BNS: Waterford: Tracy Gordon race report

Tracy Gordon finishes fifteenth at Waterford despite handing problems. Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon had his night of racing at the Waterford Speedbowl start out on a positive note, with his qualifying eighth fastest and drawing the fourth...

Tracy Gordon finishes fifteenth at Waterford despite handing problems.

Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon had his night of racing at the Waterford Speedbowl start out on a positive note, with his qualifying eighth fastest and drawing the fourth starting position. Handling problems, caused by some bumping on the track throwing off his suspension, caused Gordon to fall back in the race and he had to settle for a fifteenth place finish.

Gordon, thirteenth in the NASCAR Busch North Series points standings, looked to be in a position to turn his season around when, after an afternoon of practice, he went out for time trials and put up the eighth-fastest lap. The top eight qualifiers redrew for starting positions and Gordon drew the fourth spot.

"I'm happy with where we qualified, believe it or not," he said afterwards. "I like to win poles, but I didn't think we had a top eight car in qualifying. Steve May did a few shock changes and used a few spring rubbers here and there, and we picked up two tenths from what we were doing in practice. We had a pretty decent run, and I've got a real good race car.

"Keeping tires under it will be the hard part," Gordon continued. "I have to stay calm and not race too hard early, because these tires will not go 150 laps at this place. They're going to wear out. There's going to be guys slipping and sliding all over the place. If I can stay patient and stay in the top ten, I'll let everybody else wear themselves out and I'll take advantage of that."

Gordon's race got off to a good start with his hanging around the top ten, but contact from other competitors bent some parts in the Tic Tac Chevrolet's front suspension, adversely affecting its handling. Gordon fell back out of the top ten after forty laps and made a series of pit stops to try adjusting on the car. Following four pit stops and 152 laps, Gordon brought his car home in fifteenth.

"We had a good car, but something broke in it," he said. "I don't know what, either the locker or something in the front end. I got used as a ping pong ball on the outside there a couple of times. When I was passing the 86 car, the 99 car drilled me in the left rear and left front, that might have bent something. Something was drastically wrong under the car, the steering wheel was off half a turn. Something's screwed up in the front end. It did the same thing at Beech Ridge too, so I'll have to go home and take it apart myself this week to find it."

Gordon hopes to bounce back next Saturday night when the Busch North Series goes to Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut for the Pepsi Racing 150. Gordon won at Thompson in the 2000 season and looks forward to returning. For more information on the team, visit its website at www.tracygordon.com.

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