Kelly Moore struggles to finish twelfth at NHIS Loudon, NH -- The NAPA Auto Parts crew, led by NASCAR veteran Kelly Moore, have been anxiously awaiting a return to the "Magic Mile" superspeedway in New Hampshire. Moore, the 1995 NASCAR Busch...
Kelly Moore struggles to finish twelfth at NHIS
Loudon, NH -- The NAPA Auto Parts crew, led by NASCAR veteran Kelly Moore, have been anxiously awaiting a return to the "Magic Mile" superspeedway in New Hampshire. Moore, the 1995 NASCAR Busch North Series champion, has enjoyed considerable success at the Bahre Family owned track, but in his 39 previous starts, there have also been many disappointments.
On Saturday afternoon, Moore watched his son and teammate run in the top-5 all day long while the elder member of the family battled an ill-handling racecar, fighting hard to take home a top-10 finish. Somewhat disappointed at his 12th place finish, Kelly listened patiently as his 19-year-old son discussed his first race on the one mile oval, won by another young competitor, Martin Truex, Jr.
"Our team really had to work their butts off this weekend," Moore admitted. "We struggled during practice, qualifying and the race. We're going to have to take a hard look at the chassis to see why we couldn't make the car handle better."
Like his teammate, Moore had plenty of power under the hood, but wasn't able to get back on the throttle as quickly has he wanted.
Moore is amongst a few Busch North drivers who have competed at NHIS since it's opening in 1990, and he used plenty of experience to keep his Chevrolet Monte Carlo running in the top-10 for a majority of the 125-lap event.
Starting ninth on the grid, Moore quickly moved up to the sixth spot by lap four and held that position until pitting for fuel and right side tires on lap 29. The Bill Dodge Auto Group/Maine Lubrication Services pit crew proved what an experienced team can do in the pits as well, pulling off a marvelous stop and getting Moore back out in ninth position. A significant feat considering a majority of competitors who visited pit lane did not change tires, choosing to just top off their fuel tanks.
Even after a fresh set of tires, Moore was still not satisfied with the handling. "We just missed the setup, we all worked hard but we just couldn't get the chassis dialed in," said Moore.
With fewer than 25 laps to go, Moore and Dale Quarterly made contact between turns one and two, sending Moore for a quick spin. Under caution, Moore pitted again for tires and another chassis adjustment. The changes helped and Moore battled back for a 12th place finish.
Moore continues to maintain his third spot in the overall point standings as the Busch North Series heads to Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.