(North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - Kelly Moore moved up one more position in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series points after finishing fifth in the Local Dodge Dealers 150 at Lake Erie Speedway Saturday night. This was Moore's...
(North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - Kelly Moore moved up one more position in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series points after finishing fifth in the Local Dodge Dealers 150 at Lake Erie Speedway Saturday night. This was Moore's third consecutive top-five finish, and moves him to third in the season standings.
Moore, whose NAPA Auto Parts Of Maine Chevrolet team won the pole for this race last year - the first year Busch North ran at the state-of-the-art track - practiced well (third in the first session and fourth in the second), but couldn't back that up in time trials. He wound up qualifying ninth for the 150-lap event.
"We just qualified a little off from what we should have," he said before the race. "I think we've got a better car than ninth, but we'll be all right. The car's pretty decent, it seemed so in practice. We overdrove the car a little in qualifying and we're paying the price by starting ninth, but that's not a long way back. We went out early too, and that didn't help much either. We'll be all right."
Moore made the most of the race's early laps, moving to seventh before thirty laps were completed. He ran in that position, trying to find a way around Bryon Chew ahead of him while keeping Joey McCarthy behind him, until the race neared its conclusion. He caught a pair of brakes late in the going: first, when his son Ryan spun out of fourth with just five laps to go, and then when Brian Hoar was penalized for spinning the younger Moore. This put Kelly Moore in fifth, and that's where he finished after a green-white-checker finish.
"The car wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be," he said after the race. "It got tight in the center of the turns and stayed that way all night long, and that made for an ugly race for me. I tried to stay out of trouble and make sure we had some fenders on it so I'd have something to work with at the end of the night. Fortunately, attrition took its toll on some of the competitors up front and we ended up fifth. We're real happy for the crew, for NAPA Auto Parts of Maine, and for Bill Dodge Auto Group. It's gratifying that we can keep pulling off these top-five finishes. We were third last week and we won the week before, and with a fifth this week we showed that we're going to hang around and make a run at this championship."
Moore will return to the track next Saturday night at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl, where he has won the last two years.
"We've been there four times and we've got two wins, a second, and a fifth," he said. "We're looking forward to going back there. We've got a good setup for that track we'll bring the car that we've got all those wins with. We've got to hang around the top of the points chart by getting top-five finishes as much as possible, and that's what we're doing. I'd like to get back in the run for the championship. We're doing the right things now, so we can make a run for it. We'll keep chiseling away."
Lake Erie Speedway's race will be broadcast on SpeedTV at noon on July 17th.