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

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