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Jim Warn Scores Top ten in Roseburg AUROA, OR (June 9, 2009) Jim Warn, driver of the GPI Performance.Com Chevrolet, is in his second year of competition in the NASCAR Camping World Series-West and is having the opportunity to see many of ...

Jim Warn Scores Top ten in Roseburg

AUROA, OR (June 9, 2009) Jim Warn, driver of the GPI Performance.Com Chevrolet, is in his second year of competition in the NASCAR Camping World Series-West and is having the opportunity to see many of the series' tracks for the second time. That knowledge paid off this past Saturday, as Warn scored his third top ten finish of the season and second consecutive top ten effort at the half-mile paved oval outside Roseburg, Oregon. The finish vaulted Warn into the tenth position in the point standings after six races.

Warn qualified for the 150-lap Toyota/Bi-Mart sponsored race in the 12th position after the team changed the setup on the car after struggling with push condition throughout both practice sessions earlier in the day. The changes helped the push but caused a loose condition that Warn would battle for the entire event.

Over the opening laps of the race Warn allowed his tires to heat up and find where the car would run the best. He quickly settled into a groove and just started to log laps and let the race unfold in order to set himself up for a run to the finish.

Warn moved into the top ten around lap 40 where he would run the reminder of the event. Midway through the race he lost a lap to the leaders but quickly recovered when the third caution flew on lap 94 allowing him to get back on the lead lap.

Over the final 50-laps of the race Warn battled door to door with Greg Pursley and Jamie Dick finally wrestling the 9th position away from Dick and closed on Pursley for the eighth position. Warn crossed the finish line in the ninth position for his third top ten finish of the season and more importantly moved up to tenth in the championship standings.

"The car was really loose and had very little grip off the corners," Warn stated. "I had to drive a different line then I would have liked but we made it work. We made a lot of changes to the car during practice and Roger (Bracken) and the team did a great job; it was just a hard track to get a hold of."

While a ninth place finish was not the plan, Warn drove perhaps one of his better races this season. "The car was hard to handle but I learned plenty at the same time," Warn offered. "Everyone really fought the same issues out there and I know that finishing this race makes me a better driver. Now it's on to Infineon!"

Next up for Jim Warn and MJ2 Racing is the Bennett Lane Winery "200" at Infineon Raceway and is the first of three road course events this season.

-credit: mjr

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