NORTHWEST TRANSPLANT OLSON OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2013
Brian Olson moved from Puyallup, WA to Avon, IN in 2006 to concentrate on midget racing. Olson eventually removed himself from midget competition due to rising costs and very few pavement midgets events remaining in the Midwest.
In 2011, Olson decided to run a sprint car for former racer and veteran car owner, Jerry Powell, at the Little 500. Olson adapted quickly and set on the front row in his first-ever attempt at pavement sprint car racing. Olson ran a handful of Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) events the rest of the 2011 season.
The 2012 season found Olson in the Davey Hamilton Racing owned TRUFUEL Diablo chassis for an assault on the MSRXSS championship. Olson rose to the occasion and picked up a win at Mobile International Speedway in the second race of the season. Olson then went on to claim the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial at Salem Speedway in August in convincing style. Olson finished fourth in the final MSRXSS final standings.
Olson has started his own team for 2013. Olson has secured sponsorship from PRO-VAC, INDYCAR EXPERIENCE, and Edward's Transmissions & Engines. Veteran pavement sprint car mechanic, Jack French, will be turning the wrenches on the DRC chassis.
The 2013 season has gone smoothly thus far Olson insists."I'm pretty happy with the new combination and car" explains Olson. "I was comfortable at the Must See openers. I think we still have more to gain. Jack French is gonna help me out a lot. He has so much knowledge. Him and I agree on a lot of concepts and work well together".
The focus for 2013 will be wins for the Olson team. With wins comes championships Olson insists." I think with the package we have, we should be competitive this season. With our Charlie Fisher engine, I feel like we have one of the best running engines out there right now. I'm focusing on wins this year. If we're winning consistently, we'll have a good shot at winning the 2013 MSRXSS championship".
Olson's focus now turns to the MSRXSS Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway May 19."I've only run there twice. I really haven't had any good runs there yet. It's a really tricky place with all the bumps. We'll work on getting the car good so I can be comfortable there".
With Olson's recent success at Salem Speedway, one would think that confidence would carry over."Salem and Winchester are both super fast and really high-banked. But, both are totally different. It's like comparing apples and oranges".
With the package Olson has in place, he should be in position to win the Xtreme Speed Challenge as well as have a productive 2013 MSRXSS season." I feel pretty optimistic about 2013" concluded Olson.
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PIERCE WOULD LIKE TO FORGET 2012 SEASON
When you talk with Aaron Pierce about his 2012 season, he will quickly tell you that everything that could've went wrong did. Pierce is looking to put last season behind him and and focus on 2013 starting with the May 19 Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway. Pierce will be competing in the third Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) event of the year. Pierce is also working on a deal to compete in the season opener for the Must See Racing Super Modified Series (MSRSMS) on the same day.
Pierce's season got off to a bad start quickly last season. Prior to the MSRXSS opener at Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL, Pierce did some testing at each track."We had both of our primary cars complete and ready to go" Pierce explains of last season's fiasco. We had a good test at Pensacola and went to Mobile the next day. A left rear titanium stud broke when I hit the bump entering turn one and flipped off the track damaging the car. Then the next week in the race at Pensacola, I got together with another car and spun and hit the inside wall. The throttle stuck and I ended up hitting the outside wall. It kinda set the tone for the rest of the season"
The season got worse before it got better for Pierce. On June 9, at Lucas Oil Raceway, Pierce was back in action with his newly repaired primary Beast Chassis car. Bad luck returned once again when a power steering line came off during practice sending Pierce hard into the turn two wall and damaging the car once again. Pierce would be forced into a back up car owned by Canadian Jimmy Brown for the remainder of the evening.
Lady Luck finally came through for Pierce on July 5 at Shangri-La II Speedway in Tioga Cener, NY when Pierce picked up the MSRXSS 30-lap feature before a packed house. It was a nice consolation prize but a little too late to compete for the MSRXSS championship."I've won at least one race in something the last ten years straight so it was nice to get the win". Pierce finished seventh in the final 2012 MSRXSS final season standings.
Pierce feels that one got away from him at Winchester last season. I was leading the feature and got too comfortable. Troy DeCaire passed me. I got into his dirty air and couldn't pass him back. I let one get away. I love that place and have done really well there.
Pierce is eagerly awaiting the Xtreme Speed Challenge as well as Little 500 week next month."Both Anderson Speedway and Winchester Speedway are close to home and I have a lot of laps at both places. I've got a good wing car and a good non-winged car. I like my chances all week, especially the Little 500, so we'll see what happens. It's a long season and we're gonna have some opportunities" concludes Pierce.
DECAIRE'S DRIVING SUITS WINCHESTER PERFECTLY
Tampa, Florida driver, Troy DeCaire, is on a hot streak of sorts when it comes to competing at the famed high banked Winchester Speedway. He has won the last two Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) events there. Some are considering DeCaire the favorite to win the 2nd annual Xtreme Speed Challenge when the MSRXSS returns to Winchester Speedway May 19.
DeCaire is a two-time MSRXSS champion having accomplished this feat in 2010 and 2011. DeCaire missed out on a three-peat last season after only making nine starts due to the lack of a full-time ride.
The former Must See champion enjoys competing at Winchester Speedway."It's one of those places you either love or hate" explains DeCaire. "I guess I love it." DeCaire attributes his Winchester success more to his driving style rather than luck."I haven't had good luck there. I've been there five times with three different car owners. I have two wins, two seconds, and a DNF where I was leading. Funny thing is I've won the heat race every time I've been there. My two wins last year I attribute it to my driving style more than anything. It just suits that track".
DeCaire is quick to point out that Must See Racing has been good for his career and is putting pavement sprint cars on the radar."Must See racing is bringing light to pavement sprint cars. We were kinda the odd balls of sprint car racing before Must See Racing came along. I’ve been noticed because of the series. The exposure that Must See president Jim Hanks gives us is really good. We have television exposure and better purses. People now know what we are doing is real racing as far as the winged pavement sprint car stuff".
Could another MSRXSS championship for DeCaire be in the works? DeCaire likes his chances now that he is driving for Davey Hamilton Racing in a group effort along with veteran car owners George Rudolph and Dick Fieler."Its a pretty good group. If it wasn't for George (Rudolph), nobody would know that I could drive a sprint car. He took a chance on me early in my career. Dick Fieler is an interesting guy. He didn't miss a Formula One race in an eight-year span. He was on a team in Brazil and did some pretty neat things in F-1. And Davey Hamilton is the greatest supermodified driver to ever live. I've got a lot of knowledge and money behind me. I kinda feel like I got one up on everybody" concludes DeCaire.
If DeCaire is indeed able to claim the 2nd annual Xtreme Speed Challenge, it would give him three MSRXSS Winchester wins in-a-row and boost him for a tie on the all-time MSRXSS win list with five career victories.
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