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Tracy Gordon Spun Out Of Top Five At Waterford, Finishes Twelfth Waterford, Conn. (Aug. 19, 2006) - Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon took the blame for not getting the Woodworks Racing/Archer Corp. NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series...

Tracy Gordon Spun Out Of Top Five At Waterford, Finishes Twelfth

Waterford, Conn. (Aug. 19, 2006) - Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon took the blame for not getting the Woodworks Racing/Archer Corp. NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series team a top-five finish in the series' recent race at Adirondack International Speedway, where he finished eighth. In Saturday night's 150-lap event at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl, Gordon was pointing the finger at other drivers following his being spun out of fifth place late in the going, having to settle for finishing twelfth.

Bringing out the short-track car that finished fourth and eleventh in its two previous races, Gordon earned the tenth starting position for the second straight race. For the fourth straight race, he started in the outside lane.

"It's the old car, so we don't expect too much from it," he joked. "I'd like to come out of here with a top five. I don't think we've got the car to beat, but if I can keep the car in one piece and have good tires at the end, I might have something to contend with. Right now we're not the fastest car out there, but we'll see."

Just like at Holland International Speedway in May, it took a while for Gordon to make forward progress from his starting position, but once traffic thinned out he started making his way to the front. Fifth at the halfway point, he then passed Brian Hoar to take fourth a few laps later. He ran there for several laps before losing that spot to Hoar, and then he had trouble with the race's polesitter.

"The 44 car got me and turned me around," he said after the race. "We were up to fourth but dropped back to fifth to ride there for a while before we got taken out. I'm real disappointed for these guys because we had a top-three car and it would have been their first top-three."

Gordon recovered from the lap 114 spin to finish twelfth, but he wasn't happy about the spin or the encounters with slower traffic that caused him trouble earlier in the event.

"The lapped cars were racing a lot harder than they should have been racing," he said. "I'm disappointed for the whole team, they gave me a top-three car and we finished twelfth. We have the oldest car in the field but they keep giving me a top-three car. But we keep getting screwed out of finishing where we should."

With the conclusion of the short-track portion of the Busch East schedule, Gordon has a pair of superspeedway races to look forward to. Next up is the second visit to New Hampshire International Speedway, where he finished fourth in July, on September 16th. The following week sees the Woodworks team in Dover, Delaware to take on the high-banked concrete mile of Dover International Speedway.

-credit: ajc

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