By - DNewton - Motorsport.com Loudon, New Hampshire -- Richard Childress' choice of Robby Gordon as the driver of the ...
By - DNewton - Motorsport.com
Loudon, New Hampshire -- Richard Childress' choice of Robby Gordon as the driver of the #31 Lowe's Monte Carlo has been questiond by many in the media and in NASCAR circles, has paid off in spades at the last race of the 2001 season.
R. Gordon won the race and as usual, surrounded himself in controversy. In the closing laps, Mike Wallace's #12 Taurus got out of shape and then leader, Jeff Gordon checked up allowing R. Gordon to run into the back of the DuPont Monte Carlo, causing J. Gordon to slide up and put Wallace into a spin. R. Gordon crossed the line first as the caution came out to take the lead.
"Jeff obviously slowed down when #12 got sideways and I ran into him," said R. Gordon. "It's a shame, I would have liked to have raced him to the end."
Prior to the restart, J. Gordon ran into R. Gordon on the backstretch. J. Gordon was black flagged for a one-lap penalty.
R. Gordon who started 31st took the lead on the restart and won the race just slightly 2 seconds over second-place Sterling Marlin in his Coors Light Dodge.
A happy race winner, R. Gordon expressed his thanks to Childress in the team in Victory Lane: "I would like to thank Richard Childress and all the guys for showing confidence in me. We were close at Sears point and got ran into there... this is racing, I am really excited and glad we won."
The race today was the make-up race for the earlier cancelled New Hampshire International Speedway race due to the Spetember 11th tragedy. "Richard Childress and myself will donate all of today's winnings to the Fireman's Fund in New York City," stated Robby Gordon.