BNS: New Thompson Speedway 1999-05-16

Moore Victorious at New Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT (5/16/99) - Kelly Moore is no stranger to victory lane, having scored 18 career Busch North Series, a NASCAR Touring Division, victories going into the Auburn Mall 150 event at New Thompson...

Moore Victorious at New Thompson Speedway

Thompson, CT (5/16/99) - Kelly Moore is no stranger to victory lane, having scored 18 career Busch North Series, a NASCAR Touring Division, victories going into the Auburn Mall 150 event at New Thompson Speedway. Nevertheless, the win today was symbolic of the effort his race team has exerted thus far. "This is a very gratifying win, not only for me but for the entire team," Moore said. "This team has prepared the best cars that I've had in all my years on this series, though the results have not always indicative of their effort. Yesterday afternoon, our car was not even capable of finishing in the top-10 but these guys did not give up. We reviewed our setup notes, we made some significant changes to the setup, and it all paid off. This win is due to their hard work!"

After qualifying and an afternoon "happy hour" practice session on Saturday, Moore and his team went to work on the chassis setup for race day. Having qualified 16th overall, Moore's car was fast, but he felt his chances of a top-10 with the current chassis setup were slim. "Our qualifying time was fast but we were concerned with our race setup," Moore explained. "I felt as though we needed to make some significant changes to get the car to turn better in the corners, so we reviewed our notes Saturday evening and decided to change springs but also decided upon a contingency plan in case our changes didn't work."

The annual visit to New Thompson was also a hard day's work for the cagey veteran, an early race spin into the infield grass put Moore at the rear of the field and nearly out of contention for the victory. "Drivers were checking up in front of me and I couldn't stop quick enough," said Moore. "I ended up in the grass and way back in the pack of traffic." Moore played catch up over the next 15 circuits and was not happy with the handling of his racecar. His crew went to the contingency setup plan during his lap 60 pit stop. "We took on some right side tires and made a significant wedge adjustment on our pit stop," Moore said. "The team had a quick pit stop and after that our car was super."

Moore worked his way back into contention with a very determined effort, and when contact between race leader Martin Truex and Rick Fuller sent the leader spinning and Fuller into the penalty box, Moore assumed the top spot. "I knew I had the car to get by Martin and Rick, they were just dicing it up so much I didn't have a lane to pass," explained Moore. Moore held off the challenges of Dave Dion over the last 30 circuits to pick up his second career win at Thompson. Unofficially, Moore moves into the fifth spot in the championship points battle. The next race for the Busch North Series is a combination event with the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division at Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania. The First Union 200 is set to take the green flag on May 23 at 12pm. The race will be telecast live on ESPN.

What's Next:

Kelly Moore and the LesCare Kitchens team will compete in a Busch Series/Busch North Series combination race at Nazareth Speedway. This is the first of two combination events planned for 1999; the other event is a road course race at Watkins Glen International Speedway on June 27. Moore competed with the Busch Series last weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway where he qualified 36th but had to retire early from the race after suffering engine problems. The upcoming race at Nazareth will be the team's seventh visit. Moore's best finish came in 1996 where he earned a 2nd place finish in a Busch North Series race. Moore also plans to run with the NASCAR Busch Series division at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Memphis Motorsports Park, Watkins Glen and Homestead-Miami Speedway. LesCare Kitchens will be entertaining guests in the entertainment concourse at Nazareth Speedway on race day. At present, more than a hundred local, regional and national customers, clients and vendors plan to attend the racing festivities.

John Maine jmaine@thebee.net

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.