BNS: Beech Ridge: Tracy Gordon report

Tracy Gordon returns home, scores ninth at Beech Ridge. Tracy Gordon, of Strong, Maine, returned to his home state after spending the previous weekend running an American Speed Association (ASA) race in Michigan. Coming back to the NASCAR Busch...

Tracy Gordon returns home, scores ninth at Beech Ridge.

Tracy Gordon, of Strong, Maine, returned to his home state after spending the previous weekend running an American Speed Association (ASA) race in Michigan. Coming back to the NASCAR Busch North Series, Gordon raced at Scarborough, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and completed the PTM Racing 150 in ninth place.

Following two hours of practice, Gordon took to the track for qualifying and qualified ninth after making a time trial lap of 15.592 seconds.

"It was all right," he said afterwards. "We were disappointed that we didn't qualify better than that. I think the car will be all right for the race. It cut pretty well and I was worried about that. We learned a little lesson about cleaning the tires off before qualifying. It took a lap to burn all that off. Hopefully we will be good for the race and give it our best."

Making just a couple small changes before the race, Gordon's Tic Tac Chevrolet was ready for the PTM Racing 150.

Gordon's race was marred by a car that was not handling to his liking, and because of this he could not make much progress from his starting spot. A lap 107 pit stop allowed the crew to put on two tires and make some adjustments to loosen up the car, but some front suspension parts were bent and that limited the effects of the adjustments. Restarting outside the top ten, Gordon took advantage of the relatively few laps run under green flag conditions to make up positions and finishing ninth.

"We were tight, we never really got good all day," he said after the race. "I think we just missed it somewhere. It felt like we had a tire going down but we didn't, so there's something messed up in the front end on the car too. But it never got good all day. I'll take a ninth place, even if it's kind of a lame ninth since everybody wrecked.

"We gained some points and we're creeping our way up towards the front a little more," Gordon continued. "We'll look forward to going to Stafford, I think we should have the other car ready to go for Stafford, and we'll have a real good run there."

Stafford Motor Speedway hosts the next NASCAR Busch North Series race, which will be on Friday night, June 21st. Gordon finished fourth in the second of three Stafford races held last year, and will have the car rebuilt after crashing at New Hampshire International Speedway to run there.

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