Scarborough, ME -- Ryan Moore was extremely anxious to give his hometown fans a good show Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. "We tested the car to make sure we got the right set-up," said Moore, "Unfortunately luck just wasn't on our...
Scarborough, ME -- Ryan Moore was extremely anxious to give his hometown fans a good show Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. "We tested the car to make sure we got the right set-up," said Moore, "Unfortunately luck just wasn't on our side again this week."
Moore ran in the top-fifteen throughout practice, which just wasn't satisfying enough to the young Rookie and the Moore Racing Team. "We had to make several adjustments before we went out for time trials," said Ryan, "We just really were not happy with the car."
A good qualifying run was just what Moore needed to give his fans a good show. Moore sat third on the qualifying board for sometime, but eventually was bumped back to sixth by some of the later qualifiers. Moore put his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge/Shell Rotella Monte Carlo on the outside of the third row, just two rows back from the second place car of father, Kelly Moore.
Starting on the outside is never ideal at "The Ridge," so at the wave of the green Moore took his chance to get low, and fell into the seventh spot. On lap 28, a caution flag was thrown due to a spin on the track. When the race was restarted, several drivers and spotters noticed debris on the track; the caution was put back out. Unfortunately Moore was the unlucky driver to get tangled with the debris. The 74 car was forced to pit because he could feel a left side tire going down.
Moore got back on the track just before the leaders, putting him at the rear without going a lap down. The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series completed an astonishing 86 laps of green flag racing, which was unfortunate for the Moore Racing Team. The leaders soon caught drivers at the end of the field, including young Ryan. Moore had a competitive car, but just didn't have the time to get his lap back. Moore finished a respectable 15th, and earned his tenth Rookie of the Race Award. The young drivers fell back to 6th in the point standings, but is really beginning to capture his Rookie title for the 2003 season.
"I just wish I could have given all of the hometown fans a better show here tonight," said Moore, "But my Dad did a pretty good job of doing that." The 47 car of Kelly Moore finished 2nd, putting his NAPA Autoparts Chevrolet in Victory Lane once again this season. The Moore Racing Team will head to Thunder Road next week in Barre, VT, which just happens to be one of the young drivers favorite tracks.