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Tina Gordon

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Born: 14 March 1969
Hometown: Andrews, North Carolina, USA

A race car driver.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Tina Gordon page on 24 September 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Tina Gordon (born March 14, 1969 in Andrews, North Carolina) is a former NASCAR driver and spokesperson for the Sticks 'N' Stuff furniture chain. She is related to neither NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon nor Robby Gordon. After being released from her ride at Jay Robinson Racing in 2005 she retired from racing.

Gordon competed in barrel racing, rodeos, and horse shows. Gordon began racing cars in her husband Gary's short track stock car in 1995-1996 at the Green Valley Speedway. She won all six events that she entered. They bought a hobby stock car and competed at Thunder Valley Speedway during 1997. In her rookie season, she finished tenth in points with 11 top-ten finished in 18 races. She sold her insurance agency and began racing full-time in 1998, first at Green Valley then at Birmingham International Raceway.

She moved to the NASCAR All-Pro Series in 1999; she finished 20th in touring truck series' points.

Gordon debuted in ARCA on October 20, 2001 at the Food World 300 held at the Talladega Superspeedway driving the No. 22 Sticks 'N' Stuff Furniture Ford. She qualified 5th and finished 10th, just behind future NASCAR journeyman Casey Mears.

In 2002 Gordon competed in four ARCA races, two driving the renumbered No. 66 Sticks 'N' Stuff Ford and two driving the No. 66 3M Post-it Note Ford. Driving the Sticks 'N' Stuff Ford she finished 26th in the Discount Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway and 12th later that year back at the Food World 300 at Talladega. In the 3M Post-it Note Ford she finished eighth in the Pork, The Other White Meat 400 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and 35th in the EasyCare Vehicle Services 100 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte NC. Gordon crashed out of the EasyCare Vehicle Services 100 and suffered leg and foot injuries causing her not to race or practice until September of that year.

Gordon made her Busch Series debut in September 2001 at Darlington Raceway. She drove the locally based No. 96 Colby Furniture Chevrolet into the field with a 42nd starting position. However, without full sponsorship, the team decided to start and park, finishing last (43rd) after only competing one lap.

Her next race was her best career outing. She drove the No. 22 Bost Motorsports Chevy in the 2003 race at Talladega Superspeedway. Starting 38th, Gordon was able to avoid a massive pileup on lap four. From there, she drove home to a 10th-place finish, completing all but one lap. She earned a top-10 in the race, where all but 12 cars were damaged or destroyed in the lap four crash, one of the largest in NASCAR history.

In 2004, Gordon made another start at Talladega, this time driving the No. 10 Sticks N' Stuff Chevy for Davis Motorsports. After starting 42nd, Gordon stayed in the race and finished 28th. For the rest of 2004, with sponsorship from Yahoo!, Vassarette and Microtel, Gordon secured the No. 39 Jay Robinson ride. Her first start for JRR was at Daytona International Speedway, where she finished 32nd. Gordon made 10 of her next 11 attempts before failing to qualify in five of her last six, which led to her release. Her best run with the team was a 26th at Pikes Peak and her best start was a 30th at Darlington.

Also in 2004, it appeared that during the Food City 250 in Bristol TN, Greg Biffle purposely crashed Gordon out of the race on lap 89 in retaliation for a slight bump to his left rear fender a half lap earlier.

Gordon entered 2003 with the intent to run for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year. She ran for the No. 31 Brevak Racing team with limited sponsorship from Scotch Tape and Microtel. However, the team did not qualify for all its races and Gordon only completed 11 before her sponsor ended her run. However, Gordon did well in those starts. She finished 13th at Charlotte and at Nashville and finished in the top-20 three other times. Despite limited racing, Gordon finished 25th in points.

In 2004, Gordon transferred over to the No.13 ThorSport Motorsports Chevy, with sponsorship from Microtel and Vassarette. However, the deal quickly ended and she only was able to run five races. The best run was 24th at Daytona in the season opener. In the next race, at Atlanta, Gordon's Chevy was involved in a heavy wreck with Hank Parker, Jr. and Rick Crawford, leading to minor injuries to Gordon. However, she was able to race in the next race at Martinsville. Gordon was able to set a career-best starting position in 2004 of 13th at Charlotte and Daytona.


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28 January 2004Bandana Company Gets License From NASCAR Craftsman Truck Driver Tina GordonAmerican Gift & Embroidery, LLC


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