Monday, April 20, 2009

Cut Right Front Tire Plagues Both Moses and Gilliland

David Gilliland
The NASCAR Camping World Series West race at the Phoenix International Raceway featured nine lead changes among four drivers. David Gilliland shot into the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the first three laps before cutting a right front tire and hitting the Turn 1 wall. In addition to the 86 laps Bowles led, Park was out front 39 laps and Holmes led 23 laps.

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.Moses Smith

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.

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