IRVINGTON, Ala. — Brian Gerster made a clean sweep of the final event of the third annual Southern Shootout Saturday night at Mobile Int’l Speedway.
The event was the second event on the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series calendar. Gerster lowered the Mobile Int’l Speedway track record in the process when he turned a lap of 13.918 seconds around the half-mile speedway.
The feature was a thriller to say the least with no less than four different leaders during the coarse 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 13. Jo Jo Helberg and McCune put on a furious battle for several laps. McCune refused to give the lead up. Helberg eventually wrestled the lead for good and appeared in control until blowing a right rear tire on lap 22 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.
“It was a good night to start the season off,” explained Gerster. “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 10th. We didn’t have an issue with the tires and they held up great.”
Brian Gerster, Jimmy McCune, Troy DeCaire, Todd Fayard, Garrett Green, Jim Sheets, Jo Jo Helberg, Jacob Wilson, Aaron Pierce, Ryan Litt, Johnny Gilbertson, Ty Decaire, Dave Baumgartner, Sport Allen, Richie Orr.