Thursday, April 29, 2010

Live Chat w/ NASCAR'S Best

On Monday, May 3rd at noon ET/9am PT, the M&M’s Most Colorful Fans Facebook Page will be hosting a live video chat with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to kick off the launch of the all-new M&M’S Most Colorful Fan Virtual Tailgate Zone on NASCAR.COM. Fans will have the chance to submit questions for the drivers during the chat.

M&M’S® Most Colorful Fans™ Facebook Page
To Host Live Chat With NASCAR’S® Best

Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano
Invite NASCAR Fans to Submit Questions

  • Who: The M&M’s Most Colorful Fans Facebook Page is proud to host a live video chat with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. Fans will have the chance to submit questions for the drivers during the chat.

  • What: The live chat kicks off the launch of the all-new M&M’S Most Colorful Fan Virtual Tailgate Zone on NASCAR.COM. Fans can visit www.NASCAR.COM/MostColorfulFan for exclusive, fan-focused content including news, tailgate recipes and opportunities for fans to connect and share their passion for NASCAR with each other via posts, photos and videos. In addition, 2010 marks the third year of the M&M’S The Most Colorful Fan of NASCAR Contest, giving fans the opportunity to show their colors by uploading photos to starting on Memorial Day.

  • When: Monday, May 3rd at noon ET/9am PT

  • Where: Fans can “like” the Most Colorful Fans Facebook page and join in on the fun at
What a super opportunity - I will be there.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Congratulations to Johnny Borneman III

It was even louder than usual at our home as the last laps of the Nationwide race played out this past weekend at Talladega. I had kept a close eye on my son’s friendly adversary, Johnny Borneman III since he took the green flag from thirty-first position. Borneman, driving the #83 Dodge, had maneuvered his way steadily forward and positioned himself well for the “Green, White, Checker” finale. I was screaming at the television like a fool as he took the checkered flag in fifth place.

Moses - #77 and Johnny #99

Moses and Johnny first raced against each other in the San Diego Karting Association as children. In 1991, Moses was the Junior Sportsman Class Champion and finished second in Junior Piston Port division. Johnny was the 1991 Junior Piston Port Class Champion and finished third in the Junior Sportsman division.

Moses - #16 and Johnny #8

Most recently, Moses and Johnny competed in the K&N Pro Series West Championship. It is wonderful to see the all the hard work and dedication bear fruit. Congratulations to Johnny Borneman and entire team for a job well done.

Development Drivers Continue To Make Series Push

Official Release,
April 27, 2010

Success doesn't come easily in the Nationwide Series, but John Borneman III proved that sometimes it isn't how much equipment or resources you have, but how much talent.

Borneman posted his first career top-five finish in the Nationwide Series this past weekend at Talladega after qualifying 31st in the No. 83 Dodge. Borneman has been around NASCAR a long time. He hails from Ramona, Calif., and is a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West veteran. Both he and his father, John Borneman Jr., competed in the NASCAR Winston West Series and his father was a track champion at Cajon Speedway in San Diego.

The most impressive part of his success was Borneman did it with limited resources. He only had four guys on his pit crew servicing his car at Talladega. After the race, during an emotional interview, Borneman said, "It's one of the greatest days of my life."

Borneman joins a group of drivers that have climbed the developmental-series ladder and now have found success on the national level in the Nationwide Series: such as two-time series champion Kevin Harvick, a former NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion; 2008 Nationwide champion Clint Bowyer, a former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and regional champion; and Joey Logano, a former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion. All three joined Borneman in the top six at Talladega.

Borneman, 33, has spent 10 years as a full- and part-time driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where he has three victories and a pole. Prior to Sunday's race, his career highlight was winning at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., in 2006 -- the track where his father recorded his only series victory 28 years before.

However, a mad dash through a myriad of cars tangled in a last-lap accident brought the signature moment in his racing career. Borneman was 18th with 10 laps to go, barreled through a top-10 group that included six double-duty drivers and three series-only regulars on that thrilling final lap.

"I think to do what he did at Talladega was pretty remarkable. It was impressive," said Ken Clapp, a senior consultant for NASCAR who tirelessly promoted races on the West Coast for nearly six decades. "I think it's terrific that he could go back there and do so well with what they had. His dad told me they did not go back there with much to work with. They were short on funds. They only had four guys, plus him [Johnny]. It was a big emotional win for the family. It was a big shot in the arm to have this happen. It was well deserved.

"John and other [former] Winston West competitors of that era lived their dream by competing in combination races with what was then the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, rubbing fenders with the likes of Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough.

"Johnny's now fulfilling that family dream by taking the opportunity to race on a national level in the NASCAR Nationwide Series."

It was just the 17th race of Borneman's series career, and his third this year. He failed to qualify at the season opener at Daytona and also at Las Vegas. In the two races where he did qualify, he finished 43rd Fontana due to a transmission issue and 36th at Phoenix as a result of an accident. His career-best finish had been 16th at Iowa in 2009.

Racing isn't Borneman's only occupation. In order to fund his dream, he holds a full-time job as a plaster and scaffold foreman. His racing career began in go-karts from 1989-94. He moved on to late models on road courses and ovals before making his NASCAR K&N West debut in 2000.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Banner Moment - Moses Smith

Moments before hearing motorsports’ most famous words, “Drivers, start your engines,” the Star Spangled Banner revs up NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Moses Smith. While others have different cues, the notes of the national anthem flip his “on switch.”

“Every time I hear that song at the track, whether I’m in the car or not, it’s like, ‘All right now, this is what it’s all about,’” said Smith, who lives and works in Tempe, Arizona, about 30 minutes from Phoenix International Raceway. “I still get goose bumps, and that’s how I know its ‘Go Time.’”

For the 34-year-old driver who won the series’ 2008 and 2009 Most Popular Driver Award in an online fan vote, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 100 is time to get his third full-time season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West under way.

Driving the No.16 HASA Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing, Smith finished seventh in the 2009 point standings, posting five top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 13 races. In 2008, he finished sixth in the standings with three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He’s ready to improve on those results.

“I’m definitely anxious for 2010 to start,” Smith said. “The Toyota All Star Shootout in January actually wrapped up our 2009 season, but it also provides a bit of a springboard into the next season by giving you momentum. With the disappointing finish, we are ready to get back to it and set things right.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Joey Logano won that race, with Smith finishing 30th after finding trouble on lap 188 at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California, a few months ago.

This week, he’s at home in Phoenix, where he loves to race. Smith finished 16th in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 in 2009, and seventh in 2008. The race is a bit shorter this year, running only 100 laps. That is something Smith admits may change every teams strategy in this weekend’s race.

In the K&N Pro Series West, teams may fuel the car and change two tires on a pit stop, but, to change the other two tires, the cars must make a second pit stop. With the race dropping from 150 to 100 laps this year, Smith said changing left-side tires probably will not happen.

“If the race was 75 to 80 laps, we definitely wouldn’t stop for tires, and we’d be watching our fuel very closely-counting the caution laps and figuring from there,” Smith said. “But, at 100 laps, we definitely have to stop for fuel. With the tires, if were not among the leaders, well be watching what they do and decide from there.” Many racers have goals of making a profit and paying the home mortgage with the race proceeds, but the reality is that the majority are not able to do that. Smith makes his living building race cars at his Moses Smith Racing shop in Tempe, where the specialty is building and racing cars for Formula Mazda competition that has produced upper-level NASCAR drivers like Scott Speed and Michael McDowell.

As the 2002 Star Mazda West Coast champion, the 2001 Star Mazda West Coast Rookie of the Year and the 2001 SCCA Class champion, Smith has the resume to grab the attention of major teams and sponsors. But, until that happens, he’s happy with his race shop, even though business is a littler leaner that he’d like.

“These days, if a guy came in saying he wanted me to find a way to make his barbecue grill cook faster, Id figure out a way to do just that –anything to help survive right now.”
Fixing grills may not happen, but Smith definitely would like to toast the competition at Phoenix International Raceway.

"The faster I get to go, the more I like it. Plus it’s my home track, which is very cool,” said Smith, whose 3,300-pound Toyota Camry boasts 650 horsepower, “The great thing about racing here is that we can race three wide. You can have two cars battling-one up high and one down low- and you can stick your nose in the middle and go after those guys, whereas a lot of other tracks really have only one groove and you have to make a bonsai move to get the pass done.”
Smith loves his hometown of Phoenix, of course, but he also relished the change to get to the bigger tracks-Phoenix International Raceway is the largest track on the K&N Pro Series West schedule.

“I love getting on the bigger racetracks because, with the short tracks, the car just gets a chance to stretch its legs and your back on the breaks,” Smith said. “But, at PIR, they just pull all the way down into the corner, and you carry a lot of speed.”
Speed entices every race car driver but, for Smith, another unique facet of the Desert Jewel puts a special sparkle in the racing.

“The dogleg on the backstretch really provides another place to set up for the pass,” Smith said. “We generally set up the car to perform well out of Turn 2, knowing that the dogleg provides an opportunity. Usually, you pass people going into Turn 1 or Turn 3, but the dogleg at PIR adds the dynamic that you can pass someone t here, then get someone else going into Turn 4.”
Smith still remembers his first K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway. It provided his most memorable moment in NASCAR.

“I had raced at Phoenix for years, but always during the daytime in the sports cars,” Smith said. “When we rolled the car out in 2008, and the lights were on, and everything just had the sparkle about it, that’s when I realized, ‘Wow, this is the big time.’”

Phoenix International Raceway
Official Souvenir Program - Page 84

Thursday, April 22, 2010

West Series Rewind

Race fans who enjoy the grassroots racing action of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in Thursday’s Jimmie Johnson Foundation 100 are accustomed to waiting a full year for the series to return to the Phoenix International Raceway oval. This year, they’ll get a double dose.

A longtime contributor to the history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Phoenix International Raceway has secured the season finale and will host two races on the regional tour in 2010.

The new autumn race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Phoenix International Raceway will take place November 11, kicking off PIR’s traditional Semi-Final weekend in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“We are honored that the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West has chosen Phoenix International Raceway to host its prestigious season finale,” Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber said. “We are certain that our race fans will be just as excited as the competitors to conclude the season here in the Valley of the Sun.”

Two-time defending K&N Pro Series West Most Popular Driver of the Year Moses Smith resides in nearby Tempe, and drives the No. 16 HASA Pool Products Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing. Smith believes the extra race at Phoenix International Raceway is a benefit to many in the series.
“First of all, with it being my home track, it’s obviously awesome. It’s nice to run in front of the hometown crowd,” Smith said. “It’s great for my sponsor, HASA Pool Products. There are a lot of pools in Phoenix, so we get a good turnout from them. Just the fact that it’s in Phoenix is pretty darn cool.

“Everybody in the series looks forward to Phoenix, especially me. Our cars were meant to go on tracks that were a mile or longer, and PIR is even one of the favorite tracks for the Sprint Cup Series guys. For us to get to run twice here is awesome. We keep trying to get bigger, better, faster tracks, so this is a step in the right direction.”

Since Cale “Yarborough’s victor in the tracks first series race in 1977-an event that followed the drivers second Sprint Cup Series championship by one week- the K&N Pro Series West has competed 33 times at Phoenix International Raceway.

Of those events, 24 have taken place as standard races, with the remaining nine being combination events with the Sprint Cup Series between 1988 and 1996. Seven of the nine combination races, and eight others between 1977 and 1984, also acted as the seasons concluding race. Phoenix

International Raceway hosted two events in the series each year from 2003 to 2006.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West winners at Phoenix International Raceway include Richard Petty (three), Bobby Allison, and Ken Schrader, who leads all drivers with four victories in the series at the track. Current Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano and David Gilliland are other past race champions in the Valley of the Sun. And, West Coast natives Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are among the drivers to have traversed the noted feeder division on the way to Spring Cup Series success.

Phoenix International Raceway
Official Souvenir Program - Page 78
Photo by Terry Thomson

Series To Benefit Wounded Soldiers & WWII Vets

K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge To Benefit Wounded Soldiers
And WWII Vets

NEWTON, Iowa - Iowa Speedway’s fourth annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge race on Sunday, May 23rd will benefit soldiers wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as raise funds to help Jasper County World War II veterans visit the Washington, DC memorial dedicated to the 20th century’s last great global conflict.

The track’s ‘Salute to Veterans’ event will feature special $20 race tickets that have been made available to two veterans support organizations, Operation First Response and Jasper County Honor Flight, through the Iowa Speedway Foundation. Ten dollars of each special race ticket sold will be retained by the veterans’ groups to fund their charitable work. In addition, hundreds of veterans from all military eras will be recognized during Opening Ceremonies for the race, including a large contingent of Iowa National Guard deploying to Afghanistan in July.

“We are delighted to honor the service of our military men and women, past, present, and future, on this important season-opening weekend at Iowa Speedway,” said Jerry Jauron, track President and Chief Financial Officer. “I encourage everyone to support Operation First Response and the Jasper County Honor Flight by purchasing the special race tickets, then joining with us to applaud our brave men and women in uniform, and enjoying an exciting NASCAR race that will kick off our 2010 racing season.”

Operation First Response (OFR) was established to provide critically ill and wounded military from Iraq and Afghanistan with financial and emotional assistance. To date, OFR has extended a helping hand to over six thousand wounded veterans across the country and over 100 in Iowa. Based in Culpepper, Virginia, OFR has volunteers across the country, with P. J. Sesker-Green of Grimes, Iowa serving as director of marketing and public relations. Sesker-Green joined OFR in 2006 after her nephew, Sgt. Daniel Sesker, was killed in action in Iraq.

“Iowa Speedway has given OFR a wonderful opportunity to raise much-needed funds to help our wounded Heroes,” Sesker-Green remarked. “We are proud and honored to be a part of this wonderful event. OFR would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ and express our gratitude to everyone who has come forward to help, and especially to the fine people at Iowa Speedway.”

The Jasper Honor Flight committee was founded by Jasper County Treasurer Doug Bishop, and has been raising funds for several months to send a group of Jasper County World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to view the monuments. Currently Bishop has 37 veterans and 13 guardians — either other veterans or medical caregivers — scheduled to fly out of Des Moines on May 27.

“The Jasper County Honor Flight Committee is excited to participate in the upcoming ‘Salute to Veterans’ event at the Iowa Speedway,” Bishop said. “Proceeds from the sale of the special race tickets we’re selling will allow 37 Jasper County World War II vets to travel to Washington D.C. to tour the monument that was erected in their honor. This was truly our greatest generation, and all supporters and donations are greatly appreciated!”

Operation First Response volunteers will be selling the special Iowa Speedway race tickets at the following places and dates: Dewey Ford in Ankeny, Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Stew Hanson Dodge City in Urbandale, Saturday, April 24th from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm; Ron’s Dawg House in Des Moines Tuesday, April 27th from 5:30 to 9:00 pm; The Game Bar & Grill in Urbandale, Saturday, May 1st from 2:00 to 8:00 pm. OFR’s tickets may also be purchased through the mail by sending a Cashier’s Check or Money Order to: OFR, c/o P.J. Sesker-Green, P.O. Box 742, Grimes, Iowa 50111, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Jasper Honor Flight’s race tickets are available Monday through Saturday after 3:00 pm at the American Legion Hall, 1101 West 4th Street South in Newton, and at the Aleya Spa & Suites and Forbes Quick Print, both located on the Newton Courthouse Square. Interested parties are encouraged to call the Newton American Legion at 641-792-3353 for more information about the special Jasper Honor Flight NASCAR race tickets.

Located 30 miles east of Des Moines on Interstate 80, just south of Exit 168 in Newton, Iowa Speedway is entering its fourth full season of operation in 2010. Additional ticketing information and complete event schedules are available at the track’s official website or by calling the toll-free number, 800-RUSTY-GO (800-787-8946), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm week days (Monday through Friday), and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays.

2009 Drivers' Autograph Session

Track Release
Photos by Denny Strimple

Friday, April 9, 2010


Moses Smith, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver and the Hasa Crew spent race day at the Phoenix International Raceway in frustration. The race vehicle was tight all morning and nothing they did would fix the problem. However, after a disappointing qualifying position of twenty-fourth out of the thirty-three car field, Moses and Crew Chief Mario Isola were confident that the car would come to life as the track cooled.

“After the #16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota Camry being extremely tight during both practices, we decided to completely change the set –up for qualifying. Imagine my surprise when I had an extremely loose car to qualify with!” chuckled Moses.

The Hasa Pool Products Car marched forward as soon as the Green Flag flew. By lap 70, Moses was running in the top-ten and the team knew that their predictions were correct. On the restart with eight laps to go, Moses started in the eight position.

Unfortunately, a three car tangle in turn three set-up a green-white-checkered situation. Moses got an excellent restart and by the white flag lap had driven his way into the sixth position. Suddenly two cars spun in front of the #16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota Camry. Moses was able to avoid the spinning vehicles only to be hit by the two cars behind him. The crash was so intense that the Hasa Emblem from his suit was etched into his left arm. Moses was checked and cleared by the infield medical personnel with severe bruising including a bruised rib.

“That was the second top-ten / top-five finish that we lost in the last lap due to drivers running into the back of us. The car was good in the race, just bad luck I guess. We have really put together a great team, we just need to get this bad luck monkey off our back. I think we are all looking forward to Iowa”

Moses wants to give special recognition to one of the newest sponsors, on the #16 Toyota Camry. Blimpie, America’s Sub Shop, increased their support of Moses’ racing in 2010. Moses was able to stop by Blimpie’s corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona with the race car on Wednesday and give everyone there an up close look at the car.

“My visit at Blimpie's was exciting. . “It was great to have the car out there for the employees and associates to check out the car, especially for those who weren’t going to make it to the race” Moses expressed.

On race day, Blimpie’s provided the crew with delicious sandwiches . They were also able to take advantage of the race being in their hometown by handing out Blimpie seat cushions and coupons for deli-fresh sandwiches to the #16 Hasa Pool Products fans.

The next NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race will be held at the Iowa Speedway on May 23th. This race will be in combination with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and promises to be exciting and competitive.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

At The Track - Jimmie Johnson Foundation "100"

Tweeting The Jimmie Johnson Foundation "100"

As in the past, the ‘At the Track’ segment will be blogging all the pre-race activities of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race.

******* NASCAR Race Mom will also be tweeting Moses’ Race, green flag to checkered!

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Jimmie Johnson Foundation 100 - Fast Facts

The Race: Jimmie Johnson Foundation 100
The Place: Phoenix International Raceway
The Date: Thursday, April 8
The Time: 5 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: SPEED, April 22, 6 p.m. ET

Track Layout: 1-mile paved oval
Race Purse: $143,809
2009 Winner: Jason Bowles
2009 Polesitter: Greg Pursley

Event Schedule:
Practice 10-11: a.m., 11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.,
Qualifying 3 p.m.

Track Contact Paul Corliss, (623) 463-5400,, @Phoenixraceway

NASCAR PR Contact Kevin W. Green,
(661) 392-8543,

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Entry List

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Entry List
For Phoenix International Raceway





Daryl Harr



Wes Banks



Dennis Dyer



Johnathan Hale



Luis Martinez, Jr.



Greg Rayl



Kyle Kelley



Johnny Borneman



Josh Combs



Brett Moffitt



Paulie Harraka



Todd Souza



Travis Milburn



Jack Sellers



Moses Smith



David Mayhew



Billy Kann



Eric Holmes



Blake Koch



Jonathon Gomez



Greg Pursley



Bobby Hillis



Nick Lynch



Jason Bowles



Derek Ramstrom



Robbie Brand



Troy Ermish



Auggie Vidovich



Taylor Barton



Brett Thompson



Stan Silva, Jr.



Carl Harr



Andrew Myers