Kelly Moore Survives Watkins Glen With Fourteenth Place Finish (Watkins Glen, N.Y. - August 14, 2004) - Kelly Moore, driver of the No. 47 NAPA Auto Parts of Maine Chevrolet on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, got both road...
Kelly Moore Survives Watkins Glen With Fourteenth Place Finish
(Watkins Glen, N.Y. - August 14, 2004) - Kelly Moore, driver of the No. 47 NAPA Auto Parts of Maine Chevrolet on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, got both road races of the season behind him with no major problems as he followed his ninth place run at Lime Rock Park in May with a fourteenth place finish at Watkins Glen International Saturday afternoon.
"This is the first time in a long time we've come out of Watkins Glen with a whole race car," he said after the race. "This track hasn't treated us that well in the last few years."
When most of Friday's practice was rained out, and qualifying cancelled, Moore was given the third starting position based on his standings in the series points coming into the event.
"Qualifying getting rained out didn't hurt my feelings any," he said. "I knew if we did qualify I would have started a little further back. Having reduced practice and no qualifying saves on the equipment, which gets beat up a lot here. As far as I'm concerned, especially as a team owner, having qualifying get rained out was a positive for me."
While road racing may not be Moore's favorite type of racing, he started out well, maintaining fifth place through the race's opening laps. He pitted with the majority of the field under a lap 16 caution to take on enough fuel to make it the distance, restarting in twelfth. From there, he raced carefully, staying on the track, to the finish where he was scored fourteenth without putting a scratch on the car.
"We had to pick and choose our spots out there today, and that's what we did," he said. "We needed to come home in good shape to stay in the points chase. I'm not all that good getting around this place, and I know that, I'll fess up to that, so I just drive to the best of my ability and try to keep the fenders on it. I'd have liked to had a top-ten finish, but we didn't get that, we ended up fourteenth. But we did that without putting a scratch on the car, which says a lot. I'd rather have brought it home in tenth place with a dented fender, but fourteenth is where we ended up. There's four more races to go, so we'll just have to keep digging."
Moore is looking forward to getting back to the ovals that make up the majority of the Busch North schedule, and will do so next Saturday at his home track, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.
"Beech Ridge has been good to us in the past, and we tested there before coming here and we had a good test," he said. "I'm looking forward to going to Beech Ridge, New Hampshire, and Dover. Those are three good tracks for us where we run well and have a lot of fun. We've got these road courses behind us, and I'm real happy about that."
For more information on the third place team in the Busch North Series title chase, visit www.mooreracing.com.