Broken trackbar crushes Gordon's chance of winning Huntersville, NC (June 8, 2004) The Fruit of the Loom Racing Team got off to a rocky start this weekend, qualifying 26th for the MBNA America 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at Dover International...
Broken trackbar crushes Gordon's chance of winning
Huntersville, NC (June 8, 2004) The Fruit of the Loom Racing Team got off to a rocky start this weekend, qualifying 26th for the MBNA America 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at Dover International Speedway. Gordon and the team acknowledged missing the setup and did their best to make changes during Happy Hour on Friday.
Under threatening skies, the Monster Mile tried its best to take Gordon out of the NASCAR Busch Series race early on Saturday when Gordon and his No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet Monte Carlo spun exiting Turn 4 on Lap 7. Because of Gordon's extensive driving experience, he was able to keep the car on the track and avoid damaging his, as well as other competitors' race cars.
While in 25th, Gordon and the rest of the field found they would have to wait until Monday to finish the race as the rains began falling and the race was red flagged at Lap 28. NASCAR tried time and time again to dry the track and twice called the drivers back to their cars. Efforts failed as the rain continued to fall steadily, and the call to postpone the race came at approximately 7:00 p.m.
Although NASCAR rules prohibit teams from making any changes to their cars during a rain delay, Gordon looked to be in much better shape after the restart on Monday as his Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet began to move through the field showing signs of a very competitive race car.
With the help of his Richard Childress Racing pit crew from the Cup Series, Gordon took the lead at Lap 111 and opened up a one second advantage over second place. After finally making it to where he is used to running, the Monster Mile struck again at Lap 120 as Gordon's trackbar broke, which made the car almost impossible to handle. For the second time, Gordon was able to keep control of the car without damaging any other competitors. Gordon pulled the car into the garage, ending their day of racing.
"I am obviously very disappointed with what happened here today," Gordon said. "The Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet performed well today, and I think we had a great shot of another top-five finish. My RCR crew did a great job as usual and got me into the lead at Lap 111, but unfortunately, things happen. We will be back at it again next weekend in Nashville, where we have done well before. So, hopefully, we will have better luck there."
Gordon remains 11th in the NASCAR Busch Series points. In 12 starts, he has accumulated 1557 points and is 560 behind leader Kyle Busch.
The No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet Monte Carlo was powered by a Menard engine this past weekend at Dover.
Gordon will compete next weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, while also competing at the Pocono 500 in Long Pond, Pa. despite schedule conflicts with the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
Where: Lebanon, Tenn.
Track: Nashville Superspeedway
Track Dimensions: 1.33 mile concrete tri-oval
When: Saturday, June 12, 2004
Time: 8:00 p.m. (EST)