Helberg Leads Xtreme Sprints To Berlin

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JoJo Helberg is interviewed by Dave Argabright after winning at Indiana's Salem Speedway last season. (David Sink photo)
JoJo Helberg is interviewed by Dave Argabright after winning at Indiana's Salem Speedway last season. (David Sink photo)

MARNE, Mich. – California star JoJo Helberg carries the point lead into the season finale of the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series this weekend at Berlin Raceway, with three other drivers nipping at his heels in the title hunt.

Helberg hopes to erase the stinging disappointment of 2011, when he narrowly missed in his quest for a title while finishing third just eight points behind eventual champion Troy DeCaire.

Helberg bolstered his title hopes with a win at Anderson Speedway this past weekend, and hopes to carry that momentum to Michigan.

Jacob Wilson rides second in the standings, just 38 points behind Helberg. Lurking in third is Jason Cox just 12 points behind Wilson. The title is also within reach of fourth-place Brian Olson, who comes to Berlin just eight points behind Cox.

It has been a season of intense competition for the Xtreme sprint cars, with eight different winners in a dozen events. DeCaire, Olson, Brian Gerster and Jason Blonde have each scored two wins, while Tanner Swanson, Aaron Pierce, Jimmy McCune, and Helberg have also visited victory lane.

Record-setting speed has also been the hallmark for the series in 2012. Track records have been shattered at nearly every stop, and a blistering flag-to-flag run at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway by the entire field this past weekend was unprecedented.

The Engine Pro “Fast Car Slash” opens with the first round of practice at 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a full program of time trials and heat races that evening, capped by a 30-lap showdown on the sweeping paved oval. At night’s end the 2012 XSS champion will be crowned.