Nobody has won more races in the series formerly known as Busch North than Scarborough’s Kelly Moore, who took the checkered flag 27 times.
He’s running in the Pro All-Stars Series North Super Late Model tour these days and would love to add another PASS North win to his list of accomplishments Saturday when the tour kicks off its 10th season at his home track, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough.
The racing begins at 3 p.m.
The tour was supposed to open at Hermon’s Speedway 95 two weekends ago but was postponed due to weather concerns.
Ironically, Beech Ridge hasn’t always been kind to Moore.
“I haven’t won a tremendous amount there,” said the 51-year-old Moore. “I think I’ve won maybe eight to 10 races. I’ve won in the ACT [American-Canadian Tour], Busch North and Saturday night series but I’ve never won a PASS race there.
“But it’s always a fun place to go and it’s in my back yard,” added Moore.
Moore is relatively new to the tour.
Last year was the first time he ran the entire PASS schedule and he finished third in points thanks to six top-five finishes in 13 races. He was eighth in 2008 while doing 12 of 14 races. He ran only five races in 2007.
“We had a good year last season,” said Moore. “It was a good learning experience. It had been a long time since I had run Pro Stocks [on a regular basis]. The setup has changed a lot.”
Moore will run a brand-new Chevy Monte Carlo “with some new inventions on it” that his son, Ryan, has tried out for him. Ryan Moore lives in North Carolina and is running the PASS South tour.
Kelly Moore is looking forward to the season and enjoys racing on the tour.
“Most of the races are 125-150 laps. It’s a good time. It’s a real good bunch of guys to race with,” said Moore. “The races are close to home. It’s fun to get back to short-track racing.”
The 14-race schedule is perfect for Moore, who used to race 35 times a year.
His company, R.C. Moore, has two offices in North Carolina in addition to offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
Ryan Moore and his wife are the parents of a 15-month-old daughter, so when Kelly isn’t racing on the PASS North tour, he and wife Roxanne can travel to North Carolina to see their granddaughter and help Ryan with his racing career.
“I get to mix business and pleasure,” said Kelly.
The winner of Saturday’s race will have earned it, according to Moore.
“It’s a tough track. You can run into a lot of problems. It’s a momentum racetrack. You’ve got to have a race car that is well-balanced. You need to keep your corner speed up,” said Moore. “You’ve got to stay out of trouble. And it’s hard to get away from an accident.”
Defending two-time points champ Johnny Clark of Hallowell agreed.
“You have to have a good car there. If you have a 10th-place car, you aren’t going to win,” said Clark. “It’s real tough on tires. It really comes down to having a good setup.”
There will be a host of drivers capable of winning the race, according to Moore.
Moore mentioned Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, Adam Bates, Mike Rowe, Scott Chubbuck and Trevor Sanborn as being among the favorites.
The PASS Mods and PASS Sportsmen will also race along with the Pro Four Modifieds and Legends.
Substance to be applied on 95
Del Merritt, co-owner of Hermon’s Speedway 95, said they will spray a traction compound on the inside of the track to try to create a second racing groove for Sunday afternoon’s race card.
The outside lane is considerably faster at Speedway 95 and, during last weekend’s racing, three of the four pole-sitters in the weekly classes were passed on the first lap by the car on the outside of the first row.
Pole-sitters have to start on the inside but, after the start of the race, the drivers who are leading at the time of a caution are given the option to start on the inside or the outside.
They almost always choose the outside.
The cars that started second and passed the pole-sitter went on to lead the rest of the way and take the checkered flag.
“We used [the compound] last year. Some of the drivers really liked it,” said Merritt.
The compound will create more grip so drivers will be able to pass using the inside lane.
Merritt said they will probably apply it Saturday since he has been told that it works best if you put it down a day before the race.
He said they couldn’t use it much last year because of all the rain which washes it away.
It costs between $60-80 per weekly application, he said.
“We want to make things more even,” he said.