WS: Utah: Jim Warn race notes

Warn Notches Third Straight Top Ten Finish AURORA, OR (August 4, 2008) Jim Warn continued his late season momentum and scored a seventh place finish at Miller Motorsports Park this past Saturday in NASCAR Camping World Series action. The finish...

Warn Notches Third Straight Top Ten Finish

AURORA, OR (August 4, 2008) Jim Warn continued his late season momentum and scored a seventh place finish at Miller Motorsports Park this past Saturday in NASCAR Camping World Series action. The finish was his third straight top ten finish and fourth of the season. Warn was also the top finishing Sunoco rookie competitor in the race.

Warn qualified 13th for the 41-lap contest on the 3.06-mile perimeter course and the three year old facility and would have to use patience in order to secure a top ten position.

Warn and his crew had a simple game plan and that was to pit before halfway and hope to use track position as their bargaining tool late in the race. During the opening laps, Warn just got comfortable and took what the track would give him not pushing the issue with other cars.

Warn would ride just outside the top ten until he pitted on lap 17 for fuel only. Through the middle portion of the race, he had his hands full with a loose race car on worn tires, on a track baking in the hot desert sun. It could have been a recipe for disaster, but instead Warn kept pace with the leaders and slowly worked his way inside the top ten late in the race.

On a lap 34 caution, Warn followed his teammate in to the pits for tires and a chassis adjustment, a late race gamble that could take wise or not depending on how the final laps played out.

The gamble was worth it as he was able to survive a couple of off track incidents as well as heavy contact with fellow rookie Jeff Barkshire to maintain a top ten spot. The extra distance benefited Warn as he was able to move up to the seventh position when the checkered flag fell.

"It was a good race for us," Warn said. "I am happy with the finish, but I also know we had a better car than what our finish shows. The contact with Barkshire dropped us back and the car was not the same. It was a good day for MJ2 Racing with two top ten finishes and two race cars that rolled into the trailers."

The finish moved Warn up to the ninth position in the standings with just three races left in the 2008 season. The finish was also the eighth time this season that Warn has finished better than he qualified and the fifth race his finished on the lead lap. Warn has completed over 96% of all the laps run this season.

"I feel that we are ready to have the rookie stripe removed as we have learned a great deal all season," Warn said. "I am so proud of the team. We continue to learn new things at every race that help us. If we can finish the season with top ten finishes then we will have had a pretty good year."

Warn and his MJ2 Racing team will be back in action Saturday, August 16 at Toyota speedway in Irwindale (CA) for round eleven of the 13-race schedule.

-credit: www.mj2racing.com.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jeff Barkshire