Loudon, NH - Kelly Moore, driver of the Tic-Tac Pontiac, scored his 2nd consecutive victory at New Hampshire International Speedway Saturday afternoon, winning the Pennzoil Auto Replacement Parts 100. The Busch North Series, a NASCAR Touring ...
Loudon, NH - Kelly Moore, driver of the Tic-Tac Pontiac, scored his 2nd consecutive victory at New Hampshire International Speedway Saturday afternoon, winning the Pennzoil Auto Replacement Parts 100. The Busch North Series, a NASCAR Touring Division, event was the backend of Saturday doubleheader that also included a 100-lap NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour race.
After nearly three seasons without a tour victory, Moore and the Tic-Tac team are beginning to hit their stride by posting two wins, two seconds, and a 10th place finish in their last fives starts. The win was Moore's 17th career tour victory, 4th at New Hampshire International Speedway and probably his luckiest. Moore's Pontiac Grand Prix sustained some damage to the chassis and oil pan after running over a chunk of lead that had dislodged from one of the racecars. "I was coming off of four trying to get a good run on Brad Leighton when I heard this huge bang," Moore explained. "It caused some damage to a cross member and the oil pan, but didn't hurt our handling."
Moore started the 100-lap event from the 6th position and moved into the 3rd position on the very first lap. During the second circuit, Moore caught polesitter Jeff Taylor down low coming off the 2nd turn and onto the backstretch for the second spot. Over the next 30 laps, Moore and Brad Leighton waged an exciting battle for the top spot. Moore tried lap after lap to beat Leighton down the frontstretch but Brad was able to foil the challenge. "Brad set a quick pace early and I didn't want to abuse the tires but I couldn't let him get away," Moore explained. "The crew kept me pumped but also let me know when not to push it too hard."
A rainstorm caused a brief delay in competition but track personnel quickly returned the racetrack to racing conditions. At the restart, Moore and Leighton continued to battle hard for the lead. Moore finally found an opening coming off on turn two and beat Leighton down the backstretch and took the lead for good on lap 36.
Moore fought off several challenges in the late stages of the race from Dale Shaw but the Jack Tant prepared engines outpowered Shaw down the straight-aways. "Our car was great, I appreciate all the hard work by the team, "said Moore. "This is such a nice facility Bob Bahre has built for the New England race fans and it's always special to win here."
Moore earned over $24,000 for the victory and moved into 2nd place in the championship point standings, a mere 43 points behind current leader, Tom Carey, Jr. On July 18th, the tour will return to Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, DE for a 200-lap race.