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Tracy Gordon Wraps Up 2005 Busch North Campaign With Tenth At Thompson (Thompson, Conn. - Oct. 30, 2005) - While the Woodworks Racing Team's 2005 season got off to a bad start in July, its last three races have seen driver Tracy Gordon put the...

Tracy Gordon Wraps Up 2005 Busch North Campaign With Tenth At Thompson

(Thompson, Conn. - Oct. 30, 2005) - While the Woodworks Racing Team's 2005 season got off to a bad start in July, its last three races have seen driver Tracy Gordon put the part-time NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series team in the top ten twice, including a tenth place finish in Sunday's season finale at Thompson International Speedway.

Gordon was one of the first drivers to take time trials and found the track slick. Compounding this was a crash-filled practice session that drastically reduced the amount of track time Gordon could get. He wound up qualifying seventh.

"Going out pretty early hurt us a little bit, because the track was slippery," he said. "Seventh isn't a bad place to start. When I was sixth I was hoping somebody would beat me so I could start on the inside row. That'll be a better place to be to let things shake out on cold tires. The outside is a good place to start here, but on cold tires I think I'd rather be on the inside. We only got five laps of practice so I didn't really have any idea of what the car was going to do. We don't really know what it's going to be like for the race."

Gordon was involved in some serious racing right from the start of the relatively short event, battling with Jerry Marquis and Mike Stefanik for sixth place within the first ten laps. He settled back in seventh as the race moved beyond its halfway point, caution-free from a lap three restart. After a brief red flag he was back to racing with thirty laps to go, but he went in the wrong direction.

"I screwed up the restart and dropped back to twelfth or thirteenth," he said. "I tried to get by Dion on the inside and got sideways, and then another couple cars got position on me and I had to let them go."

Gordon recovered to finish tenth.

"I wound up costing the team a top-five," he said after the race. "I don't know if we had a car that could have won, but it was a top-five car. I hate that we couldn't get as good a finish as the car was capable of, but tenth place isn't that bad a finish."

While Gordon's season is over, the Woodworks Racing/Archer Corporation Ford team is already hatching plans for the 2006 season.

"We're already thinking about next year, so we'll do some research over the winter and go testing next spring and hopefully we'll have some good runs based on that," he said. "The car's real good, they've got good motors too, so they should be running up front without too much more work."

-www.woodworksracing.com.

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