The Busch North Series rolled into Beaver Falls, NY Saturday morning for their inaugural visit to the Â½ mile Adirondack International Speedway. After an exhausting, disappointing weekend of racing on the road course at Watkins Glen the week...
The Busch North Series rolled into Beaver Falls, NY Saturday morning for their inaugural visit to the ½ mile Adirondack International Speedway. After an exhausting, disappointing weekend of racing on the road course at Watkins Glen the week before, the NAPA Auto Parts/Village Candle team was looking forward to the series returning to the short tracks.
During his illustrious 16-years on the Busch North Series, Kelly Moore has been the master of race qualifying. Moore entered the Adirondack race with 43 poles; two were earned during combination events with the Busch Series in 1988 and the others all on the Busch North Series. Moore added another at Adirondack by posting a fast lap of 16.718 seconds for an average speed of 107.668.
Though Moore's Chevrolet Monte was tight during the practice sessions, the Scarborough, ME native began turning some quick laps during the practice session. "I didn't have any difficulty adapting to the track and finding the right line, we just needed to adjust the car so I could turn and use the motor a bit more," said Moore.
After the traditional redraw, Moore would start from the third spot for the 150-lap event. Moore would bide his time in the top-5 for a majority of the first half of the race, but did take over the top spot for laps 37-40.
"Our car was tight and it made it really difficult to hold onto the lead," Moore said. "We adjusted on the car during pit stop, but we should've loosened the car up a tad more."
Near the halfway point of the race, Moore did pit with the race leaders under caution, taking on tires and making a chassis adjustment, but in the process lost a lost of ground on the field due to a longer pit stop then expected.
The NAPA Auto Parts/Village Candle Chevrolet restarted deep in the field, and faced quite an uphill battle to get back in contention for the inaugural win. However, there were several lengthy cautions and many laps wasted attempting to realign the field for restarts. This worked in the favor of the race leaders and against Moore who was battling back through the pack and needed green flag racing laps, not caution flags.
"We were running to the front, we just needed to have some green flag laps instead of all those cautions," said Moore. "It took a lot longer than expected to get the field back together for the restarts, that hurts all the competitors when that happens."
The adjustments Moore and his team made to the Monte Carlo paid off, as Moore fought his way back from the rear of the field to finish sixth overall. It was a tough race but one that the team needed to help them get back on track and continue to challenge for the top spot in points.
"It was hard to find the right setup today, the team worked hard and we were able to get the car to turn pretty good," said Moore. "This track reminded me a bit of Flemington, NJ, a track we use to visit several years ago. I didn't have much luck there but we certainly started out on a positive note here. A top-10 is good and something we can build on heading to the home track at Beech Ridge."
The Busch North Series returns to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME for the second and final time of the season. The 150-lap race is scheduled for Saturday, August 24.