Loudon, NH - Kelly Moore, driver of the Tic-Tac Pontiac Grand Prix, was attempting to win three consecutive races at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but instead became an innocent victim in a mid-race mishap and wound up...
Loudon, NH - Kelly Moore, driver of the Tic-Tac Pontiac Grand Prix, was attempting to win three consecutive races at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but instead became an innocent victim in a mid-race mishap and wound up placing 41st. Dale Shaw won the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Division, event for the second consecutive year, outdistancing second place Brad Leighton by .277 seconds.
The Tic-Tac team earned a 9th place starting spot during the Saturday afternoon qualifying session that featured more than 60 cars attempting to earn one of the 43 starting spots. Tom Carey, Jr. earned the Bud Pole and set a new event qualifying record.
Ted Christopher, starting in the 2nd spot, beat Carey to turn 1 to take the lead, a spot he held for the first 38 laps. Moore continued to run strong in the top-10, just playing a waiting game, as his chassis became more favorable during the long green flag runs. "Our car was beginning to get a little tighter," Moore said. "I was hoping we'd have a nice long green period there so we could begin making our way to the front."
A caution period bunched the field back up for a restart on lap 26. Christopher once again got an excellent start on the field and began to pull away. Billy Penfold moved past Carey into 2nd and by lap 30 was closing in on the race leader. As Penfold attempted a pass exiting turn 4, he hit Christopher causing him to spin in front of the field. Moore saw a clear path through the melee but was hit hard from the rear, causing Moore to lose control of his car and slam into Christopher. While the rest of the field got through unscathed, the racecars of Moore and Christopher were beyond repair and retired from the race.
"I'm really disappointed, our car was really starting to get comfortable and then we fall victim to a mishap like this," explained Moore. "I feel bad for both teams, we both had good cars, to be out so early in the race is a hard pill to swallow, especially for Ted, he was stout right from the beginning." With his first DNF of the season, Moore slipped several spots in the series point standings but looks forward not only to the challenge of earning those spots back but also the upcoming road race at Watkins Glen.
The Busch North Series will travel to Western New York for a road course event at Watkins Glen International Speedway on August 8th.