All-Star Showdown: Jim Warn preview

Warn Ready for Showdown Challenge AURORA, OR. (January 20, 2009) Jim Warn, driver of the MJ2 Racing Chevrolet on the NASCAR Camping World Series, sheds his rookie status and is set to compete in the biggest short-track race of the season. Warn...

Warn Ready for Showdown Challenge

AURORA, OR. (January 20, 2009) Jim Warn, driver of the MJ2 Racing Chevrolet on the NASCAR Camping World Series, sheds his rookie status and is set to compete in the biggest short-track race of the season. Warn is excited to return to Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (CA) for his first foray in the prestigious NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown this weekend.

Warn has two starts at the west's marquee racing facility (Toyota Speedway) which has been home to the Showdown since inception six years ago. The annual all-star event brings together the best racers in NASCAR's developmental ranks in a winner take all contest. Warn is optimistic about his chances this weekend.

"This is the one race we all talk about," Warn said. "We tested really well before the first of the year and feel that we have a car that can not only compete, but a car that can win. The showdown is a big test for our team but a test I know we will pass."

Since last season a lot has changed for Warn. This year his team will field only one car. He has a new crew chief in Roger Bracken, the MJ2 team relocated their shop back home in Oregon, and he recently announced his engagement to Tiffany Bailey.

"It certainly has been a busy and exciting off-season but we are really moving in the right direction in all things," Warn continued. "Roger (Bracken) has made an immediate impact in our team and on our cars. I am so excited about what I know we can do. We have found speed in the cars but most importantly we have gained confidence."

Bracken, no stranger to the series is thrilled with joining the team. "This deal came together very quickly but it felt like family from the first time we met," Bracken offered. "Jim is a very capable driver and has a lot of talent. My job is the put a competitive car under him and let him do the rest."

Warn drives for MJ2 Racing and is sponsored by Gran Prix Imports and Leupold Optic. The car is powered by a Chevrolet NASCAR Spec Engine and sits atop a Hopkins chassis. Warn completed his rookie campaign on the NCWS last season and is poised to challenge for a series championship in 2009. He has 12 career starts with four top ten finishes. In two events at Toyota Speedway, Warn has completed 395 of 400 laps contested with an average starting position of 20th and an average finish of 16th. Warn finished the 2008 schedule in the 14th position after missing the final event of the year due to a late season scheduling conflict when the date of the finale was changed.

The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway puts a wrap on the 2008 season but also begins the 2009 campaign for series teams. The race will be televised live on SPEED Channel with the green flag slated for 7:00 pm (PT) on both Friday and Saturday nights January 23-24. 2009 is the 56th year of competition for the NASCAR Camping World Series-West.

-credit: mj2r

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