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Tracy Gordon To Make Woodworks Racing Debut At NHIS (Haverhill, Mass. - July 21, 2004) - Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon, a standout on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, will return to that series this Saturday as the driver...

Tracy Gordon To Make Woodworks Racing Debut At NHIS

(Haverhill, Mass. - July 21, 2004) - Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon, a standout on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, will return to that series this Saturday as the driver of the No. 33 Woodworks Racing/Archer Corporation Ford Taurus.

Gordon, who has finished second and third in series points in 1999 and 2000, respectively, will return to the site of his most recent series win. He was victorious in the September 2002 New Hampshire 125 driving for his own team.

After many successful seasons in Busch North, Gordon looked for new challenges and took on the American Speed Association (ASA) National Series, then went on to the Pro All Stars Series for touring New England Pro Stocks. This year in PASS competition, Gordon runs third in points with one win and three top-three finishes.

The Fred and Elaine Skaff-owned Woodworks Racing team, which won the pole for last September's NHIS race, got some track time with Gordon as driver at a test day at the Magic Mile last month. Gordon put in many laps, and at the end of the day was happy with the progress he and the team made.

"We made leaps and bounds towards the end of the day," he said. "I think we have a good starting spot for when we come back here for the race. I think we've got a good baseline for the next time we come here and have a car that'll race well in traffic."

The team, which worked strictly on race setup during the test session, is working hard to add to Gordon's twelve Busch North Series wins - a statistic that has him in a tie with legendary Dave Dion for seventh all-time in the series.

"This team is made up of good, hard workers and it's great to have so many knowledgeable people to collaborate with to make the tough decisions," he said. "I just let them take care of the car based on what they know. I've been giving them my input and they made the right changes to get the car more comfortable for me. It's a great working environment when you're surrounded by people who know what they're doing."

Practice and qualifying for the Siemens 125 will be held Thursday afternoon, with the race set to go green following the Siemens 200 for the NASCAR Busch Series Saturday afternoon. The race will be broadcast live on HDnet television with coverage starting at 3:30 p.m., and will be rebroadcast on SpeedTV on September 4th at noon.

-www.woodworksracing.com.

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