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Helio Castronevs stole the show at Five Flags Speedway on Saturday night. In more than one way.

A four-time indie 500 champion, he won the Season-Opening Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event in Pensacola, Florida, even though he had not entered it the day before.

The SRX is an all-star series scheduled to run over six events this summer, with drivers from a variety of disciplines, including NASCAR and IndyCar, competing in similarly made stock cars on small oval tracks.

Castronevs competed while running a part-time IndyCar schedule on the SRX last year and decided to race at five flags this week, but told Racing America that no one was responding to his messages, so he decided to head on Friday. To the track.

Castronovs thwarted Bubba Pollard to win the SRX season opener in Pensacola.

Castronovs thwarted Bubba Pollard to win the SRX season opener in Pensacola.
(Jonathan Bachmann / SRX / Getty Images))

“I bought my own ticket, I had everything ready to go and I asked Ashley when I was on the plane. [SRX’s director of operations] What time do I have to go on the track, she says, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be here,’ Castronews said.

Castronevs, nicknamed "The Spider-Man", climbed the catch fence after winning the Indica race.

Castronevs, nicknamed “The Spider-Man”, climbed the catch fence after winning the Indica race.
(Jonathan Bachmann / SRX / Getty Images)

“So I said, ‘I’m already on the plane,’ she ‘was like,’ Hold on. ‘ So all of a sudden I came here and everyone was like ‘What are you doing here?’ But it’s funny. “

Bubba Pollard and Ryan Newman join winner Helio Castronevs on the podium.

Bubba Pollard and Ryan Newman join winner Helio Castronevs on the podium.
(Jonathan Bachmann / SRX / Getty Images)

Castronovs won by a huge margin in the main event over local driver Bubba Pollard, who secured a seat in the car. SRX reserves for homegrown heroes From the lower series in each race, veteran NASCAR driver Ryan Newman finished third in his first SRX start.

However, Castronevs seems to have won more than the race. He and SRX CEO Dan Hawk said he and SRX CEO Dan Hawk would help secure the Cup Series car for next year’s Daytona 500 if they win a race this season.

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Castronovs has never competed at NASCAR, but along with AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti are vying to become the third driver to win the Daytona 500 and Indie 500.