A Tough Day Leads to a 35th-Place Finish for Robby Gordon KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (Oct. 2, 2006) -- The month of September had not been one that Robby Gordon would care to remember. Following several disappointing finishes including California...
A Tough Day Leads to a 35th-Place Finish for Robby Gordon
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (Oct. 2, 2006) -- The month of September had not been one that Robby Gordon would care to remember. Following several disappointing finishes including California (43rd) and Dover (41st), Robby Gordon was looking to start October off on the right foot and bring home a solid finish at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. Following a disappointing qualifying lap and struggling to find the right setup in the weekend's practice sessions, Gordon had his work cut out for him starting from the 42nd position.
Race day on Sunday also began on a sour note as Gordon spun early on lap 9, bringing out the first caution of the day. With no damage to the No. 7 Harrah's Chevy, Gordon returned to the race, following a pit stop for two right-side tires, in 43rd. The next caution came on lap 15 with Gordon staying out to gain back track position.
Restarting in 32nd and maintaining around 30th for the next 60 laps, Gordon's day would go from bad to worse after impact with the outside wall which left Gordon battling an extremely tight race car.
Losing his first lap to the leaders on lap 92 and his second on lap 129, Gordon was determined to get his race car fixed and salvage a lead-lap finish. Taking every opportunity to head to pit road for adjustments and battling on every restart to gain back one lap at a time, Gordon was now hoping that his fuel mileage was going to lend a hand.
As the leaders pitted and some stayed out on lap 252, Gordon also tried stretching his luck and remained on track until lap 265 when the No. 7 Harrah's engine fluttered and Gordon ducked to pit road for the last time. A splash of gas and Gordon was back out on the white-flag lap. Crossing the finish line in 35th, a dejected Gordon was relieved that the day was over.
"This was a long weekend," said Gordon. "We definitely missed the setup today and we need to have fewer weekends like this. Pit stops were good all day and Greg (Erwin, crew chief) stayed on top of things, we just ran into some more bad luck. This was a tough weekend and we never got a handle on the car.
"We'll cast this one to the history books and move forward to Talladega. Our super speedway program has been on it all year and I'm looking forward to some plate racing this weekend."
Gordon and the No. 7 Harrah's Chevy will head to Alabama and the high-banked, 2.66-mile track at Talladega International Speedway. Catch coverage of the action on Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on NBC HD. Radio coverage can be heard on national MRN affiliates beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
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