Many early-race cautions prevented Moore from getting too far away from the rest of the leaders. Several drivers took their shots at Moore, but no one had anything for the 2004 GAS Series champion. David Elliott, Beau Slocumb and Bubba Pollard took turns chasing down Moore, but only Elliott had a legitimate shot at the leader.
Elliott looked to make a move for the lead at the halfway point in the race but his charge was halted by a lapped car. Elliott wound up spinning while trying to squeeze between Moore and the lapped car, making Moore’s path to victory a clear one for the remainder of the race.
NO DRAMA, JUST DOMINATION FOR MOORE IN ANDERSON by Matt Kentfield
Fredrick Leads Every Lap for First GAS Win Since ‘04
Saturday night’s Georgia Asphalt Series race at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) looked like a carbon copy of the first GAS race of the year in Lanier, GA. The driver who led the first lap was still in command on the last lap with a hard-charging driver right on his heels as they headed for the checkers.
This time, however, there were no last-lap fireworks, no contact and no controversy, just a dominant Fredrick Moore.
Moore took advantage of his quick qualifying lap early in the race. He was moved to the pole when fast qualifier Richie Etheridge redrew the second starting spot after time trials. From the drop of the opening green flag, it was Moore that other drivers were chasing after.
“We had a big advantage starting on the front row tonight,” said Moore. “That was the key to the win actually. If you’re back in the field on a track like this you don’t stand a chance. This is such a tough little old racetrack and it’s hard for the guys who start in the back of the pack to get up to the front. That was my big advantage.”
“I figured that if I could’ve gotten ahead of Fredrick as we were coming up on lap traffic I could probably get away,” said Elliott. “I pushed the issue with a lapped car and we just ran out of room. I pushed the issue and I should’ve waited.”
With Elliott now forced to fight from the back of the pack, the responsibility of taking the lead away from Fredrick Moore fell in Bubba Pollard’s lap. Late-race cautions kept Pollard close but not close enough to take the top spot.
Moore did in Anderson what Paul Kelley couldn’t do in Lanier. He led the final lap in addition to every lap before it. Two weeks ago at Lanier, Joey Senter tracked Kelley down and spun Kelley for the win in the final corner. This time it was Bubba Pollard who was making a late-race charge but he couldn’t close to Moore’s bumper. Moore started on the pole and led all 100 laps to capture his first GAS victory since 2004.
“We led every lap and we’re proud of this run tonight,” said Moore. “I told my guys on the radio that the rest of these drivers don’t have any excuses or anything to complain about with us tonight. They’re running the same 100 laps and qualified the same amount of laps as I did. We just went out there and beat them tonight.”
Fredrick Moore celebrates his GAS win. (51 Photos)
David Elliott had a shot at the lead early.
Moore's winning #19 car
“David Elliott was the one I was really worried about. I couldn’t shake him too much. He started gaining on me on the long runs and then we came up on a lap car and I guess he got pinched between me and a lap car and ended up spinning. It seemed like he had to get on the brakes too hard and spun.
“Once he was out of the picture my mind was at ease because I knew that I had all those guys behind me covered pretty good.”
Elliott charged back up from his spin to finish seventh, but knew that if it wasn’t for the incident while racing with Moore and the lap car, he would’ve had a much better result.
“There was a lot of stuff going on behind me tonight,” said Moore. “It’s good knowing everything was happening behind me but I hate seeing all those cautions when I’m in the lead too because at one point I had a half-straightaway lead taken away by a caution. I hate to see cautions especially when I’ve got that good of a car.”
One final restart with just a handful of laps remaining allowed Pollard to close to Moore’s bumper, but just as he had all race long, Moore jolted out to a big lead and cruised to the checkered flag.
“I knew I had to go on that last restart,” said Moore. “I’ve lost so many races so many times with five laps to go. Whatever that sucker’s got in those last five laps you’re damn sure I’m going to use it all.”