BUSCH NORTH SERIES DRIVERS FARE WELL AT PHOENIX AS RYAN MOORE RUNS CLOSE THIRD, DALE QUARTERLEY SIXTH IN NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION WEST SERIES ACTION UNDER THE LIGHTS PHOENIX. Ariz. (April 22, 2005) - Ryan Moore nearly pulled off an ...
BUSCH NORTH SERIES DRIVERS FARE WELL AT PHOENIX AS RYAN MOORE RUNS CLOSE THIRD, DALE QUARTERLEY SIXTH IN NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION WEST SERIES ACTION UNDER THE LIGHTS
PHOENIX. Ariz. (April 22, 2005) - Ryan Moore nearly pulled off an upset victory but settled for third at the checker while Dale Quarterley recorded a sixth place finish after qualifying third to lead the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series contingent in Thursday night's Casino Arizona 150 Grand National Division, West Series race, the first NASCAR race under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway's one-mile oval. Californian Burney Lamar passed Moore and runner-up Scott Lynch on the last lap to score the win.
The third member of the Busch North brigade visiting the desert superspeedway, Ted Christopher, retired with rear end failure after 93 of the 158 laps and placed 23rd in the 30-car field. Christopher, in his first race for the NDS Motorsports team, had qualified 18th.
Moore started eighth, took the lead from Lamar on lap 133, and paced the field for ten circuits before giving up the point to Lynch. Aided by two late caution flags which extended the race distance by 8 laps, Lamar squeezed under the dueling Lynch and Moore on the final circuit. Moore's third place equalled his best career finish back home in the Busch North Series, where he was the 2003 rookie of the year and placed sixth in the 2004 standings. It was a huge improvement over his last visit to the west coast, the 2004 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, where a restart incident left his car with front and rear damage.
Quarterley, third in last year's Busch North point standings, also enjoyed a ten-lap run at the front from lap 39 to lap 48 while improving by two positions on his finish in the Copper World Classic at PIR in January.
The Busch North Series opens its 19th season on Sunday afternoon, May 15, with the Whelen 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. HDNet will provide live high-definition coverage of the Whelen 150 with later rebroadcast on SPEED Channel.