Stafford Springs, CT (7/23/99) -- Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, drove a battered and beaten Pontiac Grand Prix to an eighth place finish Friday evening at Stafford Motor Speedway. The LesCare Kitchens team had an awesome ...
Stafford Springs, CT (7/23/99) -- Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, drove a battered and beaten Pontiac Grand Prix to an eighth place finish Friday evening at Stafford Motor Speedway. The LesCare Kitchens team had an awesome racecar for the 150-lap event but an unfortunate accident between the leaders blocked the racetrack and subsequently damaged a number of competitive racecars. "We had a really good race car, and on our early race pit stop we made a couple more adjustments and it was even better," said a dejected Moore. "We really had a car that was capable of winning, our game plan was the same that we used at Thompson and that early pit strategy and fine tuning on the chassis earned us a win."
Hundreds of LesCare Kitchen employees and guests were present to watch the LesCare Kitchens team battle for their second win of the 1999 season but instead they witnessed a melee. Eight caution flags slowed the feature event of the evening and when all was said and done, there were plenty of damaged racecars. "After our contact, we came in to repair damage on two occasions," Moore explained. "The body damage was quite visible but the suspension damage was pretty major. We broke off the sway bar and bent most of the suspension package on the entire right side." Though the car wouldn't handle, Moore brought it back up through the field and earned his seventh top-10 finish of the season. "I really feel bad for the entire team and all of our guests that were watching us," said Moore. "All of our sponsors have been so supportive of our efforts this year and I was optimistic that we'd walk out of here with the win."
Moore started the race from the 15th position but quickly advanced up through the 30-car field. The team's race strategy was to pit early for tires and a chassis adjustment, which the team did on lap 41. Over the next 40 circuits, Moore again advanced up through the field and back into the top-10. The race restart on lap 93 had Moore running in the seventh position and ready to make his move into the top-5. But, a major incident between leader Dave Dion and challenger Bill Penfold ended many competitors hope of a race win. "It's unfortunate, they got a little too anxious up front and it hurt us and number of other good racecars," said Moore.
Moore's eighth place finish moved him up another spot to fourth in the overall championship battle. "Looking at the big picture, we really hoped to come out of here with a win, and more points," Moore explained. "Next week we head back to New Hampshire International Speedway and our team is anxious to get another win there." The Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, will be competing in a 100-lap race on the 1.058-mile oval on Sunday, August 1.
The NASCAR 150 race from Stafford Motor Speedway will be featured on FOX Sports Net - New England on August 1 at 9am.
Racing at Beech Ridge Speedway in Scarborough, ME was postponed due to rain on Saturday, July 24. Ryan Moore was scheduled to compete in the Super Sportsman Division piloting the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac.