Robby Gordon top contender at Sears Point

After a handful of failed attempts in Winston Cup it appears Robby Gordon has finally found the right fit with Richard Childress Racing. Gordon began the 2001 season with Morgan-McClure, but was released after only a few events. Gordon than filled...

After a handful of failed attempts in Winston Cup it appears Robby Gordon has finally found the right fit with Richard Childress Racing. Gordon began the 2001 season with Morgan-McClure, but was released after only a few events. Gordon than filled in for different teams on road courses, and scored a second place finish to Tony Stewart last year at Sonoma while taking over behind the wheel of the No. 7 Ford than driven by Mike Wallace.

Late in the season he took over the No. 31 Chevy after driver Mike Skinner sat out the final nine races due to a knee injury. Gordon than slid comfortably into that seat permanently. In less than 10 events with RCR in 2001, he scored two top-10s and a win at Loudon.

Gordon is one of the true "road course specialists." On top of stock cars, he has raced not only open wheel, but sport cars and is a six-time off-road champion. That in itself makes Robby Gordon and his RCR team one of the top picks to win this weekend on the road course at Sears Point.

Since he now has a permanent ride at the Winston Cup level, Gordon doesn't like to be called a "specialist." "I don't consider myself a road course specialist anymore. Five years ago, I would have."

The drivers, or specialists, who are called in for the road course events, are masters on the road courses. Do other Cup regulars treat them any differently when they jump in for only two events of the year? "I don't think they think of them any differently. The biggest thing is that maybe they're a little bit intimidated by them because they have so much experience."

Aside from the upcoming road courses where he is sure to shine, Gordon has struggled on the ovals this year and has 1 top-10 and is 27th in points after Michigan. Although the season so far has been lacking statistically, Team owner Richard Childress and his driver, Gordon, are both positive things will turn around.

"We've got a lot of positive people. We've been behind before like this. You never give up. You find the reasons. You don't accept excuses for nothing. You can't fix an excuse. You can only fix it if you know what the reasons are. That's our philosophy."

Childress' driver Gordon, says it's just the ups and downs of racing that. "Every team struggles. We'd all be kidding ourselves if we said we didn't. I'd be kidding you if I said I was happy with the on-track performance of this team. I'm not. I don't think anybody is at Richard Childress Racing."

As for this weekend at Sears Point, Gordon is confident he will find his way to the front. "I think I can pass at every corner there. I know of four places I can pass cars. there's plenty of places to pass if you know how to pass on a road course."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Robby Gordon
Teams Richard Childress Racing