BNS: Kelly Moore surpasses $1,000,000 Career Earnings

Barre, VT (9/4/99) Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, eclipsed the million dollar mark in career earnings on Saturday with an 11th place finish in the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, Jiffy Lube 150 race at Thunder Road ...

Barre, VT (9/4/99) Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, eclipsed the million dollar mark in career earnings on Saturday with an 11th place finish in the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, Jiffy Lube 150 race at Thunder Road International Speedway. Moore qualified sixth fastest overall but after the traditional redraw of the top qualifiers, won the opportunity to start the race from the pole position. As the green flag dropped, Moore and Brad Leighton battled for the top spot on the high-banked ¼ oval. Moore would get by the current Busch North Series point leader on lap 5 and held the point for the next 30 circuits. "This track has been a tough challenge for us," said Moore. "Our first two visits were not that impressive but today we really had a good setup under the car and were really pleased with our qualifying and practice sessions." As the field took the restart on lap 35, Moore, Leighton and Bobby Dragon began to mix it up. Dragon was able to get underneath Moore, trapping the 1995 Busch North Series champion in the second groove. Unfortunately, Moore was not able to get down quick enough and lost several positions. The LesCare Kitchens team continued to battle back and while Moore was making his move to the front, began to tangle with another competitor which eventually caused some body damage and a flat right front tire. As the LesCare Kitchens team hustled to get the new rubber mounted, Moore wasn't able to beat the pace car out and was placed a lap down on the field. "The team did a great job on the pit stop, I thought we were going to beat the pace car out but we didn't get there in time and lost a lap," Moore said. Without the benefit of double file restarts, Moore was not able to close on the leaders and get back on the lead lap. Moore would finish in the 11th spot, the first car that was one lap down on eventual winner Dale Shaw. "Once you get a lap down here, your in big trouble," said Moore. "We made some progress on our setup and got some good laps in here, but were ready to get back to our home track next week." The Busch North Series returns to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for it's final appearance of 1999. The 150-lap short track battle is scheduled for September 11 in Scarborough, Maine.

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