Qualifying position - 34th Finishing position - 37th Robby Gordon had an up and down day in Sunday's Diehard 500 at Talladega. After starting 34th, Gordon charged to fifth in just 20 laps where he stayed until the first pit stop on lap 54. ...
Qualifying position - 34th
Finishing position - 37th
Robby Gordon had an up and down day in Sunday's Diehard 500 at Talladega. After starting 34th, Gordon charged to fifth in just 20 laps where he stayed until the first pit stop on lap 54. Gordon used a combination of excellent driving and a strong car to work his way through the draft early and pull away with the lead pack of five cars.
A strategy error where the team elected to take four tires instead of two on the first pit, combined with a lug nut spinning off as the left front tire was put on left Gordon out of the main draft when he returned.
ROBBY GORDON "We had a good car today; from the time the green dropped, I moved forward. There was no question this car had enough to finish in the top-5. For a long time there in the first 15 laps I was nervous because we were the middle part of the sandwich running three-wide lap after lap. I asked my spotter to get me out of there, and he tried, but the pack was so tight. Fortunately, the middle kept moving for me. Once we got up front we hooked up with front pack and got a little bit of separation. "On the first stop we were going come in with Jeff Gordon to take two tires, then we elected to take four and Jeff ended up pitting on the next lap. The entire thing really hurt us. We lost the draft and there wasn't a yellow to help us. You lose close to two seconds a lap when you're out of the draft, so they caught us fairly quickly, but once they did we showed we had a good car because we stayed with them in the front the rest of the way until the yard sale at start/finish."
On the wreck - "It was business as usual coming through the dog leg, then Pruett just came down and I had nowhere to go. One of two things happened, he thought he was clear and his spotter had cleared him, or he panicked a little because we had a good run on his line. Maybe he wanted to get down before we all went by and didn't realize we were already getting past him. I almost made it through, but in a chain reaction deal like that so many cars are spinning that it takes a miracle to get it back. Although I did notice that Scott escaped.
"All in all, what a day. It's too bad that that car is totaled because we showed that we can put a very good car on the track and run up front. People keep telling me this is part of the learning, which is fine, but I hate to have a run like that turn the other way like it did, it was shaping up to be exactly what everyone on this team needed in the early part of the race. I think we hang our heads high though, there's a whole lot of season left and two more Superspeedways. Fontana is next and that's a home-away-from-home race for a lot us, we're all looking forward to a strong run there."