Loudon II: Robby Gordon preview

NOTES: * This Week's Race Car at New Hampshire International Speedway, Chassis No. 103, has been entered in four other NASCAR Cup events so far this year, including California Speedway in May when Gordon finished 12th after running out of gas...

NOTES:

* This Week's Race Car at New Hampshire International Speedway, Chassis No. 103, has been entered in four other NASCAR Cup events so far this year, including California Speedway in May when Gordon finished 12th after running out of gas on the last lap. The car also was run at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May (finished 20th), Michigan in June (finished 33rd), and Chicago in July (finished 17th).

* Gordon will hit career milestone ... When Robby Gordon goes to take the green flag Sunday to begin the Sylvania 300, it will mark his 100th consecutive start in the NASCAR Cup Series.

* Gordon's first ... Gordon's first NASCAR Cup win was at New Hampshire in November 2001.

* Other Gordon-Loudon stats ... Gordon finished fifth in the August 1993 and ninth in the August 1995 CART races at Loudon.

* Close to home this weekend ... Three Cingular Wireless crew members are from the New England area. Front-tire changer Ira-Jo Hussey hails from Manchester, N.H.; rear-tire changer Timmy Ladyga is from Norwich, Conn.; and jackman Mike Moore is from Springfield, Mass.

* Testing again and again ... Team Cingular is heading to Kentucky Speedway in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., this Wednesday, Sept. 15, for a one-day test session.

* Burr is honorary crew member at NHIS ... Cingular customer Robert Burr, from Branford, Conn., was recently named the grand prize winner in the Cingular Wireless Honorary Pit Crew Member Sweepstakes* for this weekend's NASCAR Cup race at NHIS. Burr won the in-store sweepstakes by simply sending a text message (including his name and number) to enter the contest. As the grand prize winner, Burr will get a behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR with the No. 31 Cingular Wireless racing team. Come race day, Burr will meet Richard Childress and Robby Gordon, and spend the day inside the garage and pits. He also will receive a Team Cingular souvenir package. *The promotion was held in MA, CT, RI, and NH.

* Listen and watch ... The Sylvania 300 NASCAR Cup race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. EDT Sun., Sept. 19, and will broadcast LIVE on TNT, MRN and XM Radio. Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 is scheduled to start at 3:10 p.m. EDT Fri., Sept. 17, and will broadcast LIVE on SPEED, MRN and XM Radio.

Team Cingular Quotes:

R. Gordon on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:

"Earlier this year, we had a pretty frustrating time at New Hampshire. We just couldn't find a happy balance with the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet the entire weekend. It was loose, then tight, then loose again. I felt like I was a pogo stick. I don't know how we missed the mark, but we did. I've won there before, too, but the track has changed a lot since that 2001 win. With all things considered, we still managed to position ourselves to be the Lucky Dog and get back on the lead lap and finish inside the top 25.

"We're taking a different car back to New Hampshire. It is the same car we ran in a few races earlier this year. It was a real strong car in California, we just didn't give it enough fuel there at the end of the May race, and then I didn't give it enough room at the beginning of the June race at Michigan. I underestimated how much room I had to move up high on the race track at the beginning of the race and spun around and made some minor contact with the other cars. That really interrupted the momentum we had going into that day. It was very disheartening because we had such a good qualifying effort, I believe we started sixth there in June, so it was very frustrating for me to do what I did right off the bat like that. I would say three out of the four times we've raced that car so far this year, it's been a great car. Maybe the fifth time will be the charm for us this weekend."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon