Kelly Moore Battles To Fourth Place Finish Loudon, NH -- Busch North Series veteran Kelly Moore joined series regulars on Friday afternoon for a 125-lap race at New Hampshire International Speedway, his first race of the 2005 season, and ...
Kelly Moore Battles To Fourth Place Finish
Loudon, NH -- Busch North Series veteran Kelly Moore joined series regulars on Friday afternoon for a 125-lap race at New Hampshire International Speedway, his first race of the 2005 season, and walked away with an impressive fourth place finish.
"I'm very pleased with our overall effort and the way our team worked together at the track," said Moore, the 1995 Busch North Series Champion. "This is our first race together this year and our team was also using a new car and totally different setup, so for all the changes that we've made to our program, we were very happy with our performance."
During the one and only practice session on Thursday, Moore ended up eighth fastest overall after making several adjustments to his NAPA Auto Parts of Maine/Bill Dodge Auto Group Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Shortly after the practice session, the very hot and humid weather was replaced by a downpour of rain. The storm eventually cancelled the afternoon's qualifying session and the race lineup for Friday afternoon was set using 2005 owner points, 2004 race winners and a qualifying draw. Based on a team win in 2004, Moore was penciled in for the 22nd starting spot amongst the 36 car grid.
Moore was elated to resume his Busch North racing program, and his experience on the 1.058 mile speedway was on display Friday afternoon as he quickly began his assault to the front.
"Our GetEtched.com Monte Carlo was working really well and I was able to quickly move up through the field," Moore said.
Moore pitted with the leaders on early into 125-lap race and took on right side tires and topped off the fuel cell. He started back in the field once again but moved up rapidly through the field without putting too much wear on his tires or chassis.
An incident involving the 35 car of Ted Christopher caused a little front left side damage to his race car and required a short pit stop to repair the body damage. Moore once again was relegated to the back of the field.
Moore battled his way through the field and into the top-5 but the wear and tear took its toll on the tires and he fought off a very tight race car to capture the fourth spot overall.
"Our first race together this year and we finished fourth, I'm extremely satisfied with that and look forward to getting back on the track," said Moore. "We learned a lot about our car and race team today and I'm thankful that our teams finished third and fourth today."
Kelly and his NAPA Auto Parts of Maine team will return to the track for the August 27th race at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME.