Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon and the Tic Tac-sponsored Gordon Racing team came to Seekonk Speedway for the Coca-Cola 150, the second of two stops the NASCAR Busch North Series made to the southeastern Massachusetts third-mile track. After waiting...
Strong, Maine's Tracy Gordon and the Tic Tac-sponsored Gordon Racing team came to Seekonk Speedway for the Coca-Cola 150, the second of two stops the NASCAR Busch North Series made to the southeastern Massachusetts third-mile track. After waiting out a rain delay that pushed the race from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, Gordon enjoyed a productive day that saw him starting in eighth place and finishing in sixth.
Working in some pain after tweaking his back working on the car, Gordon still took advantage of the hour-long practice session to work on both qualifying and race setups. His qualifying run was fast enough to take the eighth-best time, and in the redraw of the top eight qualifiers, he held on to that starting spot.
"The car was a little bit loose, plus we drew the second qualifying slot," he said of his run not living up to his expectations. "Hopefully we'll have a better car for the race. We took a bunch of gear out of it. Nobody can get hooked up here today so we took a bunch of gear out and hopefully we can get hooked up a little bit for the long run anyways."
At the start of the race Gordon made some strong moves and quickly settled into fourth place, then moved to third before 25 laps were in the books. He held third through the race's halfway point, where a spinning car at the front of the field forced a scramble to get by and Gordon lost a handful of positions. He was back up to fourth as the race neared the two-thirds distance mark, but the Tic Tac Chevrolet was loose and gave up a couple more positions to finish sixth, Gordon's tenth top-ten finish of the 2001 season.
"My car was loose all day, we never did quite hit it all day," he said after the race. "Steve May and the crew worked real hard all day and we never quite got it tightened up enough. If I had my notes from the last few races here I probably would have been all right, but I didn't have any notes so basically we went on a wing and a prayer."
Gordon was referring to not having the race notes developed over his past years in Busch North by himself and departed crew chief Rollie Lachance.
"All we had was our setup, we didn't have any changes we made at the racetrack for the last two years," Gordon said. "It's hard when you're starting all over again. We've been here three times but we're starting all over again. When Rollie left he took my notes, so it's kind of hard to know what we did. Everybody else has been here three times, this is like being my first time here, but for my first time we had a good run."
Gordon's next race is the Little Trees 150, a nationally-televised race held next Saturday at 2PM at the Watkins Glen International road course. The race will be shown live on NBC television.