USAR: Adirondack: Race report, Northern champion crowned

Benny Gordon wins Naturally Fresh 250 and Northern Division Title Beaver Falls, NY-All Benny Gordon needed was a 13th-place finish to wrap up the Northern Division title. Well, 13th wasn't what Gordon wanted. "I kind of went after it all...

Benny Gordon wins Naturally Fresh 250 and Northern Division Title

Beaver Falls, NY-All Benny Gordon needed was a 13th-place finish to wrap up the Northern Division title. Well, 13th wasn't what Gordon wanted.

"I kind of went after it all night," said Gordon. "I was so disappointed after qualifying that I didn't get the pole, I really wanted to win the race."

After qualifying third, Gordon found redemption by passing Mardy Lindley on Lap 233 and leading to the finish of the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Nice n Easy Grocery Shoppe at Adirondack Int'l Speedway on Friday night.

It was Gordon's fourth win of the season in the Northern Division and his series-leading fifth overall victory.

"Our car was really good late in the race," said Gordon, driver of the No. 66 Predator Performance Ford. "But I really have to thank all the guys who raced me clean tonight. [Johnny] Rumley raced me hard, but I raced him clean and he gave me a lane when I got by him. It's cool up here in the North. We race each other hard and beat on each other a little, but we respect each other."

The respect showed for much of the evening.

Rumley, driver of the No. 8 Lucas Oil Pontiac, started from the pole, but Gordon showed the most strength in the first 100 laps, peeking to the inside of Rumley at every available opportunity. Gordon finally got a run on Lap 50 and took the lead for the first time on Lap 51.

Gordon was able to hold the lead until Lap 109 when Jeff Agnew took over the point.

Agnew, driver of the No. 73 NGA Golf Tour Chevy, started shotgun on the field, but he clawed his way back into contention and paced the field for 70 laps during the middle stages.

Lindley moved past Angew on Lap 179 and would hold until Gordon took over for good.

-usar

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