Busch North Series Loudon, NH -- Kelly Moore earned his first victory since 1995 in fine style, before a national television audience on Saturday afternoon. The win is the 16th career victory for Kelly on the Busch North Series, a NASCAR...
Busch North Series
Loudon, NH -- Kelly Moore earned his first victory since 1995 in fine style, before a national television audience on Saturday afternoon. The win is the 16th career victory for Kelly on the Busch North Series, a NASCAR Touring Division, and 3rd at NHIS. Moore also set the fastest time during qualifying on Friday, beating out current Busch North Champ Mike Stefanik by .005 seconds.
"We tested our car here last month and we were really pleased with our results," said a jubilant Moore. "Our first practice here on Friday wasn't great but these guys really worked hard, and I really wanted to reward them all for their effort. Winning here is always special, but for our team it's been quite a dry spell and I'm grateful to all the fans, my friends and family, and especially all of our sponsors who have stuck with us all these years; this victory is for them."
Moore led on two occasions in the 100-lap event, taking the lead for the first time on lap 18 from outside pole sitter, Mike Stefanik and leading the pack for the next 19 circuits. While negotiating lapped traffic, Brad Leighton and Ted Christopher edged by Moore to take the top 2 spots, shuffling Moore back to the 3rd position. Still content to play the waiting game, Moore continued his consistent pace. The cars of Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik were victims of blistering tires that led to disappointing finishes for both veteran drivers.
Moore took advantage of Christopher's troubles, taking the 2nd spot after a restart on lap 55. "I heard there were some teams whose cars were really tight and had some tires blister," Moore concluded, "Our setup was very neutral and we had no problems."
The 2nd and final caution flag was displayed after Ed Spencer spun in turn four on lap 62. The race was restarted on lap 67 and Moore sprinted by Leighton on lap 69. "Our car wasn't that good on cold tires, so I had to push it hard so Brad wouldn't get away from us," said Moore. "After that, I knew it was my race to lose and lapped traffic nearly cost us." On the final lap exiting turn 4, it appeared as though the lapped car of Ed Spencer was blocking Moore but he was able to turn his Pontiac Grand Prix to the inside and block a hard charging Tom Carey for the win.
The next race for the Tic-Tac Team will be at Holland International Speedway in Holland, NY on May 23rd.