Daniel Moore Hoping To Add 'Champion' To List of Titles
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Young Guns driver Daniel Moore, 15, has a lot to be excited about these days.
Not only is he in the hunt for his first Thursday Thunder championship, he is also a new uncle.
Baby Dylan, born last Tuesday, is the son of Daniel¿s older brother Dwayne, who is the front tire carrier for Kevin Harvick¿s No. 21 Busch Series team.
"It¿s exciting,¿ said Moore. ¿I can spoil him and buy him a car when he¿s old enough.¿
Moore is also nose-to-nose with competitor Jason Magagna, 15, in the chase for the division championship. After his third-place finish last week, Moore now trails Magagna by just two points.
¿I don¿t want to lead the point standings until the end,¿ said Moore. ¿I don¿t want to automatically start the race near the end anymore, I¿ll let him do that.¿
Moore has led the division for the last four weeks, relegating him to start from the fourth row, as dictated by Thursday Thunder rule. Moore, who has won just one race this season, is planning to let Magagna start from mid-pack for the next two weeks, then swoop in for the win and the championship in the final week.
But Moore is aware that Magagna, a four-time winner this season, probably also has a strategy for earning what would be his first Thursday Thunder championship.
Both drivers agree that regardless, the championship will come down to the final race of the season.
MOVIN ON UP: After finishing 15th in the Chargers point standings last season, Mary Wilson has made vast improvements. She is now fifth in the points and has finished as high as second in the weekly races.
She almost captured her first win two weeks ago but couldn¿t close the deal. Despite that, she is hopeful her elusive first win will come before the end of the season
¿It takes a lot of fourths and fifths to finally get a win,¿ said Wilson, 19. ¿Hopefully sooner than later I will get the win that I¿m looking for.¿
In only her second year of Thursday Thunder, Wilson has learned a lot working around the garage ¿ so much that even those around the track have noticed.
¿Last year she was just dropping off,¿ said Jeff Salter, a Legends official who also works with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. ¿Now she¿s on the track and actually a competitor against the other racers.¿
Wilson attends Lanier Technical College and works at Panoz, an automobile development company.
ONE BIG FAMILY: When Young Guns driver Taylor Hull wrecked his new Bandolero car during practice last week, it felt like the beginning of a very long, very bad night.
Hull had just bought the car from another young driver and had turned virtually no laps in the machine before Thursday night¿s pre-race practice laps. Then, during that short practice session, Hull and another driver made contact, tearing up the new machine.
A visibly distressed Hull carried the tail (back fiberglass portion) back to the garage area after the incident, obviously not expecting to be able to race the rest of the night.
But when Hull returned to the garage, he was greeted by volunteers from six different race teams, who all pitched in to help repair the damaged car.
Representatives from Tina Johnson¿s team, Chase Moody¿s team, Ryan Gandee¿s team, Daniel Moore¿s team, Jacob and Jordan Grizzle¿s team and Jody Pilkenton¿s team all got the car back in working order in time for the heat races. Hull ended up finishing sixth for the night.
¿Other teams offered, but there wasn¿t enough room around the car for more help,¿ said Hull¿s stepfather, Mike Hancock. ¿What a blessing.¿
WISHING AND HOPING: With two races to go, Kyle Fowler, 12, hopes he can catch current division champion Casey Roderick, 11, and win the Bandits championship. But time is running out, and Fowler is 21 points back.
Even if he doesn¿t win the championship, Fowler should be comforted by the knowledge that he is the only driver to beat Roderick, the defending Bandits champion. Fowler has won two races; Roderick has won the remaining six.
¿The car has been doing good, so I think we can catch him and have a shot at going for the championship,¿ said Fowler.
Both young drivers agree there may be a little rivalry between them on the track, but they don¿t let that interfere with their friendship off the track.
¿We do become enemies or competitors while racing,¿ said Fowler. ¿Though once finished, we are back to hanging out and joking in the garage.¿
FASTER PASTOR PART II: The second Faster Pastor race of the season will take place this week during intermission of the Thursday Thunder series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Local pastors from Braelinn Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Hampton will race beat-up demolition-derby type cars while trying to go for the win. Canned goods are once again being accepted and will be donated to a food pantry of each church¿s choice.
The preacher with the largest amount of canned foods donated by 7 p.m. will start on the pole position.