Warn Has Highs and Lows at All-Star Showdown IRWINDALE, CA. (January 25, 2009) Jim Warn, driver of the MJ2 Racing Chevrolet on the NASCAR Camping World Series had perhaps his best drive of his career finishing 14th Saturday night in the sixth ...
Warn Has Highs and Lows at All-Star Showdown
IRWINDALE, CA. (January 25, 2009) Jim Warn, driver of the MJ2 Racing Chevrolet on the NASCAR Camping World Series had perhaps his best drive of his career finishing 14th Saturday night in the sixth annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star showdown staged at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (CA). Warn made his first showing in the marquee event a memorable one by claiming the final transfer spot in the 50-lap preliminary event then starting shotgun on the field for the big 250-lap Showdown.
Rain dominated the headlines for all three days of the event leaving teams precious little track time to set their cars up for the race. The lack of practice was more problematic with each rain shower washing the track clean of rubber; it was going to be a guessing game on set-ups.
56 teams from all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico descended o the half-mile paved oval at Irwindale ready to claim top honors as the best short track driver. Warn qualified a disappointing 38th leaving him on the outside looking in.
Warn started the 21-car 50-lap preliminary feature in the 9th position and quickly set sail on the top six. Warn jockeyed his Chevrolet up into the top six by lap 30 and hoped he could keep all comers at bay. It did not work as his car began to slide in the corners dropping to 7th on lap 48. Good fortune did shine however as Joey Pole looped his mount while running third handing over the final transfer spot to Warn.
The feature event had its share of on-track incidents, but fortunately none of those involved Warn. Through the first 100 lap segment Warn was able to work his up to the 22nd position.
Continuing to just run his own race, Warn navigated the traffic and debris to ride in the 11th position at the end of the second 100-lap segment. The crew changed tires and made a chassis adjustment to tighten the car up for the final 50-lap shootout.
In what was becoming the drive of the night, Warn moved into the top ten by lap 215 only to be tagged from behind by Ron Hornaday Jr.. The contact sent Warn spinning but he was able to continue albeit one lap down. Warn held his own over the final 30 laps to finish his first All-Star event in the 14th position.
""It was really a great night for the whole team," Warn said. "We have worked so hard and to qualify so poorly was disappointing but we raced really well and we have a lot of confidence going into the season."
For his part, new crew chief Roger Bracken was thrilled. "The kid can flat drive," Bracken stated. "We will continue to work on our setups so we can qualify consistently but I am really happy about how the night turned out."
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 atop a Hopkins chassis with Roger bracken as crew chief Warn is in his second year on the NASCAR Camping World Series tour. 2009 season will kick off Saturday, March 14 with the Texas Thunder "150' at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, TX.