Hard Crash Ends Trying Weekend for Tracy Gordon Tracy Gordon, the driver of the Tic Tac Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, had a weekend he'd just as soon forget after a mid-race crash ended any hopes for a good finish in the Nazareth...
Hard Crash Ends Trying Weekend for Tracy Gordon
Tracy Gordon, the driver of the Tic Tac Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, had a weekend he'd just as soon forget after a mid-race crash ended any hopes for a good finish in the Nazareth 100, held Sunday at the Nazareth (Pennsylvania) Speedway.
Gordon's long weekend began in Saturday practice when he put in many laps on old tires, only to find that the car loosened up severely when fitted with new tires for qualifying. In time trials, Gordon was only 14th on the grid.
"We practiced on old tires thinking it will help get us ready for new tires and we shouldn't have," he said after qualifying. "We were really tight on old tires and we put on new tires and it was way too loose. Hopefully in happy hour we'll get it right and we won't be juggling tires and stuff. We fooled ourselves the whole practice thinking we were going to be tight. We've got 45 minutes more practice, hopefully we'll get it right for the race tomorrow."
Most of the final practice was lost to the team when Gordon brought the car in with engine problems, and the Gordon Racing crew set about changing the engine. This was completed on Sunday morning in plenty of time for the race.
Gordon's race was going smoothly, with his running in the top fifteen as the first half of the race went caution-free. Things took a turn for the worse on lap 56 when Gordon and Bill Penfold were racing side-by-side with the leaders immediately behind. Contact between Penfold and Gordon left the Tic Tac Chevrolet crashed driver-side first against the outside wall, severely damaged. The net result of the weekend was a blown engine, a destroyed race car, a 30th place finish, and an extremely frustrated driver.
"Look at my headrest. My headrest is out the side window," Gordon said, pointing to the headrest mounted to the left side of his seat. "I'm fine, but it could have killed me. It really could have killed me. My headrest is out the side window. If I hadn't have had a headrest on there, my head would have smashed right off the cement."
Gordon was already hatching plans for racing in a different venue for next year.
"I've blown two motors and wrecked a race car in two weeks," he said. "This leaves the team in pretty bad shape. ASA racing is going to be so much more fun next year after a year like this. I am going ASA racing, I will not be back to Busch North. If I come back Busch North racing next week it'll be just because of points. If I come back. Right now I don't know. If I broke that motor, if I cracked that motor because it took the driveshaft and drove the driveshaft right into it, I'm out three motors and I don't have another motor, and I don't have the money to lease one."
For more information on Gordon Racing, visit its website at http://www.tracygordon.com.