Moore takes over the rookie points chase Thompson, CT -- Rookie Ryan Moore pulled off another outstanding top-ten finish to add to his Rookie of the Year Points and his chance at the NASCAR Busch North Series Championship. Throughout the two...
Moore takes over the rookie points chase
Thompson, CT -- Rookie Ryan Moore pulled off another outstanding top-ten finish to add to his Rookie of the Year Points and his chance at the NASCAR Busch North Series Championship.
Throughout the two forty five minute practice sessions, the Moore Racing Team was not satisfied with their R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge Auto Group/Maine Lubrication/Shell Rotella Monte Carlo.
"We worked together and made several changes before time trials," said young Moore. The Rookie put all he could into his two laps of time trials. "I felt myself getting sideways in the turns, but I just knew I needed to turn a decent lap time," said Ryan. Moore put his R.C. Moore Monte Carlo in the 11th starting spot for the 150-lap event.
When the green flag waved, the inside lane didn't accel fast enough for the likes of the 74 car. Moore slipped up to the outside groove and immediately gained himself four positions.
"I really just rode around trying to reel the leaders in," said Moore.
Moore experienced misfortune as a right side tire began to slowly go down. The Rookie got on his radio to warn his crew of the problem, but remained on the track praying for a caution flag. Finally on lap 48, the Moore Racing Team was blessed with a yellow flag and Ryan made his way to pit road for a right side tire change and some adjustments.
By lap 100, Moore was in 10th, but unfortunetly he got together with Mike Stefanik in fighting for position, and fell back. "I really feel we had a top-five car, but I just didn't have enough time to get the car back up there," said Ryan. Young Moore fortunately took over the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-year Challenge, due to the fact that competitor Tim Andrews had misfortune with his teammate.
The Young Rookie spent his Sunday afternoon working with his dedicated team, forfeiting his chance to compete in the annual Oxford 250. The young driver and his team have been putting 110 percent into the car that will be lettered with Castleberry/Snow's logos for Moore's debut at New Hampshire International Speedway next Saturday.
"This is definitely the most important race of the season," said Moore, "I have to put all my efforts into preparing for the long weekend ahead."
Moore will be signing autographs in the Castleberry/Snow's Hospitality tent Saturday morning, right next to Father, Kelly Moore, who will be signing autographs for his fans in the NAPA Auto Parts Hospitality tent.