Thursday, January 22, 2009

At The Track - 2008 Toyota All-Star Showdown (Irwindale, California)

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2009/01/22 @ 5:00 p.m.

Track scheduled to close.

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2009/01/22 @ 3:27 p.m.

The weather is cloudy and it just stopped drizzling.


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2009/01/22 @ Noon
Official Countdown 10 hours 11 minutes

12:00 Noon Garage opens. Inspection begins.

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2009/01/22 @ 6:34 a.m.
Official Countdown 16 hours 31 minutes

Question To Firecracker! from z. (NASCAR Race Mom)

Have you had a chance to look at Moses's Website recently? I spent my off-season revamping the entire site. Would you please go take a look and tell me what you think? It is not completely finished yet - I have two more pages to put up, but would appreciate your honest opinion. Thanks, z.

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2009/01/22 @ 6:28 a.m.
Official Countdown 16 hours 31 minutes


Question From Firecracker!:

So actually, "WHEN" Moses qualifies 'way above' that position, it will go to someone else...next in line! Right!?! :)

Answer: NASCAR Race Mom:

That is correct. Interesting side note is that since there are only seven East Series drivers entered who are not "locked in" to the showdown; should the East Series drivers not need their four provisional starting positions, the remainder would go to West Series drivers.

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2009/01/22 @ 6:17 a.m.
Official Countdown 16 hours 41 minutes

Starting Grid for the Toyota All-Star Showdown. (A visual resource)

P01- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P02- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P03- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P04- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P05- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P06- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P07- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P08- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P09- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P10- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P11- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P12- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P13- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P14- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P15- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P16- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P17- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P18- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P19- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P20- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P21- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P22- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P23- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P24- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P25- Winners/Champs/Fast Q P26- Winners/Champs/Fast Q
P27- Provisional West P28- Provisional East
P29- Provisional East P30- Provisional West
P31- Provisional West P32- Provisional East
P33- Provisional East P34- Provisional West
P35- Open Race 1 P36- Open Race 2
P37- Open Race 3 P38- Open Race 4
P39- Open Race 5 P40- Open Race 6

Starting Grid Positions 1 – 26
= the fifteen 2008 race winners and series champions on the entry form and the eleven top fast time qualifiers.


Starting Grid Postions 27 - 34 = the eight available provisionals.

Starting Grid Postions 35 - 40 = the top six finishing drivers in the 50-lap“Open” electing to transfer.

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2009/01/22 @ 5:37 a.m.
Official Countdown 17 hours 22 minutes

First off, good morning Firecracker! Many thanks for following my blog and for presenting the first assignment (question). I thought I knew the answer off the top of my head, but I wanted to be sure. So I did a bit of research before breakfast.

Question From Firecracker!:

I know Moses will have to qualify for a starting position...but isn't he already fully guaranteed a spot in the line-up, on the merit of his 2008 high point standing? (Isn't he one of the provisionals?)

Answer: NASCAR Race Mom:

It is my understanding that in addition to eligible 2008 race winners and series champions, the starting lineup will be determined through time trials, limited provisionals for NASCAR Camping World Series regulars, and the last-chance "Open" race that provides drivers one final chance to make the final starting grid for the "Daytona 500 of short-track racing. (Official NASCAR Release March 25, 2008)

Page two of the NASCAR Camping World Series Toyota All-Star Showdown entry form reads: the Starting field for the NASCAR Camping World Series Toyota All-Star Showdown is limited to 40 starters including provisional and “Protected” drivers.

Starting on page three of the NASCAR Camping World Series Toyota All-Star Showdown entry form : The following will be the procedure for determining eligibility for and assigning of provisional starting positions for the NASCAR Camping World Series Toyota All-Star Showdown after positions 1st thru 26th have been determined by time trials, providing all entrants have had the opportunity to qualify. (What constitutes an opportunity to qualify shall be at the discretion of the event Director.)

Provisional Starting Position 27th to the driver with the highest ranking of the Top 30 drivers in the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West Championship driver point standings (who has not qualified for one of the original 26 starting positions, provided the eligible driver’s car that is added to the field is the same car that was used in the official qualifying attempt or was used during an official practice session for the event, unless the car was not repairable as determined by NASCAR.)

Provisional Starting Position 28th to the driver with the highest ranking of the Top 30 drivers in the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship driver point standings . . . .

Provisional Starting Position 29th to the driver with the highest ranking of the Top 30 drivers in the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship driver point standings . . . .

Provisional Starting Position 30th to the driver with the highest ranking of the Top 30 drivers in the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West Championship driver point standings . . . .

Provisional Starting Position 31st to the driver with the highest ranking of the Top 30 drivers in the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West Championship driver point standings . . . .

Provisional Starting Position 32nd to the driver with the highest ranking of the Top 30 drivers in the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship driver point standings . . . .

Provisional Starting Position 33rd to the driver with the highest ranking of the Top 30 drivers in the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship driver point standings . . . .

Provisional Starting Position 34th to the driver with the highest ranking of the Top 30 drivers in the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West Championship driver point standings . . . .

If any unfilled provisional positions 27th thru 34th still remain, they will be assigned to the next highest eligible driver, from either the West or East Series who did not qualify for one of the original 26 starting positions based on the final 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West and East Championship driver point standings.

So the quick answer to your question would be “Yes I believe so.”

It would appear that for the West, should it be necessary, Provisional Position 27 would go to Jim Inglebright; Provisional Position 30 would go to Moses Smith; Provisional Position 31 would go to David Mayhew and Provisional Position 34 would go to Johnny Borneman, III.

For the East Series, should it be necessary, Provisional Position 28 would go to Marc Davis; Provisional Position 29 would go to Ricky Carmichael; Provisional Position 32 would go to Steve Park; and Provisional Position 33 would go to Jamie Hayes.

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2009/01/22 @ 4:34 a.m.
Official Countdown 18 hours 23 minutes

The track will be opening today. On the schedule - 9:00 a.m. to Noon:
  1. Registration opens.
  2. Haulers enter.
  3. Wheels brought to Goodyear.

3 comments:

Firecracker! said...

Ohhh! I think I totally get it now! Thanks!!!

So actually, "WHEN" Moses qualifies 'way above' that position, it will go to someone else...next in line!
Right!?! :)

Firecracker! said...

Hi "z",

I have looked over the new site quite a bit. I DO MISS all the old pics!! There were some really good ones in there! (And some taken by Tara.) Can you bring links back so we can have access to all the pictures of Moses' past races?? "PLEASE!?!" :)

I think you've done an excellent job! I will love this new site more, as I get used to it...it was quite a shock at first! Good days ahead!! ;)

z. Smith said...

Firecracker - thanks for the comment. I will look into linking to some of the older photos.