Cole Moore notched his second-place finish in the ARCA Menards Series West competition at Irwindale Speedway this year, driving the Bill McAnally Racing No. 99 Adaptive One Chevrolet SS to second place Saturday night in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by the Costa West. Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The driver from Granite Bay, Calif. matched his career best series finish he recorded at the Southern California half-mile track in March. It was a great night on the road course, with representatives from NAPA, fireworks and a packed grandstand.
Moore’s rookie teammate, Landen Lewis of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, finished fifth in his first start since being designated to drive the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS by BMR.
Moore qualified third and was involved in a battle for that position during the early stages of the race. Lewis came off the grid in 13th and worked his way into the top 10. He was running strong, but lost a lap midway through the race when he slowed down for an accident.
A lengthy red flag on lap 122 gave Moore the first of several attempts at the lead late in the race. Lewis, who had fought hard for the free pass, was back on the lead lap. Moore restarted on the inside front row but was unable to take the lead. Meanwhile, Lewis began to gain places in the top five.
An additional caution on Lap 147 set up an overtime finish with green checkers, white checkers and Moore’s third attempt at a restart on the inside of the front row. He challenged the leader at both ends of the track, before taking the white flag and coming out a solid second. Lewis finished fifth at the checkered flag, opening his campaign in the iconic blue and gold #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy.
In addition to being the authorized sponsor of the ARCA West event, NAPA was well represented: Derek Sasabuchi, District Manager of the NAPA Distribution Center in Los Angeles, brought a special group of 200 NAPA customers to the event.
Several guests were given the opportunity to enjoy a VIP NAPA experience, which dinner included in the team transporter and a special tour of the pits. Guests also enjoyed a meeting with BMR drivers and former NAPA driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday. Special guests also watched the race from a VIP suite above the state-of-the-art facilities.
Cole Moore Quote:
“It was a good race. The car was fine. We had issues at the top, but we were getting the bottom to work. We were digging in there at every turn. It all boiled down to green-white-checkered at the end. Perfect timing and I drove (Jake Drew) as hard as I could without wrecking him. I am looking forward to trying to locate him in the championship.”