Loudon, NH -- Despite chasing an effective race setup all weekend, Kelly Moore piloted his NAPA Auto Parts/Bill Dodge Auto Group Chevrolet Monte Carlo to an eighth place finish Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire International Speedway. "This...
Loudon, NH -- Despite chasing an effective race setup all weekend, Kelly Moore piloted his NAPA Auto Parts/Bill Dodge Auto Group Chevrolet Monte Carlo to an eighth place finish Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire International Speedway.
"This is the first year our team has really struggled with a race setup at New Hampshire," said Moore. "We always look forward to racing here and in years past have always been competitive, this year; we missed the mark on both of our visits here."
Moore attributed his troubles to the new Goodyear tires the teams have run this season at NHIS, and not the recent modifications to the track.
"Our difficulties have absolutely nothing to do with the changes the Bahre family made to the track, in fact I applaud their actions and I personally think it's made for a lot better racing here," commented Moore.
During the three practice sessions, Moore made significant progress in improving the race setup, but never got the car comfortable enough to run in the top-5.
As the field took the green flag for their final race at NHIS for the 2003 season, Moore settled into the top-10 and patiently awaited an opportunity to pit and make additional adjustments to the chassis.
"The leaders were running a pretty brisk pace at the onset, but there were some pretty fast cars upfront and we weren't able to track them down," said Moore.
Continuous discussions ensued with Crew Chief Jamie Lorfano regarding when to pit and what changes would improve the race car. The team pitted under caution and the Maine Lubrication Services/Shell Rotella T pit crew once again proved they are amongst the best in the Busch North Series, getting more back on the track without an errors.
Moore eventually fought his way into sixth spot with only two laps to go, but an aggressive move by team mate Ryan Moore placed Joey McCarthy and Kelly Moore in a three wide battle entering turn one. McCarthy and younger Moore had the advantage on the 1995 Busch North Series champion and he yielded the spot.
"It was a tight battle the last two laps, there wasn't much give and take out there at all, but that's to be expected," said Moore. Moore settled for the eighth place finish and considered it quite an accomplishment based upon his pre-race struggles.
Moore continues to sit third overall in the point standings as the Busch North Series heads to the "Monster Mile" of Dover International Speedway for a Friday afternoon race on September 19.
<pre> UNOFFICIAL BUSCH NORTH SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins) 1. Andy Santerre (3) 2322 2. Mike Stefanik 2149 3. Kelly Moore (2) 2124 4. Brian Hoar (1) 2081 5 Mike Johnson 2063 6. Mike Olsen (1) 2056 7. Dale Quarterley (1) 2054 8. Ryan Moore 2024 9. Joey McCarthy (1) 2018 10. Eddie MacDonald 2012
UNOFFICIAL RAYBESTOS ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR POINTS 1. Ryan Moore 141 2. Mark Durgin 115 3. Laine Chase 99