Ryan Moore Finishes Third In NASCAR West Series Race At Phoenix Phoenix, AX -- Ryan Moore's goal to achieve some seat time as well as a top-five finish racing in Phoenix, Arizona last week was fulfilled. Moore's first race of the 2005...
Ryan Moore Finishes Third In NASCAR West Series Race At Phoenix
Phoenix, AX -- Ryan Moore's goal to achieve some seat time as well as a top-five finish racing in Phoenix, Arizona last week was fulfilled.
Moore's first race of the 2005 season would be under the lights with the NASCAR West Series Casino Arizona 150 event. All racing activity took place Thursday, beginning with a two hour practice session. Forty minutes into the early morning practice session, Moore came over the radio to report he was very happy with the setup of his R.C. Moore, Bill Dodge, getetched.com Monte Carlo. "We've got a real good car here guys; with some small adjustments I think we can be the fastest car." Sure enough, by the end of practice the 74 car was the fastest on the track and the Moore Racing Team was anxious for their qualifying run.
Luck of the draw unfortunately gave Moore the number four qualifying spot, with the team hoping he would qualify later in the session. The team knew the track would be slick due to the remains of the radial rubber still on the track from Busch and Nextel Cup Series practices.
Moore's first lap time put him eighth on the grid. As he came out of turn four looking to complete his second lap, he got sideways and cautiously had to correct himself making his second lap time slower than the first. His time held up and he would start the event eighth. After the qualifying session all cars were impounded by NASCAR officials and no adjustments to the race cars would allowed until the race.
The 8:30 pm start time did not help the effects of the desert heat. The temperatures remained high as drivers strapped in for the feature. As the green flag waved, Moore began to make his way to the front and by lap 15 he was in the fourth spot. He kept his R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge/getetched.com Monte Carlo up front until the car began to feel loose off the corner. On lap 68, the Moore Racing Team took advantage of the caution flag that was thrown. Teams were only allowed two tires per pit stop so the 74 team changed right side tires and filled the car with fuel. The caution flag stayed out and Moore came back to pit road for two left side tires and a chassis adjustment.
Once the race resumed, Moore could feel the adjustments had worked. He made his way back to the front and on lap 132 he took the lead from Burney Lamar. Moore led the next ten laps but on lap 142 the young driver lost his number one spot to West Series driver Scott Lynch.
The caution flag was thrown on lap 147, which would result in a green, white, checkered restart. Moore battled with Lynch for one lap, but a jumble in the back of the field caused another caution flag. On the final restart, Moore took the lead and held it until the car got loose in turns three and four. Moore battled with Lamar and Lynch to hold the top spot but Lamar slipped past Moore to take the point. Moore went across the finish line in the third spot but was happy to have a car in one piece and a top-three finish to make the trek back to the Northeast.
Ryan would like to thank all of his team members that made it possible to travel so far and have such a successful finish. "I appreciate all the work my team has done to prepare for this race. Those who were able to take time away from their families and work as well as the guys who worked hard in the shop that couldn't make it out here with us. It was a fun experience and I learned a lot racing with these West Guys. I look forward to competing with all of them in the future."
Moore Racing would especially like to thank Dale Earnhardt, Inc., R.C. Moore Transportation, Inc., Bill Dodge Auto Group and Tim Daigle and Mike Roy from getetched.com for their support in our racing program, and especially for their assistance in getting our team to Phoenix. The team from Dale Earnhardt, Inc. worked with the Ryan and his crew prior to their arrival in Phoenix and dedicated a huge amount of time to the team at the track in Phoenix.
The Busch North Series will open on May 15 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. The event will be broadcast live on HDNet TV and tape delayed on the SPEED Channel.