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Helberg Scores Winged Sprint Car Victory; Rose Claims CRA Street Stock Win

(August 20, 2011) – When early leader Jimmy McCune was forced from the Must See Racing Extreme Sprint Series lead at the halfway point, California native JoJo Helberg inherited the point and was never headed.

McCune, who took advantage of the eight-car inversion at the start, jumped into the lead on Saturday at Anderson Speedway chased by Ryan Litt, Aaron Pierce and Helberg.

Pierce slowed on lap 11 and pulled to the infield and as the leaders closed on lapped traffic, Herald Bulletin fast qualifier Travis Miniea was on the move, climbing into the top five.

Miniea bounced off the turn four wall and continued to run on lap 30, and at the same time McCune pulled to the infield as the caution flag waved for a spin by Tom Tolbert coming off the second corner.

From there Helberg used lapped traffic to pull away from Litt, but then lapped traffic allowed Litt to close. At the finish Litt came up .620-seconds short with Troy DeCaire coming home in third. Jason Blonde and Geoff Kaiser rounded out the top five. Blonde started 12th and Kaiser 11th in the 20 car field.

It was Helberg’s second consecutive win, having won two weeks ago at Salem Speedway.

“I learned you have to be nice to your tires here,” Helberg said. “Keep the car straight and play it cool. Have to have the Little 500 mentality, take it easy and save the car.”

Litt said in the middle of the race his rear tire started to blister and had to moderate his pace.

A season of bad luck came to an end for Ronnie Rose as he captured the EDCO Welding CRA Street Stock feature.

Rose took the lead from Jimmy Kirby on a lap 34 restart with an inside move entering turn three and pulled away from Kirby. But there was one final restart with nine laps remaining when Eric Clevenger spun coming off the second corner.

Rose pulled away from Kirby for the win and right after he crossed the finish line the engine expired. Kirby finished second, followed by Ryan Amonett, Frankie Oakes and Jeff Lane.

The early lead was taken by Josh Myers who held on for the first 11 laps before he was passed by Dave Bice on the front straight. Bice remained on the point until lap 28 when Kirby used lapped traffic to make the pass in turn three.

Jack Dossey Jr. took the lead at the start and was then chased to the checkers over the final five laps by Randy Caldwell and Kyle Donahue to capture the Bandoleros feature.

Caldwell was the driver on the move climbing from the fourth to second spot in the first five laps with Donahue moving into the third spot a lap later.

It was Dossey’s first win at Anderson Speedway. Dossey set fast time and won the heat race.

Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, August 27 with the Sullivan RV CRA Late Model Sportsman, WMDH ThunderCars, Front Wheel Drives Oval, Last Chance Wrecker Thunder Roadsters and Legends.