Holland, NY -- Rookie Ryan Moore unfortunately got hit with some bad luck this past weekend during his run in the Sunoco 150 at Holland International Speedway in upstate New York. The Moore Racing Team traveled nine hours from their establishment...
Holland, NY -- Rookie Ryan Moore unfortunately got hit with some bad luck this past weekend during his run in the Sunoco 150 at Holland International Speedway in upstate New York. The Moore Racing Team traveled nine hours from their establishment in Scarborough, ME, but their tiresome trip did not reflect upon the amount of effort that was put into the R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge/Maine Lubrication/Shell Rotella Monte Carlo.
Throughout the practice sessions early Saturday, the young driver's R.C. Moore Monte Carlo was seventh fastest on the track. Moore seemed to feel extremely comfortable on the speedway.
"It reminded me and it felt a lot like Thunder Road," said Moore. The Busch North Series will visit the Vermont track later this season, and Moore enjoyed racing on the high-banks last year while competing on the American-Canadian Tour.
After making several adjustments to the chassis, the Moore Racing Team felt they were ready for time trials. Ryan was the 17th car out on the track to time trial, but was up for some stiff competition.
His father, Kelly Moore went out on the track early in the session and sat on the pole, until his nineteen year old son bumped him back when his turn came along.
Ryan held the fast time for a good part of the qualifying session, but once the track really began to heat up, Moore was bumped back to third and would start the 150 lap event on the inside of his father, who started fourth.
Moore suffered his first taste of bad luck at the wave of the green flag. When the rookie tried to shift into third gear, his transmission stuck and he fell back to eighth. Once the gears were unjammed, Moore began working his way to the front.
By lap 74, the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender put his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge Monte Carlo in the second spot, right behind Kelly Moore. "I really just rode behind him for awhile and tried to real him in, it felt really good to think that our team had the best two spots on the track, said Ryan."
Kelly Moore put his NAPA Auto Parts Chevy Monte Carlo in the lead on lap 28 and continued to lead his son and the other competitors around the track until misfortune struck on lap 95.
Young Ryan Moore lost control due to a blown right front tire. When veteran Kelly Moore looked into his rear view mirror coming out of turn four, he watched in complete nervousness as his son slid upward into the wall. The caution flag was thrown and the rookie took his disabled Chevy down pit road to gain the assistance of his supportive crew. The Moore Racing Team did an outstanding job of changing the rookie's tire and quickly prying sheet metal away got Ryan out on the track without going down a lap. When Moore took the green the sparks flew and unfortunately more damage had been done than simply a blown tire. Young Moore pitted and learned that his suspension had failed and in fixing the problem Moore went down 20 laps. On lap 120 the Moore Racing team got the young driver back on the track, with a goal to just finish the race. The young driver finished an unexpected 20th, but he still got to celebrate with the Moore Racing Team, for father Kelly Moore pulled off an outstanding second place finish and put a smile on everyone's face.