Ryan Moore Starts Third in MBNA America 150 Dover, DE - Ryan Moore's first trip to the "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway proved to be very eventful. He started his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge Autogroup/Shell Rotella T Chevrolet in the ...
Ryan Moore Starts Third in MBNA America 150
Dover, DE - Ryan Moore's first trip to the "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway proved to be very eventful. He started his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge Autogroup/Shell Rotella T Chevrolet in the third starting spot for the 150 lap event. Qualifying took place Thursday and Moore qualified his R.C. Moore Monte Carlo in the fifth spot, but due to Pole Sitter Tim Andrews's engine problem, the inside row was moved forward. This put father Kelly Moore on the pole, with his son behind him in third.
"We have a real good set-up," said the sophmore driver, "the car feels great and I really like the track." Moore ran second in the "happy hour" session late Thursday afternoon.
The beatiful weather Friday afternoon was perfect for racing. The wave of the green took place at about 4:30 pm. It took Moore a few laps to get settled into the field and ended up being shuffled back to the 6th spot. As the young driver began to get a good feel for the fast paced track, he soon made his way up to 4th. He remained in the top-five and on lap 81, a caution flag was thrown and the field took advantage of the time to make pit stops. Moore came down pit road for right side tires and fuel. The Moore Racing Team did an excellent job of getting the R.C. Moore machine back out on the track ahead of the 32 car, putting Moore 3rd. NASCAR allowed for the teams to come back down pit road a second time to change left side tires. The Moore Racing team had misfortune when the air gun jammed and only one right side tire could be changed. Due to the delay, Moore came off of Pit Road in the 11th spot.
During the next caution, Moore came on to report to his team that he had a "good little hot rod." The car was handling great and by lap 100 he had made it up to 8th. Moore was able to pick cars off one by one and on lap 141 he was up to 4th with his sights set on taking the third spot away from competitor Andy Santerre. It took the 2003 Rookie of the Year a few laps to get by the number 6 car, but Moore's patience paid off and he beat Santerre out of the corner. Team members came on to assure Moore he had the fastest times on the race track.
On lap 147, NASCAR threw a caution due to an accident on the race track. The restart would have to be green, white, checkered. As the green flag waived, the cars made their way to the start-finish line. As Moore began to take off, he was bumped from behind, turning him around and forcing him up into the outside wall. Several cars were jumbled and Moore suffered severe front end damage. NASCAR threw the caution flag and Moore made his way down pit road. His crew chief came on the radio to report that the car was far too damaged to get back out on the track. Moore's chances to making it to Victory Lane were no longer. The dissapointed driver got out of his car and walked with his head down to the transporter. "We had a good chance at Victory Lane today," said a disapointed Moore, "the team gave me a great car and I was lucky to have the help and support of DEI here this weekend. It was just another case of some bad luck."
Moore finished in the 14th spot, with father Kelly Moore behind him in the 15th spot. The teams head North to get prepared for next weekend's race in Wall Township, NJ.