Tracy Gordon's Tenth Place Lime Rock Race Ends Season on High Note Tic Tac Chevrolet driver Tracy Gordon looked to finish his 2001 NASCAR Busch North Series season on a good note as he came to the season finale at the Lime Rock Park road course.
Tracy Gordon's Tenth Place Lime Rock Race Ends Season on High Note
Tic Tac Chevrolet driver Tracy Gordon looked to finish his 2001 NASCAR Busch North Series season on a good note as he came to the season finale at the Lime Rock Park road course. Gordon finished in tenth, but only after coming back from a stop-and-go penalty pit stop made just before the halfway mark.
Gordon started the race from the ninth position despite running off track on his first lap and damaging something in the car's front suspension.
"I must have bent something on the front end because it's bottoming out big time," he said after qualifying. "We had a hard time getting it into the trailer so something's bent. We'll have to take it apart in the morning and find out what I bent. In the first lap I bottomed out big time.
"We gain a couple spots qualifying here every year," Gordon continued. "Hopefully that gives us a little momentum for tomorrow and we can stay in the top seven in points."
Gordon started the race strongly and took advantage of other drivers pitting to move into the top five. He then went to fourth on lap 28 and, after a lap 34 restart, set his sights on third place Bill Penfold. Going into the Big Bend, the two made contact and Penfold spun, with Gordon being blamed and assessed a stop-and-go penalty pit stop. Gordon pitted two laps before halfway through the 82-lap race, and returned to the track outside the top fifteen.
Gordon did not return to the top ten until lap 67 and, with little race time remaining, could not move up any further and finished in tenth.
"We had a fifth place car today, but we got a raw deal," he said after the race. "We have guys up in the booth, I don't know what they were watching or if they saw it at all, but they blew that call today.
"I might have ended up a little bit better than tenth because we were going for third and I know I could have got the second place car, and then they would have struggled to get by me," Gordon continued. "When I got the penalty it let the wind out of my sails. I wasn't driving as hard, I couldn't get my rhythm back. I was mad. It was just one of those deals."
Gordon's 2001 Busch North season comes to a close after a year where he scored one win, five top-fives and fifteen top-tens. He also scored two Bud Pole awards while finishing seventh in the series point standings.