Monday, April 13, 2009

Moses Smith to participate in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150

Jimmie Johnson Foundation and PIR Unite Again For April Camping World Series West Race

The Phoenix International Raceway has extended its partnership with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for the April 16 NASCAR Camping World Series West race at PIR, which will again be named the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150. This year's event will feature a 105 lap / 150-mile race for the Camping World Series West teams.

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150The Jimmie Johnson Foundation - created by Johnson and his wife, Chandra - is dedicated to assisting children, families, and communities in need. The foundation strives to help everyone, particularly children, pursue their dreams. The partner programs for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation include San Diego Habitat for Humanity, the Hendrick Marrow Program, the Victory Junction Gang Camp, and Phoenix-based Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

Moses Smith, the driver of the #16 Hasa Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota Camry is a Camping World Series West regular and the recipient of the NASCAR 2008 Most Popular Driver Award for the series.

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, or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).

Moses Smith #16

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