IRVINGTON, Ala. – They say that champions are made by never giving up and always finding a way to overcome adversity.
Reigning TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series champion JoJo Helberg overcame a rainout and early morning adversity to lead all 30 laps and take the $3,000 pay day in the Royal Oak Southern Shootout at Mobile Int’l Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Helberg, who had to switch to a backup car after blowing an engine just prior to time trials, endured multiple restarts in what turned out to be an uncharacteristically length race, but won in commanding fashion over Brian Gerster and Brian Olson.
“I’m going to have to use the money for the win tonight to pay for the repairs to the primary engine,” Helberg said. “I just want to thank Royal Oak Charcoal, TruFuel, Mobile Int’l Speedway and all these great fans for the support because we couldn’t do it without any of them.”
Bringing the ADTS 7H home for the win wasn’t as easy as it may have seemed to his competitors.
“The wind picked up and it made it a little bit iffy getting into turn three as it picked up a big push and then it was pretty shaky down the front stretch,” Helberg said.
Brian Gerster, whom had set fast time earlier in the day, was the only real threat to Helberg’s victory.