Ryan Moore Earns His Second Appearance in Victory Lane Scarborough, ME -- The rain in the Northeast finally held off for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series so drivers and crews could get their cars back on the track. One...
Ryan Moore Earns His Second Appearance in Victory Lane
Scarborough, ME -- The rain in the Northeast finally held off for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series so drivers and crews could get their cars back on the track. One of the most anxious drivers was rookie sensation Ryan Moore, who couldn't wait to race in front of local family and friends at his hometown track- Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Although an ounce of sun never shined, the Moore Racing team was determined that this week, they were going to race.
The R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge Auto Group/Maine Lubrication/Shell Rotella Monte Carlo was very fast throughout the entire day. Without making hardly any adjustments, Moore ran fourth fastest in the first practice session. His consistency on the track allowed him to run a lap time of 15.888 seconds, which just happened to be the same exact lap time as competitor Mike Stefanik. According to NASCAR rules, Moore and Stefanik would line up according to their current point standing, which put Stefanik in 3rd and Moore in 4th.
Starting on the outside at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is definitely a disadvantage. Moore tried his hardest to earn himself an inside groove when the green flag dropped, but unfortunately he fell back to the eighth spot. Once the tires were heated, Moore began to work his magic. Using the inside and outside grooves, Moore made his way up to third.
He held onto the third spot until lap 90, when the caution flag was thrown. Under the direction of veteran crew chief Rollie Lachance, the team pulled off an outstanding pit stop to change the right side tires. Moore was joined on pit road by Andy Santerre, who led the way back onto the track in 16th position with Moore right behind him. Santerre and Moore really put on a show for race fans, as the two aggressive race car drivers made their way into the second and third spots by lap 115.
A misfortune occurred on lap 138. The lighting went out in turns three and four due to electrical problems, forcing NASCAR to red flag the race. "All I could think about was how I was going to get the lead with only 12 laps to go," said Moore. "The adrenalin was really rushing."
The track crew quickly repaired the problem and field went back to green flag racing. Unfortunately, Moore couldn't get his tires heated fast enough to gain himself the lead, but would pull off another astonishing third place finish. Moore commented that he was extremely anxious to win his first race for his dad, "My dad has put so much time and support into my team and I just really wanted to win this one for him."
Not that the young rookie was disappointed, he couldn't have picked a better time to put his R.C. Moore Monte Carlo in Victory Lane, for it was his home track and he could be joined by his family and friends , who were all amazed by Ryan's performance.
The final congratulations of the night were given by NASCAR Busch North Series Champion Andy Santerre. "Boy--you're good," said Andy in amazement at the young driver's success. Young Moore couldn't help but grin from ear to ear at the words of Andy, as he drove away with his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
The NASCAR Busch North Series will return to Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday evening, June 20 for a 150-lap feature.