A Remarkable Third Place Finish Helps Ryan Moore in the Points Chase Loudon, NH - The Sylvania 125, Presented by Lowe's, was postponed Saturday due to inclement weather in the Northeast. The remnants of Hurricane Ivan pounded the Northeast with...
A Remarkable Third Place Finish Helps Ryan Moore in the Points Chase
Loudon, NH - The Sylvania 125, Presented by Lowe's, was postponed Saturday due to inclement weather in the Northeast. The remnants of Hurricane Ivan pounded the Northeast with rain Saturday afternoon causing the race to be rescheduled for Monday morning at 10:00 am. Although the fan attendance was rather minimal, it was a great day for racing. NASCAR officials allowed for a "Competition Break," which would allow teams time to service their cars and be able to return to their spot on the track. There was a possibility that teams would be short staffed due to the Monday morning race time.
Ryan Moore qualified his R.C. Moore Transportation/Bill Dodge Auto group/Shell Rotella T Chevrolet in the ninth starting spot for Monday's race.
"I am satisfied with my starting spot," said the 2003 Rookie, "My car feels good and my team has worked hard to give me the best." The Moore Racing Team was lucky to have the skills and advice of Dale Earnhardt Inc. "It's always great to have them here at these challenging tracks," said Moore, "They provide us with a ton of helpful advice and set-up strategies."
Ryan Moore made the trip back to Loudon, New Hampshire Monday morning hoping to add a victory as the 2004 begins to slowly wind down. Moore took the green with confidence, as he always seems to do at the "Magic Mile."
"I just really love being at this track," said Moore, "It's an awesome facility and I have a good time running here."
By lap four, the sophomore driver had already made it to fifth and on lap eleven he had his sight set on his father's position: the lead. Young Moore soon made his way into fourth. On lap thirty-five, NASCAR threw the caution flag for the "competition yellow," allowing all cars to make it down pitt road, going back to green on lap forty. The 74 car came back out in the fourth spot, with his father Kelly Moore leading the field. A close call came on lap 69, when the number 74 and number 19 got together going into turn one. The 74 got extremely loose and fell back three positions.
"I don't know how I pulled that one off," said Moore. His crew-chief came back on the radio to respond "It's because you are the man!"
Several cautions throughout the morning made for some difficult racing and some bad accidents may have made some changes in the current point standings. On lap 101, race leader and father Kelly Moore got some bad news over the radio. Andy Santerre, who was running secondnd, came on the radio to report that he could see Kelly Moore's rear tire slowly going down. Moore, fortunately, was able to pit under yellow, but would have a difficult time getting back to the front.
The younger Moore slowly began to work his way back up through the field and with four laps to go he was up to third. "It would have been nice to have two top-three finishes," said Ryan, "My Dad had some misfortune today, but thankfully he had a great car and everything is in one piece. We have a lot to do to get ready for Dover so it's good that we are coming home with two decent cars. I am looking forward to making the trip and to get some experience on the high banks."
The Moore Racing Teams will head South to Dover, Delaware Wednesday morning. Race day will be Friday afternoon.
<pre> UNOFFICIAL BUSCH NORTH SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins) 1. Andy Santerre (5) 1984 2. Mike Olsen 1795 3. Dale Quarterley (1) 1728 4. Kelly Moore (1) 1710 5. Ryan Moore 1679 6. Mike Stefanik 1664 7. Matt Kobyluck (1) 1651 8. Joey McCarthy 1649 9. Mike Johnson (1) 1599 10.Brian Hoar 1590
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