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Moore on way to drag title

Usually, drag racer Tim Moore is humble, quiet and reserved. Yet, once in the cockpit of his Top ET Corvette roadster he lets his driving talents and potent car do the talking for him at Dunn Tire Raceway Park. He has been heard loud and clear this season.

On Friday night the Falconer resident won his fifth drag race of the season at the Lancaster track and with just three races left, appears destined to emerge as the Top ET champion. Moore beat Tom Banas in Friday's Top ET final.

Moore believes that fortunate breaks have made the difference.

"No matter how good you race you've got to get the breaks," said Moore, who has raced for 15 years. "It's been a great year. I've never had a year like this.

"I got lucky [Friday]. I had three guys red light against me. Plus the car was right there. I did a pretty good job. The most wins I ever had in a year before was two. I've been getting the breaks this year. That's what it boils down to."

Jeff Kerl continued his dominant Mod ET drag racing season at DTRP, besting Gary Carlson for his sixth win of 2009.

"[Friday] was a good night because I had my whole family here," said Kerl. "It's always great to win with them all here."

Kerl has the most wins of any drag racing driver in any class at Dunn Tire Raceway Park this season. Other frequent victors have been Moore and Street class racer Sam Capizzi Jr., with five apiece. Top ET driver Dan Szewczyk and Quick 16 competitor Rick Thurnherr Sr. have four victories each.

Also enjoying the racing Friday was Robert Bauer III, the Junior Dragster season champion.

"I won two races this season," said Bauer, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Iroquois Central. "I've raced a year and a half and like the competition and the fun."

His father, Bob Bauer Jr., was busy at the track Friday testing his new Torrelli Pro Car Top Sportsman 2007 Pontiac GTO entry that he will use both on the road as well as the Quick 16 class.

Track promoter Ralph Galluzzi took time on Friday to talk about his plans next season. A revamped stock car program, as well as some non-motorsports events such as concerts are planned.

Next weekend will be the track's biggest stock car race of the season, the US Open. With car counts being down in 2009 along with several poor crowds, rumors have been circulating that Galluzzi might axe the stock car program next season.

"We're going to have stock cars back next year," stressed Galluzzi. "We're going to make some drastic changes to the stock car program. We just want to make sure that everyone can still afford to race stock cars.

"The stock car program was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It's broken and needs to be fixed. We can do it if we get cooperation from the stock car drivers and also the fans.

"The stock car car count has been going down drastically but the spectator count is way down. We don't understand why. We lowered prices all the way around this year for stock cars and we're getting the same amount of people week after week but no more.

Galluzzi says the fate of the Modifieds, the long-standing headlining stock car division at DTRP, is still being decided.

This week, due to the three-day US Open, Dunn Tire Raceway Park will run its weekly IHRA drag points program Thursday at 7 p.m.


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