BRISTOL, Tenn. — Benny Gordon muscled by Clay Rogers with 29 laps left to capture the USARacing Pro Cup Series American Freedom Spectacular 200 Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Gordon was leading when the race went green on lap 169. One lap later Rogers made a daring pass to take the lead. Gordon returned the favor with a bit of a nudge off turn two, a move that gave him the lead for the final time.
He beat Rogers to the checkered flag by .398 second.
“First couple of laps it took a second for my tires to come in; I needed about two laps,” Gordon said after his first victory of the season. “He (Rogers) muscled his way through there pretty good. He didn’t touch me. He muscled his way through there.
“I’ve been off this year. I’ve had such a rough year and I finally had a good car under me and there was no way that was going to happen. I just lifted him up coming off the corner over there a little bit,” Gordon said.
Rogers, who has six victories this season in USARacing competition, finished second and was far from pleased with Gordon.
“I got by him, I cleared him clean on the restart and coming here off of two about quarter of the way down the back straightway, you know he had the momentum from the high side,” Rogers said. “He just had the momentum and rather than shooting to the inside ’cause he knew he couldn’t complete the pass down there, he just picked my back tires about two feet off the ground and we about had a hell of a mess down here on the backstretch. That’s the way he races.”
Brandon Ward finished third at the .533-mile asphalt oval, followed by A.J. Frank and Chase Elliott.