A defective shock slows Moore at NHIS. Kelly Moore and the NAPA Auto Parts/Village Candle team finished 13th during Saturday afternoon's Busch North Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway. A very uncharacteristic spot for a team...
A defective shock slows Moore at NHIS.
Kelly Moore and the NAPA Auto Parts/Village Candle team finished 13th during Saturday afternoon's Busch North Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway. A very uncharacteristic spot for a team that typically is considered a favorite at the 1.058 mile track.
The team departed Thompson Speedway with the point lead in hand and headed back to a track that both the team and driver love competing on. Unfortunately, the team struggled during early practice sessions and when qualifying was over, they posted the fifth fastest time overall.
"We struggled with the setup, the car was tight in and I wasn't getting off the corners like I needed too," commented Moore.
Friday was an open day for the Busch North Series competitors, giving the teams an opportunity to make changes to their race cars and begin mapping out their race and pit strategy.
On Saturday morning, several changes were made to the chassis setup, including changing the left front shock, which after post race inspection by the team was found to be defective.
The NAPA Auto Parts/Village Candle team felt the changes made would completely change the handling of the car in a positive way. However, when the racing began, it didn't take many laps for Moore to notice that the car's handling was a bit worse then previous practice sessions.
During the first caution period on lap 45, the team pitted for right side tires and adjustments to the track bar, in an attempt to loosen the car up. The team did a great job on the pit stop, sending Moore back onto the track in the eighth position.
Though Moore was able to get back into the top-5 within a few laps after pitting, the handling of the car continued to deteriorate as the laps wound down. The cagey veteran made everyone who attempted to pass him work for it, but wasn't able to hold them off for long and was fighting to stay in the top-10.
With 35 laps to go, another caution was thrown and the team decided to make another pit stop, changing right side tires and making some additional changes to the chassis. The team was baffled that the changes being made were not improving the handling at all, but of course their question was answered during post race inspection at the race shop.
It didn't help Moore's position at all by having to run so many laps under caution during the final 30 laps as he wasn't able to improve his position at all.
The NAPA Auto Parts/Village Candle team does a thorough post race inspection of the race car after every race and it was on Sunday morning during this weekly event that crew chief Jamie Lorfano discovered that the left front shock was defective.
"These things happen, but having a defective shock in the left front really throws off the whole geometry and handling characteristics of the car," Moore said. "We just chased the setup, not knowing we had something defective."
Moore entered the New Hampshire event atop the point standings, but even with the 13th place finish, holds onto the second spot and remains in the hunt for his second Busch North Series championship.
The Busch North Series heads back to Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, July 26 for 150-lap feature on the fast ½ mile track. Stafford Motor Speedway will broadcast audio of all Friday evening activities on the Internet. Visit their website at www.staffordmotorspeedway.com for more information.
Visit Moore Racing on the Internet at www.mooreracing.com