SEEKONK, Mass. - Kelly Moore showed the form which has made him the all-time leading race winner, Bud Pole winner, and money winner in the history of the Busch North Series Saturday night in the Budweiser 150 at Seekonk Speedway. Moore set a track...
SEEKONK, Mass. - Kelly Moore showed the form which has made him the all-time leading race winner, Bud Pole winner, and money winner in the history of the Busch North Series Saturday night in the Budweiser 150 at Seekonk Speedway. Moore set a track record to win his 40th career Bud Pole, and after redrawing the fifth starting spot, marched steadily to the lead in just 53 laps. He led the rest of the way to score his 20th career race win, but his first since May 1999. Moore averaged 67.899 miles per hour in outdistancing Tracy Gordon by three car lengths. The win was worth $10,975 to the 1995 series champion.
Veteran Paul Richardson enjoyed the best Busch North Series finish of his career in third after starting on the pole and leading the first four laps. Mike Olsen was fourth and Jamie Aube fifth, with Mike Johnson, Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Brian Hoar, Dale Quarterley, Dale Shaw, and Bill Penfold completing the top ten. Only four caution periods slowed the action for 24 laps as the race was completed just ahead of an advancing thundershower.
Dale Shaw took the lead from Richardson on lap five and appeared to be in command, but Moore was quickly on the move, taking second from Olsen on lap 19. On the lap 53 he tracked down Shaw and quickly built a lead. Two close calls would affect his run to victory, however. The first came on lap 97 when Mike Rowe and Bryan Wall spun in turn three directly in front of him. Fortunately, the spinning cars went down into the open infield rather than up into traffic. Then Gordon, who put on a late charge to take second from Richardson on lap 137, applied pressure on the final restart with four circuits remaining. Moore was not about to let his first victory in two years slip away, and pulled out a safe margin by the checkered flag.
Moore won the Bud Pole at a track record 12.997 seconds, for a speed of 92.329 miles per hour. By leading the last 98 laps, Moore assured himself of the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Bill Penfold and Matt Kobyluck each advanced 13 places from start to finish, but Penfold finished one spot in front of Kobyluck to earn the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award.
Fourteen cars finished on the lead lap, and only three cars failed to see the checker, with Carey Heath the only driver eliminated by accident. She was uninjured.
Unofficially, Gordon took over the Busch North Series point lead with 492 points to 485 for both Moore and Johnson. Hoar assumed the Raybestos Rookie lead with 26 points, while Joey McCarthy and Eddie MacDonald are tied for second, one point behind.