Kelly Moore Follows Up Stafford Win With Third Place Finish at Holland International Speedway (Holland, N.Y. - June 26, 2004) - Coming off a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series win last weekend at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway,...
Kelly Moore Follows Up Stafford Win With Third Place Finish at Holland International Speedway
(Holland, N.Y. - June 26, 2004) - Coming off a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series win last weekend at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, Kelly Moore of Scarborough, Maine was going for two-in-a-row on Saturday night, this time at the .375-mile Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway, which is thirty minutes south of Buffalo. While Moore could not come up with his second win of 2004 at Holland, he did come away with a third place finish to improve his standing in the season-long points by three positions, going from seventh to fourth.
Moore, driving the No. 47 NAPA Auto Parts Of Maine/Bill Dodge Auto Group Chevrolet Monte Carlo, started his race from the sixth position after Busch Pole time trials saw him turn a fast lap of 14.680 seconds (91.962 MPH).
"The car wasn't quite like we wanted it in practice, but we definitely got it straightened out by the end of practice," he said before the race. "We have a little better car than we qualified, I think we had a car that could have sat on the pole, but I overdrove the car in qualifying and got us back in sixth. I think we have a real good car for the race."
Moore was right about having a good car for the race as he was immediately up two spots right at the start of the race to run fourth in the early going. Just sixteen laps in, he challenged polesitter Dave Dion for third and got that spot, which he held through a lap 29 restart. Then, eventual race winner Andy Santerre tried pulling alongside Moore for third, but couldn't complete the pass.
Following a lap 43 restart, with Moore still in third, Santerre again tried taking that spot and succeeded after Moore raced to his outside for a full lap. Now running fourth, Moore started working on Mike Olsen, who had fallen to third after Santerre passed him.
The closest call for Moore came on lap 99 when early leader Mike Johnson spun in front of him on the backstretch. Moore escaped the incident with no contact and took over the third position. For the balance of the event, Moore's greatest competition came from his own son Ryan, who was fourth but continuously trying to get a nose under Kelly's left rear corner. The younger Moore couldn't pull alongside, though, and this left Kelly to finish the race in third position, his second consecutive top-three finish and fourth straight top-ten.
"We're happy with that," he said after the race. "Obviously, we want to win every week, but we were a little bit off, the car was a little free at the beginning of the race. I knew it wasn't going to get any better, but my crew chief told me just to hold on, maybe when the sun went down the track would tighten up a little bit, though I knew in my heart that it wouldn't tighten up quite that much. So I just tried to keep the tires underneath me, run a good solid race and keep track position. Track position is very important in this race, and those guys that were pitting, I was thinking to myself that they could go ahead and keep pitting, since I knew they weren't going to make it back through to the front.
"I'm happy for NAPA Auto Parts of Maine, I'm happy for Bill Dodge and Maine Lubrication, and especially for the crew which works hard every week, but in the last few weeks I've worked them pretty hard," Moore continued. "The guys who can come to the shop have been at the shop, and it's gratifying to finish up front the last two weeks for them. The last four runs have had us in the top ten, and that's what we need to do."
The Busch North Series now takes a well-deserved weekend off, but will return to action with its second annual appearance at Lake Erie Speedway, located in North East, Pennsylvania, on July 10th. Moore won the pole for the inaugural race last year.
"We're looking forward to going back to Lake Erie Speedway," he said. "We sat on the pole last year and we were real fast, but we blew out a right front tire. We didn't have that good a race but we look forward to going back there and we look forward to having a fast race car there."
The Holland race will be aired on Sunday, June 27th at 8:30 PM on HDNet television, and will be repeated on SpeedTV on Saturday, July 10th at noon. For more information on Kelly Moore, visit www.mooreracing.com.