For many race teams in the country, a new year brings new changes for the season ahead. Super Late Model driver Ryan Moore has a lot of new items on his plate in 2018, including a new Late Model and a tighter relationship with Fury Race Cars going into the year, in order to make racing more doable for Moore.
Moore and his revamped No. 74 team are not wasting any time getting set for 2018, as they are heading south from Moore’s home in North Carolina to New Smyrna Speedway in Florida for the Red Eye 100 this Saturday.
“I’m really looking forward to it. We just built a new car over at Fury and to work with Jeff Fultz, Tony Eury Jr. and everybody has been great. We put a lot of work into it. We struggled the last few years. I don’t race that often, so it makes it really hard to keep up with everything as far as driving it, the setup stuff, and everything. They really have some good resources and a lot of good people working on them, so I decided to go that route and kind of lean on somebody else where I can still have time to run the business during the week, but then when I want to go race I can lean on somebody else for the help and advice that we need to do it.”
This weekend marks Moore’s Red Eye debut, but it will not be his first time at New Smyrna, being a veteran of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing during Speedweeks in February. While winning the Red Eye in his debut is a goal for the team, the major goal is being ready for the month of February.
“We had a terrible Speedweeks last year, so the whole point of going down to the Red Eye is to just make sure that we are prepared and ready for Speedweeks, then do the best we can. I think we have a shot at winning the Red Eye, we tested this car the other day and I was really happy with it. Again, the big goal is to get some seat time in this new car, get adapted to it and see what it likes.”
Moore comes from a great racing lineage from his home state of Maine, but since moving to the Southeast, he has made ripples across the region, and hopes that he can do better at New Smyrna next month.
“Come February I want to go down there and win three or four races, I don’t see any reason why we can’t. My grandfather RC, he likes that deal, he brings his buddies over to Speedweeks and it means a lot to me to go and win those races with him there.”
While Moore expects to attend a select number of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South events in 2018, he is also planning on doing some racing beyond that in the region.
“I want to mix it up a little bit, I’ve always run a few pass races here and there, so we’ll definitely still do that. But I’d like to mingle around a little bit, maybe run some CARS Tour races, CRA goes to a few places around here like Nashville, I’ve never been there. So trying to mix it up and do some different things, just have a little more fun with it.”
Although Moore is open to running some of the bigger events, he will still need to take the effort to balance time and money.
“I race just to have fun I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. I’d like to do something like the Snowball Derby to get that off the bucket list. But I’ve got a family, I’ve got a business to run. Racing is just for fun. The big-money races, you can go win win big money but you can spend a ton of money too and it kind of takes a little bit of the fun out of it.”
Speed51.com will have live Trackside Now coverage of the Red Eye 100 from New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday afternoon.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA, RI & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: PASS