Holland, NY -- Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, finished 13th on Saturday at Holland International Speedway. Moore and his team were looking forward to their annual visit to Holland, a track where Moore has enjoyed...
Holland, NY -- Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, finished 13th on Saturday at Holland International Speedway. Moore and his team were looking forward to their annual visit to Holland, a track where Moore has enjoyed considerable success; compiling an average finish of sixth over the past twelve seasons. "The crew did a great job for me, but the driver made mistakes during qualifying and the race that cost us a top-5 finish," Moore explained.
The LesCare team was not among the fastest 20 competitors in the first round of qualifying and had a choice of standing on their time or attempting another lap in the second round. Moore and his team worked diligently between the qualifying sessions, making changes to the shocks and sway bar in hopes of improving the handling of the Pontiac Grand Prix. The effort paid off, as Moore was the fastest competitor in the second round qualifying session, earning a 21st starting spot for the 150-lap feature.
Thirty competitors took the green flag, with newcomer Mike Bruno taking the early lead over Tracy Gordon. Moore faced a huge task of getting to the front, but as usual, the cagey veteran got the best out of his Grand Prix. "The car felt very good after the first few laps, I knew it was going to be challenge and I was just being patient and staying out of trouble," said Moore.
Fifty laps into the race, Moore was now running in the top-10. In an attempt to take the eighth position away from Mike Bruno, there was contact between the two competitors, which would take both of them out of contention for the win. Moore had tried to pass Bruno on the outside several times but was pinched off each time. "I thought we had him (Mike Bruno) on the outside but he came up to pinch me off," Moore commented. "I had to hit the brakes pretty hard on another attempt or I was gonna hit him, the wall or both." Moore later tried an inside pass that sent both Moore and Bruno up the racetrack. Moore was boxed in among other competitors and before he could get back up to speed, had lost a lap to race leader Martin Truex. "I should have shown some more patience with that pass, this was no doubt more my fault than Mike's, and it potentially cost us both a top-5 finish," Moore said.
The damage to Moore's Pontiac Grand Prix was not obvious as the veteran ran among the top-10 finishers the remaining laps, but did not have the muscle to get his lap back. Moore finished the event in the 13th spot, and moved down two spots to sixth in the championship points battle.
After a long drive to Western New York State, the Busch North Series makes it first appearance in the State of Maine on June 12 at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, the home track of the LesCare Kitchens team. Moore won the first feature race on the newly paved track in 1986 and then went on to win again in 1995 after Beech Ridge became a part of the Busch North Series schedule.20
The upcoming race will mark a significant milestone in Kelly Moore's Busch North career. Moore will be attempting to compete in his 200th consecutive Busch North Series event. Moore is also closing in on another Busch North Series first, being the first competitor to top the million dollars in tour earnings. The visit to Beech Ridge will also highlight the Super Sportsman LesCare Kitchens entry of Ryan Moore. Ryan, a second-generation driver, started his second race in the division over the Memorial Day weekend and picked up his first top-5 finish of his fledging career.