ROSEVILLE, CA – 2019 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series Champion Cole Moore is heading to All American Speedway with confidence. The Granite Bay, CA driver is still looking for his first series victory, but he is coming off three consecutive victories in his Late Model at his home track. One of those was a $10,000 victory in the “JM Environmental 100”, which closed the 2019 Late Model season at the facility. He will now look for a $5,000 payday, in SPEARS Southwest Tour Series competition, when the series visits on August 15th for the “JM Environmental Inc. 150 presented by 51 FIFTY LTM.”
Moore has two Pacific Challenge Series victories at the 1/3-mile paved oval. He has a seventh-place finish in the ARCA Menards Pro Series West Division in 2017 and finished fourth in the SRL’s last visit in 2019. He scored two victories in the Late Model Division in 2019, while running a limited schedule. His success at the facility, as well as his laps at the track, give Moore confidence heading to Round #5 of the SRL season.
“I definitely have a lot of confidence at all American Speedway”, Moore stated. “I have more laps on the track than anywhere, and have watched a lot of racing there growing up. Also, whenever we test our cars, it’s always at all American Speedway, so that gives us another edge.”
Moore is coming off a challenging weekend, in his last SRL start at Irwindale Speedway. The former Pacific Challenge Series Rookie-of-the-Year lost their primary car in final practice, at the ½-mile oval, but made lemonade out of lemons. With zero laps on their short track car, he qualified 12th in the 26-car field and finished seventh in the 100-lap feature. The perseverance of the driver and team paid off, with Moore jumping from fifth in the championship standings, to a tie for third with Eric Schmidt.
The 2018 SRL Rookie-of-the-Year will be back in the same short track car at Roseville. He has been fast in that car, but he is still looking for his first victory in the series. Moore has learned to be one of the most consistent drivers in the series, with only two DNF’s in 28 series starts. That percentage ranks sixth in the series all-time for the 24-year-old driver. But Moore wants to score that first victory, and he prepares for that goal each week, against a field full of champions. He hopes home track advantage will get him to Victory Lane on the 15th.
“We have the same plan going into every race, and we come to win each and every weekend”, Moore related. “Those guys are just hard to beat. I think with home-field advantage we have an awesome shot at getting the first win.”
Moore knows what feel he needs in his Super Late Model, to be successful at All American Speedway. He also knows where he needs to be good to make his way to the front. To get around the unique 1/3rd mile, he is very familiar with how to setup a pass and how to execute it to perfection.
“It’s like anywhere else, you have to turn really good and be able to get up off the corner”, Moore volunteered. “The best place to get it done is coming up off Turn 2, because the track gets really wide on the backstretch. With a good run off Turn 4, you can get to their bumper in Turns 1 and 2 and execute.
Moore is happy for the series to be visiting his home track, but it is bitter-sweet for the Super Late Model star. Beginning with the second event of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series season, fans have not been allowed to purchase tickets for the General Admission Grandstands. With Moore visiting All American Speedway, it is certainly a disappointment that his hometown fans will not be able to see him race in person and possibly pick up his first series win. But the four-time PCS winner is happy to just be behind the wheel.
“Racing without fans is terrible”, Moore exclaimed! “It takes a lot of the glory out of winning, and obviously it takes the show away. With that being said, we still get to race and compete in front of the other teams and racers, so it could be worse.”
To compete against his fellow competitors, Moore has a strong team and support from his father’s business.
Moore said, “I really want to thank my mom and dad (John Moore) as well as my entire team, for all that they do for me. I also would like to thank JM Environmental and JM Racing which allows us to do what we do.”
The “JM Environmental 150 presented by 51 FIFTY LTM.” will be Round #5 of the season, for the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series. It will pay $5,000 to the winner, thanks to long-time series sponsor Performance Friction Brakes. Practice for the series is scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm (PST) on Saturday, with Qualifying at 4:15 pm and Opening Ceremonies at 5:00 pm. The SRL Super Late Models will be joined by the Mini Cup / Bandoleros, Late Models, F4’s, Super Stocks, Jr. Late Models and Limited Modified, for a huge night of racing. For those not in attendance, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will be live streamed on www.SpearsRacing.TV. The local NASCAR Divisions will be live streamed at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.TV
SPEAR SRL Southwest Tour Release – Story by Kevin Peters
Photos courtesy of Sal Sigala Jr.
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