Kelly Moore battles back to finish sixth at Thompson Thompson, CT -- A hard charging Kelly Moore narrowly escaped an early race incident with a lapped car to finish sixth at Thompson International Speedway on Saturday evening. The 1995 Busch ...
Kelly Moore battles back to finish sixth at Thompson
Thompson, CT -- A hard charging Kelly Moore narrowly escaped an early race incident with a lapped car to finish sixth at Thompson International Speedway on Saturday evening. The 1995 Busch North Series champion was making a strong run to challenge race leader Tom Carey, Jr. but was nearly taken out of contention when he got together with the lapped car of Laine Chase and spun off the race track and into the infield.
"The 2 car was undecided as to what line he was going to take, and when I went low, he was there and we spun," Moore said. "It didn't really damage the car but we had to pit and change right side tires, something we had hoped to a bit later in the race."
The Maine Lubrication Service/Bill Dodge Auto Group pit crew nailed down a perfect pit stop and Moore did his part by charging back up through the field.
"Our pre-race strategy was to pit later in the event, but given the circumstances, we really had no choice," said Moore.
Moore ran a smart and patient race during the second half of the event, but the car eventually became very loose and the Scarborough, ME native wasn't able to challenge the top-5 race leaders.
"We had a solid effort this weekend, our NAPA Auto Parts Team has been working extremely well together at the track and our preparation back at the shop is superb," Moore admitted. "It really helps when you take the car off the truck and end up doing some minor chassis changes instead of chasing the setup the entire practice, which in part is due to the teams focus and determination."
With his sixth top-10 finish of the season, Moore again moved up in the point's standings, taking over the third spot from his son and teammate, Ryan Moore. With 11 races remaining on the 2003 schedule, Moore continues to be a threat to capture his second NASCAR Championship.
For the first time this season, Moore provided onboard camera shots to the SPEED Channel production team. "NAPA has a huge base in the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts area, so this is one of the tracks we decided would be most appropriate to do something different," Moore said. The taped broadcast will be shown on the SPEED Channel July 26th.
Moore Racing News and Notes:
There are lots of off-track activities for Moore Racing in the next week, all leading up to the huge 125-lap event at New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday, July 19.
Kelly Moore will be spend all day Tuesday at NHIS with NAPA Auto Parts representatives and customers, as a host for the NAPA "Racing Reality" experience. More than 60 representatives will have an opportunity to participate in a stock car ride along program and also take to the track in a race car for ten laps.
On Wednesday, July 16, Moore will join other NASCAR Busch North Series champions for a casino cruise on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesauke. The cruise will sail from 7PM-11PM (boarding begins at approximately 6:30 PM) with an entire evening of activities planned. A $50 donation puts race fans on board the Mount Washington for a full night of fun including gaming, autograph sessions, raffles and a buffet dinner. In addition to the traditional table games, patrons will be invited to try their luck in a raffle featuring, among other great prizes, Winston Cup and Busch North autographed memorabilia and a pair of overnight stays at Foxwoods including gourmet meals. All gaming proceeds at the 2nd Annual Racing Against Cancer Casino Night presented by Foxwoods Resort Casino will go to David's House, a haven for families of children receiving treatment at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Dick & Gerry Cyr, inspired by their young son David, who died of acute lymphocytic leukemia in 1984, created David's House so that parents and children alike would have a quality home-like atmosphere during their time of need.
Moore Racing will have show cars in the New Hampshire International Speedway hospitality area during the upcoming weekend. Both Kelly and Ryan will take turns signing autographs during the weekend. Ryan Moore's 74 car will represent Castleberry's, RC Moore Transportation, Bill Doge Auto Group, Shell Rotella T and Maine Lubrication Services for next weekend's 125-lap event. While Kelly Moore will display his familiar NAPA Auto Parts Monte Carlo, which also showcases the sponsorship of Bill Dodge Auto Group, RC Moore Transportation, Shell Rotella T and Maine Lubrication Services.