Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Podium Finish At Evergreen Speedway

Moses Smith, driver of the No. 16 HASA Pool Products/NAPA Gold Filters Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing, finished 3rd at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. He remains solidly in second place in the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.

With the second half of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 2011 season underway, Smith made his third visit to the podium. Smith has made two previous visits to Evergreen Speedway with both being top-ten finishes. “It’s challenging track in that it has a lot of bumps and dips that upset the race car. It really makes you work at it,” said Smith.

On Saturday, the No. 16 Hasa Toyota team took to the track for two practice sessions and qualifying. Smith put the Hasa/NAPA Filters entry inside of row five to start the race. ”We didn’t qualifying where we wanted to but we have 200 laps to move up.” At lap 70, Smith was running in the top-five. He gained one more position at lap 90.

There was a half-way break at lap 100 at which time crew chief Mario Isola and the Hasa team went to work putting on fresh tires and making minor adjustments. Back to green flag racing, Smith brushed the wall at lap 122. He kept pace and was still in the top-five. With less than twenty laps to go, the second thru fourth place cars went three wide going into turn one. There was a lot of close racing and more contact with the wall, but Smith is able to continue; now running in fourth. With less than five to go, Smith battled with his teammate Eric Holmes and moved into third, taking the checkered flag.

“We had some good competition here,” continued Smith. “Side by side racing for most of the 200 laps made it an exciting race. The Hasa Toyota ran great and we’re back on the podium. We’ll take it!”

Set your DVRs. The NKNP West Series race from Infineon can be seen on Thursday July 14th at 3 pm PT on SPEED Channel. Catch the race from Toyota Speedway on Thursday July 21st and the upcoming race from Evergreen Speedway on Thursday July 28th.

The next race will be on July 24th at Portland International Raceway. Smith and the Hasa team have made two previous visits to the road course in Portland.

For more information on Bill McAnally Racing and our race partners, please visit our website at www.billmcanallyracing.com. Bill McAnally Racing is now on Facebook. Become a fan and stay up to date with the latest happenings with your favorite race teams. Also follow the team on BMR_NASCAR on Twitter.

For more information on Moses Smith, please visit www.mosessmith.com. You can visit our sponsors’ websites at www.hasapool.com, www.napafilters.com, and www.whiteflyer.com. You can also follow Moses on Twitter and on Facebook.

Photo by Charly Porter/www.racingwest.com

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