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
Billy Wease to Compete in MSRXSS
April 09, 2012 - Billy Wease of Noblesville, IN will return to the Must See Xtreme Sprint Car Series with Jerry Powell Racing. Billy will be piloting the #12 to victory lane throughout the season in pursuit of the 2012 Championship.
“I am very blessed to have this opportunity from Jerry (Powell) to be able to pursue this year’s championship. The Must See Series has a tough lineup this year but I am confident that all the work myself and Jerry put in will show the team’s championship caliber.” said Billy Wease.
The team compatibility began when team owner Jerry Powell put Billy in his sprint car at the 2011 USAC Sprint Race in Columbus, Ohio. At the end of 2011, Powell talked to Billy about driving for the team and so the 2012 Championship pursuit began. Throughout the winter months, the team has been busy rebuilding and preparing the cars for the season.
“Billy is a great driver,” affirmed team owner Jerry Powell. “I have known Billy and his family f or years. I know his capabilities behind the wheel of a race car and that we can compete for wins and the championship this year.”
In the 2011 season, Billy Wease had the privilege to compete with the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series with Don Wilshe’s BioBased US team. “I am very appreciative to Don for last season allowing me to be a part of such a great, competitive series. There were a lot of new elements for me and luckily I had a great team behind me to help me grow as a driver.” said Wease. This opportunity added wing sprint cars to his already impressive racing career.
The team will represent sponsor K&N Filters in the series’ full schedule beginning wit h the Southern Shootout season opener April 13. The Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series offers a unique racing platform as it will be able bring its competitive racing to millions via their 10 broadcasted events. For more information regarding the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series, visit their website at www.mustseeracing.com.
Larrison to Indy Lights
Veteran Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series Driver Mike Larrison has signed on to compete in the 2012 Indy Lights Series piloting the Ballardi Racing #19. Larrison will also return full time to the MSRXSS Davey Hamilton Racing winged sprint car.
“I'm very excited for the 2012 racing season with MSR and my announcement to race this season with Bellardi Auto Racing. I will be running Bellardi's #19 Indy Lights car, making my debut in the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I feel with the intense and high speed racing schedule with MSR, it will definitely help me in my step up to my 2012 Indy Lights deal with Bellardi Auto Racing. I couldn't have rebounded back without all the support of my family and friends, Jennifer Straumins and Bill Anderson from Calumet specialty/ Tru Fuel, and all my other sponsors Royal Oak, Turtle wax and Champion Oil Brands. After laying in a hospital bed last fall for three months, from my testing accident with Andretti Autosports, I am very blessed and thankful for the opportunities Bellardi and Hamilton are giving me in 2012” commented Mike.
MSRXSS President Jim Hanks added “We wish Mike and his Indy Lights team the very best this coming season. Mike has worked extremely hard to come back after his testing incident last year and shown the kind of heart and commitment it takes to be a winner. Mike, his new teammate Brian Olson with their first class Davey Hamilton Racing operation is a tremendous asset to our growing series. It is exciting to have drivers like Mike and Jacob Wilson racing in Indy Lights.”
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