Loudon, NH -- The young Rookie had another outstanding finish this past Saturday in the New England 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Many were astonished to discover that this young driver was putting his Castleberry Snow's/R.C.
Loudon, NH -- The young Rookie had another outstanding finish this past Saturday in the New England 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Many were astonished to discover that this young driver was putting his Castleberry Snow's/R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge Monte Carlo on the Magic Mile for the first time in his racing career.
"The guys gave me a real good car right at the start, said Ryan, "we were real good in practice on Thursday morning and I was realistically aiming for a top-ten qualifying spot." And the kid over achieved his goal once again. He would put his Castleberry Snow's Chevrolet on the outside pole for the 125-lap event.
"I was pretty amazed to learn what I had turned for a lap time," said Ryan, "It took me a minute to realize that I would be sitting on the outside pole." Young Moore was only two one-hundredths of a second away from winning his first pole award, but Moore did not let that disappoint him- he was in the front row for one of the biggest races of the year.
One of the first to congratulate Ryan on his qualifying run was Father Kelly Moore. "Real good run Ryan," his Dad said, "how did the car feel?" Young Moore explained all the necessary things to his father with a smile on his face. He was being praised by his Dad, which was always a great feeling.
Moore spent Friday afternoon and Saturday morning focusing on the race. He knew he had a good position on the track, but keeping the car up front was an even bigger challenge. "It's a lot different here," said Moore, "there's a lot more media and many more race fans." Moore was anxious to see the green flag wave. Ryan raced to the line and fell back in line behind race leader Martin Truex Jr. Moore followed Truex until lap 28 when the caution flag waved due to an accident on the front stretch. The Moore Racing Team decided to pit, along with the rest of the field. Moore pulled into his pit and Crew chief Rollie Lachance had made the decision to only fill the 74 car with fuel, and not change right side tires. The team was astonished when the 74 car was the first to exit pit road. They did an outstanding job of getting the R.C. Moore Chevrolet out ahead of the field, and put Ryan in second, behind the 86 car who chose not to pit.
Lap 36 brought out another caution flag and the number 56 car and the 6 car got underneath Moore as he slowed for an accident in turn one. At the green Ryan fell into the third spot, but came on the radio to report to the team that the car had become very tight. He sat behind race leaders Martin Truex Jr. and Andy Santerre, who had a strong battle going for the lead. Moore informed his team that he was going to hang back and see what happens in front of him. Crew chief Rollie Lachance reported back "You've put some good distance between you and the 96 car (4th place car). Keep it up buddy."
Moore kept up his position as best he good. "I could feel the tires really beginning to loose their grip," said Moore, "I knew I had to just keep winding the laps down."
The 35 car of Brad Leighton gave Ryan a tap on lap 101 coming out of turn four and got underneath the 74 car. Moore fell back to fourth and counted down the laps to the finish. When the checkered flag waved, young Moore was relieved as he pulled his Castleberry Snow's Chevrolet to Victory Lane.
Moore was rushed to the Media Center of NHIS and was joined by Truex, Santerre, and Leighton. Several questions were directed towards the drivers. One of the most popular questions was directed towards Ryan, in which he seemed to be asked often -- "Ryan, you have obviously already achieved your goals that you have set for yourself, how does that make you feel?" Questioned a reporter. "I am just going to keep doing the best I can. It feels pretty good to be running up here with the old guys. I'll just have to keep setting my goals higher," said the Rookie.
Andy Santerre cracked a smile at Ryan's comment as he offered his praise at how amazing the young driver had performed. "To come to this track as a Rookie and set your car on the outside pole is quite an accomplishment," said Andy, "And to keep your car in the front and get a top-five finish is just incredible. This kid is the real thing."
Moore took over the second spot in the BNS point standings. Ryan also received Rookie of the Race for the 6th time this season. The NHIS race can be seen on SPEED Channel August 9