NOTES: * This Week's Race Car at Pocono Raceway, Chassis No. 99, is the same car Gordon piloted in June to complete his best start (13th) and finish (eighth) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Last season, the same car helped Gordon post two of his four...
* This Week's Race Car at Pocono Raceway, Chassis No. 99, is the same car Gordon piloted in June to complete his best start (13th) and finish (eighth) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Last season, the same car helped Gordon post two of his four top-five finishes including a fourth-place finish at Richmond (5/3/03) and a fifth-place effort at New Hampshire (7/20/04).
* Testing rained out ... Gordon and Team Cingular flew straight from New Hampshire International Speedway to Watkins Glen, N.Y., Sunday to prepare for a two-day test session at The Glen Mon., July 26 and Tues., July 27, but did not get to test either day due to rain. The team waited it out until Tuesday morning, but eventually threw in the towel and headed back to North Carolina.
* Flag of appreciation ... Members of the 193rd Special Operations National Guard unit, based out of Middletown, Pa., are presenting the No. 31 Cingular Wireless pit crew an American flag that flew during an Iraqi Freedom combat mission on April 23, 2003. The flag is being presented Sunday, August 1, at Pocono Raceway as a token of appreciation to the Richard Childress Racing crewmen for their spontaneous hospitality and support they devoted to the National Guard servicemen during their visit in June 2003 to the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway.
* Listen and watch ... The Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Cup race will broadcast live starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, August 1, on TNT, MRN and XM Radio. Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 500 will broadcast live starting at 3:10 p.m. EDT Friday, July 30, on SPEED, MRN and XM Radio.
Team Cingular Quotes:
R. Gordon on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"I had my best run at Pocono the last time we were there and we're taking the same car back there.
"The main thing I remember about racing there in June is we were consistently strong all weekend long. We practiced toward the top of the speed charts the majority of the time. I did, unfortunately, brush the wall during Saturday morning practice the last time we were up there, but the guys worked really hard and had the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevy shipshape by the time we got down to racing Sunday.
"We ran inside the top-15 the majority of the day, so hopefully we will build from that baseline and be even better this weekend.
"There were some questionable calls made toward me and Team Cingular the last time we raced there, involving me being penalized for supposedly racing under the caution, but we got all of that worked out at the end of the day. Needless to say, I am glad I had an in-car camera on board that weekend. I am hoping I won't be invited to stop by the NASCAR truck again this weekend or anytime soon for that matter."
Chris Andrews, Team Cingular crew chief, on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"We had a really strong finish the last time we were at Pocono and I know we can do that again. Hopefully, it will jumpstart a nice step up in the standings like the step we took forward in June after racing there the first time this year.
"We are returning with Chassis No. 99. It seems to be the come-back car. It recovered from brushing the wall there in June to help Robby put up some career-best Pocono stats and it is the same car that helped us rebound from being three laps down in Richmond last year."