway will feature a full plate of racing action highlighted by the return of Super Modifieds for the first time in twenty-two years. The Must See Racing Super Modified Series will make their debut along with the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series, Full Throttle Modifieds, and Vore's Welding Front Wheel Drive Compacts.
 
This racing extravaganza has something to offer fans of all ages on and off the track. In addition to the racing action, Jitterbug the clown will be on hand entertain the younger race fans. Kids will be able to get their faces painted by Jitterbug as well as get a free balloon. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted free of charge.
 
Winchester resident and former racing star, Tom Bigelow, will serve as Grand Marshal for the ' Xtreme Speed Challenge '. Bigelow is a multi-time USAC champion as well as Indy 500 participant. Fans will have an opportunity to meet Bigelow and take home an autograph. The likable Bigelow will be available for a meet and greet with fans prior to the racing action.
 
There will be an open practice the day before the event on Saturday May 19 from 2-6 P.M. and will be free of charge to spectators. Fans are being encouraged to attend the free open practice to get a sample of what will be in store for them the following afternoon.
 
The ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' is shaping up to be arguably one of the biggest open wheel events of 2012. Both the Super Modified and Sprint Car feature events will pay $6,000 to win. This increased purse money is luring some of the biggest names in both divisions to the event. Dave Steele, 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,Troy DeCaire, Jimmy McCune, Aaron Pierce, Kody Swanson, Jacob Wilson, and Billy Wease are just a few of the Xtreme Sprint drivers expected to compete.
 
Drivers from the MSRSMS expected to participate include: Dave McKinght, Gene Lee Gibson,  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.
 
The new Full Throttle Modified Series will make its debut as well with a full list of drivers expected to participate including: Harold Scott, Brian Nester, Chad Poole, Mike Stacy, Don Skaggs, Chris Hettinger, and Chris Jennings among others.
 
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 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.