Ryan Moore scores third place finish at Stafford Stafford Springs, CT- Nineteen year old Rookie sensation Ryan Moore knew all eyes would be on him at the 150-lap event at Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, for his fan club Friday night consisted...
Ryan Moore scores third place finish at Stafford
Stafford Springs, CT- Nineteen year old Rookie sensation Ryan Moore knew all eyes would be on him at the 150-lap event at Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, for his fan club Friday night consisted of car owner and grandfather Richard Moore, his Grandmother, his Uncle, all of his loyal fans, and of course Mom and Dad. Young Moore kept his hopes high as everyone filled with anxiety wondering what Ryan would have in store for them this week.
Throughout the hour and thirty minutes of practice time, Moore proved to all that he would be one of the toughest competitors. The R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge/Maine Lubrication/Shell Rotella/Napa Auto parts Chevy was the second fastest car on the track during the practice session. Although Ryan had never raced the track before, he had gotten a taste of victory lane while joining his father, Kelly Moore, who Ryan had spotted for in the past. Moore ran extremely well in his brand new car and turned a lap time of 20.13 seconds during qualifying. The young driver would start his second race of the season in the 4th position, directly behind his father Kelly, who would line up on the outside pole.
The green flag waved on schedule and the 74 car had a difficult time finding a groove, but settled into 5th position right behind Dad. The R.C. Moore Chevy became tight early and Ryan fell back to 9th. On caution lap 79, Moore was anxious to make a pit stop to change right side tires and chassis adjustments. Moore came back onto the track in 13th and began to make his way to the front.
The adjustments had been made perfectly by the rookie's new crew, allowing him to pass smoothly on the inside and the out- he was on his way to the front. Moore's lap times were faster than the leaders, who had not yet pitted, and by lap 117 he had made up seven positions since his pit stop.
Ryan was making his way down the backstretch when he witnessed something terrible, the 47 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet driven by his father was spun by the 40 car of Matt Kobyluck. Young Moore was extremely disappointed to realize he wouldn't be in victory lane with his dad. Ryan couldn't let himself be affected by his father's spin and continued to make his way to the front as the fans went wild rooting him on. The smooth, aggressive young driver worked his way around the 40 car as everyone wondered if he would seek revenge for his dad. The talent of the young driver was revealed as he cleanly made his way into the 3rd spot. The laps wound down too fast and the rookie settled for an astonishing 3rd place finish.
Ryan's family and his crew were absolutely thrilled to make it to victory lane for the first time. Father Kelly Moore couldn't have unbuckled fast enough to join his son after crossing the finish line in 10th place. Tears of joy flowed freely in absolute amazement as his family shared in his accomplishment, just two races into his rookie season on the NASCAR Busch North Series.
The NASCAR Busch North Series will resume next Saturday at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania.