WINCHESTER, Ind. – JoJo Helberg is one of the early favorites to win next month’s Must See Racing sanctioned Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway.
The double header racing event will feature the TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) and the BIOBASED.US Must See Racing Super Modified Series (MSRSMS) competing on the same racing card May 19.
Helberg is the defending MSRXSS champion and has emerged as an early favorite to win the Xtreme Speed Challenge for more than one reason. If Helberg is to take home the $4,000 up for grabs to the winner, he will have to best a stout field that includes Troy DeCaire, who swept both MSRXSS events held at Winchester in 2012. A total purse of more than $20,850 for the MSRXSS portion of the event will be on the line for this second annual event.
Early in 2012, Helberg demonstrated that he could go fast as well as win races when he turned a lap of 12.669 seconds at Winchester on May 20. Helberg had reclaimed the World’s record for a half-mile speedway that had been lost when Brian Gerster went 12.742 seconds just seven moths earlier at the famed Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Winchester is once again “The World’s Fastest Half Mile” thanks to Helberg’s efforts.
Helberg’s 2012 championship was bittersweet considering he lost the 2011 title by eight points to Troy DeCaire. Helberg picked up two wins en route to his championship including the series finale at Marne, Mich., on Aug. 25. At the Must See Racing awards banquet earlier this season, Helberg explained how much work and luck went into his first Must See Racing championship.