BNS: Nazareth: Tracy Gordon race report

Tracy Gordon back on track following Nazareth Speedway top ten finish. Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon has started his comeback from a slow start to the 2002 NASCAR Busch North Series season by recording his first top ten finish of the season. The...

Tracy Gordon back on track following Nazareth Speedway top ten finish.

Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon has started his comeback from a slow start to the 2002 NASCAR Busch North Series season by recording his first top ten finish of the season. The Tic Tac Chevrolet driver's tenth place finish at the tricky one-mile Nazareth Speedway sets him up for a strong stretch of races coming up including those at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Seekonk Speedway, where Gordon has won races in recent years.

At Nazareth, Gordon was eleventh fastest in the first practice, but turned in the fifteenth fastest lap in time trials used to set the field.

"The car was good, but I messed up in the last turn going in and floundered around like a fish out of water," he said afterwards. "I knew I did it both laps. The first lap I screwed it up and I told myself, 'don't do that again the next lap', and I did the exact same thing again. The car's better than that run shows. Usually I consider myself a fairly decent qualifier, but this time I just messed up. I'm going to go for the front right off the bat and be good and aggressive and hopefully be around at the end."

Passing at Nazareth is difficult, especially on a green track following a morning of rain, and Gordon could only move up to fourteenth through the race's early stages. He pitted under the race's second caution, on lap 26, and restarted the race even deeper in the field, but with a better car. When other leaders pitted at the race's halfway point, Gordon stayed on the track and moved up to twelfth, and through the balance of the race he raced clean and took two more spots to finish in tenth.

"We were tight all day," he said after the race. "We didn't think the track was going to tighten up as much as it did, the rain really kind of killed us. We were pretty good in practice and we thought we were going to be better than that. Tenth is better than we've been so far this year, and we didn't put a scratch on the car this week. I don't know where this puts me in the points, but it can't hurt."

Gordon was also happy to report that the car wrecked at New Hampshire International Speedway last week is already back from Billy Hess' chassis shop with a new rear clip and is on its way to Dave West's to have a new back of the body put on, and expects the car to be back in time for the race at Beech Ridge in early June.

The next race for Gordon Racing is May 25th at the third-mile Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

-www.tracygordon.com.

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