Ryan Moore Showdown race notes

Another Great Finish For Ryan Moore Irwindale, CA -- Ryan Moore got some great driving experience throughout his entire weekend at Irwindale Speedway, for the third year in a row. Moore was very anxious to get out to California, after a...

Another Great Finish For Ryan Moore

Irwindale, CA -- Ryan Moore got some great driving experience throughout his entire weekend at Irwindale Speedway, for the third year in a row. Moore was very anxious to get out to California, after a testing session at Homestead Speedway. His week would be filled with seat time, his favorite place to be.

He arrived in California at midnight on Wednesday, hoping to catch some sleep before his two practice sessions in his R.C. Moore Transportation/Bill Dodge Autogroup/GetEtched.com Chevrolet on Thursday. Unfortunately, an unexpected bump in the road came during the last ten minutes of the second practice session. Moore was inside of the No. 17 car, who came down on the track slightly. Irwindale, CA -- Ryan Moore got some great driving experience throughout his entire weekend at Irwindale Speedway, for the third year in a row. Moore was very anxious to get out to California, after a testing session at Homestead Speedway. His week would be filled with seat time, his favorite place to be.

He arrived in California at midnight on Wednesday, hoping to catch some sleep before his two practice sessions in his R.C. Moore Transportation/Bill Dodge Autogroup/GetEtched.com Chevrolet on Thursday. Unfortunately, an unexpected bump in the road came during the last ten minutes of the second practice session. Moore was inside of the No. 17 car, who came down on the track slightly. Trying to keep from bumping into him, Moore had to lift, causing his car to come around on him and up into the wall. This resulted in the Moore Racing Team having to pull out their back-up car. Thanks to NASCAR officials, the Moore Racing team was allowed to work on the car after hours Thursday evening and early Friday morning to prepare for the third practice session on Friday afternoon.

The Moore Racing team did an outstanding job of tweaking the back-up car and Moore was 7th fastest in the final practice. Qualifying for the "Showdown" consisted of two, 50-lap heat races. Moore was on the grid to start 11th in the second heat race, but was sent back to the back of the pack (15th) because he was using a back-up car.

Moore came up through the field quickly; the car was dialed in great. "The team and my Dad just did an awesome job getting the car set-up. I was fast and the car felt great." Moore finished his heat race 3rd, which would line him up 6th for the start of the 150-lap event Saturday evening.

Race time was 7:30 p.m., Pacific Time and Moore was 5th youngest to take the field amongst both divisions. A very long evening began on time, as Moore quickly began to make his way to the front. On lap 37, Moore took the lead and came over the radio to thank his Moore Racing Team for a great race car. Moore remained out front, gaining himself a decent lead and a lot of television coverage until lap 67, when the No. 88 car took over. Moore remained in 2nd and on lap 100 a mandatory 10 minute break was factored in to allow teams to make adjustments.

The Moore Racing team had a decent car and with only 50 laps to go they were just hoping for a win. When the field returned to green, Moore soon set his sights on the 88 car. On lap 108, Moore decided to go for the lead. During the battle, the 88 car got under Moore and Moore drove to the bottom and slid up in front of him. "That was fun," Moore came on the radio to report, "I just pulled an Earnhardt on him." The late Dale Earnhardt use to pull that move often and Moore took advantage of his opportunity to use the move. The remaining laps of the "Showdown" were filled with cautions, which made it difficult for Moore, considering his car was much better on the long runs. A re-start on lap 133 caused the field to get together behind Moore when the 88 car jumped the start. Another re-start five laps later, caused Moore to fall back to 3rd. Caution flags continued to wave and with five laps to go the field had to re-start for a final time. Moore was on the inside, in the 3rd spot with the No. 40 car outside in 4th. With the inside groove being a disadvantage at Irwindale, Moore lost the 3rd spot to Kobyluck to bring home a 4th place finish.

Moore had an awesome experience at Irwindale, thanks to his team and family members. The young driver is looking forward to Saturday's race at Homestead Speedway for his 3rd race of the season in the Dale Earnhardt Inc. No. 81 Oreo/Ritz Chevrolet.

-mr-

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