BNS: Tracy Gordon Beech Ridge race report

Tracy Gordon Disappointed with 20th Place Beech Ridge Run Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon came to Beech Ridge with high hopes. Calling it his favorite track the week before, he arrived with a strong contingent of local fans and a capable crew led...

Tracy Gordon Disappointed with 20th Place Beech Ridge Run

Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon came to Beech Ridge with high hopes. Calling it his favorite track the week before, he arrived with a strong contingent of local fans and a capable crew led by Steve May. A mid-race accident, though, left Gordon's car damaged and the driver of the Tic Tac Chevrolet having to settle for a 20th place finish.

After an encouraging afternoon of practice, Gordon went out for time trials and put up a lap good enough for the tenth starting position. Gordon's first reaction was that he'd rather have been ninth or eleventh, so that he could start the race on the inside row.

"I was hoping for an inside start," Gordon said, "because the outside groove here, before the tire pressures get up, isn't very good. Maybe I can get in quick and ride around for a while and make a charge towards the end. The car wasn't very comfortable in practice, but hopefully we can make the right adjustments and do all right in the race."

Gordon settled into eighth place early in the Irving Oil 150 and rode there for most of the early going. On lap 66, though a lapped car was tapped and spun in front of lead lap cars, one of which was Gordon's. While three cars were damaged badly enough to have to retire from the race, the Gordon Racing crew was able to keep Gordon's car in the race, although two laps down after repairs were complete. The car was driveable but not raceable, though, and Gordon could not make up any more positions for the balance of the race and was recorded in 20th position at the end.

"We kinda caused this ourselves," Gordon said after the race, "because we weren't handling too great. But the 18 car [Laine Chase] spun right in front of me. I couldn't miss him and hit him with the left front corner."

Even though Gordon was running in the top ten at the time of the accident, he still wasn't happy with the way the car was handling. He suspects a mechanical problem.

"It wasn't that good to start with," he said. "It was really way too tight, and then it came in and it went good and then it went out. I think it may have a locker broke or something. It would go good and then junk, then go good and then junk."

Preparations at the Gordon Racing shop will be busy this week, with their repairing the Beech Ridge car for Saturday night's Busch North Series race at Thompson Speedway as well as preparing a Pro Stock for Sunday's True Value 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. Gordon won at Thompson last year and is always a threat to win at the 250, so expectations are high at the Livermore, Maine race shop.

For more information on Gordon Racing, visit its website at http://www.tracygordon.com.

-GR-

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