Cole Moore (99) leads a pack of cars during Friday's BMR Drivers Academy opener. (Ethan Smith photo)

Moore Edges Summers In BMR Academy Run

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Cole Moore fended off Gabe Sommers for the inaugural BMR Drivers Academy – a NASCAR Driver Development Program – victory on Friday night at All American Speedway.

Moore used the outside to maintain the top spot as the 2019 SRL Southwest Tour champion led the 2020 ARCA Midwest Tour runner-up across the finish line.

“It feels really good. Gabe was on me that whole time, I never really had a chance to breathe. I never got to run the lines I wanted to and I had to protect the whole time,” Moore said. “It’s so awesome to be the inaugural winner. It’s a big year for me racing for Bill.”

Just .016 seconds separated Sommers and Moore in qualifying, placing Sommers on the pole for the inaugural 35-lap contest televised on All American Speedway TV and SPEED SPORT TV. Sommers led the opening lap from the pole position, then surrendered the lead to Moore when he chose the inside on a restart on lap six.

Spirited racing took place behind Moore and Sommers as Canadian Amber Balcaen, JoJo Wilkinson and Brandon Varney exchanged positions. Varney used the outside line to take third, then fought off Wilkinson on the final restart to get the third position at the stripe. Balcaen and Wilkinson rounded out the top five.


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