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.
Cox Sets New Track Record
By Chuck Corder
Jason Cox set a new gold standard for Five Flags Speedway on Friday April 13th. The Park City, IL driver piloted his winged sprint to a blazing 13.783 seconds. It set a new speed record for us at 130.5956 miles per hour....
The reach of Five Flags Speedway never ceases to amaze.
Jason Cox of Park City, Ill., had heard all about the famed half-mile asphalt oval from late model drivers across the Midwest.
Now, the 19 year old has a place in Pensacola’s high banks distinguished history.
Cox not only set the fast time in qualifying for the Xtreme Sprint Series of Must See Racing, but posted a new track record when he turned a 13.783-second lap.
He topped the old time of 13.885 that was set two years ago by Brian Gringas, who was in the A-Main field Friday.
Tanner Swanson, another youngster, was the class of the entire 20-car field, and ran away with the A-main feature in his Must See Racing debut. Saucier, Miss., resident Todd Fayard finished fourth.
“That was so fast,” said Cox, who hails from just outside of Chicago. “It was one of those things where you can’t flat-foot it. To get the track record on a track I’ve never seen before? That’s pretty cool.”
“We have late model guys all around us and they’re always talking about the Snowball (Derby). I’m sure now this’ll be spread around.”
With the scoreboard timing malfunctioning, the transponders catch the new fast time for the young driver Jason Cox from Park City, Ill. He’s the first two put two laps in the 13s as his first lap was a blistering 13.918.
Despite the evening running a little late that didn’t stop an overflow crowd from sticking around to watch the exciting finish.
“It’s cool to see the stands packed,” Cox said. “It’s something different for them to see.”
Unfortunately Cox couldn’t parlay his time trials heights into success in the A-Main feature.
While Tanner Swanson had his No. 23 on a rail from wire-to-wire for the victory, Cox’s night ended quickly when he went for a spin on cold tires in Turn 2 before half-a-lap was completed in the 30-lap feature.
He smashed into the wall when Kody Swanson, Tanner’s brother, couldn’t avoid him. The Must See boys tried to start the race again, but Turn 2 turned to be a nightmare for the Xtreme Sprints drivers.
On the restart, it collected more carnage as another wreck occurred between Jo Jo Helberg and Hank Lower.
The 77-year-old Lower, who goes by the nickname of “Hurrying,” won a heat earlier in the night much to the delight of the Five Flags fans. The regulars always love seeing the grizzled veterans upset the young upstarts.
Brian Olson, who set the original fast time before Cox topped him, won the B-Main to work his way back into the A-Main and was looking to make it a sweep when he started fourth.
Olson had inch up to second 10 laps in.
Tanner Swanson ripping through lapped cars early and cruised from wire to wire.
Jimmy McCune made an incredible move on Lap 19 to get under Olson for second. Still, Swanson maintained a huge lead until another caution came out seconds later.
Nothing could stop him, though, as he held off McCune on the final lap to collect the first win of the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprints season.
OLSON TOPS MOBILE MUST SEE EVENT & FAYARD SHATTERS RECORD
Irvington, AL - April 14, 2012 - Brian Olson took advantage of a front row starting position to claim his first career TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series feature victory Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway. Olson piloted the Davey Hamilton Racing TRUFUEL entry into victory lane and collected $3,000 for his efforts.
The evening started off with a bang when six cars went below Kevin Swindell's track record of 14.487 seconds set in 2005. Todd Fayard, from nearby Saucier, MS, collected the $500 bonus when he emerged as the new track record holder with a lap of 13.919 seconds. Fayard was also the only driver to crack the 13 second barrier.
Polesitter, Jacob Wilson, lead the opening lap but surrendered the lead to Olson on lap 2. Once Olson claimed the point, he never looked back. Olson was pressured throughout the entire event first by Wilson and later Jason Cox. Cox passed Olson for the lead on lap 20, but a caution gave Olson his spot back. In victory lane Olson eluded to the fact he received a huge break. " With about ten laps to go I was getting bottled up in lapped traffic and Jason (Cox) got by me there. I caught a lucky break with the caution and got the lead back " explained Olson. " After that I knew he was there and had to step it up. That's what I did and it paid off in the end ". Olson acknowledged this was a huge win on his resume. " Its right up there at the top. This series is getting bigger and bigger and there are some really good driver in it " concluded Olson.
Heat races were won by Tim Cox, Jim Sheets, and Mickey Kempgens.
The event concluded the second and final night of the Royal Oak Southern Shoot Out. Tanner Swanson won the opening night at 5 Flags Speedway. Both of the weekend winners were first-time winners in the series.
Next up for the MSRXSS will be a visit to Winchester Speedway on May 20. The ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' event will also feature the debut of the new Must See Racing Super Modified Series. For more info log onto www.mustseeracing.com.
OFFICIAL RESULTS - 30 LAPS
1. Brian Olson
2. Jason Cox
3. Mickey Kempgens
4. Jacob Wilson
5. Todd Fayard
6. Tanner Swanson
7. Kody Swanson
8. Dave Baumgartner
9. Jo Jo Helberg
10. Mike Larrison
11. Jerry Caryer
12. Hank Lower
13. Jim Sheets
14. Shane Morgan
15. Kevin Feeney
16. Brian Gingras
17. Troy DeCaire
18. Tim Cox
19. Ed Lee
20. Timmy Thrash
TANNER SWANSON TAKES MUST SEE SEASON OPENER
Pensacola, FL - April 13, 2012 - Tanner Swanson used his pole starting position to capture his first career TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series ( MSRXSS ) victory at 5 Flags Speeday Friday night. The win was worth $3,000 for the California driver who lead wire-to-wire. The event was night #1 of the Royal Oak Southern Shoot Out.The event was the first time since 1992 that 410 winged asphalt sprint cars have raced in the state of Florida.
Swanson was makiing his first career MSRXSS start and the first time ever in a winged asphalt sprint car.Swanson explained in victory lane that it was anything but easy. " The tough part is without having any radios you never know how big a lead you have.Every yellow I got hand signals from the crew telling me how big a lead I had. I worked my butt off to make sure I ran a good line. Right there at the end I know McCune had gotten up to second and I didnt know what kind of car he had ". Swanson explained that his first time in a winged asphalt sprint car was a memorable experience. " Its real fun when your out front by yourself ".Swanson was turning 13.9 second laps twenty-four out of thirty laps in the feature.Jimmy McCune, Mickey Kempgens, Todd Fayard, and Jacob Wilson rounded out the top five.
Twenty-five cars took time during qualifications. Jason Cox set a new track record when he turned a lap of 13.780 seconds around the half mile high-banked oval. The majority of the cars were unable to crack the 13 second barrier earlier in qualifications. It appeared as if Brian Gingras' track record from two seasons ago would stand. With just a handful of cars left. Cox put his name in the record books.Only two other cars were in the 13 second bracket.Cox picked up a $200 bonus for setting quick time from Deep South Speedway in nearby Loxley, AL.
Heat races went to Brian Gingras, Hank Lower, and Dave Baumgartner. The ten lap B-main went to Brian Olson.
Next up for the MSRXSS will be a visit to Mobile International Speedway for night #2 of the Royal Oak Southern Shoot Out.Go to www.mustseeracing.com for info on the series including the 2012 schedule.
5 Flags Speedway MSRXSS official finish 4/13/12
1. Tanner Swanson
2. Jimmy McCune
3. Mickey Kempgens
4. Todd Fayard
5. Jacob Wilson
6. Brian Olson
7. Mike Larrison
8. Jerry Caryer
9. Jim Sheets
10. Aaron Pierce
11. Dave Baumgartner
12. Billy Wease
13. Brian Gingras
14. Hank Lower
15. Collin Cabre
16. Tim Cox
17. Shane Morgan
18. Jojo Helberg
19. Kody Swanson
20. Jason Cox
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