Stafford Springs, CT - Kelly Moore, driver of the Tic-Tac Pontiac, finished 2nd Friday evening at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Carquest 150 for the Busch North Series, a NASCAR Touring Division. Moore's third Top-5 finish propelled him up...
Stafford Springs, CT - Kelly Moore, driver of the Tic-Tac Pontiac, finished 2nd Friday evening at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Carquest 150 for the Busch North Series, a NASCAR Touring Division. Moore's third Top-5 finish propelled him up two spots in the championship point standings to 3rd place overall.
Moore had a lot of praise for his team members following the event. Their effort and dedication in the race shop has certainly been paying big dividends on the track. "Our team has worked so well together this year, every team member is putting a 110% effort in at the shop and it makes my job a whole lot easier," Moore said excitingly. "Our whole team knows that Top-5 finishes is what helps win championships, and it puts us in position to eventually win a few more races."
The Tic-Tac team spent numerous hours on the race setup following the postponed event in June. All concerned were not happy with the handling of Pontiac on the newly paved speedway and felt a more neutral setup would produce a better handling car and eventually put the team in position to capture it's second win of the season. The strategy and hard work certainly paid off!
Forty cars attempted to qualify for the 28-car field on Friday evening. Moore took his qualifying laps early in the session and posted a top-5 qualifying effort on the ? mile oval. "Our whole team had a better outlook regarding qualifying after our recent rainout," said Moore. "We didn't perform as well as we had tested here and made wholesale changes on the chassis setup. Our practices were excellent and I felt we had a great car for qualifying and the race. Personally, I felt we would've had a better shot at the pole had we taken our laps further in the qualifying session, but we're real happy with a top-5 qualifying run."
The leaders set a fast pace throughout the event and Moore's Pontiac Grand Prix was prepared for the challenge. Moore started the race 6th after the customary redraw of the top qualifiers and he quickly found his way into the top-5 within a few laps. Moore ran in the top-5 all evening and took over the 2nd position after race leader Ted Christopher crashed with only 3 laps remaining. Surprisingly, there were numerous pit stops made by competitors for blistered tires, something the Tic-Tac team didn't experience. "A few of the top-5 finishers had to make early pit stops due to blistered tires, some even pitting twice," explained Moore. "Our car was setup very neutral and though we were pushing the car real hard from the drop of the green flag, it didn't seem to bother our tires. I really didn't want to risk a good finish by taking on new tires and running up through the field." Moore was one of a handful of competitors that raced the entire 150 laps on the same set of tires.
Moore and his Tic-Tac team return to New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday, July 11th for the Pennzoil Replacement Auto Parts Doubleheader. The race will be telecast live by TNN beginning at 1pm.