Lake Erie, Pennsylvania- The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series spent a cold, windy weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in Lake Erie, Pennsylvania. It was not only the first time rookie Ryan Moore would put his car on an unfamiliar...
Lake Erie, Pennsylvania- The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series spent a cold, windy weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in Lake Erie, Pennsylvania. It was not only the first time rookie Ryan Moore would put his car on an unfamiliar track, but it was also the first time for the series to travel to the new establishment. The weekend consisted of practice on Saturday and time trials and the main event on Sunday.
Ryan Moore pulled off another outstanding appearance and finished his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge/Maine Lubrication/Shell Rotella Monte Carlo in the 6th spot, the third top 10 finish for the Rookie this season. Ryan was in absolute amazement over the efforts his limited crew put into the weekend. Because the Moore Racing team had so far to travel, not all of the crew members were able to attend. "The car was really great in practice," said Ryan, "we were running side by side with everyone and we were probably 8th fastest on the track." Many of the cars ran really well in the practice sessions, but one of the fastest was most definitely father Kelly Moore. Ryan had a really good feeling heading to time trials Sunday morning. "I knew the crew had set up an awesome car," said the rookie. Moore put his car 8th on the grid to start the 150 lap event, which would be led by pole sitter and Dad, Kelly Moore.
Good Feelings and big smiles filled the air before the race began. Kelly Moore received the pole award and sure enough young Ryan received a Rookie of the Race Award, because of his remarkable 3rd place finish at Stafford Motor Speedway the previous week. As soon as the green flag waived, Ryan began to make his way to the front. He got up to the 5th spot when the caution flag was thrown for a scheduled half-way break. The break was scheduled to give drivers and crews 5 minutes to make necessary changes to their cars. The speedway is extremely difficult to pass on and the rules were set differently to accommodate all. Before the break, Moore and crew chief Rollie Lachance decided the car needed to be tightened before heading back onto the track. When the young Moore got his Monte Carlo back onto the track, he gained 2 positions and slid into the 3rd spot. The leaders were fighting for position and in the midst of the action Moore was bumped from behind by the 96 car and shuffled back to 8th. This was a major loss considering the difficulty of the track. The skills and patience of the rookie allowed him to maneuver his way back to 6th, including a treacherous pass on the outside. Time ran out and Moore settled for another amazing top 10 finish. Ryan's limited crew of Rollie Lachance, Shawn Plowman, Scott and Steve Tapley, and Annette Dolbeare were extremely satisfied with the young driver's finish. They showed their dedication to the team by making the 10 hour trip from Scarborough, ME. The Moore Racing team will give hometown fans a taste of what's to come later this season while testing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME later this week.