WINCHESTER, Ind. – Jim Paller became the first winner of a supermodified race at Winchester Speedway in 22 years Sunday, winning the Must See Racing Super Modified Series feature.
Troy DeCaire also found victory lane Sunday at Winchester in the companion Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series event.
In the supermodified event, Kyle Edwards used a front row starting spot to grab the lead early. He led the majority of the 30-lap event.
Paller began his charge to the front and was all over race leader Edwards as the race wound down. Paller made the pass on Edwads just as Edwards slowed due to mechanical issues.
Paul White and Paller then put on a thrilling battle for several laps until White was also sent to the pits with mechanical issues, giving Paller the victory and $6,000.
“When we first started out the car was loose,” explained Paller. “The car started getting better and better. I saw Kyle was fading. I drove under Kyle in three and four.on the outside and that was it. We got lucky. This is awesome. This is the first supermodified win I’ve had. To have the win here with Must See Racing is just awesome.”
The Must See See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series feature event was equally as entertaining. JoJo Helberg, set a new world record for a half-mile speedway when he turned a scortching lap of 12.669 seconds. Six drivers in all were under the old Winchester Speedway track record.
A hard charging Troy DeCaire battled his way into the lead before lap five and began to set sail. Helberg slowly worked his way to the front, but the race was red flagged on two seprate occassions.
Prior to lap 20, Mike Larrison tried to avoid a spinning Jason Cox in turn four and his machine rocketed into the pit entrance off turn four, bringing out the first red flag.
When the race resumed, Jason Blonde began to run down DeCaire but got high exiting turn four and the car went flying through the pit entrance in the same exact place Larrison did moments earlier. Luckily no one was injured.
When the green flad flew on lap 21, Helberg made a daring pass on DeCaire for the lead. DeCaire then retook the lead two laps later and never looked back. The win was also wort $6,000 for DeCaire.
“I was watching my guys down the straightaway. I was trying to keep the car straight,” explained DeCaire. “My motor bobbled late in the race and it allowed JoJo to get around me. He got by me but when he went by me I could see his right rear tire was chunking up and he was sliding. He was using it a little bit more than we were. With eight laps to go he began backing up to me. I got back by him. It was a good win for us and a nice payday.”