Pensacola, FL The Moose rolled into 5 Flags Speedway for the season opener looking to give the Pensacola fans something to talk about. With the Moose playing in the football State Championship last season, the G-Force Pontiac has been on jack stands in the Max Force shop waiting on last years Snowball Derby.
The rust hadnít just formed on the car, the Moose had a little rust to knock off also after having spent the winter testing the new late model for tonightís 95 KSJ 95 in Mobile. The crew chief freed the G-Force Pontiac up just a little too much for qualifying and the Moose would roll off 11th in a big opening night field of Super Stocks at 5 Flags.
By the halfway point in the 25-lap feature the Moose had moved up from 11th to 4th but had paid a heavy price. Tires and brakes are critical at Pensacola and the Moose had abused both going to the front. After going forward the first half of the race the Moose spent the second half of the race hanging on and settling for 7th.
Thomas on his night: "I'm really disappointed. I forgot most of what I learned last year that made us good at the end when everybody else starts to struggle. I guess Pensacola isn't the best place for the "Mad Moose" but I was determined to get up front. Pensacola is like quick sand, the harder you struggle the deeper it gets. I got pretty deep."
The Moose continues round 2 of the doubleheader opening weekend as he makes his first late model start in the 95 KSJ 95 at Mobile International Speedway.
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