Bristol: Robby Gordon preview

Following a strong performance at the rain-delayed Atlanta Motor Speedway Monday, Robby Gordon and the Menards/Energizer Chevrolet will hope to improve significantly on a disappointing 28th-place finish despite running as high as third with only...

Following a strong performance at the rain-delayed Atlanta Motor Speedway Monday, Robby Gordon and the Menards/Energizer Chevrolet will hope to improve significantly on a disappointing 28th-place finish despite running as high as third with only 17 laps remaining in the 500-mile race. This week, the No. 7 Menards/Energizer team will switch gears to short tracks and high banks during their half-mile bull ring debut.

Menards/Energizer Fast Facts:

* Menards/Energizer on the Hood -- This is the first time this season that Menards/Energizer will be primary sponsors of the No. 7 Chevy Monte Carlo SS. Menards, dedicated to service and quality, is a steadily growing home super center currently adding locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Jim Beam, Harrah's and CarLoan.com will act as associate sponsors this weekend.

* Chassis -- Robby Gordon Motorsports will be running Chassis No. 106 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chassis 106 was on track five times last year. In the May race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Gordon had a mechanical failure while running in second and finished 27th, was in the top-15 in both Pocono Raceway events but suffered engine failures, finished 20th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and wrecked at the California fall race while running in the top 20.

* At the Bullpen -- Gordon has been to the high-banked bull ring 10 times in the Nextel Cup Series starting on the front row once and recording one top-15 finish and five top-20's. He also has two Busch Series starts at the half-mile oval.

* Top-20 -- Heading into the fifth race of 2006, the No. 7 team is 19th in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series points, well inside the top-35, thanks primarily to two top-15 finishes at Daytona and Las Vegas. Bristol marks the final event NASCAR will use 2005 owners' points to lock in the top 35 before switching to 2006 points.

* Crew Member 'A-Ok'-- On lap 193 of the Golden Corral 500, John Slusher, catch can man and trainer of the No. 7 pit crew, was hit on pit road by the No. 41 driven by Reed Sorenson. Slusher was taken to the infield care center and released with no injuries and returned to his duties for the team's final two stops. Slusher was back at pit stop practice on Tuesday and in good spirits for this week's race.

Robby Gordon's Quotes on Bristol:

"Bristol is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. I've started on the front row before and have had several good runs at the track. Although last week's finish didn't reflect our performance at Atlanta, we're coming into this week's race feeling pretty positive about our program, and while Bristol is obviously a lot different than Atlanta, if we have a car that works as well as last week's and we stay out of trouble we might find ourselves in victory lane. We're definitely on track, and I'm looking forward to getting this last nail-biting Friday out of the way and being locked into the top-35 in points."

Crew Chief Greg Erwin's Quotes on Bristol:

"I like Bristol, and I know Robby likes Bristol. We have to give him a better car than we gave him in the fall there so that Friday isn't so nerve wracking. We qualified towards the back of the field in the fall, so we made some changes to the way we're going to unload for this race in hopes of being more competitive. The tires are a question mark for me as they have been every week in the fact that they're slightly different builds than they have been in the past. Unloading with DEI power should also be an advantage, and I've got a very positive feeling overall about this weekend. Short of us making a major mistake, I don't see Bristol being a struggle for our team."

-rgm-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Reed Sorenson , Greg Erwin , Jim Beam
Teams Robby Gordon Motorsports