WHEATLAND, Mo. – Taylor Moore can look at his runner-up finish in Lucas Oil Speedway’s Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod points chase either of two ways.
Finishing just 14 points behind JC Morton, a two-time track champion and past USRA B-Mod National Champion certainly was something to be proud of. Especially considering the battle with Morton for the 2018 title came down to the final lap of the final night of the season.
Then again, the ultra-competitive 22-year-old Moore admits that another course of thinking prevails in his self-appraisal of the 2018 season.
“I’ve done a lot of thinking on it,” Moore said. “It’s a little rough. I’m not gonna lie about it. I’m disappointed.
“Then again, when you’re up there running with JC and (third place) Kris Jackson, that’s the best in the country in B-Mods. To run right there with them, that’s still a pretty big accomplishment.”
Moore, a third-generation racer from Bois D’Arc, Missouri, continued to establish himself as one of the up-and-coming stars in the B-Mod division this year. He reeled off 11 top-five finishes in 12 points races at Lucas Oil Speedway to finish one spot higher in the points than a year earlier.
Can Moore take that big, final step up to a championship in 2019? He already is thinking about it.
“We’re going to run for points at Lucas again,” Moore said this week. “We’re thinking of hitting a few different tracks, maybe on Friday nights and when Lucas is off on Saturdays. But we’re going to try again for a championship and see what happens.
“I think we had a pretty good year. We were consistent. That’s what put us in the running for the championship going into that last race. I wish we could have won one, obviously, but we had a lot of top-threes and top-fives, which was good.”
Moore said the key to his consistency was preparation. He and his crew, which included Jason Cobb, Billy Goin and his father, Tim Moore, were relentless in going over the car each week.
“I owe a lot to those guys,” he said of the crew.
More patience on the track was another key as Moore rarely dented his sheet metal, much to the delight of one of his sponsors, Mike Striegel of Outlaw Race Bodies.
“I think I’m gaining patience,” Moore said. “On the starts, I’m usually gung-ho and ready to go. I’ve kind of learned over the years to be calm and take my time moving up through the field, just do I don’t tear up equipment and make sure I have it for the end of the race.
“Striegel sponsored me and thank goodness for him. He helps me so much. I think I had to replace a door and a quarter panel, and he puts on a new body in the middle of the year.”