BNS: Tracy Gordon starts season with domination at USA

(April 22, 2001) - Tracy Gordon of Strong, Maine started his quest for the 2001 NASCAR Busch North Series championship with a dominating performance at the season-opening Autotown 150 at Lee USA Speedway. The Tic Tac Chevrolet driver won the Bud...

(April 22, 2001) - Tracy Gordon of Strong, Maine started his quest for the 2001 NASCAR Busch North Series championship with a dominating performance at the season-opening Autotown 150 at Lee USA Speedway. The Tic Tac Chevrolet driver won the Bud Pole Award, redrew the top starting position and lead every lap to win his eleventh career Busch North race.

Gordon, the second driver to attempt time trials, set fast time with a lap of 15.531 seconds (86.923 MPH). The top six drivers redrew for starting positions and he kept the pole. When the race started, Gordon streaked away from his pursuers - Mike Olsen early and Mike Johnson towards the end of the event - handled lapped traffic smartly, and brought home the win.

"This was a very good for us," he said after the race. "I tried to lap the whole field there. I almost cost myself the win because Mike Johnson was running conservative early and then he had more car than I did. I should have just backed off. Mike Olsen was fast all weekend and I thought he was going to be really strong on long green runs, so I wanted to get a big lead on him and burned my car up bad.

"I should have been a little more conservative, I almost cost myself the race," he continued. "We didn't, we won, the car was an awesome car. I learned here not to burn your car up. We won the pole, won the race, it can't get any better than that I guess."

Next on Gordon's agenda is attending a test session at New Hampshire International Speedway in the days following the Lee USA win. With new equipment almost ready to go, Gordon is anxious to get some laps on the superspeedway that the series will visit three times this year.

"I've got a brand new Dave Davis car that we haven't even got together yet, that's how new it is," he said. "We're trying to get it together to test on Tuesday, don't know if we'll make it on Tuesday but we'll give it our best shot. If it doesn't go great we've got the car we won at Lee with, it ran good there last year. But I have an idea that the new car will be fine there."

-Alan J. Claffie

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