Loudon, NH -- A beautiful fall afternoon in the Northeast allowed for some exciting racing this past Saturday. The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series traveled to the Magic Mile for some super speedway racing, where young Ryan...
Loudon, NH -- A beautiful fall afternoon in the Northeast allowed for some exciting racing this past Saturday. The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series traveled to the Magic Mile for some super speedway racing, where young Ryan Moore proved his talent once again. The young racer has been following a personal dream all season long; it finally came true. Just three years ago young Moore revealed his dream to a local reporter while racing in a pro-stock series. "I just dream that one day I'll race wheel to wheel, door to door with my dad." This past weekend the young rookie fulfilled a dream and earned the respect of race fans and drivers everywhere.
The Moore Racing Team had several adjustments to make after the first forty-five minute practice session. Their adjustments proved to be successful and the 74 car would start the 125 lap event in the 6th spot. "The track was extremely slippery when we went out for qualifying," commented Moore, "We were really looking for a pole here this weekend, but I sure can't complain about a top-ten starting spot."
As the green flag waived, Moore headed into a slippery turn one. The number 22 car of Joey McCarthy drifted up the track beside the young rookie and quickly began to loose control. Unfortunately as McCarthy was trying to gather his machine, the two made contact damaging the left front of the R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge/NAPA Autoparts/Shell Rotella Monte Carlo. This hindered the 74 car's aerodynamics, which resulted in Moore not making his way to the front as quickly as he had hoped. On lap 40, several cars decided to pit, including the Moore Racing Team. Moore came off of pit road in 7th to face what would be challenging afternoon.
By lap 45, Moore had made his way into the 5th spot. He remained in the top-five for several laps being challenged by the number of cautions throughout the day.
On lap 121, Moore was running 6th when the number 13 car began to challenge him. While fighting for position, the 13 car spun and in doing so got into the young rookie. This caused young Moore to let off the gas and he unfortunately dropped back to 8th. The caution flag was thrown and the Busch North Series would be forced to complete the race under green, white, checkered. When the white flag was thrown, Moore was faced with one of the biggest challenges of his racing career thus far. The 47 car of teammate and father Kelly Moore was fighting for position with the number 22 car coming out of turn four. Young Ryan was directly behind the battle waiting for his chance at a pass. While coming down the front stretch, the 47 car looked low of the 22 car and when he went to make his move the two cars got loose and young Ryan dove to the inside, the 47 car had to let off. His young son had already gotten the hole Moore was looking for. The young rookie had made a move that only his dad could have taught him. It was a dream come true for young Moore and he couldn't help but be filled with complete joy at his accomplishment. "My Dad has always stressed to me that I have to race to the checkered and that's exactly what I did here today," said Moore. "My Dad would not have been satisfied if I didn't take advantage of another position in the field."
The young driver is anxiously awaiting his debut at the "Monster Mile" next Friday afternoon in Dover, Delaware. His talent on the superspeedway was really displayed this past weekend and hopefully the high banks of Dover will allow him to prove his talent once again.
RAYBESTOS ROOKIE-OF-THE-RACE AWARD: Ryan Moore, R.C. Moore Chevrolet
<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