Martinsville: Tina Gordon preview

Gordon Ready for NCTS Race at Martinsville SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Tina Gordon is ready to return to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition five weeks after suffering a broken right leg in a hard crash at the Atlanta Motor Speedway March 13.

Gordon Ready for NCTS Race at Martinsville

SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Tina Gordon is ready to return to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition five weeks after suffering a broken right leg in a hard crash at the Atlanta Motor Speedway March 13. Gordon received the appropriate medical clearances recently and immediately got back into a truck in a private test session at Sandusky Speedway.

"We made 86 laps at Sandusky last week," Gordon said. "Tracy (Hines) had spent the previous two days there working on setups for Martinsville, so I really didn't need to concentrate on that. Those guys did a great job and learned a lot that will help us both at Martinsville. My main focus was to get back in the truck, get comfortable, and figure out how some of my aches and pains would react once I had some track time."

Gordon will wear a brace on her injured right leg, but only to prevent banging it up again should another incident happen.

"We have a brace for my leg, and that is what we spent a lot of time working on at Sandusky," Gordon continued. "It's there for support and to make sure if something else happens it doesn't aggravate the injury any more. We worked on getting that as comfortable for me as we could."

Gordon heads to Martinsville win a new crew chief on the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Chevrolet. Lance Hooper, a championship-winning driver himself, joined the team recently.

"I loved working with Jerry Cook because he has a lot of knowledge and is very easy to get along with," Gordon said. "But having Lance come on board is going to be really good for me because he has raced at most of the tracks we are going to. He knows these trucks inside and out, and has raced them. Having him on board is going to strengthened our team and the entire ThorSport operation as a whole.

The Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Saturday, April 17. The race will be televised on SpeedChannel and broadcast on the radion affiliate of the Motor Racing Network.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Lance Hooper , Tina Gordon