Tracy Gordon, driving the Tic Tac Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, recorded his fourth top ten finish in four races this season with a tenth place run Saturday night in the Burnham Boilers 150 at Holland Speedway in western New York ...
Tracy Gordon, driving the Tic Tac Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, recorded his fourth top ten finish in four races this season with a tenth place run Saturday night in the Burnham Boilers 150 at Holland Speedway in western New York State.
Gordon, who had recorded the fastest time in qualifying, had his pole-winning run disallowed after officials determined that his tires were out of spec following post-qualifying inspection. Gordon was forced to take a provisional starting spot in the rear of the field, and fit new tires that were filled with compressed air rather than the nitrogen usually used.
"The tires were down in the 40s on the durometer," he said, "when the rules says they can't be under 50. A lot of guys are down in the 40s. Another driver just came down and told me his were down around 45.
"I'll take my lumps and start from the back, and come on through," Gordon continued. "The only part that really bothers me is that we've got to run compressed air in the race, and we're going to have hockey pucks on by the end of the race. My tires are going to be up around 50 pounds. The moisture in the air expands and that'll hurt us."
Gordon, despite starting in the rear on a tight short track, kept his car on the lead lap and continued making up ground on the field, despite the tire handicap. He did not enter the top ten until there were just ten laps to go in the race, and he finished in tenth place after starting in 26th. This performance earned Gordon the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award for improving the most positions from start to finish.
"I don't think the starting position hurt us as much as their putting air in my tires," Gordon said after the race. "We had 38 pounds of air in the right side tires after having a long caution and red flag. That had to have killed us. Usually we end the race with 33 pounds.
"I'm not happy with tenth," the Strong, Maine driver continued. "But I have a feeling a lot of guys were blocking me, they were saying, 'there goes the cheater, I'm not going to let him pass us'. The car actually was going pretty decent for getting blocked and trying to get spun out and everything else."
Gordon now turns his attention to next week's race, to be held at his home track of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. Undaunted by developments at Holland, Gordon said he is hoping for a pole and a win at Sunday's race.