Chicagoland: Robby Gordon race report

Good News Bad News for RGM at Chicagoland The bad news was evident to everyone -- a transmission failure foiled another strong run by Robby Gordon and his No. 7 Menards Chevrolet Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. The good news was just as evident...

Good News Bad News for RGM at Chicagoland

The bad news was evident to everyone -- a transmission failure foiled another strong run by Robby Gordon and his No. 7 Menards Chevrolet Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. The good news was just as evident to the driver and team members -- Gordon had another fast race car capable of contending for a win or at least a top-10 finish.

"Considering where we started the season, yea, I think we took a lot of good from the race despite the transmission failure," Gordon said. "Don't get me wrong, I'm plenty mad that we had a failure, and so is the team. But I'm also optimistic that once these issues we've seen over the last few weeks stop haunting us we'll be finishing up front regularly as well as starting there."

Chicagoland marked the fourth consecutive week that Gordon started 12th or better -- good by any team's standards.

"We've proven that our cars are fast in qualifying and fast in the race," Gordon continued. "Now we need to show some more reliability and we'll prove once and for all that a one-car, first-year team can run at the front against some of these veteran teams."

"The old adage that you win races in the shop certainly applies for us. We've added some new people to our staff in Charlotte, and the fact that we seem to be fast off the truck every week is a testament to our team that gets us ready for every race. We're still looking for several qualified mechanics and fabricators to help us in the shop, and hopefully prevent some of the problems we've been having in cars before they occur."

"Now that Greg (crew chief Greg Erwin) has our cars tuned properly, it's all about proper preparation, and a few additional people back home will take us another step closer."

Because of the 45 laps the team spent in the garage Sunday changing the broken transmission, Gordon finished 35th Sunday at Chicagoland.

Immediately following the race, Gordon and company flew to Indianapolis for a one-day test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the Aug. 7 Brickyard 400.

The Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet clocked in the fourth fastest of 23 cars testing Monday at Indy, lapping the 2.5-mile oval at 181.722 mph, just 0.241 mph off the fastest speed of the day set by Greg Biffle (181.963).

Robby Gordon Motorsports will travel to New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend for Sunday's New England 300 with Harrah's on the car. Gordon recorded his first career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win at the Loudon track in 2001, and has historically done well at the tricky 1.058-mile oval, recording three top 10 finishes including a fifth-place run in 2003 and a seventh-place effort in 2002.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Greg Erwin
Teams Robby Gordon Motorsports