Ryan Moore is Successful at the Toyota All-Star Showdown Irwindale, CA -- After months of preparing and planning, NASCAR Busch North Series Rookie-of-the-Year Ryan Moore finally got a taste of California racing. The Toyota All-Star Showdown...
Ryan Moore is Successful at the Toyota All-Star Showdown
Irwindale, CA -- After months of preparing and planning, NASCAR Busch North Series Rookie-of-the-Year Ryan Moore finally got a taste of California racing. The Toyota All-Star Showdown was the Rookie's final chance of the season to display his talents on live television. Being broadcast on SPEED Channel across the nation, the All-Star event proved to be one exciting event. Putting rookies and veterans alike in the limelight one final time before their cars were packed up for the winter.
Practice sessions began this past Wednesday for the Showdown, where young Moore ran several impressive speeds. Practice rounds continued Thursday, where Moore proved to be comfortable on the track. The qualifying session, which was different in style, took place Friday evening. Moore came through with an astonishing third place finish in the fifty lap heat race, one spot ahead of father and teammate Kelly Moore. This would place him in the 6th starting spot for the 125-lap Toyota All-Star Showdown.
After making several chassis adjustments, Moore and his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge/Shell Rotella Team were ready to challenge the top driver from NASCAR's Grand National Division.
"From the very start of the race, I could feel the setup my team had provided for me was right on. I was very pleased with the car," said young Moore.
Moore could pass his competitors on the inside and out, and given the expansive racing groove, there were lots of exciting passes. Moore was up to second in no time and was setting his sights on assuming the lead. Race leader Joey McCarthy got a break from the speedy 74 car, when the yellow was thrown on lap 100. A caution was put out on the track to invert the top six drivers, simply to add a little entertainment. This put the young rookie in the 5th spot, with the 22 car behind him in 6th, with only 25 laps remaining. Moore knew the 22 car of McCarthy was fast, but felt he had a chance to beat him back to the front.
After the field was about the complete the second lap of their final 25, McCarthy gave Moore a heavy push coming out of turn four, causing the young Rookie to spin. Moore gathered his R.C. Moore Monte Carlo almost as quickly as he had spun and once again set his sights on the field. Being one of the fastest cars on the track, Moore had no trouble passing and was making his way to the front very quickly. The talent of the young driver was displayed tremendously as he maneuvered his way up through the field. With only a limited number of laps remaining, Moore just didn't have the time to make his way to the lead. He got as far as 8th, when the checkered flag waved.
"I feel we really had a chance at a victory here tonight," said Moore, "We just didn't have the time to make it back to the front. I really enjoyed the opportunity to compete withal the different drivers and their different styles. The race was really a lot of fun, and a great learning experience."
Moore would like to thank all of his dedicated family, team members, and sponsors for making the trip to the West Coast possible for him.
Father Kelly Moore finished behind his son in the 9th spot. The Moore's were anxious to head home, where they will spend the winter preparing for next season. Young Ryan will receive the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award at the 2003 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Banquet on November 22.