Fruit Of The Loom Racing Team Grabs Another Top-10 Huntersville, NC (May 10, 2004) -- If Robby Gordon and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team are indeed chasing the NASCAR Busch Series championship in the closing weeks of the 2004 season, the team...
Fruit Of The Loom Racing Team Grabs Another Top-10
Huntersville, NC (May 10, 2004) -- If Robby Gordon and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team are indeed chasing the NASCAR Busch Series championship in the closing weeks of the 2004 season, the team might look back to Saturday night's Charter 250 at Gateway international Raceway as one of those races that helped put them in position to compete for the big prize.
Gordon and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team showed the character of a championship team on Saturday, taking what could have been a point-robbing set of circumstances and overcoming them to post a 10th-place finish.
Due to some worries about the primary engine, the team decided to make an engine change before the race began. Although Robby Gordon and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team qualified 22nd for the Charter 250 on Saturday, the team was forced to start at the back of the pack when the green flag fell per NASCAR's rules for changing engines, starting in the 41st position.
Quickly moving through the field, Gordon was running in the 21st spot at Lap 19 when water temperatures began to rise. Fortunately for Gordon, the second caution of the day came four laps later at Lap 23 and the team was able to decrease the high temperatures by removing tape from the front of the car and save the engine from possibly overheating.
Continuing his battle towards the top-10 and running at a pace equal to the race leader, Gordon, 11th, made his second pit stop of the day at Lap 62. Taking on four tires and fuel, Gordon exited the pits still in the 11th position.
Making it up to the fifth spot by Lap 144, Gordon came in to pit for the last time at Lap 145. Taking on four tires and fuel again, Gordon exited the pits 18th after making the quick stop under green flag conditions.
Running 11th, Gordon was able to take advantage of David Green's engine trouble at Lap 193, passing the No. 37 to take the 10th spot. Gordon would stay there and finish the Charter 250 with the team's sixth top-10 of the season.
"We are a little disappointed with what happened at Gateway," Gordon said. "We were able to finish in the top-10 but we feel that its time to put Fruit of the Loom in Victory Lane. We have had a lot of strong runs, but we want to win races."
- Gordon is still fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series point race, 93 behind leader Martin Truex Jr.
- Gordon will continue his NASCAR Busch Series season next weekend at Richmond International Raceway for the Funai 250.
- In addition to owning the Fruit of the Loom NASCAR Busch Series Racing Team, and Robby Gordon Off-Road, Gordon also owns the No. 70 Meijer/Coca Cola Dallara-Chevrolet that he will race in the Indianapolis 500.
- During May, Gordon plans to compete in four NASCAR Cup Series races, five NASCAR Busch Series races, as well as the Indianapolis 500.