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August 19, 2013

Helberg continues Anderson success

ANDERSON — There’s something about the month of August that California driver JoJo Helberg likes about Anderson Speedway.

For the third consecutive year, Helberg captured an August race with the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series in Saturday’s running of the Best Way Disposal 50.

With an invert of the eight fastest qualifiers, Chris Neuenschwander 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 got around Roahrig for third before 10 circuits were completed.

Neuenschwander’s night ended on Lap 8 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 1 on Lap 9 to take the lead.

Fast-qualifier Brian Gerster gained two positions in the first 10 laps 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 race.

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 2 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 little worried.”

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