Moore secures a second place finish at Stafford without pitting. Kelly Moore was one of two drivers in the 30-car field at Sunday afternoon's 150-lap event at Stafford Motor Speedway who decided not to pit, and the results were incredible as...
Moore secures a second place finish at Stafford without pitting.
Kelly Moore was one of two drivers in the 30-car field at Sunday afternoon's 150-lap event at Stafford Motor Speedway who decided not to pit, and the results were incredible as Moore powered his way to a second place finish.
"We had a really good car, especially on the longer runs and our tire wear during practice was great, our setup was awesome so we decided to hold onto the track position and make a run for the victory," said Moore.
The NAPA Auto Parts/Village Candle team was a bit disappointed with their Saturday afternoon qualifying results, posting the seventh fastest time. In the two previous events at Stafford this season, Moore earned the second fastest time during qualifying and was hoping to secure his fourth pole award of the season.
"I was fortunate to get a good time during the qualifying session," Moore said. "Our car was really, really loose. I was slipping a bit too much and I knew then it would be hard to challenge for the fastest time."
From his seventh starting position, Moore dropped back a few spots during the first ten laps of the event, but when the first caution flag was displayed on lap 35, he was back in the seventh spot. On the next restart, Moore slipped by Matt Kobyluck to take over sixth. During the next caution period, some of the race leaders decided to pit, which moved Moore up to three spots to third.
Just past the halfway mark, Moore had moved up another spot to second and was challenging for the lead. "We had a few too many caution flags past the halfway point and I was really losing ground to Mike Johnson on the restarts," said Moore. "If we had some longer green flag runs, I would've been able to really show how good the setup was on the car."
Moore was challenged briefly for the second spot by Brad Leighton and Andy Santerre. Both drivers had pitted earlier for fresh rubber, but Moore was able to put some distance between himself and the third place car.
Mike Olsen smacked the wall hard with fewer than 30 laps to go causing NASCAR officials to throw the red flag on the event while cleanup crews tended to the track. When racing resumed, there was 15 laps to go and Moore still remained one of the fastest cars on the track, even without the benefit of some fresh tires.
On the next restart, Johnson got a great restart and was three car lengths ahead of Moore entering turn one. Moore and Johnson broke away from the rest of the competitors during the final laps, but Moore could only get as close as a car length as Johnson held on for his second victory of the season.
"Our guys did a great job this weekend, we worked hard on our setup and it paid off for us," commented Moore. "This is one of our favorite tracks and with that we expect to be able to challenge for the win when we run here."
The Busch North Series will return to action for the final event of the 2002 season in two weeks when they visit Lime Rock Park on October 12. The racing action at Stafford Motor Speedway was recorded by the SPEED Channel and the first showing is scheduled for broadcast November 4 at 8pm.