Behind the rumbling thunder of the Toyota Care 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway, John Moore was preparing for his first race as a full-time pit crew member at his hometrack.
All of his thoughts were focused on having a clean race in the pits, but he can’t help think back to his first race in Henrico County as a fan.
“My family has always had tickets to the race,” says Moore, “My uncle always brought us so growing up, coming to races here I knew what I was getting into.”
John is a graduate of Blessed-Sacrement Huguenot and Hampden-Sydney College, and after spending most of his life playing sports he needed something to do that didn’t confine him to a cubicle.
“I just really missed competing so I had a couple buddies that I lifted with growing up. They started doing this and kind of got me into it,” says Moore, “I figured I was young so why not give it a try.”
He is part of the Chip Ganassi Racing team, and when he isn’t in the backup role for Kasey Kahne’s team during Monster Energy Cup Series races he’s suited up and ready to go on the tires during the Xfinity series races wherever the team needs him.
“You’ve got to be so mentally focused for every single stop so there’s no real easy part to that,” says Moore,” but the easiest part has been the people and everybody has been welcoming, just really great fun, hard-working guys to work with.”
Plus anytime you get to show how far you’ve progressed, it’s a special feeling all its own.
“It’s just nice to be back and see friends and family,” says Moore, “and be back in your hometown.”