By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - For the third consecutive
August event at Anderson Speedway, Jo Jo
Helberg took the checkered flag in TruFuel
Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series action
on Saturday, August 17.
Helberg took the lead from Brian Olson on
lap 15 with an inside pass entering turn
one. From there Helberg pulled away to
record the victory followed by Roahrig,
Brian Gerster, Olson and Aaron Pierce.
The early lead was grabbed by Chris
Neuenschwander chased by Olson and Roahrig.
Neuenschwander’s night ended on lap nine
with a mechanical problem.
Fast qualifier Gerster started eighth in the
50-lap feature and marched up to third with
20 laps remaining, but couldn’t close on the
“The bottom was working good,” Helberg said.
“For the last four laps the car started to
develop a vibration, so I was worried a
Pay Less Little 500 winner Jacob Wilson’s
night ended on lap 25 and he was credited
with a 17th place finish.
On the restart following a spin by Kevin
Blue on the front straight, Gerster and
Pierce went three wide in turn two with a
lapped car squeezed on the bottom. All three
drivers emerged unscathed.
New Castle’s Jason Atkinson made it two
consecutive Champion Racing Association
Street Stock wins in a row.
Atkinson took the lead from Jim Crabtree Jr.
with 20 laps remaining by getting inside
entering turn one and completing the pass
coming off the fourth corner.
Crabtree took the lead from pole sitter
Larry Lathan on lap eight. Following the
eighth restart of the race, Tyler Marsh,
Calvin Parham and Josh Poore all tangled on
the back straight while racing for the third
From there Atkinson pulled away from
Crabtree and Dustin Burge for the victory
with Colby Lane and Larry Mattillo rounding
out the top five.
Marty Griffin recorded his third feature win
of the season in the Thunder Roadster
division leading all 25 laps.
Griffin had to hold off a late charge by
Doug Dugger over the final six laps after
Nate Shrout and Darrell Brown tangled in the
second corner while battling for the second
Following Griffin and Dugger to the
checkered flag were John Robbins, David
Lobbia and Chase Lane.
Paul Phipps took the lead from Kamden Creek
on the fourth lap and went on to record his
second consecutive Front Wheel Drive Oval
After opening a comfortable lead Phipps saw
it start to disappear as he battled lapped
traffic with five laps remaining and the
Phipps held off Elliott McKinney and Jerry
Dane over the final four laps to get the
victory with Marshall Clark Jr. and Kevin
Henson rounding out the top five.
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway
on Saturday, August 24 with the Grant
Fritz/Greg Dietzen Memorial featuring the
Legends. The MEP Late Models, Front Wheel
Drives Oval and Thunder Roadsters will also
be in action.