Lime Rock Incident Could Have Roots Back to Dover
As the NASCAR Busch North Series gets ready to visit Thompson Speedway (CT) for their season finale this Saturday, October 8th, it appears that one of their brightest young stars won’t be in the show.  NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Ryan Moore and his team were given several penalties as results of an incident that occurred this past weekend at Lime Rock Park (CT).  Click here for NASCAR’s release.
67, he tangled with Bryon Chew and spun off course and out of the top 10.  He rebounded from that before being involved with another incident, this time with Sean Caisse.  At the time of that incident, Moore had worked back up to eighth, but the incident cost him dearly.  Moore ended up finishing the event in the 13th position.  Caisse finished 10th.

On the cool-down lap, Moore made contact with Caisse’s car and was warned by NASCAR to calm down.  He then hit the #5 of Caisse a second time on pit road.  NASCAR officials met with both drivers and gave them each a 15-miniute cooling off period before they were allowed out of their cars.  Immediately after that, Moore along with father Kelly Moore, grandfather and team owner R.C. Moore and crew chief James Lorfano all discussed the incident with NASCAR.  A closed door meeting with the principals involved was held in the NASCAR trailer.
Ryan Moore (#74) and Sean Caisse (#5) raced hard at Dover.  Could this have set the stage for Lime Rock?
The 13th-place finish cost Moore dearly.  After the race, it was calculated that he would need to finish in the top three at Thompson and have Santerre drop out early to win the 2005 championship.  He was set to enter the event third in the standings behind Santerre and Mike Stefanik.

That was before the penalties were assessed by NASCAR.  Now, Moore stands to lose even more ground.  He’ll drop to fourth in points when Matt Kobyluck starts Saturday’s race and to fifth if Mike Olsen finishes 23rd or better in the event.  Moore cannot drop out of the top five no matter what happens.

Even if Moore was to be able to race at Thompson, the
It does not appear that the #74 is going to be racing this weekend.  (Tom Gallo Photo)
25-point penalty creates a situation where if Santerre started the race, Moore would be eliminated from the championship battle no matter what happened in the race.

The incident at Lime Rock could have been a continuation of a battle between the two young Busch North drivers last month at Dover.  It’s also possible that NASCAR might have reacted strongly and swiftly because of a prior history between Moore and Caisse.’s Bob Dillner observed the two drivers battle on track and exchange bumper tags under caution in that event.  At the time, Moore told Dillner that he was not happy with Caisse.  Meanwhile, Caisse told Dillner that it was just hard racing between the two.
There is a possibility of appeal, although that might be an option that Moore should consider carefully.  An appeal could reverse some or all of the penalties, or if the process drags on, it could possibly allow Moore to race at Thompson.  Looking at the big picture though, it could also result in larger penalties or a longer suspension.  Moore is scheduled to race in the NASCAR Busch Series event for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. at Homestead on November 19th and a longer suspension could nix those plans.

The move of suspending a driver in the Busch North Series is rare, but not unprecedented.  Earlier this season, James Civali was suspended for several months after a wreck with Dave Dion at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT)
The penalties included a suspension for Moore from any NASCAR events through the end of October, as well as being docked 25 owner and driver points.

Entering the Lime Rock race, Moore was still battling Grizco Racing teammates Andy Santerre and Mike Stefanik for the Busch North title.  Moore qualified on the outside of the front row for the event.  He led a few laps before a scheduled pit stop and was solidly in the top three as the laps clicked down in the race.

That’s when things started to go south for Moore.  On lap
Ryan (M) talks with NASCAR's Don Hawk (R) and his father Kelly (L) at New Hampshire earlier this year. (51 Photo)
and in 2001, Bill Penfold was suspended for two races [reduced to one event on appeal] for his role in a fight with Tracy Gordon. attempted to contact both Moore by telephone for his side of the story, but was not able to do so.