NASCAR's Carl Edwards recounts his crash! on Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, April 29. You also get to hear Carl and his mother discuss their NASCAR interaction.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
NASCAR's Carl Edwards recounts his crash! on Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, April 29. You also get to hear Carl and his mother discuss their NASCAR interaction.
Celebrated on May 15, NASCAR Day is an opportunity for fans, corporations, schools and organizations across the country to donate to The NASCAR Foundation to raise funds to help thousands of children live better lives. Proceeds raised will benefit both The NASCAR Foundation and Children's Miracle Network.
Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals, creating miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year.
Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised more than $6.5 million for charity, truly uniting the industry to help those in need.
How To Get Involved:
- Donate $5 and receive your 2009 NASCAR Day collectible pin at either the NASCAR Day Web site or participating APlus at Sunoco location.
- Become a NASCAR Day Crew Chief for your corporation, school or organization.
- Sign up for The NASCAR Foundation Volunteer Network.
- Help spread the word by telling a friend.
Click here to learn more about NASCAR Day and purchase your own NASCAR Day pin.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Smith radioed in to his crew chief Mario Isola at lap 50 that he had low fuel pressure and that his water and oil temperatures had risen. While under the third caution of the night, Smith brought the car to the infield where the No. 16 Hasa team quickly went to work to pull out the nose of the Hasa Toyota. Back underway, NASCAR scored the No. 16 a lap down. Smith continued to make his way thru the field and at lap 136, he was the “beneficiary”. The No. 16 HASA Pool Products Toyota Camry was once again scored on the lead lap. He passed two more cars for position to finish the race in eighth.
Smith leaves Madera seventh in the point chase for the championship and less than 50 points out of the top five.
The next event on the schedule will be the annual NASCAR Camping World Series East/West combination race, the Long John Silver’s 200, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on May 17. The NAPA AUTO PARTS/Toyota 150 presented by Exclusive Energy Drinks is televised on SPEED Channel’s Racing Across America Program on May 7th at noon PST. Check your local listings.
BMR would like to thank the continued support of our race partners. For more information on Bill McAnally Racing and our race partners, please visit our website at www.billmcanallyracing.com. For more information on Moses Smith, please visit www.mosessmith.com. You can visit our sponsors’ websites at www.hasapool.com, www.whiteflyer.com, and www.tcitransportation.com .
Friday, April 24, 2009
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Moses was interviewed by Larry Henry of Pit Pass USA . What helps set Pit Pass USA with Larry Henry apart from the rest of the motorsports programs is that he is commitment to short-track racing all across America. Larry strives to recognize up-and-coming Saturday night racers and let them tell their story to the audience. Click here to listen to Pit Pass USA Click here to listen to Moses’ Interview
Moses also met with several local journalists including Phoenix-based NASCAR writer, race handicapper, general freelance writer, and local race team PR representative, Becca Gladden. Megan Gordon, Southwest Valley Education Reporter from The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com spent race morning with the team, both interviewing and photographing. She produced a slide-video entitled “I Call Myself a Lifer. Click here to view the video.
However, Moses’ favorite networking opportunity was that he was able to meet with some of his fans. A couple of tweeple (people who use twitter) have organized a fan club for Moses. If you twitter, you can interact with the fan club at @StreetTeam16. They also have a website called Mo’s Minion Street Team.
Moses met @StreetTeam16 member LaMont Bankson (@AZSpudKing) and friends at the PIR Cantina. They were able to ask questions and learn about their favorite NASCAR Camping World Series West driver. LaMont sent Moses the photos used in this article, showing off their new Moses Smith Racing Gear.
Congratulations to frisbeemisty - winner of the Outdoor Living Tailgate Kit. (if the winner does not respond WITHIN 7 DAYS, another winner will be chosen.)
Kim Burton - Libby's vegetables actually contacted me as someone whom they felt could represent their companies' feelings regarding family values and their "back to the table" campaign. After I was informed of the message that the company was promoting, I decided to become involved. Jeff and I place a high priority on our family life and this was a way for me to re-ignite people and highlight the importance of family dinners.
2- Question – It has been said that the NASCAR race community is truly like a close knit family. Just like any family there are good times and bad times. As a NASCAR Wife how has your experience in this area been?
Kim Burton - Our driver's, crew's and their families are like a big family. Certainly, there are times when people within the sport disagree. There have been times when I have not agreed with things that others have said or done, but for the most part, I have found that nascar folks are warm, caring people who would help you at any time. In times when things aren't going well professionally, you can always count on your close friends to pick you back up and certainly, Jeff and I have been on both the giving and receiving end of that kind of caring.
3 - Question – I know you sit on the Pit Box next to your husband's Crew Chief during his races. What are you thinking about while Jeff is on the track?
Kim Burton - My thoughts are varied during the races. I am always following his progress and the decisions and changes being made during the race. I follow the race strategy and constantly worry that the outcome of those decisions will be good . Each lap brings different circumstances so, my emotions change constantly. I can go from being completely excited about Jeff and his chances for a great run to being completely concerned that he will be involved in an accident. I always base my thoughts and emotions on the tone of Jeff's voice as well as the spotter's information about what is happening on the track.
4 - Question – Has either Paige or Harrison shown in interest in following in their father's footsteps?
Kim Burton - Paige is completely immersed in her equestrian pursuits. She wants to become a grand prix rider one day. Harrison is currently competing in national quarter midget events and locally at Bobby Labonte's quarter midget track in Salisbury, NC. (quarter midgets are quarter scale race cars similar to sprint cars) He loves to race and loves to compete. But, he also loves to play basketball, to ride skate boards and participate in many other sports. He loves to race right now, but he is only 8 years old and who knows where his interests will lie later. We will have to stay tuned to see what he will decide to pursue.
5 - Question – What the best tip you would tell a driver like my son Moses Smith, who is competing in the NASCAR Development Series?
Kim Burton - The best tip I could give to your son Moses would be to try to enjoy his time as a kid and racing. We try to make sure that Harrison understands that we expect him to learn and progress and to take his racing seriously, but we also give him the choice, always, as to whether he wants to compete. I think that some parents (not only racing parents, but parents of children in any other sport) put so much pressure on their kids to succeed that they forget that the whole purpose of kids sports is for kids and families to enjoy activities together. Childhood should be fun and so, Jeff and I try very hard to maintain a balance within what we ask of our kids. We want them to learn to take responsibility and to work with a team, but we also want them to look back on their childhood and remember the fun we had together as a family and the enjoyment they received from participating in their activities.
One hundred and eighty–eight (188) entries were received for the Kim Burton and Libby's Table-Gating Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive an Outdoor Living Tailgate Kit is a perfect accessory to help you get your family back to the table while enjoying the races. This tailgate kit tucks away neatly in your trunk, yet opens up to provide a world of on-the-go convenience and fun
The winner will be announced soon.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
6:00 p.m. Haulers enter.
Saturday, April 25:
7:00 a.m. Registration opens.
8:00 a.m. Garage opens. Inspection begins.
9:15 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Driver Meeting.
10:00 a.m. Mandatory Driver/Crew Chief/Spotter Meeting followed by drawing to determine order of qualifying.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Practice.
12:30 to 1:00 p.m. Final Practice.
1:00 p.m. Qualifying Inspection opens. Groups determined by qualifying draw.
4:00 p.m. Qualifying. (2 Laps.) (Fastest 20 cars earn starting positions 1st thru 20th.) Impound”
7:40 p.m. Driver Introductions.
8:00 p.m. NAPA AUTO PARTS / TOYOTA “150” presented by EXCLUSIVE ENERGY DRINK
(subject to change)
By lap 63 the No. 16 Hasa Toyota Camry was running in seventh. Crew chief Mario Isola made the call to pit with the leaders at lap 85 taking on fuel and then fresh right side tires at lap 86. Smith restarted the race in 21st but in 15 laps had moved into 13th. Smith encountered some debris while avoiding a two car crash in turn two at lap 134 cutting down his front right side tire. A late in the race pit stop brought him back to restart the race in 19th. With fifteen laps to go, Smith was only able to gain three positions to finish in 16th.
“This an awesome track,” said Smith. “We definitely had a top ten car tonight. Navigating thru the aftermath of crash is one of those things that can just bite you. The No. 16 Hasa Toyota team did a great job. I can’t thank them enough.”
Smith leaves PIR seventh in the point chase for the championship and only fourteen points out of the top five.
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation “150” will be televised April 23rd on SPEED Channel. The NAPA AUTO PARTS “150” presented by Exclusive Energy Drink will be on Saturday April 25th at Madera Speedway and televised on SPEED Channel on April 30th.
BMR would like to thank the continued support of our race partners. For more information on Bill McAnally Racing and our race partners, please visit our website at www.billmcanallyracing.com.
For more information on Moses Smith, please visit www.mosessmith.com. You can visit our sponsors’ websites at www.hasapool.com, www.whiteflyer.com, and www.tcitransportation.com .
Monday, April 20, 2009
Moses’ weekend was plagued with set-up issues. However, he managed to qualify in eleventh position. His race was progressing nicely and he worked himself into seventh place. Unfortunately, then Moses suffered from the same problem that ended Gilliland’s race. Moses cut a right front tire with just eight laps to go.
After the unscheduled green flag pit stop, Moses reentered the field in nineteenth position. He maneuvered three passes in the last three laps of the race for a sixteenth place finish.
With his runner-up finish, Holmes retained his lead in the championship standings with 535 points. The victory propelled Bowles, meanwhile, to second with 503 points. Pursley is currently third in the standings with 490 points, followed by David with 457 points and David Mayhew with 441. Rounding out the top 10 of the standings are Koch at 431, Moses Smith at 427, Harraka at 419, Thompson at 411 and Jim Warn at 376.
The next event on the NASCAR Camping World Series West schedule will be the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 presented by Exclusive Energy Drink at Madera (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday, April 25.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The Nationwide race was fun to watch. Fellow NASCAR Camping World West drivers Johnny Borneman and Daryl Harr qualified for the race. Carl Edwards was running a good seven seconds ahead of the second place car before engine woes sent him behind the wall for repairs.
So why the Root for Reutimann title? Well, today we have been enjoying the activities the track has to offer. As we were driving the golf cart to meet with Kim Burton, we found ourselves behind David Reutimann's golf cart. It took a bit of convincing, but NASCAR Race Mom talked him into exchanging hats.
For those of you who twitter - David Reutimann has a new page up - click here to follow it.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Petty, an American icon referred to as “The King” by a legion of racing fans, retired from competitive driving in 1992 with 200 career wins including seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. During his 32 years of racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, Petty saw the sport grow from the dirt tracks of North Carolina to multi-million dollar state-of-the-art tracks like Iowa Speedway.
Here’s what “The King” has to say about his trip to Iowa:
“This should be a lot of fun. I know there are a lot of great race fans in Iowa and I’m sure there will be a full house. I’ve seen some races at the track and it looks to be a great place to watch a race. If I wasn’t the Grand Marshal, I’d buy a ticket myself.”
Stan Clement, Chief Executive Officer of Iowa Speedway, said Petty’s arrival in Iowa next month for the first of four NASCAR races in 2009 brings unprecedented star power to Iowa Speedway.
“Richard Petty represents the very best in racing and we are honored to have him serve as the Grand Marshal for our NASCAR East/West race here at Iowa Speedway. His name is synonymous with NASCAR and winning and we are privileged to have him with us here in Iowa,” Clement said.
In addition to Petty, Kyle Busch, the hottest driver in NASCAR Series races today, will also be in Iowa next month. Busch is scheduled to race in the NASCAR Camping World East/West Series race, Sunday May 17, following the Saturday Night Sprint All Star Race in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“This is a terrific kick-off to the 2009 season at Iowa Speedway, and an opportunity for our fans to see ‘The King.’” Clement said.
Monday, April 13, 2009
In 2008, Moses qualified outside of row seven for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150. During the first half of the race, the car became very tight and was hard to handle. However, a much needed pit stop around lap 90, new right side tires, and minor adjustments enabled Moses to battle into fourth position. After nine caution periods and a red flag period, Smith, whose car was set up for the long runs geared up for the final green, white, checkered sprint. It was quite a rush for the over 200 HASA customers and Moses' fans sitting in Turn 2. Their screams of excitement propelled Moses past a fellow racer and into 7th place on the final corner of the race!
This year David Gilliland and Matt Crafton will be joining Moses in the field of thirty-five entries. Gilliland is a second-generation West Coast driver, who competed full time in the NASCAR Camping World Series West in 2004 and 2005 before heading to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and eventually the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Gilliland is also entered in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix.
Matt Crafton is currently fifth in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He drives the #88 Menards Chevrolet Silverado for ThorSport Racing. A couple of other former regulars in the West Series will be pulling double duty in a different way at PIR. Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Borneman Plastering Chevrolet) and Daryl Harr (No. 71 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet) plan to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event as well as the NASCAR Camping World Series West race.
General race tickets for the April 16 Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 and all other events throughout the NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased at www.phoenixraceway.com, or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).
|00||Kristin Bumbera, Sealy, Texas||Dave Riggs|
|1||Jim Inglebright, Fairfield, Calif.||Rodney Haygood|
|2||Mike David, Modesto, Calif.||Robert Strmiska|
|3||Wes Banks, Oakdale, Calif.||Jim Marchino|
|5||Johnathan Hale, Rio Linda, Calif.||Lyn Hale|
|6||Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif.||Bill Sedgwick|
|7||Kyle Kelley, Huntington Beach, Calif.||Jim Cooley|
|8||Johnny Borneman, Ramona, Calif.||Kevin Cram|
|10||Jim Warn, Aurora, Ore||Roger Bracken|
|12||Paulie Harraka, Fairlawn, N.J. *||Duane Knorr|
|13||Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif.||Michael Munoz|
|14||Phil Dugan, Meridian, Idaho||Mike Hollarn|
|15||Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif.||Charlie Silva|
|16||Moses Smith, Tempe, Ariz.||Mario Isola|
|17||David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif.||Danny Stockman|
|18||Billy Kann, Mesa, Ariz.||Jim Korneman|
|19||Terry Henry, Bakersfield, Calif.||Mike Harvick|
|20||Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif.||Ty Joiner|
|21||Blake Koch, West Palm Beach, Fla. *||Steve Portenga|
|26||Greg Pursley, Newhall, Calif.||Danny Crafton|
|31||Austin Dillon, Lewisville, N.C.||Rich Lavalette|
|34||Jonathon Gomez, Twin Falls, Idaho *||Craig Raudman|
|35||Steve Park, East Northport, N.Y.||Sam Caron|
|37||Keith Spangler, Chatsworth, Calif.||Loren Spangler|
|41||Ryan Foster, Anderson, Calif.||Mike Ross|
|44||Travis Bennett, Ellensburg, Wash.||Rob Hassler|
|45||Matt Crafton, Tulare, Calif.|
|46||Jeff Barkshire, Auburn, Wash.||Steve Dykman|
|50||Chris Johnson, Claremont, Calif.||Brian Schaeffer|
|61||Brett Thompson, Jerome, Idaho||Lonnie Rush Jr.|
|71||Daryl Harr, St Albert, Alberta||Carl Harr|
|77||Andrew Myers, Newport Beach Calif.||Justin Holechek|
|88||Jamie Dick, Albuquerque, N.M.||Mike Naake|
|89||David Gilliland, Riverside, Calif.|
|91||Tony Toste, Pismo Beach, Calif.||Bob Johns|
NASCAR Home Track Event Page
Saturday, April 11, 2009
While track fare can be fun and easy; it is not always the healthiest solution to lunch or dinner at the race track. Also feeding your family from the track vendors can be a family budget calamity.
An Outdoor Living Tailgate Kit is a perfect accessory to help you get your family back to the table while enjoying the races. This tailgate kit tucks away neatly in your trunk, yet opens up to provide a world of on-the-go convenience and fun!
This handy tote features a 15 can insulated cooler compartment for drinks and food and a compact grill with spacious grilling surface that can cook 12 hot dogs at a time. You also get a stainless steel tool set including a turning fork, easy-grip tongs and oversized spatula with a built-in bottle opener. Tote also has reinforced base, padded handle and shoulder strap for easy carrying. 19" x 7-1/2" x 12-1/2". (ARV $79.99)
Want to win it!
- Giveaway ends Wednesday April 22, 20009. There will be one winner.
- Main Entry – You must complete this entry in order for the extra entries to count. Leave a comment on this post regarding how your family deals with meals on the go. (one time only)
- Extra One-Time Entries
• Follow me on twitter – zwriter and leave a comment on this post with your twitter name. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment with your twitter name. (one time only)
• Follow the NASCAR Race Mom blog and leave a comment on this post with your blog name. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment with your blog name. (one time only)
- You can earn three extra entries per day:• Leave a tip on how to get your family to the dinner table in the comment section. (once per day)
•Tweet using the words “Kim Burton teams with Libby’s – Win an Outdoor Living Tailgate Kit -NASCAR Race Mom - http://tinyurl.com/clfrht #cwsw” , then come back to this post and comment leaving the link to your tweet (once per day)
•Leave a comment on this post daily about Moses Smith, the #16 NASCAR Camping World Series West Driver; Kim Burton; and/or Libby’s. (once per day)
***You can enter by any method or all three (a total of three entries per day) – it is up to you.
*** Important - Each entry must be left in a separate comment.
***Off topic – generic comments (such as “hope I win”) will be disqualified from the competition.
- Make sure there is a way for NRM to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger, you may leave it in your comment. NRM hates to have to disqualify a potential winner because there is not a way to contact that winner – I will need your email address to contact you, should you be the winner.
- The winner will be chosen by Random.org.
- The winner will be announced on this post and be notified by email; if the winner does not respond WITHIN 7 DAYS, another winner will be chosen.
- NASCAR Race Mom not responsible for missing or incorrect contact information.
Friday, April 10, 2009
This spring, Kim Burton, wife of NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, is partnering with Libby's Vegetables to encourage moms to connect with each other and share their winning solutions for getting back to the dinner table during these economic times. Burton will be on-site at the Libby's Get Back to the Table tent at four major speedways - Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Phoenix, Charlotte and Dover - sharing her winning solutions and connecting with fellow moms.
According to a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll, more than 80 percent of families are cutting back on dining out and reducing out-of-house entertainment altogether, demonstrating that families nationwide are resorting to ingenuity to stay connected and keep family time fun.
"Family mealtime is an integral part of my family's daily routine, but with horseback riding lessons, quarter midget racing and weekends at the track, it can be a challenge," commented Burton. "My winning solution for making mealtime a reality is keeping meals simple - whether it's letting the slow cooker do the work or patching together a recipe with ingredients from the pantry. I'm excited to partner with Libby's Vegetables to encourage moms across the country to help each other by sharing their winning solutions."
Families can visit their local race track in Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Phoenix, Charlotte and Dover or submit their winning solutions online. The best tips and suggestions will be featured in Libby's "Table Talk Guide", which will launch this September during Get Back to the Table month.
"We're partnering with Kim Burton to continue Libby's tradition of underlining the value of family dinners," explained Bruce Wolcott, Vice President of Marketing at Seneca Foods, Libby's Vegetables parent company. "Kim is a loving, modern, on-the-go mom who strives to make time for her family and her community. We are very inspired by her dedication to her family and know that she can help encourage families nationwide to make dinnertime a cherished part of their daily schedule."
NASCAR Race Mom is honored to have been chosen to participate in the “Kim Burton Teams Ups With Libby's Vegetables To Celebrate Victory At The Dinner Table” event at the upcoming NASCAR Race weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.
NASCAR Race Mom will be conducting its ‘At The Track’ live blog coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Series West race to be held at the Phoenix International Raceway on April 16th. This is Moses’ home track and we are working towards a great finish.
NRM will be interviewing Ms. Burton on Saturday, April 18th. So if you have a question you would like considered for the interview, just leave it in the comment section.
Additionally, Libby’s has graciously sponsored the next NASCAR Race Mom Blog Contest. Contest detail will be posted within the next twenty-four hours.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 9, 2009) – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today that its “stars of tomorrow” and short track veterans will gather in the greater Charlotte area for two special year-end celebrations.
NASCAR will host a special week of activities culminating in the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) Awards Banquet on Friday, November 13, and the new NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala on Saturday, November 14.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to raise the bar for all of NASCAR’s developmental racing series, by bringing the champions from all of our series to the core of much of the motorsports industry,” said George Silbermann, managing director of racing operations. “In addition to these two prestigious awards banquets, we are planning a number of special activities for our series champions, for attending track operators, and for the industry. We look to take full advantage of what this hub of the stock car racing industry has to offer.”
Both season-end awards banquets will be held in the recently-completed Embassy Suites Hotel Concord Convention Center which is located near the NASCAR Research & Development Center, in proximity to the future NASCAR Hall of Fame complex, as well as the home bases of many of today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams.
Moving the banquets to the Charlotte area compliments the commitment the community has made to the business of NASCAR and the development of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The NWAAS Awards Banquet will feature weekly racing drivers from top short tracks across the United States and Canada. Invited attendees will include the 2009 NWAAS National Champion, NWAAS State and Provincial Champions, all 58 track champions, the national/ state/provincial Rookies of the Year, the 2009 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award winner, and many others.
The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Gala will feature the champions and top drivers from all of NASCAR’s North American regional touring series including invitees from the NASCAR Camping World Series East, the NASCAR Camping World Series West, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Further details will be released in the coming months.
- NASCAR Press Release
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Let me first say, Z and Moses, I really appreciate that you both took the time to answer mine and a couple of fan’s questions. You guys are awesome.
What is the best and worst part of being on a racing circuit?
Well, if we are comparing it to driving on the highway, the best part is that everyone on the track is there doing the same thing, and concentrating 100%. This makes things much more predictable. The worst part...I don't know I have never thought about it...Probably have to be that there is no Air Conditioning in the racecar, and it can sometimes reach temperatures in excess of 140 degrees F.
What got you started in racing?
My dad used to work on Off Road Trucks, so I got to go to races all the time. But my dad did it as a hobby, and I thought it would be cool if I could it for a living. My dad taught me how to drive the "PreRunner" when I was 10 years old...I couldn't push the clutch in and shift at the same time, so dad had to help.
What kind of sacrifices have you had to make to continue living this dream?
Sacrifices...what sacrifices...I am living the dream. Actually the only real difference is that there is not a lot of security in my line of work, therefore I have had to be very conservative in the way I live...nothing to extravagant, not to many vacations either.
*Submitted by Naomi* Has any part of your body ever gone numb while driving?
Just my Butt...you realize real quick if your seat is not mounted correctly, or there isn't enough padding...haha...
*Submitted by Aaron* What are your prospects for moving into the Big 3 in NASCAR?
Well, it really comes down to sponsorship. HASA and I have talked about doing some Truck or Nationwide races when they come to the west, to basically get my face out there. But that is a big step financially, I would definitely need to find some additional funding. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
So I know you go to all of Moses' races. How does that affect your life?
It can be tough getting to the track at six in the morning and not leaving until after midnight, but the rewards are well worth it. I cherish the feeling of accomplishment I harvest from being part of the team, part of the racing community. Every achievement Moses reaches on the track is considered a team triumph. The team was delighted when Moses finished second at the NASCAR Camping World Series West season opener on March 14th. The activity does not stop on race weekend. I do a lot of my son's PR stuff also. I am in charge of his website, help process his hero card request, help with press releases and author my own blog NASCAR Race Mom. Like I said upfront, racing keeps me very busy!
You seem like a very supportive and dedicated mother. When you go to a race, how do you look at things as a driver's mother and as a race fan?
That is a very interesting question. In the beginning I approached my role more as a protective mother. Moses was on a 'pit crew' by the time he was three. He and his father would work long hours for Off-Road racer Malcolm Vinje. Moses started competing in organized go kart races at the age of twelve. Right off, I was struck by the level of competitiveness out there at the go kart track. I felt it was my role to level Moses' playing field, so to speak, by making sure everything was on the up and up. However, Moses has been on his own since he was eighteen. He has not only progressed as a driver, but as an astute businessman as well. He no longer needs his mother to protect him. So while I will always be a driver's mother when I am at the track, I do not mother him at the track.
It is hard for me to be a race fan when Moses is racing, because honestly, I never watch the race, I keep my eyes on Moses. I become the race fan when I watch a race that Moses is not participating in.
Is it hard knowing that when he climbs into the car he might not climb out?
Your choice of the word car (instead of race car) is very insightful. My thought on the matter is that Moses is probably safer in his #16 Hasa Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota Camry on the track than most of us are on the freeway in our family vehicles.
That is not to say that I do not worry. As a mom, I worry about my sons all the time. They still have to call me and let me know they made it home safe after a trip. However, I feel much better having Moses in NASCAR. It is nothing like Moses' Star Mazda Formula Mazda series races. Open Wheel racing can create some wicked crashes.
What kinds of sacrifices have you had to make to support Moses' career?
We are a working class family with modest means. So we have never been able to support Moses' racing financially. Even in the very beginning, Moses had to race with used equipment and on a tight budget. I personally feel it made him a both a better person and better driver. He knows how to race what he has - good or bad.
I really cannot think of any sacrifices I have had to make. My husband and I have always enjoyed watching Moses work towards his goals. While we have not made 'sacrifices' Moses has. He puts his all into his craft and has forgone a lot of the luxuries in life to pursue his profession
in auto racing.
story and photos originally posted on NASCAR in my own words
Monday, April 6, 2009
An addition to this Cover-It-Live segment was an impromptu “Live Contest.” NASCAR Race Mom Commenters enter the contest to win a Toyota / NAPA Auto Parts 150 Hot Pass T-Shirt signed by the some of the race participants.
The prize was autographed by:
Car #1-----Jim Inglebright
Car #2-----Mike David
Car #3-----Wes Banks
Car #5-----Johnathan Hale
Car #10----Jim Warn
Car #12----Paulie Harraka
Car #16----Moses Smith
Car #17----David Mayhew
Car #20----Eric Holmes
Car #26----Greg Pursley
Car #31----Jim Marchino
Car #61----Brett Thompson
The next event on the NASCAR Camping World Series West schedule will be the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 presented by Shamrock Farms at Phoenix International Raceway on April 16. NASCAR Race Mom will try to present another exciting contest on the 'At The Track' coverage of the event.
Smith put the No 16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota Camry inside of row four in the starting grid in a field of eighteen NASCAR Camping World Series West racers for the 150-lap event.
After being spun during the first lap of the race, Smith restarted in eighteenth. It wasn’t long before the leaders were putting Smith a lap down. When the first caution flag was shown at lap 40, Smith had moved up to 12th looking to get his lap back. By lap 54, Smith has moved into the top ten. Still a lap down, Smith wasn’t able to take advantage of the “Lucky Dog’ provision. With 20 laps to go, Smith would make his final position gain and finished in eighth.
The NASCAR Camping World Series West race the Toyota/NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 was a sellout. The NASCAR Camping World Series West race will be televised nationally on SPEED Channel’s Racing Across America on April 9th at noon PST. The next race will be at Phoenix International Raceway on April 16th.
BMR would like to thank the continued support of our race partners. For more information on Bill McAnally Racing and our race partners, please visit our website at www.billmcanallyracing.com. For more information on Moses Smith, please visit his website. You can visit our sponsors’ websites: Hasa Pool Products, White Flyer, TCI Transportation and Blimpie America's Sub Shop.
Quotes from Smith:
“Man, we had a good car Saturday night. The No. 16 Hasa Pool Products crew really hustled during practice to give me a great Toyota Camry. Qualifying put us in the 7th starting spot, which was fine by me, because that meant we would start on the inside. At the start, I had moved into 4th place before contact from a competitor behind me would send me spinning. Unfortunately I had to restart from the rear of the field.”
“Luckily there was no damage to my Toyota Camry and I was able to start picking my way back through the field. I could put that car anywhere I wanted. I think I made more passes on the outside line more than the inside…thanks Mario (Isola)! We were able to salvage an 8th place finish. All things considered, I think the night ended well. Thanks to all the HASA supporters that came out…see you in Phoenix!”