Alumni NASCAR Cup Watkins Glen race report

TRANS-AM TRIO DOMINATES TOP FIVE AT WATKINS GLEN NEXTEL CUP RACE WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Robby Gordon led a trio of Trans-Am alumni who finished in the top five in Sunday's Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen NASCAR Nextel...

TRANS-AM TRIO DOMINATES TOP FIVE AT WATKINS GLEN NEXTEL CUP RACE

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Robby Gordon led a trio of Trans-Am alumni who finished in the top five in Sunday's Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen International. Gordon finished second in the No. 7 Jim Beam Chevrolet Monte Carlo, ahead of fellow Trans-Am graduates Boris Said and Scott Pruett. Tony Stewart won the race.

Gordon, who won in his sole Trans-Am start in 1992 at Long Beach, driving a Roush Racing Ford Mustang.

"Tony is a great race car driver," said Gordon. "We had a good run. Unfortunately, we had come from the back twice. The car was very fast all day long, and I wish we could have gotten there earlier. We came here to win the race. Second for me is the first loser. We'll just have to work a little bit harder."

2002 Trans-Am Drivers' Champion Said recorded his best career Nextel Cup effort, finishing third in the No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet Monte Carlo after starting 41st. Said most recently raced in Trans-Am competition two weeks ago at the San Jose Grand Prix where he recorded his 14th Series victory.

"I had good restarts all day in the CENTRIX Chevrolet, but on that last one, Tony got me," said Said. "I got bogged down and Robby got around me. We made a little contact, but that's just good racing. It sure was a nice finish, especially behind Tony Stewart. He's the best right now. I'm pretty happy with my first Nextel Cup top five."

Three-time Trans-Am champion Pruett finished fourth, filling in for Sterling Marlin in the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid. Pruett last raced in Trans-Am competition in 2003, winning eight of 11 races and earning his third Trans-Am title.

"It was a really great run," said Pruett, who got the call to substitute for Marlin, who was home grieving the loss of his father and former NASCAR racer Coo Coo Marlin. "My thoughts go out to Sterling and his whole family for their horrible loss. The Ganassi guys did a great job. It was weird. We were in a mad thrash to get the seat in the car until the green flag. We got in and the car was pretty good. We made the right calls on the pit stops, stretched our fuel and we came home fourth."

Several other Trans-Am drivers also competed here, including Ron Fellows, who finished 22nd in the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Fellows, who owns 19 Trans-Am victories, last competed in Trans-Am last year, with best finishes of third at Toronto and Laguna Seca. Paul Menard, who completed a part-time Trans-Am schedule in 2003, finished 27th in the No. 1 Kraft/Ritz Chevrolet Monte Carlo. 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year and two-time Trans-Am race winner Johnny Miller finished 29th in the No. 92 Oak Glove Co. Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th consecutive year of competition in 2005.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tony Stewart , Boris Said , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Ron Fellows , Scott Pruett , Johnny Miller , Paul Menard , Jim Beam