Last Lap Accident Relegates Robby Gordon to a 35th-Place Finish INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (August 6, 2006) -- Sunday's race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was one of 36 circled on the calendar for Robby Gordon and his No. 7 Menards/Johns Manville...
Last Lap Accident Relegates Robby Gordon to a 35th-Place Finish
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (August 6, 2006) -- Sunday's race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was one of 36 circled on the calendar for Robby Gordon and his No. 7 Menards/Johns Manville Chevy. Having posted a top-10 qualifying effort coupled with a top-10 showing in final practice, Gordon was certain that this would be his shot at winning at the famed 2.5-mile oval.
With Gordon starting ninth, the day began on a high note. Battling within the top 20 for the first half of the race with a car that was significantly loose on the short runs, Gordon fought hard to keep himself in position to capitalize in the late stages of the race.
His hopes would slowly slip away as an adjustment to the car under caution on lap 86 created a tight condition that made it tough for Gordon to remain in position to win. Falling back to the 30th position by lap 146, Gordon had only 14 laps to make it back towards the front and capture his fifth consecutive top-20 finish.
Coming to the white flag, Gordon was shown in the 22nd position, within sight of the 20th place car. Hopes would once again not be realized as Gordon and Greg Biffle wrecked in turn two, garnering a 35th-place finish.
"You don't get many chances to win at Indy, but I really felt this was one of them," Gordon said. "We came out strong this weekend, a top-10 qualifying run and then posting top-10 times in practice.
"We ran in the top 15 pretty much all day and then made the wrong adjustment at the end, fell back, and got into a wreck with (Greg) Biffle.
"It's disappointing. We had a legitimate shot at getting at least a top 10 or even a top 5 which would've been great. We are focused on getting into the top 20 in points and this weekend did not help that effort."