WS: Irwindale: Jim Warn preview

Jim Warn Ready for King Taco 200 at Toyota Speedway AURORA, OR. (July 2, 2009) Jim Warn from Aurora, Oregon and driver of the GPI Performance.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Series-West is eager to make the most of the second half...

Jim Warn Ready for King Taco 200 at Toyota Speedway

AURORA, OR. (July 2, 2009) Jim Warn from Aurora, Oregon and driver of the GPI Performance.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Series-West is eager to make the most of the second half of season and looks forward to a solid result in the King Taco "200" at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA Saturday night.

Warn has three starts at the marquee half-mile paved oval located east of Los Angeles and will use a car that has run exceptionally well this season. He has completed better than 99% of the laps in those three races at Toyota Speedway and has run in the top ten but does not have the finishes to show for it.

"I am really looking forward to the race on Saturday," Warn said. "As good as we have run at Irwindale, we have not been able to finish strong. We are going to use our Phoenix and Iowa car and hopefully we will have a better result."

Warn's best finish at Toyota Speedway is 15th (twice) but it will be the starting position that the team is focused on heading into the 200-lap race. "We need a great qualifying effort Saturday night," Warn said. "You look at the guys who are winning these races and they all start up front. If we can nail qualifying I know we can race with them and be there at the end."

In 18 previous NCWS races at Toyota Speedway, there have been twelve different pole winners and five times that has equaled a win. Last season Jason Bowles swept both races from the front row. "We have been working really hard on our setups and I am feeling more and more confident each time I get in the car," Warn said. "Roger (Bracken) has been working with me on the setups and I know I can push the car harder. That is what it is going to take."

The hot summer sun of southern California may be just what the doctor ordered for Warn. "Toyota Speedway is a great place to race," Warn offered. "The fans are awesome and the facility is first class. I am really looking forward to the race."

Warn is currently in the tenth position in the point standings after seven races 126 points behind ninth place and 194 points out of the fifth position.

Warn drives for MJ2 Racing and is sponsored by GPI Performance.Com. 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 seven top ten finishes in 20 career NCWS starts.

The King Taco 200" at Toyota Speedway is round eight of the 13-race NASCAR Camping World Series-West schedule for 2009. The race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED Channel Thursday, July 16 at noon PT. Check local listings for date and time in your area. 2009 is the 56th year of competition for the NASCAR Camping World Series-West.

-credit: mj2r

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