Lee, NH -- The NASCAR Busch North Series opened its 12th season today with the running of the Walls Ford 150-lap event at Lee USA Speedway. Kelly Moore, driver of the Tic-Tac Pontiac Grand Prix, ended up a disappointing 27th after a mid-race incident with a lapped car damaged the steering arm and suspension.
"I feel real bad for this team, they all worked so hard in preparing for this race and to have it end up this way is a disappointment," stated Moore. "We'll get back to work tomorrow and have the car ready to go at Riverside."
Moore qualified 11th in the 30 car field but was expecting a better starting spot considering his cars performance during the practice sessions leading up to today's qualifying. "Our Tic-Tac team did an excellent job testing here two weeks ago and we've been very consistent and fast," Moore said. "But the set of tires we used for qualifying just didn't have enough heat in them and I slid through the center of the turns. I knew we had a good race car but being one of the first to qualify is sometimes a disadvantage."
From the start of the race, Moore struggled with an ill handling racecar that would push up towards the tracks wall as he applied power to the car while exiting the turns. The circumference or stagger of the tires not growing in the same proportion when they're heating up during competition causes this. However, the 1995 NASCAR Busch North Series champion continued to fight and win the battle with the racecar by posting consistent laps and staying in the top-10 all day until his accident with a lapped car on lap 91. "Though the car didn't handle that good, we certainly had a car capable of taking home a top-5 finish today," admitted Moore. "I don't think the lapped car knew I was there and came right down on me, that got the car around and we got hit by another car. The suspension was damaged on the left side, including the steering arm and at that point we knew our day was over."
Kelly Moore and the Tic-Tac Racing Team resumes racing next Saturday evening at Riverside Park in Springfield, MA.