SEEKONK, Mass. -- Kelly Moore swept the board in Saturday night's Budweiser 150 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race at the Seekonk Speedway. He won his 47th career Bud Pole and led all but five laps to record his 25th race ...
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Kelly Moore swept the board in Saturday night's Budweiser 150 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race at the Seekonk Speedway. He won his 47th career Bud Pole and led all but five laps to record his 25th race victory, and his second in a row. Just as significant in the big picture was defending champion and point leader Andy Santerre's finish- 24th and last after a cut tire while challenging for the lead, two spins, and rear-end problems which left him 31 laps down. Santerre now leads Moore by just 11 points after holding a commanding margin of 161 points just two races ago.
Kelly Moore led a sweep of the top three positions by former series champions. Mike Stefanik chased Moore to the checkered flag for the second straight week, while Dave Dion came from tenth in the starting lineup to finish third. Fourth-place Brian Hoar was the first non-Busch North champion- and the first driver under age 40- at the finish, while the winner's son Ryan Moore completed the top five. Mike Johnson, Eddie MacDonald, Mike Olsen, Bryon Chew, and Dave Darling were sixth through tenth.
Eight caution periods for 49 laps slowed Moore's winning pace to 57.878 miles per hour on the one-third mile oval as he beat Stefanik to the stripe by .55 seconds. All but one of the 24 starters was on the track at the finish, with 14 on the lead lap. Moore captured the Bud Pole at a non-record 13.098 seconds, 91.617 miles per hour and dueled side-by-side with front row mate Mike Olsen until Olsen spun in turn two after after being credited with leading laps two through six. Olsen escaped without damage and recovered to finish in the top ten.
Santerre, moving up quickly from fifth on the grid, repeatedly challenged Moore and appeared at times to have the faster car, but smoke from the right rear corner became visible around lap 85. Three laps later he received the black flag, but before he could reach the pit entrance he spun in turn three. Less than 15 laps later he spun again at the start-finish line and pitted for extensive repairs. Although he was running at the finish, only one car dropped out and that came in the last ten laps, so Santerre could not improve his position.
Stefanik took second with Santerre's misfortune, with Bryon Chew third until Dion took the spot after a five-lap side-by-side struggle. Hoar was the big mover in the closing stages, passing both Ryan Moore and Chew in the final 25 laps. Dion earned the PowerAde Power Move of the Race Award for his seven-place improvement from start to finish, and Ryan Moore was again the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race.
The Busch North Series moves to the historic road course at Watkins Glen International in Watkins glen, N.Y. next Saturday for the Mohegan Sun 150 presented by Pepsi, the major supporting event of the Sirius at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup weekend.
TIME OF RACE: 51 minutes, 50 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 57.878 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .55 seconds
CAUTION PERIODS: 8 for 49 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 2 among 2 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kelly Moore 1, Mike Olsen 2-6, K. Moore 7-150
BUD POLE AWARD: Kelly Moore, NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet (13.098 seconds @ 91.617 mph
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Dave Dion, Berlin City/Continental Paving Ford
RAYBESTOS ROOKIE-OF-THE-RACE AWARD: Ryan Moore, R.C. Moore Chevrolet
CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE AWARD: Roxanne Moore (owner), NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
NEXT RACE: Mohegan Sun 150 presented by Pepsi, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y., Saturday, August 9
NOTE: Reason for race results noted in post-race notes, please see:
Post-race notes, revision on results