Tina
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Tina Gordon drove a NASCAR saloon in the USA. She was ranked 155 in 2001, 110 in 2003 and 51st in 2004.with winnings of $214, 725 No races reported since 2004.  

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Height: 5-7 Weight: 127
Born: Mar 14, 1969, Cedar Bluff, AL
Tina Gordon Racing, Fan Club Membership, 1409 May St., Clarksdale, MS 38614
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Husband Gary, 1 child

In 5 career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts since 2001, career-best finish 8th at Atlanta Motor Speedway '02. Also finished 10th at Talladega Superspeedway after qualifying a career-best 5th in career-first start '01. Also finished 12th at Talladega '02, 26th at Daytona '02 and 35th at Lowe's Motor Speedway '02. Also qualified 9th at Daytona '02 and 10th at Atlanta '02. Veteran of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Also veteran of NASCAR All-Pro Series, NASCAR Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Winston Racing Series late models and ASA. NASCAR Winston Racing Series late model veteran at Birmingham Raceway Alabama, Thunder Mountain Raceway AL and Green Valley Speedway AL with 8 career victories. Featured on the front cover of Stock Car Racing Magazine in '02 edition. Tested for NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams in 2001 and 2002. Plans to run Craftsman Truck Series in '04.

 

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Tina Has High Hopes at Bristol
Bristol, TN. (August 21, 2000) -Tina Gordon, NASCAR All-Pro driver, has high hopes for a great finish this week at Bristol Motor Speedway, in Bristol, TN. August 23. The Reel Saver 250 is the 12th of 17 races on the Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring 2000 schedule. Racing at Bristol is always one of the highlights of each season for the Slim Jim All Pro Series competitors. This race represents the sixth visit by the Slim Jim All Pro Series to Bristol's high banks. Tina is currently 17th in the series point standings.

"I have been looking forward to this race all year long. We had a great car last year and our race program is so much further along this year. I just can’t wait to get on the track."

The Bristol race will broadcast on Speedvision on tape delayed, Sept. 22, 9:00 p.m., Sept. 23, 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The show will include talent such as top NASCAR announcer Allen Bestwick, Pit Reporter Randy Pemberton, and Winston Cup driver Michael Waltrip.

Women drivers remain a rarity
Of 8,000 licensed for local races in 2003, only 124 were women

By JEFF WOLF

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Tina Gordon signs pictures for a fan while taking a break from testing Jan. 11 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 34-year-old from Cedar Bluff, Ala., competed in 10 truck races last year, twice finishing as high as 13th.

Since 1949, when Sara Christian became the first of 13 women to drive in NASCAR's premier stock-car series, the racing landscape has changed dramatically.

Television ratings for Cup series events are second only to the NFL, attendance at races usually rank second to none in sports, and NASCAR has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

But while career opportunities for women have improved elsewhere in NASCAR, women drivers remain a rarity.

When the Nextel Cup race begins at noon today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, no women will be in the starting field, nor did any compete in Saturday's Busch series race at the speedway.

The last woman to run a Cup race in Las Vegas was Shawna Robinson, who qualified 36th and finished 42nd two years ago.

Eventually, however, a woman will compete regularly in Cup races, veteran motorsports reporter Deb Williams said.

"Yeah, it will be a tough road. And yeah, she'll still have to be 10 times better than her male counterpart," Williams said.

But that's just how Tina Gordon wants it. Gordon, a 34-year-old from Cedar Bluff, Ala., has driven her way to a full-time ride in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, a level just below the Busch series.

"When I get there, I want to be competitive," she said of the bigger series. "I don't want to be there just because I'm a female."

Gordon began racing in 1999 on dirt tracks in northern Alabama before graduating to local stock-car races.

It's a path not many women are taking.

According to NASCAR, of the 8,000 drivers licensed in 2003 to run in local races like those at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's three-eighths-mile Bullring oval, only 124 were women.

"You can't go out and read a book and be able to go racing the next day," Gordon said. "It's racing over a period of time, getting the experience."

Gordon competed in 10 truck races last year, twice finishing as high as 13th. In this year's season opener at Daytona International Speedway, she qualified 13th but finished 22nd after her truck developed suspension problems.

Gordon believes she has something that other female drivers lacked: a solid team. She is in her first year with Ohio-based Thorsport Racing, which is fielding two race trucks this season. Since entering the truck series in 1996, Thorsport has posted one victory in 171 races.

"Being in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this year on a full-time basis is just going to get me that much more ready when I make the step into the Busch series or Nextel Cup series," Gordon said, adding that she plans to compete April 24 in the Busch race in Talladega, Ala.

Williams, who became director of public relations for Penske Racing earlier this year, believes it will take a special combination of driver and team to succeed in a world where too many times women have been more gimmick than contender.

Gordon might have another advantage over Robinson and other women who recently have tried to crack stock-car's major leagues: She has sponsors.

In racing, a driver's success is measured not only by what happens at the track on Sunday but whether that performance helps sell the sponsors' products and services on Monday.

Toward that end, Gordon appears in national television commercials for Sticks 'N' Stuff home furnishing stores, which has supported her racing effort since 2001. Her biggest coup came late last year when she landed Vassarette, a division of VF Corporation that sells lingerie, as her primary sponsor.

"The products they sell are for females," she said. "Forty percent of the NASCAR fans wear bras and panties, and what better fit for them to have a female driver promoting their products.

Gordon’s injury list grows

Surgery to repair leg and foot injuries Tina Gordon suffered in a wreck Saturday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway added another to an already lengthy list.

Surgeons at University Hospital in Charlotte discovered that Gordon suffered a fractured left ankle in addition to the injuries diagnosed Saturday. Those included a clean break of the left tibia and fibula, a broken bone in her left foot, a broken left heel, a broken left big toe and a broken right little toe.

In an approximately three-hour procedure, the surgeons inserted a rod that runs from knee to ankle to support the tibia, fused the fibula together with a plate and four screws and inserted screws in Gordon’s ankle.

Gordon spent a fitful day Sunday, but had begun to feel better later in the evening after doctors removed a cast that had become too tight from swelling.

“She’s in as good a spirits as she can be for the pain that she’s in,” Midway Phoenix Racing spokesman Gary Pike said. “She’s been in incredible pain all day. She’s a tough little girl, and I’ve seen her go through a lot and never complain.

“But it hurts you just to watch her there, and there’s nothing you can do to help her pain.”

Gary Gordon, Tina Gordon’s husband, was still stunned by the severity of the accident, which occurred on Lap 41 of the 67-lap Easy Care 100 ARCA/Remax Series race.

Gordon’s car developed a push going into Turn 4, and she slid into the driver in front of her, John Hayden, and put both into a spin. Hayden saved his car, but Gordon went directly into the wall, then down across the track where she was drilled in the driver’s side door by John Borneman.

Gary Gordon estimated Borneman was probably still traveling at least 160 mph when the collision occurred. Gordon’s Ford Taurus was completely destroyed, and Gary Gordon said crew members told him the impact left a 26-inch indentation in area where his wife had been working the foot pedals.

“I did not even know she had been T-boned ’till I got to the car,” Gary Gordon said. “All I saw from the top of the hauler was her hit the wall and start to come down. I thought, no big deal; it tore the car up, but she’s going to be OK.

“Then the spotter came on there, ‘Tina talk to me, Tina, Tina, Tina.’ That’s when I got off the hauler and started running that way, and, when I got to the car, it was unbelievable. Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would ever have been that bad. She’s lucky to be alive.”

Gordon qualified in the 16th position for Saturday’s race, but had to start at the back of the 41-car field after piston problems forced her crew to change engines Friday. She had climbed to 13th and was racing Hayden for the 12th spot when the accident occurred.

It was a driving display that had many tongues wagging, including Lowe’s Motor Speedway president H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler.

“One of the guys that was the P.A. announcer at the track called (Sunday) and said that ‘Humpy’ Wheeler wanted him to call and check on Tina,” Gary Gordon said. “He told Gary Pike that he and ‘Humpy’ were together during the race and that ‘Humpy’ kept saying, ‘Look at that girl coming through the pack. Look at the girl coming through the pack.’

“He said she really impressed a ton of people.”

As of late Sunday evening, it was uncertain how long Gordon would remain hospitalized.

About Jimmy Creed Jimmy Creed is the sports editor for The Anniston Star. His NASCAR column appears on Thursdays during racing season.

www.annistonstar.com/sports/2002/as-racing-0520-jcreed-2e20d1029.htm

Tina is 30 years old and lives in Centre, Alabama. She is married and has a 8 year old son. Tina started racing powder puff races in 1995 in her husband's dirt track car. In 95 and 96 Tina entered in 5 powder puff races and won all 5 races. In the Winter of 1996, Tina purchased her own car so she could run a full schedule in the men's division at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Fyffe, Alabama. In 18 starts in 97 she had 6 top 5 finishes, 11 top 10 finishes and only one DNF. In her rookie season, she finished in the top 10 in points. In 1998 Tina began racing at Green Valley Speedway in Gadsden, Alabama. After 6 races in her dirt car, Tina lead the division in points with 3 wins, 1 2nd, 1 3rd, and 1 7th place.

With the purchase of a new Pontiac Grand Prix asphalt late model car, Tina's time and energy turned to asphalt racing. On Friday, June 12th, Tina ran her 1st asphalt race at Birmingham International Speedway in Birmingham, Alabama. Many Alabama driving legends such as Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Neil Bonnett and Davey Allison started their Winston Cup Careers there. Tina attended Finish Line Racing School at Lanier Raceway in July of 1998. To quote Mike Loescher, Chief Driving Instructor: "Tina has the ability to drive a race car at any level of competition that she desires. Now she needs to go get that valuable seat time and sponsorship and she will go far. She is a very smooth driver."

For 2000 Tina plans to run the complete 17 race schedule NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and will also run a few NASCAR Goodys Dash series races.

Tina's ultimate long term goal is to race in the Nascar Winston Cup Series.

Tina is always willing to make personal appearances for her sponsors and to display her car at sponsor events. Tina feels that the relationship between a driver and their sponsor should be a positive benefit to both sides.

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