Seekonk, MA -- The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series finally concluded their annual Budweiser 150 at Seekonk Speedway Saturday night. Drivers, teams, and dedicated race fans returned to the 1/3-mile oval to complete a make-up...
Seekonk, MA -- The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series finally concluded their annual Budweiser 150 at Seekonk Speedway Saturday night. Drivers, teams, and dedicated race fans returned to the 1/3-mile oval to complete a make-up race that had been postponed twice due to rain. Although the temperature remained an uncomfortable 98 degrees, the event would finally be complete.
Rookie Ryan Moore completed the eighth race of his rookie season and pulled off another fifth place finish. He followed father Kelly Moore around the "Cement Palace," witnessing his Dad's 25th win and 47th Bud Pole Award.
"It's good to know my Dad is so successful. It is just another reason for me to want to follow in his footsteps," said Ryan.
The Moore Racing Team had only one hour to practice. "My team gave me a really great car. We only had to make some minor adjustments before time trials," said Moore. The young driver qualified his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge Auto Group Monte Carlo in the third spot for the evening's event. He would start on the inside of row two, right behind father and pole sitter Kelly Moore.
The green flag waved around 6 PM as the Rookie set his sights on capturing his first victory. He sat back as he watched his Dad battle for the lead. On lap seven, race leader Mike Olsen spun coming out of turn two. This caused young Moore to heavily use his brakes to avoid contact, coming extremely close to the outside wall. The R.C. Moore/Maine Lubrication Services Monte Carlo fell back to sixth, but suffered no damage.
Moore got up to fifth, where he seemed to ride for a majority of the race. "The car was really tight, which made it difficult to get up to the front," said Ryan. Moore was satisfied he could give his dedicated team members a top-five finish. The 74 team had a lot to celebrate at Seekonk Speedway. They rushed to Victory Lane to congratulate race winner and teammate Kelly Moore. Before the Rookie's father could even get out of his NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, his son was there to praise his performance.
Ryan remains in third in the Busch North Series point standings, only 60 points from the lead. He earned his seventh Rookie of the Race award and continues to lead the Raybestos Rookie points challenge. The Rookie will make his road course debut next on August 9 at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Upstate New York.