Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Which NASCAR CWSW Driver Will Become
The Next First Time Winner?

The NASCAR Camping World Series West is the longest running racing series in the Western United States, having showcased professional Stock Car Racing for over fifty-six years. This series is considered the final step in the NASCAR ladder before drivers advance to the three national series. Drivers such as Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick came from the series. Other top drivers who graduated from the series include Derrick Cope, David Gilliland, Joey Logano, Martin Truex, Jr. Total attendance on the NASCAR Camping World Series in 2008 topped 200,000.

The NASCAR Camping World Series West has completed five of its scheduled thirteen races in the 2009 season. The action has proved a fan pleaser as the field is filled with talented drivers. Only one driver has won more than one race this year. The 2008 Series Champion Eric Holmes emerged victorious at the All American Speedway and at the Madera Speedway. Greg Pursley, a first time winner won the season opener at the Thunderhill Raceway in Texas. Jason Bowles won at the Phoenix International Raceway, a race presented in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The last race at the Iowa Speedway, East vs. West went to first time winner David Mayhew.

The extent of the media coverage of the David Reutimann’s first Cup race win in the rainy Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day, demonstrates the excitement generated by first time winners. Who will be the next NASCAR Camping World Series West driver to record his / her first win? You can vote and have your opinion counted, by participating in the poll on the sidebar.

Jason Bowles and Moses SmithJason Bowles and Moses Smith

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Top-Ten Finish For NCWS
West Driver Moses Smith

Eddie McDonald and Moses Smith

Moses Smith, piloting the No. 16 Hasa Pool Product/White Flyer Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing, finished in fourteenth overall at Iowa Speedway. The Long John Silver 200 was the only NASCAR Camping World Series combined race for the East and the West Series. Smith received points for an eighth place finish as each series was scored separately. Moses is eighth in the point standings and only 61 points out of the top five in the chase for the 2009 West Series championship.

The track conditions changed at Iowa Speedway as fast as the weather. During the first practice on Saturday, Smith put the No. 16 Hasa Toyota seventh on the timing sheets with only 2/10th of a second out of the top three. Temperatures dropped and there was a threat of rain on race day. During final practice, Smith was 20th of 37 cars on the board. Smith would qualify the No 16 Hasa entry on the inside of row thirteen alongside veteran driver Steve Park from the East Series. During the 200-lap race, Smith climbed thru traffic and at lap 120, he was posted in the top ten. He radioed in with twenty-five laps to go that the Hasa Toyota had ‘no grip’. Smith would lose a few positions and finish fourteenth.

The Long John Silver “200” can be seen on May 28th on SPEED Channel’s Racing Across America. Also please visit NASCAR.com/HomeTracks to keep up with Moses Smith and the No. 16 Hasa Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota Camry team’s efforts on at the track. NASCAR has now added and official video homepage on YouTube.

The next race will be the Toyota/Bi-Mart 150 on June 6th at Douglas County Speedway, Roseburg, Oregon. Great seats are still available. The event is expected to be a sellout once again. For tickets and information on the available VIP Hospitality package, please visit the speedway’s website at www.co.douglas.or.us/dcfair/speedway.html, visit the speedway box office or your local Bi-Mart store.

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 .

Sitara, Moses, & NASCAR Race Mom

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Long John Silver’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.

NEWTON, Iowa – Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch qualified first, led the most laps and won the Long John Silver’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Services/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet) led the charge among the NASCAR Camping World Series West drivers in the Long John Silver’s 200 presented by A&W Restaurants NASCAR Camping World Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Sunday, May 17.

As the top finisher among the West competitors – third overall behind Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota of Des Moines Toyota) and Brian Ickler (No. 15 BrianIckler.com Chevrolet) – Mayhew was credited with a win. It was the first career victory for the 27-year-old California driver – who originally hailed from Atascadero, but now lives in Bakersfield.

The race was the only one of the season which will award points to competitors from both the NASCAR Camping World Series East and West series for their respective championships. The starting field included 37 cars. They came from 19 American states and one Canadian province.

While the rain plagued pre-race activity, after an hour delay, the weather cooperated for the race. The number 16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota Camry started the race from twenty-eighth on the grid. Struggling with a race vehicle that was having difficulties turning, Moses Smith ran a smart race and finished fourteenth overall and eight in West Series.

Moses interacts with the fans.Moses takes the time to handout and autograph his hats. The fans enjoyed and appreciated the interaction.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

'At The Track Live' /
Long John Silver's 200

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

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

You can follow the action on twitter by following @MosesRace.

You can also read the updates on the live blog below.

If you want to participate in the action:

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Vote for David Reutimann - Sprint All-Star Race

David Reutimann Wearing His Moses Smith Racing HatDavid Reutimann Wearing His Moses Smith Racing Hat

Vote for David Reutimann - Sprint All-Star Race
by - NASCAR Race Mom

NASCAR Race Mom recently met David Reutimann at the Phoenix International Raceway. Moses Smith, #16 Camping World Series West Toyota Camry driver (my son) raced on Thursday.

Mr. Reutimann proved to be extremely fan friendly. You can read about our exchange by clicking here.

Not only has David Reutimann proved to be a great sport and very fan friendly, his accomplishments on the track have been super and he is fifteenth (15) in the 2009 Official Driver Standings.

NASCAR Race Mom will be rooting for him and asks for your votes to get David Reutimann into the Sprint All-Star Race!

Click here and vote for David Reutimann!

Race Fans Have Opportunity to ‘Smart the Vote’ with Ask.com in Support of NASCAR Drivers Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya and More
by - Taylor Public Relations for Ask.com, Press Release

For the remainder of this week, a number of NASCAR stars are depending on their hometown supporters and loyal fans to vote them into one of the biggest races of the year – The Sprint All-Star Race. The popular Fan Vote is a highlight of the All-Star weekend where fans will ultimately decide which driver receives the last entry into the race and a chance at the $1 million pay out.

Sprint recently announced that the following 10 drivers are leading the Fan Vote (in alphabetical order): A.J. Allmendinger, Bill Elliott, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Elliott Sadler, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip.

Ask.com – the Official Search Engine of NASCAR – is encouraging race fans to “Smart the Vote” and search all of the eligible drivers at Ask.com before making their voting selection. With useful answers delivered at the speed of NASCAR, Ask.com is a resource for NASCAR fans to research eligible drivers and, in one-click, land on a Smart Answer page with the driver’s key racing facts. Should it be based on recent results like Logano’s top-10 last week? Past success like McMurray’s two wins? Or personality like the fiery Montoya? The possibilities are endless and completely up to the well-researched fan!

Fan voting for the All-Star hopefuls ends at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race which will take place under the lights at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Moses Smith Is Looking Forward
To Racing In Iowa

Bill McAnally Racing driver Moses Smith and the No. 16 HASA Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota team are off to Iowa Speedway as the NASCAR Camping World Series West meet up with their counterpart from the East. Both will be battling for their own series championship points and for a starting spot in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

This will be Smith’s third visit to Iowa Speedway. Smith qualified the No. 16 Hasa Toyota in 24th last season. A great effort by driver and team showed as Smith finished the race in 6th of the West Series drivers. Smith is currently seventh in the chase for the 2009 championship.

“We have had a fast Hasa Toyota Camry everywhere this year,” said Smith. “We’ve also had some tough luck. I am hoping that the trip to Iowa will change the luck for the No. 16 Hasa Toyota team. I’m looking forward to racing after having a few weeks off.” The team’s last race was at Madera Speedway in April.

The Long John Silver “200” will run on Sunday, May 17 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. The NCWS race will be televised on SPEED Channel on May 28th at noon Pacific Time. This is the fifth event on the 2009 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Series West. It is the only combination point race this season for the NASCAR Camping World Series. This is the third time the teams have raced at Iowa Speedway.

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 .

Thursday, May 7, 2009

NASCAR & Mother's Day!

Moses Smith #16 Hasa Pool Products
Mother's Day is older than NASCAR. The modern Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis as a day for each family to honor their mothers in 1912. You only need to walk down the pits of any NASCAR racetrack to understand just how important Moms are to the racers.

When Moses' started his 'career' as a racer, he was just twelve. I was a tad less than enthusiastic. Moms are different than Dads. We worry about the "what ifs." Of course the worst one is "what if" he/she is injured. Nevertheless, it was not long before NASCAR Race Mom joined the ranks of the track moms who spent the majority of their weekends in the pits helping out the team as much as possible. Moms fill in as media/press release consultants; score keepers; logistics manager ect . . . .

For over a decade, Jeff Gordon has driven his beloved No. 24 Chevrolet at the front of the pack at nearly every tack on the NASCAR circuit including this weekend’s Cup event at Darlington Raceway. Some attribute his success to natural skill. Some think it’s because of his work ethic. But, the one person who probably knows Jeff best is convinced her son’s racing tenacity has everything to do with a certain quarter midget race he competed in at the age of six.

“I remember a time when he (Jeff Gordon) was first racing quarter midgets, he got lapped during a race and when the race ended he said that he didn't like to be lapped and never wanted that to happen again. He was six at the time.”

Carol Mears with son CaseyIn an exclusive interview with Gordon’s mother, Carol, she tells more of this story and other tales from his childhood that you might enjoy in light of the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend.

Additional stories are available from other moms of NASCAR stars including Ryan Newman, Brian Vickers, Reed Sorensen and Casey Mears. The interviews are available at Ask.com, the Official Search Engine of NASCAR. Just search NASCAR moms or click here.

After reading all those heart-warming stories, take time to remember your special "mom" Sunday.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Long John Silver’s 200

News & Notes

The race … The Long John Silver’s 200 is the annual NASCAR Camping World Series East-West combination race. It marks the third event on the 2009 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Series East and the fifth event of the year for the NASCAR Camping World Series West. It is the only East-West combination event this season for the NASCAR Camping World Series.

The procedure … The starting field is 44 cars, including provisionals. The first 38 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 200 laps (175 miles).

The track … Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with compound banking of 12-14 degrees in the corners, 10 degrees in the front stretch and four degrees in the back stretch. The facility, which opened for operation in 2006, is located east of Des Moines in Newton. This marks the third consecutive year for the track to host the East-West combination race.

The records … Qualifying: Kevin Harvick, May 20, 2007, 133.775 mph. 23.547 seconds, Race: Brian Ickler, May 18, 2008, 85.216 mph, 2 hours 3 minutes 13 seconds.

The Showdown … The overall winner of the Long John Silver’s 200 will earn a protected spot in the postseason NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Jason Bowles, Matt DiBenedetto, Eric Holmes, Brian Ickler, Greg Pursley have already earned spots with their victories this season.

On point … Championship Points will be awarded based on a driver’s finish versus other drivers in their series. For example, the top-finishing East driver will receive 180 points regardless of overall finish, and same for the West.

Busch Set To Race At Iowa

Just about every time Kyle Busch has taken to the track this year, he’s been a threat to win. The recently turned 24-year-old has eight wins in 24 starts in the three NASCAR national series. He will look to add another series to his win list at Iowa, as he is entered to run the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

"We're teaming up with Toyota of Des Moines, they've been good supporters of mine,” Busch said in the national teleconference Tuesday. “We're looking forward to bringing it up there and hopefully winning a race on Sunday so they can sell more cars on Monday."

Busch will look to continue one trend and end another. Each of the past two years, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to run at Iowa(Kevin Harvick in 2007 and Kasey Kahne in 2008), has won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., the night before. But they have failed to win at Iowa. In fact, Busch’s current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teammate, Joey Logano, made a big splash as a then 16-year-old when he outran runner-up Harvick.

“Hopefully we'll have a good enough car where we can do the same thing,” Busch said of Logano’s win. “I'm looking forward to it.”

Official NASCAR Release By Kevin Green

Sunday, May 3, 2009

NASCAR Camping World Series East/West Challenge

Long John Silver's 200Long John Silver's 200 Presented by A&W Restaurants: NASCAR Camping World Series East/West Challenge.

The NASCAR Camping World Series is the top level of the NASCAR Developmental Series and is made up of two regional tours, the East and West, competing with identical race cars.

Camping World, the country's largest RV and outdoor retailer, became the title sponsor for NASCAR Camping World Series beginning in 2008.

The East dates back to 1987 and races in key markets in the northeast, along the Atlantic seaboard. The West enters its 55th season and features events along the Pacific cost, and throughout several other western states. The two compete on separate schedules and for separate championships. They meet for a combined points event only once during the season: At Iowa Speedway in May. Both series run at a challenging combination of short tracks, intermediates, road courses, and speedways, with a number of races held in combination with NASCAR Spring Cup Series events.

The cars are similar in appearance and design to those cars used in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The cars are powered by 350 to 358 cubic-inch V-8 engines.

Over the years, this series has helped launch the careers of many future NASCAR stars including current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standouts Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., and David Gilliland, along with two-time championship crew chief Greg Zipadelli.

As the new title sponsor, Camping World looks to continue the tradition of developing talented young drivers. Recent enhancements to the series included a schedule with an expanded geographic reach, new competition and cost-containment initiatives such as the new "spec engine" and compostie body, and lowered age-limit to 16 for drivers.

Moses at the Iowa Speedway
2008 Re-Cap:

Moses Smith, driver of the No. 16 HASA Pool Products Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing was the fastest West Series’ driver in the final practice session at Iowa Speedway and only 2/10th off the record.

In a close qualifying session, Moses put the No. 16 HASA Toyota in row twelve. Only 44 drivers would start the 200-lap race. Smith gained positions with hard racing and great pit stops by the HASA team. He finished the race in sixth for the West drivers.

Information taken from the Iowa Speedway Website