"Moses Smith likes racing on the half-mile oval"
Smith holds his position running in second in the chase for the series 2011 championship. Thru twelve races this season, he has five top-five finishes and nine top-tens.
Smith put the NAPA Filters Toyota in the top-ten of the fastest cars during the practice sessions. He then went on to qualify in seventh to start the 200-lap race. At the end of the first 25 laps, Smith moved into sixth. “The car is tighter than I would like,” he radioed in to crew chief Mario Isola. “Hang in there bud. We’ll get it better at the break,” said Isola.
There was a mandatory break at lap 102. Smith would restart the second half now in eighth. “Come on Hot Rod!” said Isola. “Let’s go get them.” At lap 140, Smith reported in that the No. 16 NAPA/Hasa Toyota was “tight, tight, tight”. After Moses’ adjustments made from inside the car didn’t help, Smith was called to pit road. The team put some rounds in the right rear of the car. He reported in at lap 160 ‘we gained but I’m too free off”. Not losing any positions, Smith came in under caution and the team made further adjustments including removing a bit of tape as the car was running hot. “That second change didn’t do anything,” Smith radioed. “I don’t have anything to get by the field.” Focused on the front, Smith continued his charge and would gain four positions before taking the checkered flag.
“I was tight all night’” said Smith. “It was good racing. I ran with someone side by side all night. This is a cool track. It needs some polishing but I wouldn’t mind racing here again.”
“We’re pointed in the right direction. I’m looking forward to going back to tracks I’m familiar with (All American Speedway and Phoenix International). With the championship out of our reach, our plan is to hang in there and finish the season second in points. We’ll see what happens.”
Smith and the No. 16 NAPA Filters/Hasa Pool Products team would like to thank all the fans that came out to meet him at Leisure Supply in Spokane Friday September 2nd. So many of them came out to the race at SCR the next day and were able to spend some more time with Smith at the pre-race autograph session.