Garage chatter: Dover II

Gordon contrite for actions at New Hampshire: Robby Gordon visited the media Friday morning and was appropriately apologetic for on-track and off- track incidents last weekend that brought him under fire. "I wish I was here under different ...

Gordon contrite for actions at New Hampshire: Robby Gordon visited the media Friday morning and was appropriately apologetic for on-track and off- track incidents last weekend that brought him under fire.

"I wish I was here under different circumstances, talking about good things instead of bad things," commented Gordon. "What happened last weekend obviously I'm sorry for. I'm more sorry to Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield putting them behind the right ball leading into this ten race championship."

Truex confident on Busch series title: Martin Truex, Jr. feels confident that he can maintain his lead in Busch series points as the season comes to a close and lock his first series title.

"How sweet it would be, pretty huge," said Truex. "I am looking forward to these last seven races and I am trying no to worry about it too much."

Gaughan out of 77 in 2005? Gaughan told another media outlet earlier this week that he expects to be back in the No. 77 Penske Dodge next season, but rumors continue to swirl that Travis Kvapil is being considered to inherit that ride next year. Word is the No. 77 has tested several drivers in the car, Kvapil among them.

Both sides had no comment on the matter.

Leffler to No. 11 Gibbs car? Insiders say that the deal is almost complete for Jason Leffler to man the No. 11 Federal Express Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet next season.

The No. 11 car marks a third race team for the Gibbs organization. Earlier this season, Jamie McMurray was the lead candidate to go to that team.

Mayfield, Newman pace initial practice for Cup teams: Chase contenders Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Elliott Sadler and Mark Martin were among the fastest cars in the first practice session for NEXTEL Cup teams.

Practice was slowed once when the No. 25 Hendrick Chevy of Brian Vickers hit the wall rupturing an oil line and spattering the track with fluid.

Evernham says incident with Gordon-Mayfield over: President and CEO of Evernham Motorsports, Ray Evernham commented on Friday about the incident with Robby Gordon where Jeremy Mayfield's No. 19 Evernham Dodge was swept into a wreck with three other cars.

"When things are out of control like that it doesn't really upset them," said Evernham. "Certainly they were mad about it, but they knew they had a good car. They took it in the garage and repaired it and brought it back on the track and it was still one of the fastest cars. These guys are far from down. They have been a different race team since they won Richmond."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Robby Gordon , Ryan Newman , Jamie McMurray , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Ray Evernham , Elliott Sadler , Mark Martin , Travis Kvapil
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing