Martinsville: Tina Gordon race notes

Sandusky, Oh. -- Tina Gordon returned from injuries suffered in a hard crash at Atlanta last month and drove to a 30th-place finish in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway. Gordon achieved her goal for the...

Sandusky, Oh. -- Tina Gordon returned from injuries suffered in a hard crash at Atlanta last month and drove to a 30th-place finish in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway. Gordon achieved her goal for the weekend, to be around when the checkered flag waved and to come away from the weekend with a truck in one piece.

At the conclusion of the event, originally scheduled for 250 laps but extended into "overtime" because of a late-race caution, Gordon had completed 245 of the race's 254 laps. The ThorSport team loaded the No. 13 Microtel Chevrolet back into the trailer with only minor body damage to the nose, the result of a late-race scuffle.

Gordon now looks forward to making her annual appearance at Talladega, her home track. She will be driving the No. 0 Sticks 'n' Stuff Chevrolet for Johnny Davis Racing.

"It's not the first time I have worked with Johnny Davis," Gordon said. "I drove his car in a test session at Darlington last year, and even though we didn't do the race together, I got a lot of experience and learned how to work with him and his guys. When we said we were going to do this race in the Busch Series and started looking for teams, it made a lot of sense to go and do it with Johnny."

"Sticks 'n' Stuff has sponsored me for four years now and this is always one of our biggest races of the year," Gordon continued. "We did the ARCA race here a couple of times and always ran really well, and now we've moved on to the NASCAR Busch Series. This is the second year we've done this race, and we want to play it the same way we did last year. We stayed out of trouble, missed the big crash and came home with a nice top-10 finish.

"We need to thank everyone who has made this possible for us, including Duke and Rhonda Thorson, my owners in the Truck Series. Plus we have a ton of sponsors looking for us to have a good run down there. We can't thank Sticks 'n' Stuff, Vassarette, and Microtel enough for all the help they are to us all year long. Plus we have some extra help from Trus Joist, Mesco Buildings and Bankston Motorhomes for this race. Trus Joist is going to have a whole bunch of people there and we'll go out to their hospitality area and sign some autographs for everyone before the race."

The Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for live telecast on Fox this Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern. Gordon returns to action in the NASCAR Truck Series after a four-week hiatus in the Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on May 16. That event will be televised live on Speed starting at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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