Tracy Gordon, of Strong, Maine followed up his Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, season-opening win three weeks ago at Lee USA Speedway with an eighth place run in Saturday's CVS/Pharmacy 125 Presented by Bayer, held at New Hampshire...
Tracy Gordon, of Strong, Maine followed up his Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, season-opening win three weeks ago at Lee USA Speedway with an eighth place run in Saturday's CVS/Pharmacy 125 Presented by Bayer, held at New Hampshire International Speedway. After two races, Gordon now stands third in the series points standings.
Debuting a new car built by Dave Davis, Gordon and the Tic Tac Breath Mint-sponsored Gordon Racing crew, led by Rollie Lachance, had their work cut out for them learning the new chassis and getting it dialed in for the first of three BNS races to be held at the "Magic Mile" this year. The team and driver proved they were up for the challenge by recording the tenth-best lap in qualifying.
Gordon was quickly up to eighth after the start of the race and stayed there until a caution on lap 33 brought most of the pack onto pit road for refueling and adjustments. Gordon returned to the track in eighth.
For the rest of the race, there would be no more cautions and Gordon would have to finish the race without being able to adjust on the car further. The right front tire became blistered and the handling went away, but Gordon hung on to staying on the lead lap until the closing laps of the race and finished in eighth, the first car one lap down.
"The car was off just a little bit," he said afterwards. "It was tight getting in and loose coming off. I guess the tight getting in must have been hurting worse then the loose coming off because it blistered the right front. I went the whole last 30 laps of the race with a blistered right front tire.
"The car was capable of doing better," he continued. "We have problems with the front end, we need to get the front end working better than it is and get the anti-dive set to where it's supposed to be. We'll get it figured out, we were just off a little bit."
One option that was open for the pit stop was changing tires, but the plan was not to and the crew only added gas under caution. Seeing the tires after the race, Gordon questioned that strategy.
"If I could have looked into the future, I would have changed tires," he said. "We never planned on changing tires all day, I guess I should have. Either that or I would have made an adjustment 50-60 laps in."
The next race for Tracy Gordon is at Seekonk Speedway for a 150-lap race to be held on May 26th. Gordon finished second in this race last year and is looking to improve his finishing position by one spot this time around.
For more information on Tracy Gordon and the Gordon Racing crew, visit their Web site at http://www.tracygordon.com