Engine Woes Cut Short Tracy Gordon's Watkins Glen Race Tracy Gordon, the Tic Tac Chevrolet driver on the NASCAR Busch North Series, came to Watkins Glen looking for a strong run during a nationally-televised race. And while Gordon started out on...
Engine Woes Cut Short Tracy Gordon's Watkins Glen Race
Tracy Gordon, the Tic Tac Chevrolet driver on the NASCAR Busch North Series, came to Watkins Glen looking for a strong run during a nationally-televised race. And while Gordon started out on a high note, qualifying thirteenth, engine trouble struck the Strong, Maine native and he was forced to retire with a 28th place finish.
Gordon's weekend was starting well on Friday when he practiced well and went out for qualifying. He would start the race in 13th place after turning a lap of 77.061 seconds (114.455 MPH).
Saturday brought about a morning practice before settling in to prepare for the afternoon's race. Gordon was looking forward to a good race. He took the green and held his ground as the field sorted itself out, and when caution came out he joined 20 of his fellow competitors onto pit road for fuel to go the distance.
Gordon broke into the top ten halfway through the race and looked to improve on that, standing ninth lining up for a lap 39 restart. On that restart, Gordon slipped off the track in the first turn but recovered. After that, though, things took a turn for the worse. Gordon's engine was souring and while he soldiered on for a number of laps, he brought the car to pit road where the car was retired from the event after completing 53 of the 62 laps. Gordon was classified as 28th in the final rundown.
"The car was going pretty good actually," he said after the race. "I had a rhythm going and started picking off cars. We came up and I think I was in the top ten, then the car started losing power. I was still passing a few cars while it was losing power, but when I got up in the good cars it started dying and I couldn't do anything. I hope I didn't lose the motor, but it sounds to me that the motor's gone. It's something internal. It started backfiring and laying down."
Gordon, while disappointed, still ranks fifth in the series' championship standings as Busch North heads into an off-week before heading to Nazareth Speedway for a doubleheader with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on August 26th.
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