Watkins Glen, NY (8/15/99) - Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, finished 12th in Saturday's Pepsi 150 at Watkins Glen International Speedway. The Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, race was postponed for several hours after a...
Watkins Glen, NY (8/15/99) - Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, finished 12th in Saturday's Pepsi 150 at Watkins Glen International Speedway. The Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, race was postponed for several hours after a storm front marched through the picturesque Finger Lakes area, delaying the live TV coverage to an early evening show on ESPN. The race was also originally scheduled for 62 laps but was shortened to 54 laps due to time constraints.
On Thursday afternoon the Busch North Series cars were run through qualifying, forty-three cars took qualifying laps for the 38-car field. Moore ended up sixteenth fastest overall, qualifying well under the practice times he set earlier in the day. "I felt we had a car capable of qualifying in the top-10, but we ended up a bit slower," Moore said.
The game plan for the LesCare Kitchens/Formica team was to take an early pit stop for fuel and regain the valuable track position while others pitted. Moore did take that early pit stop on lap 19, taking on a can of fuel and making some needed chassis adjustments. "Our car was comfortable but just a tad loose in the beginning," explained Moore. "Once again our team pulled off another excellent pit stop, I think we were about the tenth car in and the fifth car out. These guys have given me great stops all season long and that's what teamwork is all about."
Moore regained some valuable track position and was running in the top-10 most of the afternoon. The weather was a concern and teams were running hard to the front just in case another storm front appeared. Moore appeared to be heading for a top-5 finish when another competitors car began leaking oil, most of which ended up on Moore's windshield. "I thought NASCAR would bring him in but he took the black flag for about 3 laps and he never did come into pits," Moore said. "His engine finally broke, but by that time my windshield was covered. I couldn't see my braking points on the track and it was just a very tense time over the last ten laps or so."
Due to the limited visibility, Moore did loose several spots but did bring his Pontiac Grand Prix home in one piece. "The last few road courses have dealt us some bad luck, but at least this time we brought the car home without a lot of body damage," said Moore. "I know we didn't have a car that could win the race, but we were hoping for a top-5 or top-10 finish; I know the car was certainly capable of that. I feel bad for our guys, they did a great job this weekend, both in the garage area and on pit road."
The Busch North Series heads back to the short tracks next weekend with a 150-lap race at Star Speedway in Epping, NH.