Kelly Moore Suffers Engine Woes at Beech Ridge Scarborough, ME -- The anticipation of competing in front of the hometown fans turned to disappointment Saturday evening for Kelly Moore and his Scarborough, ME based team. After working his way...
Kelly Moore Suffers Engine Woes at Beech Ridge
Scarborough, ME -- The anticipation of competing in front of the hometown fans turned to disappointment Saturday evening for Kelly Moore and his Scarborough, ME based team. After working his way up through traffic on the tight track in Southern Maine, Moore's contact with his teammate, Ryan Moore, contributed to an overheated engine, and the disappointment of what may have been his first win of 2003.
"Our car was really, really good," commented Moore. "We short pitted around lap 60 and the car was really comfortable and very fast."
After qualifying 11th fastest, an uncharacteristic position for the "King of Qualifying", Moore easily moved up through the 25 car field and into the top-5. Moore's next feat was to get around his teammate, Ryan. As Ryan battled with Dale Quarterly, Moore patiently waited to find a spot to navigate around the competitors in front of him.
As the younger Moore continued to pressure Quarterly, the veteran Quarterly used a tactic that had some frustrating results for a number of competitors. "The 32 car checked up hard exiting the turn and everyone behind him locked up the brakes hard and started banging into one another," said Moore. "The impact I had with the 74 car produced a small hole in the radiator and the engine slowly began to overheat."
During a pit stop, the Bill Dodge Auto Group/Maine Lubrication/Shell Rotella T team removed a majority of tape from the front grill to help improve the air flow. But despite all the changes, the engine was finished a mere 98 laps into the 150-lap event.
"I'm disappointed, we had a very good handling race car, plenty of power and the team has worked so hard to get our first win of the season," Moore said. "Were in our hometown and having representatives from all of our sponsors on hand, it was really frustrating to not finish the race."
Moore and his team continue to remain upbeat and after a full day of work on Father's Day, the team is ready to attack the famed Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT this coming Friday evening.
"Were excited, our cars have been really good everywhere we've competed thus far, we just need to stay focused and the wins and consistent finishes will be there," said the veteran Busch North Series competitor.
The Friday evening feature event will be broadcast live on the Internet. Race fans who'll be unable to travel to the track should visit the Stafford Motor Speedway website to hear the Yahoo broadcast.