BNS: Ryan Moore set to compete for Rookie of the Year

Ryan Moore set to compete for Busch North Series Rookie of the Year. Scarborough, ME -- The racing community in New England have spent many months speculating what the future may hold for 19-year-old racing sensation Ryan Moore, fans and racing...

Ryan Moore set to compete for Busch North Series Rookie of the Year.

Scarborough, ME -- The racing community in New England have spent many months speculating what the future may hold for 19-year-old racing sensation Ryan Moore, fans and racing experts alike figured a return to the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) to capture the coveted championship would be a natural.

There were even rumblings about the possibility of getting in a touring pro stock series and running the occasional race at Oxford Plains Speedway. With the guidance of his father Kelly Moore, the 1995 NASCAR Busch North Series Champion, it was decided that the best path for the fledgling young driver would be to get behind the wheel of a Busch North Series car. "There are a number of reasons why we felt that Ryan should move up to the Busch North Series, and the most important aspect is the ability to attract sponsors, the media, we have the racing equipment that he needs to be competitive and the experience he'll gain will benefit him in his transition to a full-time racing career," said Kelly.

Ryan's racing career has always been guided by the positive influence of his racing father Kelly; however, since his go-kart racing days, the younger Moore has created a driving style that has captured the respect of his competitors and the hearts of racing fans throughout the Northeast. Each step along the way has been steep and has required an immense amount of education and adjustment, but Ryan's devotion, desire and enthusiasm for the challenge has been unwavering. "I enjoy competing, I love racing and every aspect of it, both on and off the track," Ryan said. "The step up to the Busch North Series is another challenge that I'm looking forward too and have been anticipating for several years."

Moore Racing will continue to field Chevrolet Monte Carlo out of their spacious shop in Scarborough, Maine. Dave Davis of Northeast Metal Fabrication is preparing new chassis' for the new team. Ryan has been working hard throughout the winter preparing new race cars and also locating new team members to field the full-time Busch North Series effort. Shawn Plowman has worked with Ryan for several years and before that was helping Kelly's NAPA Auto Parts team. Shawn will return to the team and will welcome new team members Scott Tapeley, Steve Tapeley and Chris Chagnon. Moore Racing is currently courting a veteran Busch North Series crew chief to lead the second team.

The 2003 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring schedule, is an 18-event campaign that features the series' first visit to Lake Erie Speedway, a 3/8-mile oval in North East, Pa. The series will open on April 27 at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway and also features three races at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, two at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, a visit to Dover (DE) Downs, Watkins Glen (NY) and two events at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

"I'm excited that Ryan Moore will be joining the Busch North Series ranks in 2003," said Lee Roy, the NASCAR Busch North Series Director. "This is a giant plus for our series, he's a talented kid and what he's proven in a very short time is just incredible."

With the start of the Busch North Series a few months away, Ryan will once again begin his racing season by competing in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing from February 7-15 at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.

Moore Racing is still seeking sponsorship for Ryan's racing program and if you're interested in learning how a motorsports marketing program can benefit your organization, please contact Kelly Moore at 207-883-5184.

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