BNS: Beech Ridge Tracy Gordon Race Report

Scarborough, Me. (June 10, 2000). - Tracy Gordon became the first driver to win consecutive Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring races since the end of the 1997 season Saturday night as he outran Mike Olsen and Dave Dion in the Primestar 150 at...

Scarborough, Me. (June 10, 2000). - Tracy Gordon became the first driver to win consecutive Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring races since the end of the 1997 season Saturday night as he outran Mike Olsen and Dave Dion in the Primestar 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The victory also extended his Busch North Series point lead.

Gordon qualified second to Bud Pole winner Kelly Moore, but redrew eighth starting position- the highest possible starting spot- while Moore redrew the pole. Moore led the first 47 laps before losing the top spot to Olsen; then returned to the lead when Olsen, Dion, and other contenders pitted for tires under caution at lap 84. Brad Leighton and Dale Shaw, who started 21st, became factors at this point, and the race developed into a tense battle among Moore, Leighton, and Shaw, on older tires, and Gordon, who was charging on his new rubber.

The climax was reached at lap 124, when Shaw made a bid for the lead on the outside of Moore. Their cars touched in turn two, with Gordon moving to the bottom of the track, avoiding the tangle, and taking the top spot. Moore and Shaw then spun in turn three moments later.

Olsen took second from Bryan Wall with a dozen laps remaining, but could not mount an assault on Gordon. Dion was also closing fast in the final stages, but all eyes were on Shaw , as he picked up positions at the rate of one per lap to steal fourth from Leighton on the final circuit. Leighton and Wall held on for fifth and sixth, with Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Mike Johnson seventh, Bobby Dragon eighth, John Swanson ninth, and Mike Rowe tenth.

Gordon averaged 49.751 miles per hour as five caution periods slowed the pace for 40 laps. Four lead changes were recorded among four drivers, with Moore leading the most laps to gain the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Shaw's charge from 21st to fourth was rewarded with the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award. Moore won the Bud Pole with a time trial lap of 15.675 seconds for an average speed of 76.555 miles per hour.

Unofficially, Gordon extended his Busch North Series point lead to 37 over Leighton.

<pre> BUSCH NORTH SERIES, NASCAR TOURING Primestar 150, Saturday, June 10, 2000 - $76,173 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Me. (.333-mile paved oval) UNOFFICIAL RESULTS (finishing position, starting position, driver, hometown, manufacturer, laps completed, money won, reason out if any)

1. (8) Tracy Gordon, Strong, Me., Chevrolet, 150, $10,575, Running 2. (5) Mike Olsen, N. Haverhill, N.H., Chevrolet, 150, $6,405 3. (4) Dave Dion, Hudson, N.H., Ford, 150, $4,670 4. (21) Dale Shaw, Center Conway, N.H., Chevrolet, 150, $2,000 5. (6) Brad Leighton, Center Harbor, N.H., Chevrolet, 150, $2,400 6. (11) Bryan Wall, Plaistow, N.H., Ford, 150, $1,700 7. (15) Mike Johnson, Salisbury, Mass., Ford, 150, $2,500 8. (17) Bobby Dragon, Milton, Vt., Chevrolet, 150, $1,550 9. (10) John Swanson III, Maynard, Mass., Pontiac, 150, $1,010 10. (20) Mike Rowe, Turner, Me., Chevrolet, 150, $1,450 11. (14) Mike Weeden, Haverhill, Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $900 12. (19) Bill Penfold, Yarmouth, Me., Chevrolet, 150, $1,250 13. (3) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $750 14. (2) Barney McRae, Colchester, Vt., Chevrolet, 150, $1,075 15. (1) Kelly Moore, Scarborough, Me., Chevrolet, 150, $2,150 16. (12) Mike Bruno, Castleton, Vt., Chevrolet, 149, $1,025 17. (18) Dennis Demers, Shelburne, Vt., Chevrolet, 149, $1,100 18. (29) Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 149, $990 19. (13) Dan Koonmen, Fairport, N.Y., Pontiac, 149, $580 20. (23) Kip Stockwell, Randolph, Vt., Pontiac, 149, $970 21. (30) David Darling, Seekonk, Mass., Chevrolet, 149, $560 22. (24) Kirk Sherwood, Lockport, N.Y., Pontiac, 149, $550 23. (22) John Preston, Wyalusing, Pa., Ford, 148, $940 24. (16) Paul Richardson, Georgetown, Mass., Chevrolet, 148, $930 25. (28) Dale Quarterley, Westfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 147, $920 26. (7) Babe Branscombe, Northwood, N.H., Chevrolet, 132, Accident, $510 27. (9) Matt Kobyluck, Oakdale, Conn., Chevrolet, 115, Battery, $1,010 28. (25) Tom Bolles, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 83, Accident, $910 29. (27) Martin Truex, Jr, Mayetta, N.J., Chevrolet, 27, Accident, $910 30. (26) Brett Roubinek, Lakeville, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, Engine, $910

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 0 minutes, 18 seconds AVERAGE SPEED: 49.751 mph MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.2 second CAUTION PERIODS: 5 for 40 laps LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 4 drivers LAP LEADERS: Kelly Moore 1-47, Mike Olsen 48-84, Moore 85-122, Dale Shaw 123, Tracy Gordon 124-150 BUD POLE AWARD: Kelly Moore, Michaud/MBI Distributors Chevrolet (15.675 seconds @ 76.555 mph) RAYBESTOS ROOKIE-OF-THE-RACE: Mike Johnson, Johnson Lumber Ford GATORADE FRONT RUNNER AWARD: Kelly Moore, Michaud/MBI Distributors Chevrolet FLOWMASTER STAR OF THE RACE: Dale Shaw, Guaranteed Overnight Delivery Chevrolet CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE: Kevin Blanks, Tic-Tac Chevrolet

UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS

1. Tracy Gordon 824 2. Brad Leighton 787 3. Mike Olsen 777 4. Dave Dion 765 5. Dale Shaw 735 6. Bryan Wall 673 7. Dennis Demers 624 8. Bobby Dragon 618 9. Mike Rowe 609 10.Matt Kobyluck 585

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Bryan Wall , Dale Quarterley , Matt Kobyluck , Mike Johnson , Bryon Chew