Homestead: Robby Gordon race report

Robby Gordon Finishes 40th in NASCAR's Season Finale HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2006) -- Hoping to carry momentum into the 2007 season with the return to the Ford Racing fleet, Robby Gordon, fresh off his nearly flawless victory in the legendary...

Robby Gordon Finishes 40th in NASCAR's Season Finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2006) -- Hoping to carry momentum into the 2007 season with the return to the Ford Racing fleet, Robby Gordon, fresh off his nearly flawless victory in the legendary Baja 1000, brought the 2006 season to a close with a 40th-place finish.

Starting Sunday's 267-lap event from 35th, Gordon battled a chronic loose condition as he tried to make light work passing his way through the 43-car field and drive the No. 7 Chevy home a solid finish for the final time of the 2006 season.

"The car was just too loose all day," said the disgruntled Gordon."We adjusted and adjusted on it, and no matter what we did the rear tires just wouldn't hook up like I needed. I was driving it so hard into the corner all night that we almost blew the front tires off of it trying to keep up.

"This was just a tough weekend. Every team comes to Homestead with the goal of carrying some momentum going into next year's Daytona 500. We had issue after issue, whether it was the motor in qualifying or missing the setup, we just didn't pull it together like we had hoped."

The loose condition that plagued Gordon's No. 7 from the drop of the green flag further slowed progress as technical issues (transponder failure) relegated Gordon to the back of the field early in the event.

"The transponder that NASCAR uses to keep track of our position fell off the car which was a perfect illustration of how our last two months of the season have gone, so we came down pit road to fix it, costing us a lot of positions that we had gained. I think I passed the most cars out of anybody at that point and we lost it all for something that was just bad luck."

Short pitting to gain track position later in the event, Gordon was caught by the caution flag one-lap down to the leaders. Spending the next 60 laps trying to receive the coveted 'lucky dog,' Gordon's woes only increased.

As the loose condition reared its head for the last time, Gordon spun into the turn 3 SAFER barrier on lap 188. Relegated to the garage and a 40th-place effort, Gordon is still optimistic of a winning season in 2007.

"We need to turn a negative into a positive. We have a new manufacturer coming on board next season and really we are looking at this as a chance for a new start. Our program can only grow and continue to improve and we'll continue throughout the off season to make our program the one to watch next year and beyond. I am looking forward to Daytona and looking forward to capturing our first win as a Nextel Cup team."

-credit: rgm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon