Sunday, October 17, 2010

Smith Survives Wild Short Track Race

The #16 Hasa Pool Products team managed to elongate their “top-ten finish” record at the All American Speedway in Roseville, CA during the wild night of Saturday short track racing. Smith has the most top-10 finishes, being the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all six series visits to the track since 2008.

However, that battle to an eighth place finish was hard-fought and not attractive. After several NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races that showcased the high caliber of skillful racing talent in the series, yesterday’s race was plagued with a red flag within the first ten laps and numerous caution periods though-out the one hundred and fifty lap feature. The “lappers” appeared to be out of control for most of the race.

Moses Smith qualified his Toyota Camry in the middle of the pack and chased the green flag from thirteenth position on the grid of twenty-three competitors. By lap seven, he drove though the five car pile-up which produced a red flag to clean up the oil spill that circled the entire oval. On lap fifteen, Moses restarted the competition from sixth place.

During the balance of the race, which was accentuated by eight caution periods, for total of sixty-one yellow flag laps, the #16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota thrilled the over five hundred Hasa customers in attendance with intense restarts. The side by side duels brought roaring cheers from the fans as Moses preserved his position in the top-ten throughout the race.

“Tough night...finished 8th...still 4th over all...looking forward to Phoenix in a couple of weeks,” Moses reported on Facebook.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 will air on the SPEED channel on Thursday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. (PT). The action packed event should provide exciting television coverage.

Race Statistics: Time of Race - 1 hour 3 minutes 25 seconds; Margin of Victory - .406 seconds; Fastest Qualifier - Eric Holmes (87.059 mph, 13.77 seconds); Caution Flags - 9 for 61 laps; Lead Changes - 10 among 3 drivers.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will close out its 2010 campaign on Saturday, November 13 in the 3 Amigos Tequila 125 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Phoenix International Raceway has finalized its fan schedule of events for the November 11-14 Kobalt Tools 500 event weekend, including races in four different NASCAR series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Trucks and the K&N Pro Series West.

As part of a date move to November 13 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season finale – a race that will be part of double-header action following PIR’s WYPALL* 200 in the Nationwide Series – fans will be offered unprecedented West Series garage access.

Unofficial Point Standings: 1. E. Holmes, 1822; 2. D. Mayhew, 1666; 3. P. Harraka, 1614; 4. M. Smith, 1544; 5. L. Martinez,Jr., 1514; 6. J. Gomez, 1500; 7. G. Pursley, 1456; 8. M. Self, 1410; 9. T. Souza, 1375; 10. T. Milburn, 1312.

Photo of accident by Pat Brandon
Photo of Moses by Jeannie Broussal
Photo of the #16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota by Jeannie Broussal

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