Granite Bay’s Moore drives to PCS Late Model victory.By: Telegraph Staff
Granite Bay resident Cole Moore led 95 laps en route to his first career Pacific Challenge Series victory on Saturday night at the All American Speedway in Roseville. The win came after a late race duel with 2014 series champion Mike Beeler of Modesto.
Roseville's Shannon Mansch, a former PCS winner at the speedway started on the pole position for the 100 lap feature. Mansch lead the the opening five laps of the contest. Moore started outside of the pole and took a few laps to gain momentum before stealing the lead he would never relinquish.
Sixth starting Beeler started moving forward when contact between three-time track champion Matt Scott and leading rookie Jack Wood on the front stretch bottled up the pack briefly. The first caution of the race flew when Elk Grove's Shane Butler had a right front flat tire.
Scott started to make his moves towards the front as he got around Milburn for fourth on lap 18. Both John Moore and Scott used a lapped car to pick off Beeler for second and third respectively on lap 30.
Moore and Scott quickly clawed towards Moore with the trio entertaining the crowd with a nose-to-tail battle. Scott nabbed second and turned his sights on Cole. On lap 55, the trio boiled over when John Moore tagged Scott in turn three sending him for a spin. Shane Butler came along late into the incident and made contact with Scott. All three cars were able to continue but with damage.
The fracas gave Moore room to roam as he enjoyed a comfortable advantage. The final 20 laps saw Beeler close in on Moore.
At the checkered flag the top-five were Moore, Beeler, Scott, John Moore, and Randy Hedrick of Reno, NV. JR Courage ran as high as third before finishing sixth.
Moore is a Granite Bay High School graduate who now attends Sacramento State University. He will return to the PCS Series on Saturday, July 1st when the series competes at Stockton 99 Speedway. In 2016, Moore drove in six NASCAR K&N Pro Series events for Bill McAnally Racing.