A Hard-Fought Effort Gives Robby Gordon Another Top-15 Finish BROOKLYN, MI. (August 20, 2006) -- Following an exciting battle for the win in Saturday's CARFAX 250 NASCAR Busch Series race, Robby Gordon, starting from the 24th position, was...
A Hard-Fought Effort Gives Robby Gordon Another Top-15 Finish
BROOKLYN, MI. (August 20, 2006) -- Following an exciting battle for the win in Saturday's CARFAX 250 NASCAR Busch Series race, Robby Gordon, starting from the 24th position, was hoping to put on a similar show in Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup event, the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Making some drastic changes after final practice to help improve the car's performance, crew chief Greg Erwin and Gordon were hoping that the gamble on the setup would pay off.
Early in the race it looked like they had lost that gamble as Gordon radioed in that the car was far too loose and "undriveable." As Gordon crossed the start/finish line in the 31st position on the second lap, it looked to be a long day for the No. 7 team. A bad start worsened as Gordon spun in turn three due to a right-side tire failure on lap four. Following a trip to pit road for four fresh tires and much needed adjustments, Gordon restarted one-lap down in 42nd. His lap was soon gained back though as the caution flag was displayed on lap 10 with Gordon as the recipient of the "lucky dog."
Restarting in the 40th position on lap 14, Gordon was determined to make his way back to the front. By the next caution on lap 22, Gordon was shown in 33rd. With the loose condition still affecting the handling of the car, the No. 7 Menards/Energizer Chevy continued to battle its way to the front.
Continuing on to run around the top 20 for the majority of the second half of the race, Gordon got his chance at a top 15 finish following a caution on lap 158. Short pitting in order to gain track position, Gordon returned in the 18th position. With fresh tires and hopes of a long green-flag run, Gordon set his sights on another solid points finish for the Menards/Energizer Chevy team.
Battling with Kevin Harvick and points-leader Jimmie Johnson until the checkered flag flew, Gordon brought the No. 7 home in the 12th position, his 10th top-15 finish of the season.
"Our car was loose almost all day today," said Gordon. "We took a chance on the setup today and we paid for it most of the day. We were finally able to get the car to where I could drive it like I wanted to and make a run or at least be able to hold off faster cars. Greg (Erwin, crew chief) and the guys stuck with it and we were able to bring home another solid finish and gain a lot of ground in the points. I could not be prouder of the guys.
"After all the hard work today, a 12th place finish feels almost like a win."
Gordon and the No. 7 Jim Beam Chevy now head to the concrete bull ring of Bristol Motor Speedway for some Saturday night short-track racing. Catch coverage of the Sharpie 500 on August 26th at 7 p.m. EDT on TNT. Radio coverage can be heard on national PRN affiliates beginning at 6:45 p.m. EDT.