Tire issues ruin Robby Gordon's day

Robby Gordon's weekend at the 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma, California started off bad and only got worse. Gordon had a horrible qualifying effort on Friday, placing the No. 31 Chevy in 24th starting spot, and it continued to spiral downhill...

Robby Gordon's weekend at the 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma, California started off bad and only got worse. Gordon had a horrible qualifying effort on Friday, placing the No. 31 Chevy in 24th starting spot, and it continued to spiral downhill from there.

Gordon did not even run 10 laps of the Save Mart 350; before he began complaining about his left front tire was flat. The crew assured him the tire was not flat and to stay on course, but Gordon continued to state that something was amiss with the tire.

At lap 12, the tire fell off.

A faulty sway bar was apparently to blame as Gordon's pit crew worked tirelessly to fix the car and keep Gordon on the lead lap, but the sway bar issues would not go away. At lap 51, Gordon's right front tire came apart.

Gordon missed pit road the first time by the entrance and had to make another lap on the flat to steer the Chevy to pit road. Once the No. 31 entered its pit, problems mounted. The air gun had no pressure as the team tried to make a four-tire change, making for a lengthy stop and sending the No. 31 a lap down.

"When you lose a tire you can't steer the thing," said an irate Gordon. "Disappointing for everyone at RCR, we had a really really good race car."

The bad luck seemed to be shining down directly on Gordon. At lap 80, Gordon cut down another right front tire, and spun into the dirt. That seemed to be the final straw for Gordon. He pulled the No. 31 Chevy into the garage to make necessary repairs, and rejoined the field 10 laps down.

"We had issues today," Gordon commented. "All of our flat tires today were self induced."

It was a disappointing blow to the No. 31 team, who were hoping this weekend would turn around a string of poor runs. In the last five events, Gordon has just one top-ten, one top-15, and three results of 20th or worse.

Despite the poor time-trial effort, Gordon was the favorite to win this event. Last season, Gordon won both road course events. In six career events at Infineon Raceway, Gordon has one win, and four top-eleven finishes.

Gordon finished 34th, and tumbles three positions to 23rd in series standings.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon