2014 King of the Wings
Must See Racing, King of the Wing Sprint Car Shoot Out tripleheader in California to air on MAVTV
Holly, Mich. (Nov. 11, 2014) –Jim Hanks of the Must See Racing series and Indy 500 veteran Davey Hamilton of the King of the Wing Sprint Car Shoot Out announce a media collaboration that will put three exciting events on national television through the MAVTV network.
The “King of the Wing Sprint Car Shoot Out” will conclude its inaugural season with three events in California scheduled for Nov. 21-23.
Hamilton, the popular driver who competes in his “King of the Wing Sprint Car Shoot Out” has successfully promoted winged pavement sprint cars through the use of engine restrictor plates allowing cars with 360-cubic-inch engines to compete with 410s.
Hamilton’s concept is successfully allowing the different engines to race competitively in various sanctioning bodies across the country.
Today’s announcement is a major step toward Hamilton’s goal of unifying pavement sprint car racing. This announcement and the involvement of MAVTV with production from Must See Racing will enhance and bring national attention.
The race telecasts on the MAVTV weekly “Dirty 30” program is available through DISH Network, DirecTV and Verizon. The telecasts will be sponsored by: Engine Pro, Hastings Mfg., CompCams, Ferrea, Total Seal and QualFast.
Three generations of Hamiltons – Davey, Davey Jr. and family patriarch Kenny – are entered in the series and are expected to be joined by Canada’s Ron Larson and Richie Larson; Idaho’s Sierra Jackson and Bryan Warf; Garret Green of Florida; Aaron Perice and Bobby Santos of Indiana; Kyle Edwards of Ohio; Jojo Helberg, Cody Gerhardt, Tim Skoglund, Anthony Simone, Bob Beck Racing, Marvin Mitchell, Tim Barber, Penix Racing, Conner Cantral and Eric Humphries of California; David Byrne of Wisconsin; Jason Blonde and Kevin Feeney of Michigan; and Dave Baumgartner of Ohio. Plus other racers from Washington, Oregon and Utah are expected.
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2014 MSR Xtreme Sprint Feature Winners
GERSTER CLAIMS 55TH JAMES/O'CCONOR MEMORIAL
October 4, 2014 – Salem, IN – Brian Gerster would not be denied a win in Saturday's 55th annual Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial at Salem Speedway despite a failing car. The event was the final race on the 2014 Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) calendar.
The speedway was recently repaved in turns three and four and the new pavement insured plenty of side-by-side racing the entire night. A healthy crowd was on hand for the event despite cool race time temperatures.
2011 Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial winner Jo Jo Helberg earned the night's qualifier award with a lap of 14.300 seconds.
Unfortunately, he would have to start eight in the feature by virtue of a number eight pill being drawn for the feature inversion.
Troy DeCaire made quick work from his inside row four starting position and gained the lead by lap three. DeCaire to be in control of his own destiny and looked strong early. With Gerster and Helberg lurking, DeCaire became overly aggressive in heavy lapped traffic. He made contact with a lapped car on lap twelve and cut a right rear tire down. This misfortune would end his bid for the win.
Gerster then assumed the point until his motor began to miss on lap 18, allowing Helberg to make the pass for the lead. The top spot was short lived as Gerster roared back to take the lead a handful of laps later in strong fashion, as the duo ran wheel-to-wheel through turns three and four. Gerster would narrowly hold a hard charging Helberg off the final five laps as Gerster's left side wing side panel began to peel back.
An excited Gerster explained the James/O'Connor Memorial are one of the few pavement sprint car events left that Gerster badly wanted to win. "I've never won here at Salem and this is a big win for me. To add your name to the list of former winners of this event is an honor" explained Gerster."I've wanted to win this race. I've had some strong finishes here in the past. I lost the lead early tonight when my motor sputtered. I finished the race on seven cylinders and the sideboard of my wing began to pee l back with about five laps to go. We'll take it" concluded a happy Gerster.
Following Gerster to the checkered flag were: Helberg, Aaron Pierce, Davey Hamilton Jr., and Anthony McCune rounding out the top five.
OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH 30 LAPS
1. Brian Gerster (50m)
2. Jo Jo Helberg (7)
3. Aaron Pierce (26p)
4. Davey Hamilton Jr. (81)
5. Anthony McCune (14c)
6. Jerry Caryer (0)
7. Cody Hoover (23)
8. Kevin Blue (6)
9. Sam Davis (43)
10. Ron Koehler (10k)
11. Troy DeCaire (22a)
12. Davey Hamilton (1)
13. Jimmy McCune (88)
2014 Joe James - Pat O'Connor Memorial at Salem Speedway
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