WS: Kyle: Jim Warn preview

Warn Eager for Texas Thunder AURORA, OR. (March 10, 2009) Jim Warn returns to the Allstate Texas Thunder "150" at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, TX this Saturday night with a new car, a new crew chief, and new attitude about racing heading into...

Warn Eager for Texas Thunder

AURORA, OR. (March 10, 2009) Jim Warn returns to the Allstate Texas Thunder "150" at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, TX this Saturday night with a new car, a new crew chief, and new attitude about racing heading into his second season on the NASCAR Camping World Series West tour.

Warn enters the event at Thunder Hill coming off a solid performance in January at the annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown where the team had its first opportunity to come together with new crew chief Roger Bracken calling the shots on top the pit box.

"The Showdown was a good event for us," Warn said. "We had to really work as a team to get it done and we were really happy with the result. I feel we are ready to tackle the challenge that Thunder Hill presents."

Thunder Hill will present quite a challenge to the teams this weekend. The 3/8-mile paved oval is a tight circuit with sweeping turns but it often only has one groove, especially after it rains. "We learned a lot last year in the race," Warn said. "Simply put, we have to qualify up front and stay there. Passing on the outside is difficult and can make for a long night."

Given all the variables that come into play at any race, Warn is focused on one thing. "I am really happy with the car,' Warn said. "We have made a lot of changes over the winter and I am more comfortable. We have top five cars and it is up to me to get it done in qualifying and the race."

New crew chief Roger Bracken echoes Warn's sediments. "Jim can drive the wheels of the car, he has proven that," Bracken stated. "If we can give him a competitive car, he will get it done."

Last season Warn started 14th and finished 12th after a late race spin dropped him out of the top ten. "Last year I learned that you don't want to be on the outside of a loose car; you are just a sitting duck. I hope the weather stays clear all week so that the rubber can stay in the track and not be washed away by rain. But in the end it will come down to qualifying. All the past winners of this race started up front and that is where we plan to be."

Warn drives for MJ2 Racing and is sponsored by Gran Prix Imports, GPI Performance, and Leupold Optic. The car is powered by a Chevrolet NASCAR Spec Engine built by Brad "Freight train" Peters and sits atop a Hopkins chassis. Warn is in his second year of competition in the NCWS with four top ten finishes in 12 career starts.

The Allstate Texas Thunder "150" at Thunder Hill Raceway is round one of the 13-race NASCAR Camping World Series-West schedule for 2009. This event marks the fifth straight year the NCWS has visited Thunder Hill Raceway. 2009 is the 56th year of competition for the NASCAR Camping World Series-West.

-credit: mj2r

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