Stafford Spring, CT -- Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, finished 15th during the Carquest 150 held Friday evening at Stafford Motor Speedway. The Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, competitors were the feature event at the ...
Stafford Spring, CT -- Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, finished 15th during the Carquest 150 held Friday evening at Stafford Motor Speedway. The Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, competitors were the feature event at the famed 1/2 track in eastern CT and will return on July 23 for another short track battle. Race fans were sent scurrying for shelter after a fierce rainstorm pounded the track for nearly an hour. After extensive track drying efforts, the first twenty laps of the race were scored under caution.
The first round of qualifying began sharply at 6pm. Moore and his team were among the last 10 cars to attempt their qualifying laps but Moore's Pontiac Grand Prix appeared to not have the bite in the corners to knock Tom Carey, Jr. from the leader board. Moore ended up 17th fastest overall.
Racing started on lap 21, with Dave Dion grabbing the early led from pole sitter Rick Fuller. After only two laps of green flag racing, a multicar incident sent several cars to the pits for repair. The LesCare Kitchens team made several positive adjustments to the racing setup and it was evident as Moore progressively moved up leader board and into the eighth position on lap 41.
Moore continued his march to the front and at the halfway point of the race was running in the top-5. Tom Carey, Jr. and Moore battled side-by-side for several laps, but Carey pinched Moore down on the inside and the two made contact on lap 125. Both competitors spun into the wet infield but were able to get back on the track. Moore pitted for right side tires and repairs to the damaged sheet metal. "Tom and I ran clean for several laps, but when he tried to get around me in turn four, he pinched me down low and there was no race track left for me," Moore commented. "We had a good top-5 car here tonight, the team worked on the chassis setup and we really wanted to come out of here with a decent finish." After Moore returned to the track, he was able to pick up a few more spots on the grid, finishing 15th and on the lead lap.
The Busch North Series heads back to New Hampshire International Speedway on July 10 for a 100-lap event at the 1.058-mile oval. The race will be telecast live on TNN with an approximate start time of 2:30pm.