Tracy Gordon, driver of the Tic Tac Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, has spent a busy off-season working both at his lumbering business and at his race team. Following a season where he notched two Bud Pole awards, a race win, five...
Tracy Gordon, driver of the Tic Tac Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, has spent a busy off-season working both at his lumbering business and at his race team. Following a season where he notched two Bud Pole awards, a race win, five top-5s and fifteen top-10s in a 20-race campaign, Gordon has set about to rebuild and upgrade his equipment in preparation for an assault on the series championship.
Gordon's first order of business was to his logging business.
"It's my winter and summer business, but it's mostly done in the winter because I have to make hay when the sun shines," he said recently. "We've been working about seven days a week keeping things going. I work five or six days a week with the whole crew, and then after that I have to get things ready the next day to get things going for Monday morning. I've done a little hunting, but mostly I've been working."
On the racing side of things, Gordon Racing will be back in Busch North with returning sponsor Tic Tac Breath Mints. He expects to start the year with two cars ready and three or four engines at his disposal.
"One car is just about done, Kevin [McDaniels] has it just about ready." he said. "I just took the motors down to Les at Horsepower Engineering and he's going to go through them to get them race ready. We've got the car we wrecked at Nazareth down at Billy Hess's now. That's got a new snout, rear clip, and just about everything but the roll cage. The crash cleaned out just about everything but the roll cage. Truck arms, cross members, whole suspension, everything was gone. That car's being totally rebuilt. But it's saved me a lot, I've got the seat and a lot of stuff already mounted in the car so it saves me a lot of time. We're bringing it back next week and Kevin's going to put a body on it and get it ready. It'll be good this year."
One change for the coming season will be the series switching tire brands, going with Goodyear bias-ply tires for the 2002 season. Gordon was happy to see the change made.
"I'm really happy that we're on Goodyear tires," he said. "Goodyear's always made an awesome tire. If they're not quite up to snuff they've got enough people in place to do it right. If we come out in the first couple races and we don't have the tire to meet our needs, they can find a tire that will meet our needs. Most other tire companies only have one tire or two tires and if they don't fit your application, you're kind of screwed. But this way, they're going to have a tire to fit our application this year."
The biggest development at Gordon Racing continues to be the search for a crew chief.
"I'm still looking for a crew chief and I'm looking really hard," Gordon said. "I'm kind of stuck on the crew chief thing right now. I think most of the crew members will be back, but filling the crew chief void is the big thing. I've been searching hard but I can't find one right now. I guess geography is the main part of that, nobody wants to move to Maine. Moving the cars off-site could be an option, but it depends on what transpires. I'm not against anything to make the team better, whatever it takes to get us back to winning races.
"I just want to be consistent, run up front and win races," he continued. "Hopefully we can pull off the championship this year. We'll know more when I get a crew chief. We can win races, I know we can win races. We could win five or six races again this year, we just need the organization back. We lost the organization when we lost Rollie [Lachance]. We still ran the same way we did before, but we were just not organized."
Gordon's season starts at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire on April 21st.