Loudon: Robby Gordon preview

NOTES: * This Week's Race Car at New Hampshire International Speedway, Chassis No. 105, had strong back-to-back runs earlier this year in March, helping Gordon and Team Cingular get their best finish so far this season at Darlington Raceway, ...

NOTES:

* This Week's Race Car at New Hampshire International Speedway, Chassis No. 105, had strong back-to-back runs earlier this year in March, helping Gordon and Team Cingular get their best finish so far this season at Darlington Raceway, finishing fourth after starting 29th. The weekend before, Gordon and crew finished 17th with the same car in Atlanta, and then went on to finish 19th at Bristol and Richmond.

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

* Other Gordon-Loudon stats ... Gordon finished fifth at Loudon in 1993 in the PPG Indy car World Series and ninth in the Aug. 1995 CART race 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, N.H.

* Testing again and again ... Gordon and his Team Cingular crew had a one-day test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tues., July 20 before heading to Loudon, N.H. this weekend. They will fly straight from New Hampshire International Speedway Sunday to Watkins Glen, N.Y., to have a two-day test session at The Glen Mon., July 26 and Tues., July 27.

* Catch'em, if you can ... Gordon is scheduled to sign autographs 6 to 8 p.m. EDT, Thurs., July 22, at the Cingular Wireless store located at 296 Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, N.H.

* Martin in charge ... Gil Martin has been named crew chief for the special teams program at RCR. Martin's new responsibilities will include the crew chief roles for the No. 33 Bass Pro Shops team (with driver Kerry Earnhardt) in the NASCAR Cup Series and the No. 29 ESGR team (with an all-star cast of drivers) in the NASCAR Busch Series. He has been the team manager for RCR's No. 29 GM Goodwrench team since midway through the 2002 season. He served as the team's crew chief for the first 23 races before handing the reins over to current crew chief Todd Berrier.

* Listen and watch ... The Siemens 300 NASCAR Cup race will broadcast live starting at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 25, on TNT, MRN and XM Radio. Qualifying for the Siemens 300 will broadcast live starting at 3:10 p.m. EDT Friday, July 23, on SPEED, MRN and XM Radio.

Team Cingular Quotes:

R. Gordon on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:

"Loudon is all about conserving brakes and managing gas mileage. Last year, when we raced at New Hampshire in July, we took a top-25 car and got a top-five finish out of it. We took a gamble with the gas mileage and it paid off. However, we didn't turn out to be one of the smarter guys when we returned there last September. We gambled again and lost the lead and maybe even another win.

"It's about the smartest-guy-wins racing. Unfortunately, last time we were at Loudon we were about four or five laps short of being the smartest guy.

"I always feel like we are going to be strong at Loudon, but for some reason it seems like the track has changed a lot since I won there. It was hard for me to get off the corners there last year and that is one of the keys to being strong there. You have to roll through the corners and get off the gas to be able to get back into the gas without turning the car sideways.

"New Hampshire is a special place for me, because it is where I won my first NASCAR Cup race and hopefully it will be where I will win my fourth."

-rcr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Kerry Earnhardt