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Kelly Moore Scores Record 27th Busch East Series Victory At NHIS; Title Contenders Hit Trouble But Olsen Expands Lead Over Caisse To 57 Points With Two Races To Go

LOUDON, N.H. - Kelly Moore, the all-time leader in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series victories who was racing for only the second time in 2006, navigated flawlessly through a caution-filled New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday afternoon to score his 27th career triumph in the series and his fifth at NHIS. Brian Hoar, Bryon Chew, west coast visitor Andrew Myers, and Tracy Gordon completed the top five in the race shortened to 104 laps by time constraints. Ryan Seaman, Peyton Sellers, Ruben Pardo, point leader Mike Olsen, and Jerry Marquis finished sixth through tenth.

Moore, who was the 1995 champion and leads the series in virtually every career statistical category despite limiting his schedule for the past two seasons, started 23rd and took the lead for the only time on lap 89 from Hoar. He pulled away on the green-white-checker finish to record a 0.941 second margin of victory. He was the last of eight leaders who swapped the lead 11 times. Sean Caisse showed early strength before giving way to Jeff Anton when most of the leaders pitted at lap 21. Anton paced the next 22 laps, the first laps led in his career, before stopping for service. During that time, point leader Mike Olsen spun and went to the back of the field.

A renewed battle between Caisse and eight-time NHIS winner Brad Leighton ended at lap 69 when they tangled in turn 3 with Matt Kobyluck, who was subsequently parked for the day. Moore took the lap 78 green flag in fourth place behind Brian Hoar, Dave Dion, and Peyton Sellers. While he was briefly passed by Bryon Chew, Moore took less than a dozen laps to move to the lead and never let go.

Andrew Myers advanced all the way from 41st to fourth, winning the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award. Tracy Gordon improved seven places from the last race at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl to capture the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. No Busch Pole Award was made after time trials were rained out on Thursday and the field was set by car owner points. Moore averaged 69.211 miles per hour as eleven caution periods slowed the action. Of the 46 car starting field, 37 were running at the finish with 34 on the lead lap. Ruben Pardo expanded his lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year race to three points over Dion Ciccarelli.

Busch East Series championship contenders, Olsen and Caisse, both appeared to be on the brink of disaster after their separate on-track incidents, but Olsen rallied to finish ninth, leading one lap, and Caisse was 14th while leading the most laps. As a result, Olsen extended his lead to 57 points with two races remaining. The next round is next Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
Sylvania 125
New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H., Saturday, September 16, 2006

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 23 47 Kelly Moore Scarborough, Maine NAPA Auto Parts Chevroelt 104 $14,500
2 4 45 Brian Hoar Williston, Vt. Goss Dodge Dodge 104 $9,900
3 3 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew Chevrolet Chevrolet 104 $8,300
4 41 4 Andrew Myers Newport Beach, Calif. Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet 104 $7,800
5 25 33 Tracy Gordon Strong, Maine The Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford 104 $6,600
6 29 06 Ryan Seaman Toms River, N.J. ERS Fleet Repair Chevrolet 104 $5,300
7 37 31 Peyton Sellers Danville, Va. Whelen Engineering Chevrolet 104 $4,900
8 10 12 Ruben Pardo* Mexico City, Mexico Family Dollar/Movida Dodge 104 $4,900
9 1 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 104 $4,400
10 40 52 Jerry Marquis Broad Brook, Conn. Furnace & Duct Chevrolet 104 $3,500
11 21 29 Dave Dion Hudson, N.H. Berlin City Ford Ford 104 $3,800
12 30 41 Rocky Moran, Jr. Irevine, Calif. New England Mechanical Overlay Chevrolet 104 $3,100
13 28 03 Rogelio Lopez Mexico City, Mexico Telmex/Lucas Oil Chevrolet 104 $3,000
14 2 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 104 $3,400
15 42 7 James Civali Meriden, Conn. Liberty Limousine Chevrolet 104 $2,875
16 7 3 Joey McCarthy Randolph, N.J. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 104 $3,350
17 44 22 John Freeman Charlotte, N.C. Family Dollar/Supercuts Dodge 104 $3,275
18 34 1 Alex Hoag Bath, N.Y. Mavericks Fortune Racing Chevrolet 104 $2,725
19 8 01 Charles Lewandoski Stafford Springs, Conn. Lewandoski Construction Chevrolet 104 $3,200
20 11 16 Kip Stockwell Braintree, Vt. Stockwell Racing Chevrolet 104 $3,150
21 9 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Engineered Floors Chevrolet 104 $3,075
22 13 15 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 104 $3,050
23 27 48 Eddie MacDonald Rowley, Mass. New England Mechanical Overlay Chevrolet 104 $3,030
24 12 84 Dion Ciccarelli* Severn, Md. Jamerson Motorsports/Star Sales Ford 104 $3,000
25 17 10 Pierre Borque* Ottawa, Ont. driving.ca/canada.com Chevrolet 104 $3,000
26 15 5 Barney McRae Colchester, Vt. Motion Racing Chevrolet 104 $2,500
27 19 8 Rich Gould* N. Brunswick, N.J. Nassau Painting Chevrolet 104 $3,000
28 16 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet 104 $3,000
29 33 75 Tim Cowen Ashland, Oh. Cowen Logistics Ford 104 $2,500
30 38 11 Rob Humphreys Elbridge, N.Y. Humphreys Racing Chevrolet 104 $2,500
31 36 83 Ray Ciccarelli Ellicott City, Md. Chron's & Colitis Foundation Ford 104 $2,500
32 45 76 Jerick Johnson Faribault, Minn. American Legion Chevrolet 104 $2,500
33 26 97 Brent Cross* Cortland, N.Y. Cummings Auto Machine Chevrolet 104 $3,000
34 24 67 Jamie Aube Bow, N.H. Red Line Synthetic Oil Chevrolet 103 $3,000
35 32 88 Mike Gallo Sanford, Maine JBR Racing Ford 102 $2,500
36 14 26 Scott Bouley Thomaston, Conn. Towne & Aurell Excavating Chevrolet 98 $3,000
37 6 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 97 $3,000
38 43 00 Danny Sammons Trenton, N.J. RSR Racing Chevrolet 93 $2,500 Engine
39 28 21 Carlos Pardo Mexico City, Mexico Telcel Chevrolet 82 $2,500 Accident
40 5 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 69 $3,000 Parked
41 22 35 Brad Leighton Center Harbor, N.H. Irving Oil Ford 68 $2,500 Accident
42 35 32 Dale Quarterley Westfield, Mass. racingtonortheast.com Chevrolet 63 $2,500 Handling
43 46 08 Jason White Colonial Heights, Va. Gunbroker.com Dodge 38 $2,500 Accident
44 39 92 Doug Krpata Bethpage, N.Y. Island Trees Automotive Chevrolet 38 $2,500 Accident
45 20 25 Jeremy Clark* Cortland, N.Y. Drake Oil Chevrolet 16 $3,000 Engine
46 18 24 Patrick Dupree* Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 16 $3,000 Accident

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 34 minutes, 40 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 69.211 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.941 seconds
CAUTION PERIODS: 11 for 73 laps
LEAD CHANGES 11 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Caisse 1-6, Olsen 7, Caisse 8-20, Anton 21-42, Lewandoski 43-45, Leighton 46-54, Caisse 55-60, Leighton 61-62, Caisse 63, Dion 64, Hoar 65-88, Moore 89-104
BUSCH POLE AWARD: None awarded, qualifying rained out
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Andrew Myers, Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Tracy Gordon, The Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford

UNOFFICIAL BUSCH EASE SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins)
1. Mike Olsen (2) 1498
2. Sean Caisse (3) 1442
3. Brian Hoar 1345
4. Bryon Chew (1) 1344
5. Matt Kobyluck (2) 1211
6. Joey McCarthy 1193
7. Mike Johnson 1168
8. Charles Lewandoski 1152
9. Ruben Pardo 1144
10. Jeff Anton 1081
11. Kip Stockwell 1067
12. Dion Ciccarelli 1018
13. John Salemi 979
14. John Freeman 976
15. Scott Bouley 924
(tie) Pierre Bourque 924

NEXT RACE: Sunoco 150, Dover Intl Speedway, Dover, Del., Friday, Sept. 22


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