April 11, 2014 – official release — Chris Seelman photo — Pensacola, FL – Aaron Pierce took advantage of Jo Jo Helberg’s lap five misfortune, inherited the lead and cruised to the opening night of the 3rd annual “Southern Shootout” Friday night at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.
The event was the first event on the 2014 Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) schedule.
Helberg took the lead at the drop of the green from his outside front row starting spot. He began to build a sizeable lead until he blew a tire on lap five entering turn two. It is believed Helberg’s tire went down after being cut by debris picked up off the track. Helberg was able to replace the right rear tire and get back in the race, without losing a lap, to the cheer of the huge crowd on hand.
Pierce became the race leader at the point, and set a torrid pace for the remainder of the event. The action was taking place behind Pierce as Brian Gerster worked his way to the front after starting in eighth position.
In addition, Helberg put on a dramatic drive to the front after going to the tail for the tire replacement. Following Pierce to the checkered were Jimmy McCune in second, Gerster, Ryan Litt, and Helberg, who completed the top five at the finish.
”We had the best car on the race track” explained Pierce in victory lane. ”We could have run him (Helberg) down. He was really loose. Like I said we had the best car. It was just gonna be a matter of time before we got him and disposed of him”.
”I really couldn’t tell how big (the lead) was late in the race. The motor was getting hot and I was running it around there three quarter throttle all the way around. I was getting through the traffic good. My Dad was trying to give me signs, but I wasn’t paying any attention to him,” Pierce laughed.
Brian Gerster lowered his own 5 Flags Speedway track record during qualifications when he ripped off a lap of 13.046 seconds.
The night’s heat races were won by Dave Baumgartner, Sport Allen, and Troy DeCaire.
Garrett Green made MSRXSS history by becoming the youngest driver in the history of the series to start an event. The fifteen-year-old finished second in his heat race and finished ninth in the feature event. It was Green’s first visit to 5 Flags Speedway.
The Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series moves to Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, AL on Saturday for the final night of the 3rd annual Southern Shootout.
RESULTS: Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series; Southern Shootout; Five Flags Speedway; April 11, 2014
- Aaron Pierce
- Jimmy McCune
- Brian Gerster
- Ryan Litt
- Jo Jo Helberg
- Troy DeCaire
- Brian Olson
- Sport Allen
- Garrett Green
- Kevin Blue
- Jacob Wilson
- Dave Baumgartner
- Jim Sheets
- Ty DeCaire
- Richie Corr
- Johnny Gilbertson
- Tim Cox (DNS)
- Todd Fayard (DNS)