BNS: Riverside Kelly Moore Story

Agawam, MA - (5/2/99) Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac Grand Prix, finished 12th Saturday evening at Riverside Park Speedway. Moore battled back through the pack on two different occasions after contact with other competitors.

Agawam, MA - (5/2/99) Kelly Moore, driver of the LesCare Kitchens Pontiac Grand Prix, finished 12th Saturday evening at Riverside Park Speedway. Moore battled back through the pack on two different occasions after contact with other competitors. "We had a real good car, but we really used it up trying to come back up through the field," commented Moore. Tom Carey, Jr. picked up his third career win, his second Busch North Series victory at the tough quarter mile track.

During the first round of qualifying, Moore spun his Pontiac Grand Prix on his first lap but the veteran recovered to record a fast lap that held up for quite awhile. As the track began to cool down, competitors began recording faster laps and shuffled the LesCare team down to 11th fastest. "Drawing that early spot really hurt us, but that's the luck of the draw," Moore said.

As the green flag was thrown on race two of the 1999 season, Moore was gaining a comfortable rhythm and was able to race right along the bottom of the track. However, trouble found Moore on lap 30 as he spun into the infield grass entering turn one. "My rear end was lifted right off the ground," said Moore. Luckily, Moore did not lose a lap.

The LesCare team battled its way back through the pack and into the top-10 but another hard shot sent Moore spinning again. "Going into the race, I felt we would come away with a top-5 finish," Moore explained. "We used up our car so early in the race just to stay on the lead lap. Our team did a real good job on the setup and keeping me calm during the last 75 laps. There wasn't a lot of give and take out there this evening". Moore's finish kept him in the top-10 in the points battle and the entire team looks forward to a great finish at New Hampshire International Speedway next weekend.

What's Next:

Kelly Moore and the LesCare Kitchens team will be doing double duty next weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway as Moore attempts to qualify for both the Busch Series 200 lap race and the Busch North Series 100 lap feature. "We tested both our cars there a week ago and were really happy with our results," Moore said. "Our north car was really fast and handled awesome. Our new south car was one of the fastest there but we know some things we want to do to improve our handling on it." Moore will be making several appearances with the Busch Series during the 1999 season and looks forward to the stiff competition from the "young guns" that have gained the national spotlight on the series. "We have had good success at New Hampshire and though we don't have the experience that these other teams have with the radial tires, we've completed our homework and feel as though we'll be ready for a good race." Both events will be held on Saturday May 8th at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH.

John Maine jmaine@thebee.net

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