Tire troubles slow Tracy Gordon at Holland Speedway. Tracy Gordon, a past race winner at Holland Speedway, looked to turn around his early season with a good run on the tight 3/8-mile oval in western New York state. And a good run was what he...
Tire troubles slow Tracy Gordon at Holland Speedway.
Tracy Gordon, a past race winner at Holland Speedway, looked to turn around his early season with a good run on the tight 3/8-mile oval in western New York state. And a good run was what he was enjoying, until his Tic Tac Chevrolet developed a leaking tire that required to be changed late in the race. What had looked like a top-five run turned into an eleventh place finish.
Gordon had a successful qualifying attempt for the 150-lap feature event, taking the seventh starting spot after turning a lap of 14.479 seconds in time trials, despite a bad tire choice.
"It wasn't too bad, between going out third, and that I should have gone out on stickers and not on scuffs," he said. "We'd have been better off if we went out on stickers. When I scuffed my tires, I noticed my second lap scuffing felt really good, so I think that affected where we qualified. It's the first time on this new tire so we didn't know what they'd do.
"I think we have a good car," Gordon continued. "We're still a little tight in the middle so they're making some changes to free it up in the middle, get it to turn a little better in the middle. We have a real good car, I'm coming off the turns like a bear. If I can get it to be as good in the middle of the turn as it is coming off, we should have a good race."
Gordon did indeed have a good race, never being out of the top ten and spending many laps of the second half in the top five. But the right rear tire was going flat, and Gordon was forced to pit out of sixth place under caution on lap 104 to replace the tire. The tire put on the car was well-worn, though, and the car's handling was not the same as it was before. Gordon returned to the race well back in the pack, and came just short of finishing in the top ten after battling traffic to move back up. His finishing position was eleventh, and he now stands twelfth in the championship points standings.
"We just got too loose and had a tire going down," he said after the race. "We came in and put an old tire on the right rear. I just never got it after that. We had a good car to start out but it just got too loose.
"With the car as loose as it was I couldn't get make it stick down low," he continued. "The high line was better than the low line today. I made one mistake, I had a chance to go by someone on the outside but I dove down low and I should have stayed high. It was too loose down low."
Gordon will take what he's learned from Holland and will apply that to the next stop on the Busch North Series, which will be at the Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Connecticut. For more information on the Gordon Racing team, visit its website at www.tracygordon.com.