Kelly Moore Shakes Off Mid-Race Accident To Finish Adirondack Sixth (Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 31, 2004) - Kelly Moore was thinking a Moore Racing one-two finish would be nice, especially after coming close to having that result last week at New...
Kelly Moore Shakes Off Mid-Race Accident To Finish Adirondack Sixth
(Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 31, 2004) - Kelly Moore was thinking a Moore Racing one-two finish would be nice, especially after coming close to having that result last week at New Hampshire International Speedway. The father-son team ran eight laps in first and second during the early laps of Saturday night's Kinney Drugs 150, the tenth NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the season. The Moores both had their share of misfortunes, with Kelly's NAPA Auto Parts of Maine/Bill Dodge Auto Group Chevrolet being involved in a mid-race spin that damaged the car's body and forced him to make a number of pit stops for repairs. He came back through the field in the race's late stages to finish sixth.
The half-mile Adirondack International Speedway had to be dried on three separate occasions during the course of the race day, since rain was a constant presence throughout the day. Because of this, qualifying was called off and the field was set by current points standings. This put Moore third.
Moore wasn't willing to run third, or second as he ran in the race's opening laps, and he took the lead from Andy Santerre with a move low in turn one of lap 22. Ryan Moore followed his father into second place. The two ran nose-to-tail until lap 31, when Ryan looked low under Kelly and took the lead, bringing Santerre with him. Kelly wound up falling to tenth with his car's handling becoming tight.
A lap 58 pit stop saw Moore's NAPA of Maine Chevrolet get fresh right-side tires and a chassis adjustment, though it meant he would restart deep in the field. He was up to ninth and trying to move up, racing with Eddie MacDonald for eighth as the race neared halfway.
"I was racing the 17 car and he was on the outside of me," Moore explained. "We came down the frontstretch and we came up on a lapped car, and I didn't move him up the racetrack because here you run really high, all the way to the top of the racetrack coming down the frontstretch. We went down into turn one around the lapped car, and went down through two and all the way down the backstretch, and I got the advantage on him going down the backstretch. We went into three and he just hit me square in the back and turned me right around."
Adding to Moore's problems was the fact that another car was trying to pass the accident scene low and hit Moore's stopped car in the rear.
Moore reported to pit road and the Moore Racing crew set about making repairs, keeping him on the lead lap while doing so. Restarting fifteenth, Moore started on the long road back to the top ten. He broke into that ground with just under thirty laps to go, surviving numerous close calls as the race had three cautions in the final twenty-seven laps. But as each incident occurred, Moore picked up positions and wound up sixth at the checkers.
"It's just one of those deals where we struggled and fought our way back through," he said after the race. "We had to come in and pit, and then start going to the front again. We came back up through and tried to keep our nose clean, and the car was really super tight. We just couldn't really get a good handle on the racetrack. We ended up sixth, and I'm not ecstatic with sixth, since the car's body is torn up pretty bad. We had two cars capable of winning. My car got tight, but Ryan had a winning race car and got messed up by a lapped car. We hung in there and got a decent finish, but we're not thrilled with that finish because we have a lot of work to do on the cars now. We'll take it and move on."
Moore Racing and the Busch North Series shift gears - literally - for their next race, which takes place at Watkins Glen International's road course. The race, run in conjunction with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, will be on Saturday, August 14th and will be broadcast live on HDnet.