Dover, Delaware -- Ryan Moore was looking forward to the Monster Mile, for the speed and the high banks are characteristics he has really come to enjoy. Throughout practice the Moore Racing Team took the time to make their R.C.
Dover, Delaware -- Ryan Moore was looking forward to the Monster Mile, for the speed and the high banks are characteristics he has really come to enjoy. Throughout practice the Moore Racing Team took the time to make their R.C. Moore Transportation/Bill Dodge Autogroup/GetEtched.com perfect. Perfect is exactly what they achieved because a qualifying time of 24.032 seconds not only put Moore on the pole, but set the new track record at Dover International Speedway. "We had a great car here last year, but a misfortune at the end of the race prevented us from a top-three finish," said Moore. "I am just glad to be back here with a good car again to give it another shot."
The hot, humid weather Friday afternoon made for a long day with the MBNA RacePoints 150 scheduled for a 4:45 PM start time. "It's a really important race for us," said Moore "We have a good chance at the championship with only two races left after tonight so we have to stay focused."
At the wave of the green Moore quickly took the lead, but it wasn't long before rookie Sean Caisse came knocking on Moore's door. Moore radioed to crew chief Jamie Lorfano during the first caution on lap 26, "I'm real, real loose--the front has good grip, but the rear is all over the place."
Lorfano reminded Moore that it was far too early in the race for adjustments and Moore would have to be patient and cautious. Moore held his own as positions were swapped and on lap 56 points leader Andy Saneterre passed rookie Sean Caisse for second, putting Moore back to third.
A caution on lap 83 was a sigh of relief for Moore, for he was overdue for adjustments. The plan was to come down pit road the first time for two tires and adjustments, go back out and come back down pit road a second time for two more tires. The NASCAR rule only allowed two tires per stop. Moore's first stop of 10.6 seconds and his second stop of 9.56 seconds got him first off pit road both times, with a little help from DEI crew members filling in.
Moore lined up fifth and was leading again by lap 96. Moore's R.C Moore Monte Carlo was still very loose, but he had the skills it took to wheel the car cautiously around the track with a 25 car length lead. Unfortunately the No. 44 car of Andy Santerre was on the move and soon slid into the second spot, quickly gaining on Moore. A caution on lap 135 resulted in NASCAR throwing the red flag.
During the break Moore came on the radio to report to his team, "I want this really bad, but I'm the loosest now I've been all night." Father Kelly Moore reminded his son that he had done an amazing job all night no matter what the outcome.
Santerre lined up outside of Moore for the double file restart and stole the lead from Moore with the advantage of the outside groove. Moore didn't let him get too far out front by staying close to his bumper the remaining 15 laps. When the white flag waved, fans were on their feet. Moore looked high and low and got underneath Santerre going into turn three. They were side by side coming out of turn four for the closest finish to be seen with the human eye. Moore lost the win by less than one foot, but earned himself the most laps lead, moving into second in the BNS point standings. The point's battle continues at Lime Rock Park Saturday in Lime Rock, Connecticut.