NHIS weekend of troubles for Tracy Gordon ends with wrecked car. Tracy Gordon's first of three races at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway was a roller coaster ride that had more downs than ups. A decent qualifying run was ...
NHIS weekend of troubles for Tracy Gordon ends with wrecked car.
Tracy Gordon's first of three races at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway was a roller coaster ride that had more downs than ups. A decent qualifying run was disallowed over a technical issue with the fuel used. Starting in the back, Gordon moved up to lead the race through his pit strategy, but all that went to waste when he was spun from behind on a late-race restart. Gordon's day ended with a wrecked race car and a 24th place finish.
Qualifying found Gordon's Tic Tac Chevrolet fourteenth after time trials, but post-qualifying inspection found the fuel he used to be out of specifications. The team was perplexed because the fuel was tested earlier in the day and passed. A second driver, Dale Shaw, was similarly penalized and expressed similar sentiments.
Gordon started the race from the back row but had picked up seven positions in the opening laps before pitting for fuel on lap 14. Restarting the race in the back again, he started working his way to thirteenth by lap 40, and as the rest of the field pitted just after halfway, took over the lead of the race.
Gordon held the race lead for eighteen laps before surrendering it to Andy Santerre, who had fresher tires. Settling into third, Gordon prepared for the final laps.
Riding fourth and preparing for a lap 122 (of 125) restart, Gordon moved low to defend against Dale Quarterley's pass attempt, but the two made contact and Gordon spun backwards into the first turn outside wall. Gordon was unhurt, but his race was over and his car heavily damaged. He was classified as 24th in the final rundown.
"Quarterley took me out," he said afterwards. "I knew he'd do it, I told my crew chief that I knew he was going to take me out, but he told me not to worry about it, if he does he does, if he doesn't he doesn't, and he just took me out.
"I saw him coming so I protected the bottom, figuring if he'd bail in, he'd bail in on the outside of me, but he didn't, and it's just uncalled for," Gordon continued. "And then they let him race, so that'll be a good one to watch. He should have been thrown out, that's just ridiculous."
Gordon realized he has some work to do in order to salvage a good season after a rough start.
"I got a hole to dig my way out of now, two DNFs in two races," he said. "But I had the best car I've had here ever. From coming from the rear to not stopping for tires, I didn't want to stop because I needed the track position. I didn't want to take on tires, so I just did a gas and go. I could run with the leaders even though they had new tires and I had old tires. I was optimistic about it, but now I don't even have the car anymore. But we'll come back and hopefully get a rear clip on it and get it back. It's discouraging. I don't have the money to repair a car every time someone takes me out."
Gordon will be back next Saturday afternoon at Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania for the running of a hundred-lap contest held in conjunction with the NASCAR Busch Series. For more information on the Gordon Racing team, visit its website at www.tracygordon.com.