WS: Roseville Moses Smith race notes

Top-Five Finish for Moses Smith and the No. 16 HASA Pool The No. 16 HASA Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota has a great start in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West. Smith and the BMR team took home a fifth place finish at the season opener...

Top-Five Finish for Moses Smith and the No. 16 HASA Pool

The No. 16 HASA Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota has a great start in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series West. Smith and the BMR team took home a fifth place finish at the season opener at All American Speedway in Roseville, California before a sell-out crowd. There were over four hundred and fifty HASA Pool Product customers in attendance cheering on Moses, their favorite driver. The race was televised live on HDNet.

Rain on Friday, limited Moses' practice to a mere seven laps. However, Smith was in the top-ten during the race day practice with a 13.962 second run which would have put him on the front row to start the race. Unfortunately a pre-tech mandated set-up adjustment and the changing track conditions during qualifying hindered Smith's lap times considerable. The No. 16 HASA Toyota started the race on the inside of row eleven.

Moses Smith #16

Knowing that his race car was capable of winning the Toyota/NAPA AutoCare 150, Smith made a hard charge for the front, avoiding a half-a-dozen on track incidents before lap 75 and gaining five positions. During the second half of the race, Moses battled back and forth between the eleventh and fifteen positions.

With little more than twenty laps to go, Smith felt his car's handling improve and moved the No. 16 HASA Toyota into the top-ten. Moses had worked his way into seventh position when the green flag flew for a green-white-checkered finish. Moses executed one final push to the front to pass two more cars and finished in fifth, his best career finish in NCWS West.

"Duane Knorr and the team from BMR gave me a great Toyota Camry to begin this race season," said Smith. "It was a lot of fun racing at All American Speedway in front of a huge HASA Pool Products crowd. This finish gives us the momentum we need toward our goal of winning our first race in the series. The team is pumped up as we head to my home track at Phoenix International Raceway."

-credit: moessmith.com

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