BNS: Seekonk: Tracy Gordon race report

Tracy Gordon continues comeback with fourth place finish at Seekonk Speedway. Tracy Gordon, driver of the Tic Tac Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, continued his comeback from a slow start to the 2002 season when he finished fourth at...

Tracy Gordon continues comeback with fourth place finish at Seekonk Speedway.

Tracy Gordon, driver of the Tic Tac Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, continued his comeback from a slow start to the 2002 season when he finished fourth at Seekonk Speedway, a third-mile racetrack just outside Providence, Rhode Island. Gordon moved up three places in the season points standing to thirteenth after four of nineteen races.

Despite having a very good car in Saturday afternoon's practice, Gordon struggled in qualifying and could only record the eighteenth quickest lap time. He struggled with the question of why he couldn't muster more speed from the car.

"We probably had the fastest car in practice, but I don't really know what happened in time trials," he said. "The car was just wicked, wicked loose. I think we have a real good race car but I don't know what happened in qualifying. We're all baffled, sitting here scratching our heads, but we'll figure it out."

Realizing they had a bad tire on the right rear of the car, the Gordon Racing team changed that and set out on the 150-lap race.

Starting deep in the field, Gordon found progressing through the field to be difficult. He didn't even enter the top ten until after the race crossed the two-thirds distance mark. Once there, though, he started picking off cars until he was in fourth with just ten laps to go. He thought he had a shot at third place driver Martin Truex, Jr., but a caution with five laps to go set up a green-white-checker finish and Gordon, whose car needed a number of laps to get going, could not move up any further before the checkers flew after 152 laps.

"We had to have about five or six green flag laps to get this thing going, and it was a rocket after that," he said after the race. "We were just picking them off one by one there, and the closer we got to the front, the easier the racing was. Everybody's cars were getting slower and mine was staying the same it was all day. Everything worked out good, the car was just really good.

"My hat's off to Steve May and my whole crew, they gave me a great race car today," Gordon continued. "I just wish I could have qualified a little closer to the front. I kept getting caught in traffic. I kept coming up front and then shuffled back, then work my way back up and get shuffled back again. If we had more long green flag runs we would have been up front a lot earlier. I didn't need that last caution either, we needed to go green the rest of the way. I was catching Martin and I think I would have passed him pretty easy. He was up the track and I was working well on the bottom. Then the caution came out and I knew I wouldn't have anything for him in a two-lap run to the finish."

Gordon returns to his home state of Maine for the next race on the Busch North Series schedule, a 150-lap contest to be held June 8th at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway located just south of Portland. Gordon has an enviable record at the picturesque third-mile track, including a handful of Busch North wins, and hopes to continue his record of success there.

For more information on the team, visit its website at www.tracygordon.com.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.