Harraka stays on top at All American Speedway

Season opens at Roseville’s race track
By: Staff Report
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The weekend could not have been scripted better for the No. 12 NAPA Gold Filters Toyota team and Drive for Diversity driver Paulie Harraka. The young driver from Bill McAnally Racing put the No. 12 Toyota Camry on the pole, led the most laps and brought home back-to-back wins at the team’s home track in Roseville, California. "The No. 12 Toyota Camry wasn't that great when we unloaded it, and we struggled a bit through the first practice session,” Harraka said, “but we got some great NAPA parts for it for the second round of practice and made it a ton better.” Harraka, who also won the 2009 season finale at All American Speedway, was on his game Saturday night. “I still can't believe we qualified on the pole by that much,” Harraka said. “We were one of the earlier cars to hit the track, so I went up to the spotter's stand to watch the rest of the cars go out. What a nail-biting thing to go through.” Last season’s top rookie driver seems comfortable on the 1/3-mile oval in Roseville, and was particularly impressive in front of the sold-out crowd Saturday. "Tonight was old school short track racing at its best,” Harraka said. “Right from the beginning, the racing was tight and doors were banging. Fortunately for us, we were able to hold everyone off and bring this one home.” It was a tougher opening night in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West for Harraka’s McAnally teammate Moses Smith. The No. 16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota Camry ran in the top 10 during both practices at the speedway. Moses Smith broke into the top-five by the halfway point of the 150-lap race Saturday. A late incident had the race finish under a green-white-checkered scenario. As Smith brought his car to the checkered flag, a car spun in turn four. Smith avoided the wrecked car high in the corner only to be turned around by a lapped down car. “So the season opener was not the finish I wanted,” Smith said. “On the last lap I was running in seventh with the leader in sight and a guy laps down spins me as we are coming to the checkered flag. I managed a ninth-place finish. It was not the way I wanted to finish the race.”