Ryan Moore Leads The Most Laps At Adirondack; Finishes Ninth (Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 31, 2004) - Mother Nature seemed as though she were against the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race scheduled for Saturday evening at ...
Ryan Moore Leads The Most Laps At Adirondack; Finishes Ninth
(Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 31, 2004) - Mother Nature seemed as though she were against the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race scheduled for Saturday evening at Adirondack International Speedway. The Moore Racing Teams made the six hour trip to Beaver Falls, N.Y. and they were determined to get the race in. The first practice session was delayed due to the weather, but as soon as there was a break in the clouds the engines were fired.
Twenty-year old Ryan Moore seemed extremely impressed with his No. 74 R.C. Moore Transportation/Bill Dodge Auto Group/Shell Rotella T Chevrolet and came on the radio to report to his team, "We've got a good little hot rod here guys." He consistently ran fourth fastest throughout the practice session.
Shortly after practice, the rain began to fall again. NASCAR made the decision to cancel qualifying and when another break in the rain came they gave drivers a thirty minute practice session. Drivers would have to line up by the current point standings for the 150-lap event.
The race was scheduled for 8 p.m., but another downpour resulted in a thirty minute delay. The track needed some drying so the first eight laps were run under a yellow flag. Moore started fourth, due to his current point position, outside of father Kelly Moore who would start third. The number 74 machine was running good and on lap 22 his father took the lead. Ryan Moore had his sights on his father's position, and on lap 31 he took the lead from him. The sophomore driver pulled away from the field and began lapping slower traffic. He had his sights on his first victory of the 2004 season.
On lap 93, Moore was heading into turn three, trying to hold his lead while working his way around lapped traffic. The number 05 car was in the outside groove, barely maintaining minimal speed. Moore attempted to take the lapped car on the inside, but it came down into Moore's right side door causing Moore to go airborne, up over the 05 car. The number 99 car, who had been on Moore's bumper in second, got collected as well and the red flag had to be thrown to clean up the track.
Moore had severe right front damage and his crew did an amazing job of fixing the R.C. Moore Monte Carlo as best as they could. They assured Ryan he still had a decent car and he had fifty laps left to work his way back to the front. Moore did just what his crew said and began picking cars off one by one, but on lap 136 he ran into more bad luck. The leaders got together, causing a wreck, and Moore had to work his way around the mess. He did a great job of not getting tangled in the accident, but unfortunately ran over some debris causing a left rear tire to go flat. Moore made his way back down pit road for a tire change and would have to start from the back once again. Moore's car still ran decent and he was able to make his way up to ninth before the checkered was thrown.
Luck was not on Moore's side and he just didn't have the time to make his way back to the lead. He led the most laps and although there was quite a bit of misfortune, he still earned himself a top-ten finish.
"The crew gave me an awesome car here tonight," said the 2003 Rookie of the Year, "It just wasn't our night. We'll head to Watkins Glen with a positive attitude."
Watkins Glen will host the Busch North Series with a race to be shown live on HDnet Television starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 14th. For more information, visit www.ryanmooreonline.com.