Knoxville 360 Nationals Saturday race notes

Moore makes late charge to win Knoxville ASCS 360 Nationals. KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 14, 2003) - Iowa native Dennis Moore, Jr., made a late charge to snare his second Advance Auto Parts Knoxville ASCS 360 Sprint Car Nationals feature triumph ...

Moore makes late charge to win Knoxville ASCS 360 Nationals.

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 14, 2003) - Iowa native Dennis Moore, Jr., made a late charge to snare his second Advance Auto Parts Knoxville ASCS 360 Sprint Car Nationals feature triumph Saturday night at the famed Knoxville Raceway. Moore pocketed $6,000 for the victory.

Starting from the ninth slot, Moore worked his way into the top five by the 11th round. When current O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series presented by Love's Travel Stops & County Stores and United Trailers point leader Darren Stewart slipped around Moore for fourth on the 18th round, Moore found the low groove and then tore through the field. Moore raced past the frontrunners in the ensuing laps and chased down leader Travis Rilat to take command on the 22nd round en route to victory lane aboard the Ostrich-powered Jocko's Eagle.

Rilat drew the pole position, but it was outside front row starter Don Droud, Jr., who raced into the lead down the backstretch. Droud paced the early rounds on the high side, fending off Rilat's bid for the lead following a lap eight caution for Zach Chappell's turn two spin.

Droud was still setting the pace when the race's second caution appeared three rounds later when two-time Knoxville 360 Nationals champion Garry Lee Maier came to a stop on the frontstretch. Under the ensuing caution, misfortune beset Droud as he suffered rear-end woes and exited the race, handing the lead to Rilat.

Rilat paced the field after Droud's exit, holding an eight car length advantage over preliminary feature winner Josh Higday, who had charged from the eighth starting position, with Randy Martin, Shane Stewart and Moore in tow.

While Rilat appeared to have the field covered, 15th-starter Darren Stewart briefly slipped past Moore for fourth on the 18th round. Moore quickly responded and regained the position, and utilizing the low groove to perfection, proceeded to motor past rim-riders Martin and Higday before taking command for good from Rilat on the 22nd round.

Moore raced to the checkered flag in the final rounds with a comfortable advantage over Rilat, who held off Higday for second. Shane Stewart battled past younger brother Darren Stewart to snare fourth on the final round.

Martin settled for sixth at the line, with Kenny Adams, who topped Friday's second qualifying feature, taking the checkered flag in seventh. Nebraska's Billy Alley finished a solid eighth, with current Knoxville Raceway 360 Sprint Car point leader Jesse Gianetto charging from 21st to claim ninth. John VanDenBerg completed the top ten.

After Curtis Thorson topped the 8-lap D Feature, Gary Wright kicked off an impressive drive by winning the 12-lap C Feature after starting third. Wright raced from 18th to claim third in the B Feature, behind Gianetto and Wayne Johnson, then finished off the evening by coming from 23rd to finish eleventh in the feature.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Kenny Adams