Moore returns to home track and earns a fourth place finish. Scarborough, ME - There's no place like home, and if you're Kelly Moore, there's no place quite like your home track. With friends, family members and representatives from NAPA Auto...
Moore returns to home track and earns a fourth place finish.
Scarborough, ME - There's no place like home, and if you're Kelly Moore, there's no place quite like your home track. With friends, family members and representatives from NAPA Auto Parts and Village Candle© in the stands, Moore treated his fans to a fourth place finish in Saturday evenings feature event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
"I certainly enjoy racing at Beech Ridge, but for our team member's families, this is a special evening for them too," Moore said. "A majority of our races are quite a distance from our homes, and the family and friends don't always have an opportunity to watch them at work. So it was nice to have their hard work pay off with a top-5 finish here this evening and also put our car out in front for several laps."
The NAPA Auto Parts team posted the fourth fastest time during qualifying, just a tick off the record setting pace of Brian Hoar. "We made an adjustment prior to qualifying and loosened the car up just a bit too much," said Moore. The traditional re-draw was a lucky one for Moore as he was awarded the pole position for the 150-lap feature.
Moore had the privilege of introducing his special friend and long-time Busch North Series director Bunk Sampson during pre-race introductions. "Bunky just loves coming to the track, we miss him a lot and it was great to see him out there with his friends and family," Moore said.
When the green flag flew, Moore took the lead over Mike Johnson and Mike Rowe. After experiencing a very loose car in qualifying, the NAPA Auto Parts team made adjustments to tighten the car up. Barely 17 laps into the race, Moore soon began dealing with lapped traffic and it presented a perfect opportunity for Johnson to muscle by the Scarborough, ME native. Moore later challenged Johnson; after he drifted up high entering turn one. Johnson made a quick adjustment to correct his angle but caught Moore in the right front. Both the drivers drifted up the track but Johnson was able to regain control and held onto the lead. Moore was on the losing end, as he was shuffled back to the fifth position.
Most of the lead lap cars pitted shortly after the 100 lap mark, but Johnson stayed out and continued to hold the top spot. The NAPA Auto Parts pit crew went to work on Moore's Monte Carlo, replacing right side tires and loosening the chassis up. "Our crew did an awesome job on pit road, we gained a couple of spots and at a track like this where track position is so important, they did an impressive job to get us back out that quickly," Moore said.
After the pit stop, Moore's next battle was to negotiate all the lapped cars and get back in a position to mix it up with race leader Johnson. "With a single file restart at that point of the race, the race leader has quite an advantage and we had quite a challenge to get through all the lapped traffic," Moore said. "But we spent quite a few laps under yellow after our pit stop, and that hurt myself and others who had changed tires."
Moore and his team were certainly content with the fourth place finish, particularly gratifying to run so well in front of the home town fans. Next on the racing agenda is a Friday night visit to Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, CT on June 21.
Other Notes of Interest -- Kelly Moore will visit the NAPA Auto Parts Store in Auburn, MA on June 15. Race fans are welcome to come by and say hello to Kelly, take a look at his Chevrolet Monte Carlo and receive a signed autograph card from the 1995 NASCAR Busch North Series Champion.