Jo Jo Helberg Scores Third Victory at M-40 Speedway

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Story by Kyle Larson

JONES, Mich. (July 19, 2014) – Continuing his stellar performance in the last two months, California’s Jo Jo Helberg won the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints feature at M-40 Speedway in Jones, Mich., on Saturday, July 19.

Helberg powered around Jason Fuller on the eighth circuit and then dominated the remainder of the 30-lap event. Troy DeCaire advanced from the fifth starting position to finish in second with Fuller rounding out the podium. Jason Blonde and fast timer Aaron Pierce completed the top five.

“I thought I was going to charge earlier, but Jason (Fuller) really took off at the start. I had to catch him and take care of the tires. I didn't want to abuse them in the early stages. Once I cleared Jason could get back on the bottom and control the race. I’m happy to win here at M-40 with Steve Smith. He has done an amazing job preparing the 71 car this year,” said race winner Jo Jo Helberg.

The 30-lap feature began with Fuller getting the jump on Jerry Caryer as Helberg settled into third position. Just a couple laps into the race Helberg got around Caryer for the second and began closing the gap on Fuller, who constructed a sizeable advantage in the early stages.

On the eighth circuit Helberg drove to the outside lane and passed Fuller to take the point and began building a nice advantage as DeCaire was moving up the leaderboard. He was up to third position just past the 10-lap mark and Blonde was also on the move passing Caryer for fourth.

Helberg worked through the traffic flawlessly as a great battle was taking place for second between Fuller and DeCaire. With just a few laps remaining, DeCaire completing the pass for second as Blonde also looked to get by Fuller.

At the checkered flag, Helberg finished 4.084 seconds ahead of DeCaire with Fuller edging Blonde at the line. Pierce rounded out the top-five finishers.

Heat race victories went to Joe Swanson, Helberg and Chris Neuenschwander while Aaron Pierce was the Hamilton Trucking Fast Qualifier with a lap of 10.764 seconds at 125.418 mph.

The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints returns to action on Friday, August 1 at Dixie (MI) Motor Speedway and Saturday, August 2 at Illiana (IN) Motor Speedway.

A MAIN RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 3 71H Jo Jo Helberg 30
2 5 22A Troy DeCaire 30
3 2 9 Jason Fuller 30
4 6 42 Jason Blonde 30
5 7 26x Aaron Pierce 30
6 4 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 30
7 1 75c Jerry Caryer 30
8 12 8 Chris Neuenschwander 29
9 11 3A Mike Astraukas 29
10 9 61 Kevin Feeney 29
11 10 7 Joe Swanson 29
12 13 97 Ike Beasley 29
13 14 44 Teddy Alberts 28
14 15 10 Ron Koehler 27
15 16 0 Kyle Mooner 11
16 18 11G Tom Geren 6
17 8 26 Jeff Bloom 3
18 17 31 Tim Ross 0

 

HEAT RACE #1 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 2 7 Joe Swanson 8
2 1 97 Ike Beasley 8
3 5 26x Aaron Pierce 8
4 4 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 8
5 3 75c Jerry Caryer 8
6 6 0 Kyle Mooner 8


HEAT RACE #2 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 4 71H Jo Jo Helberg 8
2 2 3A Mike Astraukas 8
3 5 42 Jason Blonde 8
4 1 44 Teddy Alberts 8
5 3 26 Jeff Bloom 8
DNS 6 31 Tim Ross 0


HEAT RACE #3 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 2 8 Chris Neuenschwander 8
2 4 9 Jason Fuller 8
3 5 22A Troy DeCaire 8
4 3 61 Kevin Feeney 8
5 1 10 Ron Koehler 8
6 6 11G Tom Geren 8


QUALIFYING RESULTS
POS   # DRIVER TIME   DIFF MPH
1 26x Aaron Pierce 10.764 - 125.418
2 42 Jason Blonde 10.861 0.097 124.298
3 22A Troy DeCaire 10.900 0.136 123.853
4 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 10.904 0.140 123.808
5 71H Jo Jo Helberg 10.930 0.166 123.513
6 9 Jason Fuller 10.935 0.171 123.457
7 75c Jerry Caryer 10.961 0.197 123.164
8 26 Jeff Bloom 11.053 0.289 122.139
9 61 Kevin Feeney 11.071 0.307 121.940
10 7 Joe Swanson 11.100 0.336 121.622
11 3A Mike Astraukas 11.104 0.340 121.578
12 8 Chris Neuenschwander 11.152 0.388 121.055
13 97 Ike Beasley 11.162 0.398 120.946
14 44 Teddy Alberts 11.370 0.606 118.734
15 10 Ron Koehler 11.677 0.913 115.612
16 0 Kyle Mooner 12.676 1.912 106.500
17 31 Tim Ross 17.739 6.975 76.104
18 11G Tom Geren No Time