Talladega II: Robby Gordon preview

Robby Gordon's Quotes on Talladega You have an average finishing position of 12.3 at restrictor-plate races this year and have shown a dramatic turn around from missing last year's Daytona 500, what's behind the improvement? "Well, we...

Robby Gordon's Quotes on Talladega

You have an average finishing position of 12.3 at restrictor-plate races this year and have shown a dramatic turn around from missing last year's Daytona 500, what's behind the improvement?

"Well, we definitely have found some success this year at the plate races. I can't necessarily say that it's one thing, but more like a combination of our body shop guys producing some great cars and our DEI Engines that have a proven track record when it comes to restrictor-plate racing. It's also a combination of spending more time in the wind tunnel and having that ability to gain more information and then in turn build cars that can maintain and pass cars in the draft. Our notes and information pool has grown exponentially. This weekend's car has performed very well this year and we'll see what we can get on Sunday."

Talladega's infield is infamous for the craziness that goes on during the race weekend, do you have any good stories?

"No crazy stories, but every year we take the golf cart out on Friday and Saturday nights to check out what's happening on the Boulevard. People watching on the infield at Talladega is one the highlights of the entire season, and we have a great time hanging out with everyone since just about all of them are there to drink plenty of Jim Beam and have a good time. That's one of the best parts of racing in NASCAR -- hanging out with the people that make the sport great."

Harrah's Fast Facts:

* Welcome Back -- Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is back for the second straight week as the primary sponsor of Robby Gordon's No. 7 Chevy. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. and Caesars Entertainment recently merged in the largest transaction in gaming history. The consolidated company now owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah's, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names. With nearly four million square feet of casino space, more than 40,000 hotel rooms and nearly 100,000 employees, the Harrah's portfolio is the most diverse in the gaming industry. Menards, Jim Beam and CarLoan.com will serve as associates.

* Race On -- This weekend's UAW-Ford 500 will mark the 12th (11 Cup, 1 Busch) appearance for Gordon at what is widely considered the largest, fastest and most competitive track that the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series regulars visit. Gordon possesses six top-15, four top-10 and one top-5 run at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Gordon also has a front-row starting position as well as two top-10 starts to his credit.

* Points Position -- Following a 36th-place finish in last weekend's event at Kansas Speedway, Gordon remains 27th in owner points, currently 58 points from 25th and 321 points out of 20th.

* Meet the Driver -- Robby Gordon will sign autographs and visit with fans on Saturday at 2 p.m. and on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Robby Gordon Motorsports merchandise trailer.

-credit: team gordon

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jim Beam