Barre, VT -- Ryan Moore was extremely excited to be on familiar territory this past Saturday night at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont. "There was a lot of anticipation at the race shop this week," said Moore, "The team and I both felt we were ...
Barre, VT -- Ryan Moore was extremely excited to be on familiar territory this past Saturday night at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont. "There was a lot of anticipation at the race shop this week," said Moore, "The team and I both felt we were heading to the track for a win."
Moore was returning to not only the layout of Thunder Road that he enjoyed so much, but also all of his dedicated fans that have followed him since his running with the American Canadian Tour. It was also just one year ago that Moore earned himself a win in a 200-lap event at this very track.
Throughout the practice session Saturday, Moore proved his comfort level on the track. "The car handled really well," said Moore, "My crew gave me a very consistent car that could have resulted in a good finish here tonight."
Moore was one of the earliest qualifiers out on the track; in fact it was this that led the Rookie to put his R.C Moore/Bill Dodge/Shell Rotella Chevrolet in the eighth starting spot. "Going out as early as fifth in time trials doesn't allow the track to be in an ideal condition for qualifying," commented Ryan, "But we were satisfied with our starting spot."
An outside starting spot resulted in the young driver having to use his patience. When the green flag waved, Moore got stuck on the outside and fell back to 11th. As the tires heated up on the R.C. Moore Monte Carlo, Moore began to work his way to the front. He had made his way to seventh and was beginning to look to the inside of the sixth place car to capture himself another position when the caution flag was thrown on lap 51.
Moore was riding around during the yellow flag when the car shut off and came to a complete stop. The young driver had blown an engine and was forced to call it a night. "It's just too bad that the Moore Racing Team got hit with severe bad luck two weeks in a row," said a discouraged Rookie, "I'm just sorry we couldn't give all of our fans a better show here tonight."
Moore unfortunately fell back to ninth in the Busch North Series Point Standings. He still has several chances to make his way back up to the front with such a close battle and still four races remaining. "We are really looking forward to heading back to Loudon, NH in two weeks," said Moore, "I really got a good feel for track and definitely enjoy being on the superspeedway."
The Busch North Series competitors are looking forward to a well deserved weekend off and then will head to New Hampshire International Speedway on September 13.