Monday, February 28, 2011

Season Opener a Good Start

The sun was up and the weather mild at the one-mile oval in Avondale, Arizona. The #16 Hasa Pool Products / White Flyer / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry arrived for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opener at the Phoenix International Raceway eager to start their 2011 season. The two practice sessions proved productive and driver Moses Smith finished in the top ten in the final practice.

A solid qualifying run placed Moses on the outside of row eight for the 4:30 p.m. start of the 100 lap main event. By lap 24, Smith had moved up to seventh position. During the early part of the race, the glare from the sun was a real issue. Going into turn one Moses commented that he could not see.

“The middle laps of the race were tough. I literally could not see the entry to turn one, it was a leap of faith lap after lap. Then by the time I could see turn 1 again, I could not see the exit of turn 4…gotta love that phoenix sun.” Moses elaborated.

Two pits stops, scheduled about thirty laps apart, shuffled the #16 Hasa Pool Products / White Flyer / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry towards the rear of the pack twice. The 3 Amigos Organic Blanco 100 presented plenty of action. The race, which lasted one hour and thirty-five minutes, included eight caution flags for a total of forty-one laps. However, Moses managed to steer clear of the on track crashes to return to the front.

“We were making a charge to the front, but the car tightened up just a little at the end; we finished eight. . . . a good start to the season.”

Moses would like to thanks his 2011 sponsors Hasa Pool Products, White Flyer, NAPA Filters, and Blimpie for their support and encouragement. The #16 team, led by Crew Chief Mario Isola, is looking forward to the next NASCAR K&N Pro Series race on April 16 at the All American Speedway in Roseville, California.

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