Epping, NH (8/28/99) -- Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, finished fourth Saturday evening during the Auto Town 150 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, race at Star Speedway. Moore and his team were optimistic that Moore would...
Epping, NH (8/28/99) -- Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac, finished fourth Saturday evening during the Auto Town 150 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, race at Star Speedway. Moore and his team were optimistic that Moore would be able to defend his race championship and also become the first Busch North Series competitor to earn more than one million dollars in race winnings. The team's hopes were dampened early in the event when Moore lost most of his front brakes.
The LesCare Kitchens/Jordan Lumber team worked hard throughout the day to dial in the Pontiac Grand Prix, but was not sure how the chassis would hold up, since the team was only able to make 12-lap practice runs. "I thought we had a real good car for the race," an enthusiastic Moore said. "It was only about 30-laps into the race when I lost both the front brakes. No matter how much more I dialed the front brakes in, they just heated right up." This handicap allowed some competitors to sweep around the outside of Moore in the turns, since he wasn't able to drive his racecar deep into the corners.
Even with the brake problem, Moore ran in the top-5 throughout the race, and challenged Tom Carey for the race lead on lap 61, but was beat back to the start-finish line by Tracy Gordon. "Not being able to drive so deeply into the corners was a real problem for us," explained Moore. "I couldn't hold anyone off and couldn't really mount a challenge for the lead either. It's a shame because we had a real good car."
As the Busch North Series heads to Thunder Road Speedbowl in Vermont, Moore is now within a thousand dollars of surpassing the million dollar mark in career earnings, yet another entry in the record book for the Maine native. "I've been very fortunate over the years to have good equipment and more importantly, good people," Moore said. "A number of my former crew members have enjoyed considerable success in other NASCAR divisions, including Winston Cup and the Busch Series. We've always had good people on this team and they can also share in this significant milestone."
With his Top-5 finish at Star, Moore remains in the fifth position in the overall championship point standings, just 31 points within the fourth position.