Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon, a NASCAR Busch North Series driver who is accustomed to winning on the series' short tracks, came back from a pair of disappointing tenth place finishes to take the Bud Pole Award for the Star 150 at New Hampshire's...
Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon, a NASCAR Busch North Series driver who is accustomed to winning on the series' short tracks, came back from a pair of disappointing tenth place finishes to take the Bud Pole Award for the Star 150 at New Hampshire's Star Speedway and following that up with a second-place finish.
On a very hot day at the track, Gordon proved to be the best in the first round of qualifying by recording a lap of 13.845 seconds (65.005 MPH) around the quarter-mile oval in his Tic Tac Chevrolet. Gordon redrew the sixth starting position.
"That's my sweetest one yet," Gordon said after qualifying. "My first pole was great, but that was my sweetest one, after having everybody telling me that I should apologize and everything else last week. Now all I've got to do is go out and have a good race to back this up and we'll be all set. My first thought was 'in your face', but I just want to go out and race. Hopefully I can get their respect back and we can go out and race and put all that behind us."
Gordon, racing from the sixth starting position, spent a majority of the race in either fourth or fifth place as nine yellows slowed the pace. He came to third place just after the lap 100 mark, and took second from Dale Shaw just twenty laps from the end. Despite having one more restart to take a shot at leader Mike Olsen, Gordon had to settle for second at the end of 150 laps on a hot night.
"I can barely breathe," he said after the race. "I was too run down. We had an awesome car and this was Rollie's [departing crew chief Rollie Lachance] last race with us, so I wanted to win for him. I got our pole and got close to a win, but no cigar.
"If I felt a little better and if I could have fought it a little more, I might have had something for Mikey," Gordon continued. "But I was just so pooped I just couldn't breathe in the car, I was holding on for all I could. I just didn't have quite enough. We're happy with second, at least it got me back up in the point deal. Hopefully we'll get the momentum back after two tenths."
Gordon now turns his attention to Friday night's race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. "We'll take the new Loudon car," he said, "and we've got the front end straightened out on it so hopefully we'll go and kick their butts at Stafford."