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* Ryan Moore latest DEI driver climbing through NASCAR ladder system DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 13, 2005) --Three championships, 51 wins. Intimidating? Maybe, but for Dale Earnhardt Inc., it represents success in the NASCAR Busch Series, where...

* Ryan Moore latest DEI driver climbing through NASCAR ladder system

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 13, 2005) --Three championships, 51 wins.

Intimidating? Maybe, but for Dale Earnhardt Inc., it represents success in the NASCAR Busch Series, where many drivers earned an opportunity after excellence in one of NASCAR's regional touring divisions or the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series.

When 21-year-old Ryan Moore takes the track this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, he will become the latest DEI driver to come through NASCAR's ladder system. Moore, who is coming off of his first NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series win, will make his first start for DEI in the No. 81 Oreo/Ritz Chevrolet. Moore is no stranger to New Hampshire where he has finished in the top five in three of his last four Busch North Series starts. One of those finishes occurred on July 19, 2003, when -- then Busch North Series driver and current DEI teammate Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) took home the win.

"Racing at New Hampshire is the perfect place to start my first NASCAR Busch Series race," said Moore. "Having raced here before, I don't have to worry about how to get on and off pit road, where the tricky parts of the track are and there is a great comfort level."

Truex, the defending NASCAR Busch Series champion and current points leader, is a graduate of the Busch North Series, and a friend of Moore's. He contributes advice about how to handle non-racing responsibilities like media interviews.

"Ryan is my teammate and I will always be there to give him advice," said Truex. "We raced in the Busch North Series, so I know first-hand he has a lot of talent."

"The one thing DEI said they liked about me was the fact that I also raced for my dad like Martin Truex," said Moore. "Because my family owns the cars, I take care of the equipment as much as possible. My dad (Kelly Moore, who holds the Busch North Series record for wins) has taught me a lot about racing and how to keep the cars running until the end. Just like Martin I would have to fix the car if I bent it up, so you tend to race aggressively, but also think about the big picture of what the consequences are from your actions."

Another DEI teammate who knows what Moore will be feeling when he takes the track this weekend is former NASCAR Autozone Elite Division, Midwest and Southwest Series driver Paul Menard (No. 11 Menard's Chevrolet) who made his first start for DEI at New Hampshire one year ago.

Menard is coming off his fourth straight top-10 finish and sits 12th in the point standings, just 115 points out of tenth.

"NASCAR has a great ladder system in every region of the country," said Truex. "I think that is why we are seeing so many young drivers and crew members becoming so successful so quickly in the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. I know the Busch North Series really prepared me for racing at the next level."

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