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Robby Gordon Set For The "Richmond/Indy Triple" During Upcoming NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend RICHMOND, VA 5/5/04 Robby Gordon is one of several drivers that are pulling "double duty" during the upcoming NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch...

Robby Gordon Set For The "Richmond/Indy Triple" During Upcoming NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend

RICHMOND, VA 5/5/04 Robby Gordon is one of several drivers that are pulling "double duty" during the upcoming NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series weekend May 13-15 at Richmond International Raceway.

No big deal you say? Well in between the two night races on Friday, May 14 and Saturday May 15 at Richmond, Gordon will fly to Indiana to qualify for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 set for Sunday, May 30.

For Gordon, it all starts on Thursday, May 13 for NBC12 NASCAR Busch Series pole qualifying day for the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Friday will include a full day of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice and Wawa Pole Qualifying before Gordon hops in his No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet for Friday night's Funai 250. Then, later that same night, he will board a plane for Indianapolis to qualify for the Indy 500 Saturday morning before returning to Richmond prior to the Chevy American Revolution 400 at 7:30 p.m.

"It's going to be a crazy few days, that's for sure," Gordon said. "But I can't wait. There's nothing I'd rather do than be in a race car and those three days will be pretty intense."

Although Gordon's whirlwind tour of Richmond and Indianapolis will help him prepare for 1,100 grueling miles of racing in Indy and Charlotte on May 30, in some ways the Richmond/Indianapolis trip will be just as daunting. "At Richmond, there is no time to relax. Generally, you are in for a night of close, intense side by side racing" Gordon said. "You're almost always on top of the wheel since we're doing about 20-second laps. I once heard somebody say you can crack a can of soda on the backstretch at Indy. I wouldn't say that exactly, but at times you really can relax a bit since the straightaways are so long. Charlotte is sort of the same way since it's a big track as well."

"Richmond is one of my favorite tracks and we're really excited about being in both races there," Gordon continued. "We've had some good finishes there (including a fourth last May) and we hope we can put the Fruit of the Loom Chevy or the Cingular Wireless Chevy-or both-in victory lane at Richmond."

In that scenario, the only thing left to complete a perfect weekend would be the pole for the Indy 500. "I think I'd be happy with two out of three," Gordon said with a grin. "But it's nice to think about, just like winning both races on May 30 paints a really nice picture in my mind, as well."

Fans who want to catch Gordon in action can still do so by calling 1-866-455-RACE (7223). The Chevy American Revolution 400 is sold out, but tickets are still available for the Funai 250 on Friday night. That race ticket includes practice and Wawa Pole Qualifying for the Chevy American Revolution 400 and kids 12 and under are free in the general admission sections with a ticketed adult.

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robby Gordon