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