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Defending Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series (HOSS) champion Joe Swanson will tackle the high banks of Winchester Speedway during the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) sanctioned Xtreme Speed Challenge May 19.


Swanson will be making a rare MSRXSS start as he primarily has competed with the HOSS series to date. Swanson lists wanting to run at Winchester Speedway and the lure of racing on a Sunday afternoon as reasons for his entry in the Xtreme Speed Challenge.

“I ran at Winchester in 2009 and loved it. I never got to practice beforehand and spent the first half of the day just getting laps and figuring the car out” explains Swanson. ”Once I started going fast the car started bottoming out. Going fast at Winchester is definitely a different feeling”.


Swanson insists one of the main reasons for competing May  19 is a chance to get to race another event in 2013.”I work a lot, and with it being a Sunday afternoon, it helps a lot. There aren’t too many Sunday afternoon shows around”.


Must See Racing features some of the best winged pavement sprint car drivers in the country and Swanson realizes he will have to bring his A-game. “It’s a stiff level of competition. The depth of the field is very good. Must See races some tracks I don’t get to run with HOSS. I feel pretty good. It’s gonna be a learning experience. I feel I have a good chance of getting a good finish and feel confident I can run with those guys. I like the challenge of competing against the best”.


Swanson will have a busy weekend to say the least. On Saturday night he will compete in a HOSS event in Michigan as he attempts to defend his title. Then will head to Winchester for Sunday afternoons event. Swanson will be driving for the Sam Pierce Chevrolet Racing Team at Winchester in their back up Hurricane Chassis car. “Aaron Pierce is a good friend of mine and has helped me with my non-winged program. They gave me the opportunity to drive the spare car at Winchester and possibly Anderson a few days later if things go good at Winchester” concludes Swanson.


Swanson has gotten off to a phenomenal start thus far in 2013. Swanson finished second to Aaron Pierce in the Glen Niebel Classic at Anderson Speedway April 14. He then took the victory at Spartan (MI) Speedway April 27 to record his first-ever non-winged pavement victory. Swanson might be a dark horse in the running to capture the Xtreme Speed Challenge, but don’t count him out because this Warsaw, IN driver is as confident as they come.



Twenty-year-old Park City, IL driver Jason Cox insists he’s focused on winning races, and not necessarily championships, in 2013.


Cox finished third in the final Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) final standings in 2012. He grabbed everyone’s attention at the MSRXSS opener at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on April 13th when he torched the track record. He proved he could go fast again when he set another track record at the legendary Oswego (NY) Speedway on July 7th.


Cox opened the 2013 season driving for himself at the 2013 MSRXSS openers in March after car owner Dick Fieler and Cox parted ways. “I started the season driving for myself” explains Cox.”Steve Smith approached me about running for him this year. Steve’s never been a car owner before. He’s always run his own stuff. He wants to see how it goes as far as being a car owner. He’s kind of excited and wants to go racing. I wouldn’t have able to do a lot of racing this year if it wasn’t for him”.


The team is preparing for the upcoming Xtreme Speed Challenge MSRXSS event at Winchester Speedway May 20th. Winchester is a place Cox enjoys racing at and has had good success. ”For a lot of guys Winchester is intimidating. Just looking at the place can be intimidating. You have to treat it with respect because it can bite you. I’ve always enjoyed running there. I’ve always liked it. I like the big places like Salem, Winchester, and Toledo. I think we can win there. I was battling Troy DeCaire for the lead there last year before I blew a tire coming off turn four. It was frustrating. I thought the car was good. I’ve always been top three there but have never been able to get the deal done. But I like our chances this time around”.


Cox is focused on having fun this season. ”We’re trying to go out there and have fun and win. Sometimes when you focus on trying to win a championship it takes the fun out of it. I didn’t want to have to do that this year. I will run a lot of Must See events and a few others”.
After the Xtreme Speed Challenge, Cox says his season is up in the air at this point. “I probably won’t even do the Little 500 this year. We’re probably just gonna focus on the wing stuff. I need to condition myself better to run the Little 500”.


Cox is thankful for the opportunity that Smith has provided for him” I probably wouldn’t have been able to do a whole lot of raced in 2013 if not for Steve. Jim Coffey & Sons Heating & Cooling, ETNA Supply, and Super Shox have also helped us out”.


Cox would like nothing better than to walk out of Winchester with his first career MSRXSS victory during the Xtreme Speed Challenge. “I really feel good about our chances to tell you the truth. Most drivers don’t go to a race thinking  they’re gonna finish second. You go thinking you’re gonna win and that’s how I feel about our race at Winchester” concludes Cox.

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