Jo Jo Helberg Wins Inaugural King of the Wing
Sprint Car Shoot Event at Toledo Speedway

Audio Clips:
 - Jo Jo Helberg
 - Troy DeCaire
 - Davey Hamilton Jr.

Story by Kyle Larson
Photo by
David Sink

TOLEDO, Ohio (July 2, 2014) – California’s Jo Jo Helberg won the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic at Toledo (OH) Speedway on Wednesday, July 2, the inaugural event in the King of the Wing Sprint Car Shoot Out promoted by Davey Hamilton along with support from the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints

Helberg powered around the outside of Florida’s Garrett Green to take the lead on the 11th circuit. He then fended off a furious challenge from Troy DeCaire before pulling away for the victory. Davey Hamilton Jr. finished in third position with Ryan Litt and Cody Gallogly filling out the top-five finishers.

“Once I got out front was just cruising and trying to take it easy. Figured if somebody showed me a nose I could fend them off. Well two people showed me a nose. When Jason (Blonde) went to the outside I picked it right back up. Then I moved up track little bit and Troy (DeCaire) came out of nowhere and cleared me with five to go. I had to run it wide open the rest of the race. I could make the moves if I had to, just tried to save the tires. I’m so glad to win at Toledo in the first King of the Wing event. This is a testament to the Helberg Motorsports team,” said feature winner Jo Jo Helberg.

With a feature inversion of eight, Green and Jason Blonde led the 19-car starting field to the green flag in the 40-lap event. Green got the jump to take the early lead with Blonde settling into second spot and Jacob Wilson running third. In the opening laps Helberg was able to get around Wilson for third.

At the five-lap mark, Green had constructed a gap of 1.667 seconds over Blonde with Helberg, Wilson and Gallogly filling out the top five. One lap later sixth running Dave Baumgartner dropped off the pace and pulled to the infield.

Green continued to pull away from Blonde and Helberg until the first yellow waved on lap nine when Kevin Feeney slow dramatically in turn 4.

On the restart, Helberg had a tremendous restart advancing to second around Blonde and began working on Green for the first position. He completed the pass for the lead on the 11th circuit but Green and Blonde remained close.

Just before halfway, Wilson shredded a tire and the caution flag was out. Helberg continued to pace the event with Green, Blonde, Litt and DeCaire filling out the top five.

When the race restarted Blonde got around Green using the outside grove as he was then searching for a way around Helberg. At halfway, Green dropped off the pace as Blonde continued to pursue Helberg for the race victory.

During the final 10 laps, Blonde made a final attempt to take the lead as DeCaire, Litt and Hamilton Jr. were making a move to the front. Blonde then was trying to hold on to an ill-handling car as DeCaire, Litt and Hamilton Jr. chased Helberg.

With about five to go, DeCaire pulled even with Helberg exiting turn 2. Helberg was able to hold on to the lead and then pulled away to win by 1.252 seconds over DeCaire. Hamilton Jr. earned his second consecutive third-place finish at Toledo with Litt and Gallogly filling out the top five.

In preliminary action, heat race victories went to DeCaire, Tim Cox and Helberg. DeCaire won the Hamilton Trucking Fast Qualifier Award with a lap of 12.814 seconds at 140.471 mph.

The King of the Wing Sprint Car Shoot Out is back in action at Winchester (IN) Speedway on Friday, July 4 with the Midwest swing concluding at Grundy County (IL) Speedway on Saturday, July 5.

A MAIN RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 6 7H Jo Jo Helberg 40
2 8 22A Troy DeCaire 40
3 9 60h Davey Hamilton Jr. 40
4 7 07L Ryan Litt 40
5 3 27 Cody Gallogly 40
6 14 55 Shane Butler 40
7 19 60s Tim Skoglund 40
8 2 42 Jason Blonde 40
9 10 11 Kyle Edwards 40
10 12 1 Davey Hamilton 40
11 15 40g Cody Gerhardt 39
12 11 1c Tim Cox 25
13 1 3 Garrett Green 20
14 4 07w Jacob Wilson 17
15 17 6 Kevin Blue 14
16 16 91 Ken Hamilton 11
17 13 61 Kevin Feeney 8
18 5 38 Dave Baumgartner 6
19 18 11G Tom Geren 2
20 20 64 Kody Swanson 0

 

HEAT RACE #1 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 6 22A Troy DeCaire 8
2 2 61 Kevin Feeney 8
3 4 42 Jason Blonde 8
4 5 38 Dave Baumgartner 8
5 7 60s Tim Skoglund 8
6 1 91 Ken Hamilton 8
7 3 11 Kyle Edwards 8


HEAT RACE #2 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 3 1c Tim Cox 8
2 5 07w Jacob Wilson 8
3 6 07L Ryan Litt 8
4 4 3 Garrett Green 8
5 1 6 Kevin Blue 8
6 2 55 Shane Butler 7


HEAT RACE #3 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 6 7H Jo Jo Helberg 8
2 4 60h Davey Hamilton Jr. 8
3 2 40g Cody Gerhardt 8
4 5 27 Cody Gallogly 8
5 3 1 Davey Hamilton 4
6 1 11G Tom Geren 2


QUALIFYING RESULTS
POS   # DRIVER TIME   DIFF MPH
1 22A Troy DeCaire 12.814 - 140.471
2 07L Ryan Litt 12.838 0.024 140.209
3 7H Jo Jo Helberg 12.891 0.077 139.632
4 38 Dave Baumgartner 12.938 0.124 139.125
5 07w Jacob Wilson 12.998 0.184 138.483
6 27 Cody Gallogly 13.007 0.193 138.387
7 42 Jason Blonde 13.012 0.198 138.334
8 3 Garrett Green 13.031 0.217 138.132
9 60h Davey Hamilton Jr. 13.138 0.324 137.007
10 11 Kyle Edwards 13.193 0.379 136.436
11 1c Tim Cox 13.199 0.385 136.374
12 1 Davey Hamilton 13.215 0.401 136.209
13 61 Kevin Feeney 13.553 0.739 132.812
14 55 Shane Butler 13.597 0.783 132.382
15 40g Cody Gerhardt 13.882 1.068 129.664
16 91 Ken Hamilton 14.033 1.219 128.269
17 6 Kevin Blue 14.087 1.273 127.777
18 11G Tom Geren 14.571 1.757 123.533
19 60s Tim Skoglund 16.495 3.681 109.124
20 64 Kody Swanson No Time