While he might not run nearly as many races as he did at the start of his racing career, Ryan Moore, formerly of Maine, continues to find his way to short track events along the East Coast. But, there are still some he second-generation driver has yet to attend. This weekend, Moore is checking off one of the big ones as he heads to Cordele, Georgia for SpeedFest 2022.
Entered for the Super Late Model portion of annual January event, a 150-lap non-points race for the ARCA/CRA Super Series and Southern Super Series; Moore will not only be making his first SpeedFest appearance, but also his first ride to Watermelon Capital Speedway itself.
“First time for both, SpeedFest is one I’ve always had marked on the calendar to run, but things have never fallen right to be able to do it. We decided that now’s the time, we’ll put our efforts into it, and see what we can do there,” Moore told Racing America.
With the likes of Bubba Pollard, Stephen Nasse, Chandler Smith, Erik Jones, Corey Heim, Carson Hocevar, Cody Coughlin, and Josh Berry among the SpeedFest Super Late Model entries, winning on debut will be a tall order for the 2013 New Smyrna World Series Super Late Model champion. Not surprisingly, it is a challenge that Moore is very much geared to tackling.
“I am looking forward to it, going over the entries there some really, really good cars and teams. It’s always fun to see where you can stack up against guys like that. I don’t race a lot, which makes doing events like this very worthwhile. If we play all of our cards right and do the right things throughout the weekend, we got as good a shot as any of them.”
Living in North Carolina for a number of years now, managing the southern half of R.C. Moore Trucking, Ryan Moore has become more than familiar with the southern racing scene. But, when looking at Watermelon Capital, it is a track that harkens back to his racing roots up in his native Maine. He’s the son of Kelly Moore a retired Late Model driver.
“To me, it’s almost like Oxford on steroids by watching some video. Longer straightaways, people have said it’s got some grip, so maybe a little racier, a little more aggressive; which is good for me. I think that will hopefully play into my cards a little bit better, being in my wheelhouse of racetracks. I can’t wait to get down there and check it out.”
(Connor Sullivan on Jan 26, 2022 Courtesy of Speed51 and Racing America)