Thursday, June 30, 2011

Smith Set To Make 60th Start

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Moses Smith is set to make his 60th career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on Saturday, July 2, at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) in the Southern California Toyota Dealers 200 presented by King Taco.

It’s appropriate that Smith, who drives the No. 16 HASA Pool Products/NAPA Filters Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing, celebrate this milestone at Irwindale. He made his series debut at the state-of-the-art half-mile track on July 22, 2006.

Since then, the 35-year-old former open-wheel competitor from Tempe, Ariz., has registered 14 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes. He is currently second in the championship standings. But he’s still looking for that elusive first career series win. Smith has come close on several occasions, especially earlier this season when he had back-to-back runner-up finishes at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., and Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

He knows that first win could come this weekend at Toyota Speedway, where he has registered a string of strong finishes. Of his six starts at Irwindale, Smith finished out of the top 10 only once. His best finish there was fourth last year.

“Irwindale’s always a fun track,” said Smith, who has won the Most Popular Driver Award in the series the past three years. “We’ve had some pretty good finishes at Irwindale. Hopefully, we’ll get our first win there. It would be cool to have our first start and our first win there.”

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

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