Kelly Moore holds off Greg Schaefer to score 23rd career victory in Waterford 150; Santerre takes point lead as top five leave within 55 points. WATERFORD, Conn.-- Kelly Moore extended his own Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring career victory...
Kelly Moore holds off Greg Schaefer to score 23rd career victory in Waterford 150; Santerre takes point lead as top five leave within 55 points.
WATERFORD, Conn.-- Kelly Moore extended his own Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring career victory mark by taking his 23rd win Saturday night in the Waterford 150 at Waterford Speedbowl. After overcoming a trio of drivers named Mike- Rowe, Olsen, and Johnson- all of whom led at least once, Moore found himself challenged in the closing laps by Greg Schaefer, who fell .27 seconds short of pulling a major upset, but still enjoyed his best finish. Dale Shaw, Bud Pole winner Martin Truex Jr., and Jerry Marquis completed the top five. Dale Quarterley, Andy Santerre, Mike Olsen, Bill Penfold, and Kip Stockwell were sixth through tenth.
Moore took the lead for the third and final time by passing Mike Johnson on lap 119. He averaged only 42.222 miles per hour as nine caution periods slowed the race for 60 laps. The final slowdown, which produced a red flag, came when Matt Kobyluck, the Busch North Series point leader entering his hometown race, crashed hard in turn one. Joey McCarthy was also involved in the incident, but neither driver was injured.
Kobyluck was scored 23rd in the final rundown, but runner-up Brad Leighton could not capitalize, as he endured a trouble-plagued evening and wound up 21st. Benefiting from the woes of Kobyluck and Leighton were Santerre, who took the point lead, and Moore, who ended the night only four points behind. Kobyluck now trails by 36 points and Leighton by 42. Dale Shaw is fifth, just 55 points out of the lead.
Despite the many caution periods, 21 of the 26 starters were running at the finish, with 15 on the lead lap. Truex won his third Bud Pole of the season with a 14.98 seconds, 80.107 mile per hour lap of the one-third mile oval. Olsen, who led nearly half the race in three spells at the front, collected the Gatorade Front Runner Award, and Marquis was the Flowmaster Star of the race for improving 16 places from start to finish. Robbie Harrison was the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race.
The Busch North Series continues next Saturday night with the Pepsi Racing 150 at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Conn.