Third place finish for Moore at Holland. Coming off his first win of the season the week before at Stafford Motor Speedway, Kelly Moore was anxious to redeem his poor finish at Holland International Speedway during the 2001 season. Mission ...
Third place finish for Moore at Holland.
Coming off his first win of the season the week before at Stafford Motor Speedway, Kelly Moore was anxious to redeem his poor finish at Holland International Speedway during the 2001 season. Mission accomplished. Moore earned his third consecutive top-5 finish on Saturday evening at Holland and continues to build momentum in his quest for a second Busch North Series championship.
Moore started the race from the pole position, was in contention the entire race but eventually ran out of time. Moore finished third and once again moved up in the championship point standings.
The NAPA Auto Parts team got off to a good start in the afternoon by posting the third fastest time during qualifying. "Our team has been working so well together these past four or five races," commented Moore. "Everyone is on the same page, we have the same goals and we are all working hard to reach the goals together."
During the redraw for the top qualifiers, Moore drew the 1st position and moved up to start the race from the pole.
"It's always a bonus to pick that top spot during the redraw but at this track, I'd prefer to be in the outside groove, that is definitely the preferred line," Moore said.
Mike Olsen, starting from the outside pole, led the first fifty plus laps, but was overtaken by Andy Santerre after Olsen experienced some tire problems. Moore took the lead from Santerre on lap 72 but held it briefly as Santerre slipped by three laps late.
"There was a quite a bit of beating and banging out there, but it was good short track racing and I think we really put on quite a show for the fans in Western New York," Moore said. "I made a mistake and moved up on Andy [Santerre] when I made the pass for the lead and we got together, he paid me back a few laps later when he pushed me into the turn and retook the lead."
Later in the race, Moore got shuffled back to sixth after getting tapped from behind and pushed up the track by another competitor. The Scarborough, ME native fought back and resumed his spot in the top-5 and then took the third spot from Matt Kobyluck in the later stages of the race. Moore was well on his way to challenging the leaders but ran out of laps.
"We're real happy with third and I appreciate the job our race team has done the past month or so," said Moore. "I'm ready to head back to Waterford next week and keep up the pace we've set for ourselves. Were gaining points and confidence every week."
The Busch North Series will make their only visit of the 2002 season to the Waterford Speedbowl in Southern Connecticut on Saturday, July 6.
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