April 13, 2014 — official release — Chris Seelman photo — IRVINGTON, AL — Brian Gerster made a clean sweep of the final event of the 3rd annual Southern Shootout Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway.
The event was the second event on the 2014 Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series calendar.
Gerster started the night by lowering the Mobile International Speedway track record when he turned a lap of 13.918 seconds around the 1/2 mile speedway. He ended the night in victory lane.
The feature event was a thriller, with no less than four different leaders during the course of the 30-lap feature. Dave Baumgartner got the jump and lead the opening two laps before being overtaken by Jimmy McCune. McCune took the point and lead through lap thirteen. Jo Jo Helberg and McCune put on a furious battle for several laps, with McCune refusing to give the lead up.
Helberg eventually wrestled the lead away and appeared in control until blowing a right rear tire on lap twenty-two and ending his bid for the victory. Gerster, who had worked his way up front from the tenth starting position assumed the lead and never looked back.
The event became a war of attrition, but the huge crowd that was on hand witnessed several battles for position throughout the feature event.
“It was a good night to start the season off,” explained Gerster in victory lane.”I started pretty far in the back on a really good race track. RAM Engineering guys did a great job and I’m glad I got to drive the car.”
“Our tires looked good. We got through the night and ran all thirty laps coming from tenth. We didn’t have an issue with the tires and they held up great.”
Fifteen-year-old Garrett Green made Must See Racing history for the second consecutive night, finishing an impressive fifth. Green became the youngest driver to start a Must See event over the weekend in addition to becoming the youngest driver to have scored a top five finish.
Heat races were won by Gerster, Todd Fayard, and Helberg.
RESULTS: Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series; Southern Shootout; Mobile International Speedway; April 12, 2014
- 50M – Brian Gerster
- 88 – Jimmy McCune
- 22D – Troy DeCaire
- 13 – Todd Fayard
- 3 – Garrett Green
- 18 – Jim Sheets
- 7H – Jo Jo Helberg
- 07W – Jacob Wilson
- 26 – Aaron Pierce
- 07L – Ryan Litt
- 22 – Johnny Gilbertson
- 41 – Ty Decaire
- 38 – Dave Baumgartner
- 81 – Sport Allen
- 15 – Richie Orr