Helberg Wins Mitch Smith 50
By Ken de la Bastide
21, 2012) –
California driver JoJo Helberg has always been fast in a sprint car
at Anderson Speedway and finally recorded a victory in the Mitch Smith
Automotive Service 50 on Saturday for the Must See Winged Sprint series.
Helberg third in the 19-car field and moved into the second spot on lap two
with an inside move on Jason Cox with Aaron Pierce following suit.
With Jacob Wilson battling slower traffic, Helberg made the pass for the
lead on lap 18. For the next 15 laps Helberg was unable to pull away from
Wilson until the caution flag waved when Jimmy McCune spun.
On the restart Helberg pulled away from Wilson and Pierce with fast
qualifier Brian Gerster slipping past Cox in traffic.
Helberg went on to win by 1.4-seconds over Wilson followed by Pierce,
Gerster and Cox.
“It feels good to get that first win of the year,” Helberg said. “We’re
leading the points and want to build up a cushion going to Berlin Raceway
Helberg said Wilson is running strong and will be a contender for the
championship until the end of the season.
“I had a good run, this is a great place to race,” Wilson said. “I wish we
would have had a caution a little bit earlier in the race.”
In the first of three heat races, veteran Angola driver Hank Lower took
advantage of starting on the front row to lead the entire distance, chased
by Troy Decaire.
Helberg and Gerster slipped inside of A.J. Russell on lap three to claim the
fourth and fifth spots with “Bulldog” Jimmy McCune coming home in third.
Mike Larrison inherited the lead when Must See Racing officials determined
that Billy Wease jumped the initial start.
Following the race Larrison was declared the winner followed by Geoff
Kaiser, Wease, Ryan Gillenwater and Brian Olson.
In the final heat race Aaron Pierce tracked down Jim Sheets to take over the
lead on lap nine with an inside pass entering turn three.
Sheets led from the start, but it was Pierce who was running fourth after
the first lap on the move. Pierce moved into the third spot on lap two with
a pass of Jason Blonde in turn four and a lap later used the same move to
get around Sondi Eden.
At the finish it was Pierce winning by 1.3-seconds over Sheets with Eden,
Blonde and Jacob Wilson rounding out the top five.
During qualifications the fast time was set by Gerster with a lap of
10.435-seconds, followed by Olson and Pierce.
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