GRAND: All-Star Showdown: Travis Motley race report

TRAVIS MOTLEY Finishes Eighth in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 1, 2011)-Travis Motley did what many other top national short-track drivers couldn't do - survive last Saturday night's prestigious Toyota All-Star Showdown at the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif.

The driver from Tucson, Ariz., drove the No. 7 Activ8 Development Chevrolet to an eighth-place finish in the crash-marred 225-lap race that has launched the careers of several NASCAR stars.

Motley was making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut in the non-points race among leading drivers from across the country. He drove in the Late Model division in each of the past two years, finishing 13th.

"I am really pleased with the manner in which Motley ran at Irwindale", said Activ8 Development CEO and NASCAR Championship Spotter, Mike Calinoff. "It was a really tough group of competitors, and to finish in the top-ten was really impressive."

Short-track drivers consider the Showdown their national all-star event. The race has attracted many of the country's top drivers, including former winners who now have NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rides - Joey Logano and David Gilliland.

The Activ8 Development driver was 23rd-fastest lap during qualifying at 96.375 mph.

"During qualifying I was a little too conservative with my lap," Motley said.

He made up a lot of lost ground during the main event. He avoided several crashes, including a five-car pileup at mid-race that brought out the red flag.

The two-day "Wild West Showdown" was hosted by Toyota Speedway and is open to series champions from the Camping World Series, both NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours, Canadian Tire Series and Mexico Series, as well as the top-five national finishers in the Whelen All-American Series standings.

As veterans lined up beside Motley, his "home track" experience paid off on the fast, multi-grooved half-mile raceway. When the green flag dropped, Motley did not wait long to move into the top-15 in the 40-car race. He found a comfortable groove along the bottom, and he stayed there during a steady march to the front.

"It was a slow progression throughout the race," said Motley. "I was trying to save my stuff since it was such a long race. I did not want to put myself in a bad situation. So, I slowly worked my way up."

Even Motley was involved in one of the 11 cautions when he was spun out by another car along the frontstretch. Despite falling to the back of the field, he worked his way back up to 16th by the end of the first segment. The break gave his No.7 crew time to make further repairs on some of the cosmetic damage to help him continue his solid march to the top-10.

"I am very pleased with how I did, because of all of the good guys - the field of talent that was there last weekend," said Motley. "And since it was my first time racing that car, ever. "

-source: travis motley PR

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