Tic Tac Chevrolet driver Tracy Gordon from Strong, Maine, returned to the top of the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, championship standings after finishing second in Seekonk Speedway's Budweiser 150 held Saturday night. Gordon's evening ...
Tic Tac Chevrolet driver Tracy Gordon from Strong, Maine, returned to the top of the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, championship standings after finishing second in Seekonk Speedway's Budweiser 150 held Saturday night.
Gordon's evening started with time trials to set the field, and he turned in a lap of 13.146 seconds (91.283 MPH) around the third-mile track, good enough for tenth place.
"I'm disappointed in qualifying," Gordon said after time trials. "I don't know if it's me or the car, I think it's probably me more than the car. But we should be all right, we've got our notes from last year. We're hoping to be close, we'll find out here in a little while."
Starting tenth, Gordon was breaking into the top five before the halfway point of the 150-lap event. He then moved into fourth place with 40 laps to go, and joined a battle with Dale Shaw for third, finally taking the spot just before caution flew on lap 117. His charge to the front was not complete, though, and he took over second place just ten laps from the finish. A late yellow robbed Gordon of a chance to seriously challenge Kelly Moore for the win, and he had to settle for second after a three-lap dash to the finish.
"The car was really good," Gordon said after the race. "It was a little loose on cold tires, but in about five laps it would come in. I didn't need that last real long dragged out caution at the end.
"The late yellow definitely didn't help me," he continued. "The length of the caution was the big thing, since we needed five laps to get the stagger to come in. But the car handled exceptionally well the whole race, we came up from tenth and there wasn't much room for passing out there. We're happy with everything except our time trialing."
Gordon's next race is the Burnham Boilers 150 to be held at Holland Speedway, located just south of Buffalo, New York next Satuday night. Gordon used a late pass for the lead to win this race last year, his first of the 2000 season, and is looking forward to repeating that performance.