Ryan Moore So Close to Winning His Second Busch Pole Award, Finishes Lake Erie Eleventh (North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - Ryan Moore was only sixteen one-hundredths if a second shy of winning his second Busch Pole Award in NASCAR Grand ...
Ryan Moore So Close to Winning His Second Busch Pole Award, Finishes Lake Erie Eleventh
(North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - Ryan Moore was only sixteen one-hundredths if a second shy of winning his second Busch Pole Award in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition this year.
"Going into the corner, I knew I was either going to put it in the wall or put it on the pole," said the 2003 Rookie of the Year. It was his response to his crew chief, who came on the radio to report his qualifying time of 15.433 seconds, which was second-best to the number 45 car of Brian Hoar. "We had a decent car in practice," said Moore, "but we made several changes before time trials."
The sophomore diver kept his R.C. Moore Transportation/Bill Dodge Auto Group/Shell Rotella T Chevrolet in the second spot for the first 80 laps and even earned himself five bonus points by leading lap 50. As the race progressed, Moore's No. 74 car began to tighten. On lap 90, Andy Santerre got underneath the R.C. Moore Monte Carlo dropping Moore back to 3rd. Moore then began to feel pressure from the 96 car of Mike Johnson and lost the third position on lap 105. Moore knew he had a good race car and felt comfortable running in 4th. The Moore Racing team knew they didn't have a winning car, but a top-five finish would have been completely satisfying.
Brian Hoar began putting the pressure on with only a few laps to go. An unexpected heavy contact came from Hoar, sending Moore spinning through turn two with only three laps to go. Moore did an amazing job of avoiding all contact with his competitors and the yellow flag was thrown. NASCAR officials penalized the 45 car, placing him directly behind Moore for the green, white, checkered restart. With all the anger Moore had built up, he calmly drove his R.C. Moore Chevrolet to an eleventh place finish. He was only inches away for another top-ten finish.
"We had a capable car here tonight," said Moore, "we definitely should be bringing home a top-five finish. The unexpected hit from behind cost us several positions, but we are keeping a positive attitude and heading to Waterford looking for a win."
Waterford Speedbowl, near New London, Conn., hosts the next Busch North Series race on Saturday, July 17th.