Monday, July 5, 2010

A Fourth Place Finish for the 4th of July Weekend.

You could not have requested better weather for the 4th of July weekend of racing at the Toyota Speedway. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West held their sixth race of the season under the mild 80 degree Southern California blue skies.

The number 16 Hasa Pool Products team was optimistic and working hard to keep their streak of top-ten finishes going. Moses finished fourth on June 5 at the Douglas County Speedway and ninth on June 19 at Infineon Raceway.

The car worked well right off of the trailer. With two full practice sessions, the team felt their car would be very competitive during the nighttime race. Moses qualified fourteenth out of the thirty car field. From the drop of the green flag, the #16 Hasa Pool Product Toyota Camry moved steadily towards the front of the field.

With some very exciting three and four wide battles, Moses quickly worked his way up into the top-ten. In lap 77, two competitors collided in the middle of turn four. Moses just barely missed the wreck and had to fight to keep his vehicle under control as it maneuvered through the turn.

Lap 100 brought out the Competition Red. All the cars were mandated to pit. Moses restarted Lap 101 from the sixth position. During the next twenty laps, Moses patiently worked himself into second place.

However, the #16 Hasa Pool Product Toyota Camry began experiencing an alternator issue and it affected the car’s horsepower. (An alternator is an electromechanical device that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy in the form of alternating current.) Despite the decrease in horsepower, Moses hung on for a 4th place finish.

Both Moses and the team were thrilled that they were able to put on such a good show for the over four hundred Hasa fans who attended the Hasa Hospitality event and race.

"What an awesome race! Have to thank my crew for all the hard work they have put into turning our luck around this season. We are really on a roll, and it showed Saturday night in front of over 400 Hasa fans. I am excited to keep this momentum going heading into another road course in two weeks."

The King Taco ‘200’ will air on SPEED on Thursday, July 15 at 3 p.m. (Pacific Time).

The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule is the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops “125” at Portland International Raceway (Oregon) on July 18.

With his top-5 finish, Moses has climbed up to fourth place in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship point standings; just seven points out of out of third.

Online voting is now in full gear for the Most Popular Driver of the Year Award in the K&N Pro Series West. Moses Smith was voted by the fans as the Most Popular Driver the last two years. Please take a moment to vote for Moses daily at:

2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Top-Ten in Points:

Eric Holmes-937; David Mayhew-873; Jonathon Gomez-843; Moses Smith-836; Paulie Harraka-824; Luis Martinez Jr.-795, Blake Koch- 793; Michael Self-786; Todd Souza-748; and Greg Pursley-745.

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