Bakersfield, CA – John Moore has had an exciting beginning to the 2022 season, after clinching the 2021 ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY – ROSEVILLE CA Late Model championship, as well as the NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts State of California championship. Moore was elected to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame (WCSCHOF) Class of 2022, as well as signing a deal to have Derek Thorn and Campbell Motorsports run his 2022 Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series program. His first event with Campbell Motorsports will be the $10,000-to-win “7th Annual Winter Showdown” at Kern County Raceway Park on April 2nd.
Moore joins fellow SPEARS Southwest Tour Series champions Jim Pettit II (class of 2020) and Dave Byrd (Class of 2021) in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, making it three consecutive years for a SRL regular to be inducted. The 2015 Pacific Challenge Series Champion has been a huge supporter of motorsports on the West Coast, with both track and series sponsorships alike. He also holds a lengthy record of success in the Motocross discipline, which are too numerous to list, but include Hangtown National Championships in all the veteran classes of plus 25, 30, 40, and 50. He won Hangtown a total of 15 times. He also won the Hangtown World Motocross championship in Los Angeles. At Glen Helen he won the world championship in the plus 25, 30, 40 and 50 classes.
For the gregarious Granite Bay, CA driver, the induction came as somewhat of a surprise.
“It is really cool! Part of me is wondering if I really deserve it. And then there is another part of me that says…..well, I must have or they wouldn’t have called me”. Moore chuckled. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet. I look back over the 22 years I’ve been stockcar racing, and the 30 years that I have been racing in general in motocross and stockcars, there have been a lot of stories to tell.”
Another story that Moore would love to tell is of a championship in the SRL in 2022. After finishes of 17th at the “All-Star Showdown 200” at Irwindale Speedway, and a seventh at the “JM Environmental Inc. Wild West Shootout 127” at All American Speedway, Moore will move to the Campbell Motorsports team for the remainder of the season. It is a proposition that excites the veteran racer.
“I’m so stoked to be involved with Derek (Thorn) and Campbell Motorsports”, Moore stated. “It is just the icing on the cake (after the election to the HOF). I feel incredibly honored by the new partnership. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever thought of how cool it would be.”
The relationship between Moore and Thorn developed slowly over the years, and the new partnership was a reach for Moore, that paid off in the end.
“I slowly developed a relationship through racing and in the pits with Derek over the years. I really didn’t know him that well, but when I found out he wasn’t racing (with the SRL), I felt like it couldn’t hurt to ask. I know his life is racing, and he is going to stay in racing one way or the other, so I reached out to him, and it all worked out. Mike (Keen) also reached out to me, and I spoke with him and it just all came pretty naturally. I couldn’t be happier about the new relationship and I’m gonna find out if I can drive a racecar as good as I think I can. I feel like I’ve worked my way to the top.”
Despite a previous track championship and Super Late Model touring series championship, Moore knows an SRL title will be difficult, as he related.
“I won the track championship and the state championship at Roseville, which is cool, but the SRL is a whole other conversation.”
Moore will be making his 45th career start with the SRL, at the Winter Showdown. The Granite Bay, CA driver is known for his ability to finish races, finishing 89% of his starts. That number is seventh best in series history. His best championship effort was a fifth in 2019, the year his son Cole won the series championship. But Moore is anticipating an exciting relationship with Campbell Motorsports, Derek Thorn, and Mike Keen, and will be looking to tie his son in that category. He is thankful for the opportunity as well as the WCSCHOF for the recognition of his past successes and contributions.
“I want to thank the voting members of the West Coast Stockcar Hall of Fame, in particular my old friend Ken Clapp”, Moore expressed. “I’d like to thank all the teammates that I have had all throughout the 30 years of my racing career, that have helped me make it all a great story to tell.”
Moore continued, “As always, I’d like to thank all the customers at JM Environmental, that provide the opportunities for me to make the money to participate in the greatest sport on earth, stock car racing. I’d like to thank my family and friends for supporting Cole and I, as well as the fans promoters and competitors that keep it fun and interesting. My favorite way to end a conversation …see you at the races!
The Seventh Annual “Winter Showdown” at Kern County Raceway Park will take place on April 2nd and pay $10,000 to the winner of the 100-lap event. The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series will be joined by the SPEARS Pro Late Models presented by Sigma Performance Services and the SPEARS Modified Series. Admission gates will open at 4:00pm with Qualifying for all three divisions beginning at 4:15pm. Opening Ceremonies and a Truck Parade roll off at 5:30pm. Qualifying Heat Races start the official racing action at 6:00pm. All three divisions will compete in the Heat Races. 60 lap Feature Events for the Modifieds and Pro Late Models will be followed by 100 laps for the Super Late Models.
For those unable to attend, catch all the action LIVE at www.SpearsRacing.TV. The event will also air on MAVTV at a time and date to be announced later.
Celebrating its twenty-second season in 2022, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.