NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES New Hampshire International Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006 NO. 27 FOR NO. 47: The racing maxim, "You don't beat experience," is ...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES
New Hampshire International Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006
NO. 27 FOR NO. 47: The racing maxim, "You don't beat experience," is attributed to Richard Petty. Once accepted without question, that wisdom has been challenged recently by the success of younger drivers in the Busch East Series and elsewhere. Kelly Moore stepped forward at New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday, in only his second start of 2006, to score one for the veterans, just as Dave Dion did at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine a year ago.
Moore, who was a young driver making a name himself in the formative years of the Busch East Series (then the Busch North Series) in the 1980's, finished without a scratch or a tire mark on the No. 47 NAPA Auto Parts/Bill Dodge Auto Group Chevrolet in a race of multiple incidents that sent other contenders to the garage, to the pits for repair, or the back of the pack. Relegated to 23rd starting position when qualifying was rained out and the lineup was set by Busch East Series owner point standings, Moore patiently worked forward, preserving his tires and brakes for the final push that carried him around Brian Hoar for his 27th career win, extending his own series record. For numerologists, the driver of the No. 47 also holds the record of 47 career Busch Poles and celebrated his 47th birthday last January.
The success of the talented young drivers in NASCAR is often attributed to a wise, experienced voice on their radio counseling patience and focus. The voice in Kelly Moore's ear during his fifth NHIS win was his son, Ryan Moore, the 2003 Busch East Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year who would soon strap in to his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ride for the New Hampshire 200 later that afternoon.
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TOGETHER AGAIN: It stands to reason that Brian Hoar and Bryon Chew would be linked together. Their first names are pronounced the same, they're both in the car business (Dodge and Chevrolet respectively), and they are close in age and Busch East Series experience. However, their recent linkage goes beyond probability. Hoar's No. 45 Goss Dodge Intrepid and Chew's No. 99 Buzz Chew Chevrolet have finished second and third in the last two Busch East Series races and second and fourth in the race before that, swapping third place in the point standings each week. Leaving NHIS, New Hampshire 125 runner-up Hoar leads Chew by one point and has closed the gap to leader Mike Olsen (No. 61 Little Trees Chevrolet) to 153 points and the margin to runner-up Sean Caisse (No. 44 Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet) to 97 markers.
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GOOD GUYS FROM THE GOLDEN STATE: There was a southern California accent to the top dozen finishers in the New Hampshire 125. Andrew Myers (No. 4 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet) of Newport Beach worked his way all the way from 41st to fourth to easily win the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award, while Rocky Moran Jr. (No. 41 New England Mechanical Overlay/Hot Tubs & More Chevrolet) of Irvine scored his best NASCAR finish in 12th. Myers brought his AutoZone West Series car, while Moran drove a second entry from the Eddie MacDonald team. Moran, a road racing graduate, has driven in selected Busch East Series races for the past couple of seasons. His father, Rocky Moran Sr., formerly drove Indy cars for Dan Gurney and is a winner of the Rolex 24 sports car classic at Daytona.
Seventh place finisher Peyton Sellers (No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet) has a foot in several camps, geographically speaking. His home is Danville, Va., but he's racing regularly in the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series in 2006 for Bill McAnally Racing of Sacramento, Calif., and he drove the Connecticut-based Ted Marsh entry at NHIS.
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SHOWDOWN RACE GETS TIGHT: Archie Bell hit No. 1 on the rock & roll charts with "Do the Tighten Up" back in 1968. In 2006, Scott Bouley (No. 26 Towne & Aurell/Gravels Auto Body Chevrolet), Pierre Bourque (No. 10 Canada.com/Driving.ca Chevrolet), and Joe Masessa (No. 14 Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet) are recording an encore as they scramble for the final invitation to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. Following the New Hampshire 125, with two races to go, Bouley and Bourque are tied for 15th place in the standings, the last position which earns an automatic invitation for a spot on the Busch East Series team that will meet the AutoZone West Series before a live national audience on SPEED Saturday night, October 21. Masessa is just six points behind.
Since 14th place John Freeman is 52 points ahead of Bouley and Bourque, it's likely that only one of the battling trio will make the trip to California, unless a higher-ranked driver in the final standings declines their invitation.
By the way, Archie Bell released a follow-up to "Tighten Up" called "There's Gonna Be a Showdown." How appropriate.
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MILESTONES: The 33 cars which finished on the lead lap established a record for NHIS and in all probability for the series. The former NHIS record was 28 lead lap finishers, also in a 46-car field, in 1997... Kelly Moore's victory was his first since Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway in June 2004... Mike Olsen's ninth place was his first finish outside the top six in 2006, but it kept his perfect record of top-10's intact... Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet) finished 35th and 40th in his two 2006 NHIS starts. His last top ten at the track was in 2002... Tracy Gordon (No. 33 Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford), 18th in points, is the only driver in the top 21 who has not competed in all nine races. He has run six, with three top-fives and no finish below 12th.