Talladega: Robby Gordon preview

Notes * Top 10's -- Robby Gordon has two consecutive top-10 finishes at Talladega * Hear me loud and clear -- tune your scanner to 469.4500 to hear what's happening during the race * Purple and Gold -- Harrah's returns with Jim Beam as a ...

Notes

* Top 10's -- Robby Gordon has two consecutive top-10 finishes at Talladega

* Hear me loud and clear -- tune your scanner to 469.4500 to hear what's happening during the race

* Purple and Gold -- Harrah's returns with Jim Beam as a associate sponsor for this week's event

Robby Gordon Quotes:

"Every week we have gone to the racetrack, I have been more optimistic than the last. In all honesty, this week is a little different. Qualifying at Talladega is going to be very difficult, and we're really not convinced that our speedway engine package is developed to the point that we can beat some of the other very good cars that will be looking for one of the eight available spots.

Looking at the entry list, there are two Hendrick, two RCR and two DEI engines trying to make the race, in addition to a couple of other cars including the 23 which was very fast in Daytona and the 09 which always seems to bring a good restrictor plate package. We'll have to be much better than we were in Daytona in order to make the field.

If we start on Sunday, I can tell you now that my entire outlook will change. We have a car that will race with anyone, and I'm one of the few drivers that actually enjoys mixing it up on the restrictor plate tracks. If we make the show, we have a shot to win, and the goal will be to go to the front and stay there. I know that the Menard engine will race well, and I also know our car is solid. We now have a full-time in-house pit crew that has been practicing and working out as a complete unit with our coach John Slusher and they will get the job done on pit road.

Looking back on the first eight races of the season and it's easy to see why not many people try to start a NASCAR Nextel Cup team these days. It's a difficult task -- very difficult. We have been making changes to our program over the last couple of weeks that people on the outside can't see yet, and we will continue to make changes, add experience to the staff and acquire equipment to help improve our performance. We know what needs to be done to improve, and we also know that in this sport nothing happens over night.

We keep our sponsors up to date on what changes we are making, and they have all been very patient with our progress and accepting of our plan to improve. Unfortunately we can't share the game plan with our fans and the entire NASCAR community, so we also appreciate the patience all of our fans that are frustrated right along with us, and we promise that better times are on the horizon.

This is a very cruel sport, and sometimes you have to go through what we have in order to expose the issues you have internally before you can improve. If the issues were obvious from the start, they wouldn't happen in the first place. We have identified a number of factors that have contributed to our performance issues and all of them are being addressed. Last week at Phoenix was one of the most frustrating nights I have ever had in a race car, and when we got back to North Carolina fortunately one of our guys was able to identify the problem, and it was addressed. The most frustrating part of having a car that literally wouldn't drive at Phoenix was that I always seem to run well there, and we were really looking forward to a good finish. Instead, we had a car that was almost impossible to drive. In all honesty, the mistake we made to the car could have easily been avoided, and we took corrective action to make sure it -- or any mistakes like it -- will never happen again.

We're a much better race team than we've shown, and while it may be difficult for people to believe me when I say that, I'm looking forward to proving it over the next few months."

-rgm-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jim Beam