From the Must-See Racing Xtreme Sprint Car Series
HOLLY, Mich. – The winner of the TruFuel “Xtreme Speed Classic” at Bristol Motor Speedway on Oct. 1 will claim bragging rights as the fastest winged pavement sprint car driver in the world. While that is indeed meaningful, a more tangible accomplishment will also be determined on that fast Saturday: the 2011 Xtreme Sprint Series championship.
In what can only be described as an extraordinary conclusion to an extraordinary season, eight drivers remain in contention for the 2011 XSS crown. A maximum of 91 points is available at Bristol; just 85 points separates the top eight in XSS standings.
Realistically, the title will likely be decided among the top three in points, who are separated by just six markers. The championship could well be determined by as little as one finishing position in a heat race.
Defending series champion Troy DeCaire (Age 25, Tampa, Florida) will be aboard the TruFuel machine fielded by Davey Hamilton Motorsports, subbing for injured driver Mike Larrison. Canadian driver Ryan Litt (age 24, Lyons, Ontario) is two points back in second, and will be in the BS&B Radiator sprinter. JoJo Helberg (age 21, Rohnert Park, California) rides just six points behind the leader and will wheel the ADTS/BUG BAND sprint car.
Other drivers with a shot at the title include Jason Cox (Park City, Illinois), Aaron Pierce (Daleville, Indiana), Jeff Bloom (Bangor, Michigan), Jason Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan), and Hank Lower (Angola, Indiana).
Time trials at the Xtreme Speed Classic are already infused with anticipation, as drivers will be gunning for the spectacular world record of 13.245 seconds set by Jason Blonde during the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile Speed Trials” earlier this year. But when you consider that a maximum of 10 points will be awarded during time trials, the speed runs will most certainly figure into the title chase.
More than 30 cars are expected for the Xtreme Speed Classic, which offers a full racing program of heats, semi-features, and a 25-lap main event. Competitors will be gunning for the $10,000 winner’s purse, with a minimum $1,000 paid to each car qualifying for the 25-lap feature.
The “Xtreme Speed Classic” will be televised on a tape-delayed basis, reaching over 90 million American households.
Based in Holly, Mich., the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series features powerful winged sprint cars with 800-plus horsepower and are considered the world’s fastest short track racing machines.