Watkins Glen: Robby Gordon race report

Robby Gordon Finishes Fourth at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., (August 13, 2006) -- After finishing second at Watkins Glen International in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Zippo 200, Robby Gordon was determined to get his visit victory lane ...

Robby Gordon Finishes Fourth at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., (August 13, 2006) -- After finishing second at Watkins Glen International in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Zippo 200, Robby Gordon was determined to get his visit victory lane during Sunday's Nextel Cup race, the AMD at the Glen. Starting in the sixth position on Sunday, one better than his qualifying position for Saturday's race, Gordon was confident that was all he needed.

When the first caution flag flew on lap 5, Gordon was shown in the fifth position. Battling a loose race car, Gordon continued to hold his place within the top five until the first round of green flag stops came on lap 20. Following an air pressure adjustment and one turn down on the track bar, Gordon was set to pick off the others one-by-one. The adjustment seemed to have corrected Gordon's woes as he posted the fastest lap of the race on lap 24.

By lap 32 Gordon was battling with the "other Gordon" for the second position as the caution came out once again on lap 33. A flurry of cautions and restarts followed until Gordon once again headed to pit road on lap 55 in second place. With some cars taking two tires or fuel only during their stops, Gordon had to fight his way back to the front from the 18th position.

As the leader crossed the finish line to begin lap 78, Gordon was not far behind in fourth. With his brakes lacking in stopping power needed to make his charge to the front, Gordon ended the day in the fourth position, the highest finish for Gordon and the No. 7 Jim Beam Chevy so far this year.

"I thought we had a shot at this one," said Gordon. "We had a great car during the race but just didn't have it there at the end to catch (Kevin) Harvick and the other guys.

"I had an opportunity to move Jamie (McMurray) out of the way and get a podium finish, but he raced me pretty clean yesterday and thought I would return the favor.

"It turned out to be a great points day for us though. We closed the gap between us and the 20th spot in points and hopefully continue to do that week-in-and-week-out."

Gordon and the No. 7 Menards/Energizer Chevy will head back to Michigan International Speedway next weekend for the GFS Marketplace 400. Catch coverage of all the action from the 2-mile speedway at 2 p.m. EDT on TNT. Radio coverage can be heard on national MRN affiliates beginning at 2 p.m. EDT.

-credit: teamgordon.com

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jim Beam