BNS: Waterford: Tracy Gordon race recap

Tracy Gordon Scores Seventh Top Ten Finish With Ninth at Waterford Tracy Gordon, of Strong, Maine came to the Waterford Speedbowl near New London, Connecticut for the running of the Left Turns University 150. While the driver of the Tic Tac ...

Tracy Gordon Scores Seventh Top Ten Finish With Ninth at Waterford

Tracy Gordon, of Strong, Maine came to the Waterford Speedbowl near New London, Connecticut for the running of the Left Turns University 150. While the driver of the Tic Tac Chevrolet was looking forward to improving his result from this race held last year, he duplicated that ninth place run this time around.

Gordon's night at Waterford began with a qualifying run that left him tenth on the grid.

"We were in third after we went," he said afterwards, "and I was hoping for the pole. Hopefully we can do better in the race. The car felt perfect, maybe I just didn't drive it hard enough. Hopefully it's better in the race.

"I'm not changing much on the car before the race," Gordon continued. "We're shifting some lead around a bit, and checking the shocks to make sure they didn't bleed down in time trials."

Gordon's race was going smoothly through halfway, but his progress was slowed due to blistered right-side tires. Gordon hung on until he had an opportunity to pit on lap 105. After coming out of the pits Gordon was one of many cars that had fallen off the lead lap, but continued racing those other cars that were one lap down and finished the race ninth.

"We had an awesome car, but the tires blistered," he said after the race. "I was trying to conserve my tires but I saw everybody heading to the outside. I tried it and drove around a bunch of good cars. I was gaining on Brad [Leighton], reeling him in, and I was thinking I was going to have a great run but I felt the car start going away. I tried to baby it but I blistered the right side tires.

"I wish the outcome would have been a little different," Gordon continued. "It's not a bad run, but to get back into the points I've got to get some better runs. We have one of the best cars on the racetrack but we can't show it because we blistered the tires."

Gordon is looking forward to next weekend's race, a Saturday night affair at his home track, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

"We'll probably take this car again," he said. "We had a decent setup in it last time, and hopefully we can pull off a good run with it there, since it's one of my best tracks."

For more information on Gordon Racing, visit its website at http://www.tracygordon.com.

-GR-

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