Friday August 1, 2014 StoryWritten by Dixie Motor Speedway
Dakota Carlson & JoJo Helberg Grab Big One XII Wins At Dixie Motor Speedway
By Matt Prieur
Birch Run, Michigan (Friday, August 1, 2014): Dakota Carlson grabbed the lead with 13
laps to go to score the victory in the Mid-Michigan Toyota Dealers Draper 100 for the
Great Lakes Helicopter Main Event Racing Series. In addition, Rohnert Park, California
native, JoJo Helberg secured the win in the Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores
& Certified Service Centers portion of Big One XII on Friday, August 1st at Dixie Motor
Speedway, located south of Saginaw in Birch Run, Michigan.
The Outlaw Super Late Models of the Main Event Racing Series was first on the card and
it would be Eric Lee and Drew Charleson leading the field to chief starter, Will Patterson's
green flag. Charleson, the New Bremen, Ohio native who came into the weekend second in
MERS points, vaulted out to the lead and set an early torrid pace in the 100 lap grind around
the 4/10s (0.400) mile progressively banked paved oval.
Charleson began working his way through traffic in a very fast paced event that would see
only one caution flag fly. On lap 52, Mickey Maier, who was running second at the time, suddenly
slowed and darted to the inside lane in an effort to get off the race track. Unfortunately it was
right into the path of the second place car of Lee. Both drivers were ok, but done for the night.
On the lone restart, Charleson again jumped out to a big advantage, but soon, Dakota
Carlson began his charge towards the front. After a lengthy battle with Todd Rosebrugh,
Carlsonfinally got into second place and began reeling in the race long leader, Charleson.
With13 laps togo, Carlson's #8 LeClair Fuels entry sailed past Charleson and the 27-year-old
fromCedarSprings,Michigan drove away to the win.
"The car was fast and we were just trying to be patient. We figured there'd be a few
more cautions." Explained the West Michigan standout, who is also the point's leader
in the ARCA Discount Tire Gold Cup Outlaw Super Late Model Series. "Definitely couldn't
have done it without a great owner in Tony LeClair and this entire crew. We've had a
really good season with two wins at Toledo Speedway (OH). Just hope we can keep this
momentum going." He added.
Charleson hung on for second over Rosebrugh while Bryan Clay scored a season high
fourth place showing over MERS point's leader, Harold Fair Jr., who completed the top five.
Scott Pemberton was sixth as Mike Root, Johnny Belott, Dave Stehouwer and Sam Coulter
finished off the top 10. Fair Jr., out-qualified the field in Great Lakes Helicopter qualifying
with a lap measured at a 14.609. His lap equaled out to 98.610mph.
In the 30-Lap Auto Value Super Sprint Series Feature, JoJo Helberg grabbed the lead
from pole-sitter, Davey Hamilton Sr., on lap five and from there, the California native in
his #71 Coffey Plumbing & Heating open-wheeled machine held off a late charge from
Canadian Ryan Litt to pick up his fourth AVSS victory of the 2014 racing season.
“The car wasn't that good on the bottom in the early stages, but it was working really
well on the top." Explained the 24-year-old. "I re-grouped after the yellow and gave
it everything I had on the outside. This is a fast and racy track. Plus you can go all
out on these Hoosier Tires in 30 lap races. Big thanks to everyone with Steve Smith
Motorsports. This is a great team and glad to be a part of it." He added.
Litt settled for second over Florida invader, Troy DeCaire as Hamilton Sr., and his
son, Davey Hamilton Jr., completed the top five. Four-time series champion, Jason
Blonde finished sixth as Kyle Edwards, Kevin Feeney, John Turnbull Jr., and Jerry
Caryer finished off the top 10. Edwards won the Fast Qualifier Award with a blistering
12.713 which measures out to 113.307mph. Helberg and Hamilton Sr., won the
Qualifier Heat Races.
Great Lakes Helicopter Main Event Racing Series - Mid-Michigan Toyota Dealers Draper 100 Results
1. 8 Dakota Carlson - 100 Laps
2. 21 Drew Charleson - 100
3. 1 Todd Rosebrugh - 100
4. 30 Bryan Clay - 100
5. 71 Harold Fair Jr. - 100
6. 51 Scott Pemberton - 99
7. 9 Mike Root - 99
8. 0 Johnny Belott - 99
9. 33 Dave Stehouwer - 99
10. 9 Sam Coulter - 96
11. 35 Jeff Reamer - 77
12. 45 Frank Jiovani - 53
13. 5 Eric Lee - 52
14. 72 Scott Hantz - 52
15. 61 Mickey Maier - 52
16. 41 Brent Jack - 39
17. 47 Tim Davis - 14
Lap Leaders: 21 Drew Charleson 1-87, 8 Dakota Carlson 88-100. - Fast Qualifier: 71 Harold Fair Jr. - 14.609 = 98.610mph
Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores & Certified Service Centers Super Sprint Series-Draper 30 Results
1. 71H JoJo Helberg - 30 Laps
2. 07 Ryan Litt - 30
3. 22A Troy DeCaire - 30
4. 1 Davey Hamilton Sr. - 30
5. 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. - 30
6. 42 Jason Blonde - 30
7. 11 Kyle Edwards - 30
8. 61 Kevin Feeney - 29
9. 12 John Turnbull Jr. - 29
10. 75C Jerry Caryer - 29
11. 44 Teddy Alberts - 28
12. 70 Ike Beasley - 16
13. 11G Tom Geren - 8
14. 31 Phil Rutledge - 6
15. 3A Mike Austrauskas - 5
16. 88 Jimmy McCune - 2
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