By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - There’s something about the
month of August that California driver Jo Jo
Helberg likes about Anderson Speedway.
For the third
consecutive year Helberg captured an August
race with the TruFuel Must See Racing Xtreme
Sprint Series in Saturday’s running of the
BestWay Disposal 50.
With an invert of the
eight fastest qualifiers, Chris
grabbed the early lead chased by Brian Olson
and Tyler Roahrig with
Helberg starting fifth in the 20-car field.
Helberg passed local
favorite Aaron Pierce on the second lap and
around Roahrig for third before 10 circuits
ended on lap eight as he slowed on the track
and pulled out of contention, expressing his
displeasure at the mechanical problem.
That gave the point to
Olson with Helberg hot on his trail. Helberg
used an inside move entering turn one on lap
nine to take the lead.
Fast qualifier Brian
Gerster gained two positions in the first
and was running sixth, before starting a
climb to the front.
Gerster passed Troy
DeCaire and Pierce and was running fourth at
the halfway point. Pay Less Little 500
winner Jacob Wilson, running in the top 10
at the time pulled into the infield on lap
25 after making contact with Kevin Blue,
which brought out the only caution of the
From there Helberg
pulled away on the restart to win by
six-tenths of a second over Roahrig and
Gerster with Olson and Pierce rounding out
the top five.
Following the restart
Gerster and Pierce made it three wide in
turn two as they worked around a lapped car,
something normally not seen in sprint car
action at Anderson Speedway. All three
drivers escaped without incident.
“The bottom was working
well,” Helberg said of his car running the
low line. “For the last four laps the car
started to develop a vibration, so I was a
In the first of three
heats, Ryan Gillenwater led the entire
distance with a spirited battle taking place
behind him for the second spot.
Neuenschwander, Gerster and Helberg all
battled for the position after Tom Tolbert
spun on the front straight on lap three.
Indy 500 veteran Jimmy
Kite passed Kevin Blue with an outside move
on the front straight to record the victory
in the second heat race. He was followed to
the checkers by Sondi Eden, Olson, Wilson
The third heat win saw
Davey Hamilton Jr. pulling into the Tim
Thompson Nationwide Insurance winner’s
circle. He held off Mike Larrison by less
than a second with Pierce, Cody Gallogly,
and Decaire rounding out the top five.
Gerster set fast time
during qualifying with Wilson and Decaire
rounding out the top three.