Waterford, CT -- Young Ryan Moore was anxious to compete for his seventh Rookie of the Race award in the Waterford 150 this past Saturday night. "I always enjoy trying out new tracks, it's a pretty big challenge," said Ryan. Moore went out for...
Waterford, CT -- Young Ryan Moore was anxious to compete for his seventh Rookie of the Race award in the Waterford 150 this past Saturday night. "I always enjoy trying out new tracks, it's a pretty big challenge," said Ryan.
Moore went out for time trials in the 17th spot. He knew the time to beat was 15.097 seconds, which just happened to be the lap time of Father and pole sitter, Kelly Moore. Ryan took his two laps and sure enough he turned a lap time of 15.083 seconds, just enough to knock Dad off the pole. Young Moore did not get to enjoy his glory for long because the very next car out of Matt Kobyluck knocked Ryan back with 15.047 seconds. The Rookie would put his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge/Maine Lubrication/Shell Rotella/Monte Carlo on the outside pole for the second week in a row.
The 40 car of Matt Kobyluck got the lead at the wave of the green, but Moore took his turn at leading the pack on lap two. Kobyluck soon reclaimed the lead, shuffling Ryan back where he awaited a comfortable spot within the field.
"It was the first time I had led this season. It was pretty cool to look back and see all the veterans following behind me," said Moore. He soon settled into the fifth spot where he remained for several laps.
A caution flag was thrown on lap 55 due to an accident involving the race leader and lapped traffic. Several other cautions were soon to follow, resulting in very little green flag racing.
On caution lap 85, leader Mike Olsen was forced to pit due to a flat tire. This put Father Kelly Moore in the lead with his young son close behind in third.
Ryan had an extremely good car and he soon became hungry for the lead. On lap 138, Moore battled with the second place car of Mike Stefanik. Once Ryan settled into second, he began to set his goal of catching race leader, Kelly Moore. He did not get to ride behind Dad for long because the Rookie had cut a tire in his battle for the second spot and was forced to pit. Disappointment took over, for Ryan was anxious to give his team another chance to experience Victory Lane.
The Moore Racing Team did what they could to get Ryan back out on the track as fast as possible. Moore pulled back out in the 12th spot, but due to the number of cautions, the Rookie didn't have enough time to get back up to the front. He managed to drive his Monte Carlo across the finish line in tenth place, earning his seventh Rookie of the Race award. Moore is now leading the Rookie points chase by thirteen points.
The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series will continue next week at Seekonk Speedway for a rained out race that was scheduled for May.
<pre> UNOFFICIAL BUSCH NORTH SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins) 1. Andy Santerre (3) 1441 2. Kelly Moore (1) 1336 3. Ryan Moore 1313 4. Mike Stefanik 1296 5. Dale Quarterley 1277 6. Mike Johnson 1275 7. Brian Hoar 1194 8. Mike Olsen 1189 9. Joey McCarthy (1) 1185 10.Matt Kobyluck 1178
UNOFFICIAL RAYBESTOS ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR POINT STANDINGS 1. Ryan Moore 86 2. Tim Andrews 73 3. Mark Durgin 64