Tracy Gordon Eleventh at Thompson Speedway Tracy Gordon, of Strong, Maine, brought his Tic Tac-sponsored Gordon Racing team to Connecticut's Thompson Speedway on Saturday night for the running of the Pepsi Racing 150. Gordon was the winner of ...
Tracy Gordon Eleventh at Thompson Speedway
Tracy Gordon, of Strong, Maine, brought his Tic Tac-sponsored Gordon Racing team to Connecticut's Thompson Speedway on Saturday night for the running of the Pepsi Racing 150. Gordon was the winner of Thompson's race last year, but everything had changed since then as the track was resurfaced during the off-season.
With Steve May calling the shots, Gordon put in a full morning of practice and felt he had something for qualifying. After time trials, Gordon stood second fastest, just 13 thousandths off the pole, and redrew the third starting position.
"We had the car going real good all day, and we're happy to get back in the redraw situation," he said after qualifying. "We drew third so we're going to have a good starting spot. I'm not going to count my chickens for a good finish because of the way my luck has been going.
"We found some front end problems this week," Gordon continued, "and I think we found why the car's been pushing like it was. Now we can come back and get some wins. I just have to stay out of trouble for the first hundred laps, and then give it hell for the last fifty. Hopefully our pit stop will go good and we'll come out with a good run here."
Gordon's race got off to a bad start when, just 21 laps into the race, he got together with Matt Kobyluck on the long Thompson backstretch and both went off to the infield grass. No caution was thrown so Gordon quickly regrouped and returned to the track, but fell behind the leader, Mike Olsen. When the yellow came out for a separate incident on lap 47, Gordon went around Olsen and got his lap back.
"I don't know what happened," Gordon said of the original incident. "I don't think he [Kobyluck] did it on purpose, but he ended up running into us and we ended up going down a lap. Mike [Olsen] slowed up for a wreck and I passed him before the start-finish line. NASCAR did me a favor in letting me have my lap back, which they didn't have to."
While Gordon was able to come to the pits and let the Gordon Racing crew look over his car, there was suspension damage and Gordon could not run at top speed. He stayed on the lead lap for the balance of the race, though, and worked his way up to eleventh by the end.
"We ended up bending on the front end, it seems like the same scenario every week," he said after the race. "It's starting to get sickening but there's nothing I can do about it I guess. My luck will change I hope. I had a good car, I had a winning car. But I bent something on the front end when we got mixed up with Matt and we were struggling from then on."
Gordon now looks forward to returning to New Hampshire International Speedway for this Saturday's running of the New England 125. Gordon finished eighth at NHIS in the first of three visits to the one mile oval, and looks to improve that to a top five finish.
For more information on Gordon Racing, visit its website at http://www.tracygordon.com.