Watkins Glen: Robby Gordon Motorsports qualifying report

WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 7, 2009) - Robby Gordon Motorsports arrived in Watkins Glen confident that the No. 7 driven by Robby Gordon and the No. 04 driven by P.J. Jones would benefit from the team's test days at Road Atlanta. During the ...

WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 7, 2009) - Robby Gordon Motorsports arrived in Watkins Glen confident that the No. 7 driven by Robby Gordon and the No. 04 driven by P.J. Jones would benefit from the team's test days at Road Atlanta. During the early moments of the first practice, Joe Nemechek blew a motor on the exit of pit road reducing the amount of track time for both drivers. Gordon posted the fifteenth quickest time during the first practice, while Jones tried to maximize what little time the team had to tune the No.04 for his qualifying lap.

The track conditions during qualifying were less than favorable, and many of the drivers in the field struggled to find grip on fresh tires. Gordon and Jones were no exception as the No. 7 qualified 22nd and the No. 04 qualified 39th. When asked about his qualifying run Jones said, "It was another successful race attempt for the No. 04. We didn't have much practice, which hurt us a little bit in qualifying. The last time that I was in a Cup car was Sonoma, so it would have been helpful to have a little more seat time today. All in all, it is a great accomplishment for Robby Gordon Motorsports to be able to field three cars at The Glen this weekend, and I am happy to be a part of it."

"I got really loose in qualifying. We didn't compensate enough for the extra down force and lack of tire temperature. I am confident that we will be good when it is time to go racing. I am going to have to be methodical when we pass cars and make sure that we have all the fenders on the car when it comes time for the last pit stop. If all goes according to plan, it will be a "Heluva Good" race at the end," commented Robby Gordon.

-credit: rgm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Robby Gordon , P.J. Jones
Teams Robby Gordon Motorsports