Ryan Moore Fall Foliage 200 Winner; Two Titles For 2nd Place Scott

For Immediate Release TR71-100702

Barre, VT - - ACT Dodge Tour Rookie of the Year Ryan Moore of Scarborough, Me overtook Phil Scott on lap 125 of the Fall Foliage 200, then dodged some bullets along the way to his second ACT win of the year Sunday at Thunder Road. Scott held off Cooper MacRitchie for second to earn the 2002 ACT Dodge Tour championship, his third Thunder Road Late Model crown and more than $17,000. He out-pointed his closest ACT Dodge Tour competitor, Patrick Laperle 1404-1302.

Moore had steadily worked his way from 18th to fourth when on lap 115, MacRitchie and Scott momentarily hooked together with tires in the air on the frontstretch. As they broke apart and regrouped, third -place Eric Williams checked up behind them while Moore dove down on the apron of turn one and came out of turn two in second place at Scott's door.

After passing Scott on the outside 10 laps later, Moore methodically made his way through lapped traffic until turn three contact between Steve Fisher and Sam Caron left Caron slowly rolling backwards across Moore's path on lap 180. The two cars passed within inches of one another without contact and Moore went uncontested on to the checkers.

"I knew Cooper and I had hit, but I wasn't sure if we were still together or not," Scott said. "They said on the radio, no yellow - just go !, and that's what I did." "I saw them hit and I didn't know what they'd do next, but I just said I'm going low and hang on and it worked out," Moore said. "Scott gave me room to race him and I appreciate it."

MacRitchie cleared Cris Michaud for the lead on lap 41 after a 20-lap side by side duel and stayed at the point until Scott got under him on lap 110. Williams, Moore, Michaud, Tim Martin, Brent Dragon and Patrick Laperle were all in the neighborhood prior to the MacRitchie/Scott scrub five laps later.

Dragon got home in fourth, his best Tour finish at Thunder Road in years, three car lengths ahead of Todd Stone. Laperle, who had un-lapped himself early after a spin, was a car length back in sixth to close out the year as the ACT Dodge Tour runner-up. Tim Martin, Williams, Dave Pembroke from 20th, and Herb Drugg completed the top 10.

Jamie Fisher suffered minor injuries and his SD Ireland Chevrolet was demolished by a full throttle flight off the top of turn three into the styrofoam barriers. Dwayne Lanphear, who finished in a third-place tie with Eric Williams on the ACT Dodge Tour, went down a lap early and placed 15th.

NE Dodge Dealers Fall Foliage 200

Thunder Road Oct 6, 2002

1. #47 Ryan Moore (18)
2. #14 Phil Scott (17)
3. #3 Cooper MacRitchie (10) 
4. #55 Brent Dragon (13)
5. #1 Todd Stone (6)
6. #91 Patrick Laperle (21)
7. #5 Tim Martin (1)
8. #7 Eric Williams (9)
9. #44 Dave Pembroke (20)
10.#90 Herb Drugg (8)
11.#70 Scott Dragon (16)
12.#15 Joey Laquerre (25)
13.#6 Cris Michaud (5)
14.#16 Dave Wilcox (4)
15.#40 Dwayne Lanphear (15)
16.#64 Jean-Paul Cyr (14)
17.#92 Chad Wheeler (7)
18.#85 Trampas Demers (24)
19.#74 Jerry Lesage (23)
20.#07 Sam Caron (3)
21.#24 Steve Fisher (2)
22.#2 Tracie Bellerose (12)
23.#10 Jeff Spooner (22)
24.#8 Rich Lowrey (26)
25.#72 Jacob McGrath (11)
26.#18 Jamie Fisher (19)