Lakeville, CT (10/18/99) Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac Grand Prix, ended the 1999 Busch North Series season with a 30th place finish at Lime Rock Park. Moore had worked his way into the top-10 but as the motor began to lose power on lap 38, Moore was unable to keep pace with the rest of the field and was shuffled back. The team decided to stay out and gain as many points as possible but twelve laps later the car was parked for the day.
The LesCare Kitchens team was very optimistic going into the weekend's racing activities. Having suffered disappointing finishes the past couple of weeks, the team was anxious for a good finish and being in a position for a race win. "The driver mis-shifted on our first qualifying lap, going from second gear back into first, instead of up into third," explained Moore. "That made the motor turn some excessive RPM's. Our other laps were pretty decent but the competition really picked up on their speeds and we were dropped way back in the field."
After qualifying, the team closely examined all components in the engine, looking for any signs of damage. There was no visible damage and team decided to stay with the same power plant for the race. "There is not much we can do about a part failure, we looked real close at the engine before the race and after qualifying," said Moore. "While nothing was apparent, the over revving of the engine no doubt decreased the life cycle of the power plant." Moore's team has been supplied with some of the best and most durable engines on the tour but on this day a broken valve spring cost them valuable points and an early exit from the season finale. "We were hoping to get back into the top-5 in points today but as it stands now we will probably slip to seventh place overall for 1999," Moore said. The seventh place finish is the lowest that Moore has finished in his 13 years on the Busch North Series. "We were within reach of third place in mid August, but while we had two successive top-15 finishes, we also lost a lot of ground with a disappointing finish at New Hampshire," Moore concluded.
While a majority of the Busch North Series competitors will begin preparing for the 2000 campaign, Moore and his team will be heading to North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida for Busch Series races' during October and November. The team recently concluded a successful two-day test session at North Carolina Speedway and is looking forward to competing in the Kmart 200. The 200-lap Busch Series race is scheduled for 2pm on October 23 and will be shown live on TNN. The team will then head to the Charlotte, NC area to prepare for the inaugural Busch Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park on October 31.