Moore extends series record with 22nd career victory. Kelly Moore dominated Friday evenings Busch North Series race at Stafford Motor Speedway, but it was the closing laps that the fans will remember as Moore held off fellow Maine native Andy ...
Moore extends series record with 22nd career victory.
Kelly Moore dominated Friday evenings Busch North Series race at Stafford Motor Speedway, but it was the closing laps that the fans will remember as Moore held off fellow Maine native Andy Santerre for his 22nd career tour victory. Moore has posted at least one victory in 13 out of 16 years of competition on the Busch North Series.
"I've really have to thank the crew for this victory," Moore said. "I wasn't really happy with the car earlier in the day, but the crew kept working and working on it and we went out and nearly won the pole and had an awesome car all night." Moore finished second to Martin Truex, Jr. in qualifying earlier in the day. With this win the 1995 Busch North Series Champion now becomes one of four Busch North Series competitors that have multiple wins at the ½ mile Stafford Motor Speedway.
Dale Shaw took the early race lead but it was Moore who quickly took the inside track and slipped past Shaw on lap five. Moore held the top spot for nearly 60 laps, but negotiating the lapped traffic allowed Shaw to gain some ground and eventually pass Moore to resume the race lead.
During a caution period on lap 91, Moore was among the lead lap cars that pitted to change two tires. Moore's crew did an excellent job in the pits and he returned to the track in the fifth position. "The guys did a great job in the pits," said Moore. "They knew we had the car to beat and they did their part once again."
When the racing resumed, Moore's Chevrolet Monte Carlo was very quick. Within a few laps he moved back into third and set his sights on race leader Shaw. While other lead lap cars pitted a few laps earlier, Shaw remained on the track; and it didn't take long for Moore to retake the lead.
Moore did a great job in the closing laps to fend off the challenges of Santerre and earn his first victory of the season. Moore and his winning team were greeted in victory lane by representatives from NAPA Auto Parts of Connecticut.
"The NAPA Auto Parts team is a wonderful group of people to work with and it's always special to win one when there are so many representatives in the stands," said Moore.
With his second consecutive top-5 finish, Moore moved up two spots in the overall point standings, just 59 points behind leader Matt Kobyluck.
Next weekend, the NAPA Auto Parts team heads to Holland International Speedway in Western New York. The 150-lap feature at Holland is scheduled for Saturday, June 29.
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