Robby Gordon Finishes 14th at Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 1, 2006) -- Coming into the third restrictor-plate race of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season, Robby Gordon and the No. 7 Harrah's team already had two top-15 superspeedway finishes under their belt. With top-10 times posted in Thursday's practice sessions, Gordon was ready for some Saturday-night plate racing at the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval.
In a race where a solid finish hangs on how well you can run in the draft, Gordon positioned himself to run with an early favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Starting from the 25th position, Gordon battled a tight race car most of the night. With green flag stops for fuel and tires beginning on lap 45, Gordon was able to lead and gain valuable bonus points. Gordon relinquished the lead when he headed to pit road on lap 51. He would not make his next stop until just past the half-way point on lap 88, still battling a tight race car. Taking two tires to gain track position and a slight adjustment, Gordon would return to the track in the 19th position as the field came to the green. Making his way to the front with his car now handling the way he had hoped for earlier in the night, Gordon posted the fastest lap on track on lap 109.
Gordon would soon team up again with the No. 8 Chevy as the two collectively worked the draft in an attempt to charge down Tony Stewart. Gordon and the rest of the field would continue to chase Stewart through several cautions until he took the checkered flag with Gordon not far behind in 14th.
"We were able to gain some ground in the point standings tonight," said Gordon. "We had lost a lot of ground over the last couple of weeks and I'm glad we were able to gain some of that back.
"I battled a tight car most of the night but I knew that we would get it adjusted and be able to make a run at the end. Looking back on it I wish we would have made the same move that Boris (Said) did and stayed out to gain a little track position. We had a good enough race car and would have without a doubt been able to run with Tony (race winner, Stewart) and the Hendrick guys for at least a top-five finish. Overall though it was a good points night for us and I am happy about that."
Gordon and the No. 7 Jim Beam Chevrolet will head to Chicagoland Speedway for the USG Sheetrock 400. Catch coverage on Sunday, July 8 at 3 p.m. EDT on TNT. Radio coverage can be heard on national MRN affiliates beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.