Darlington: Robby Gordon preview

Robby Gordon Motorsports No. 7 Harrah's Racing Notes * Strong runner ... Gordon's best finish in 2004 came at the spring Darlington race where he finished 4th in RCR's No. 31 cup car. He also had a strong run in the Fruit of the Loom Busch...

Robby Gordon Motorsports
No. 7 Harrah's Racing

Notes

* Strong runner ... Gordon's best finish in 2004 came at the spring Darlington race where he finished 4th in RCR's No. 31 cup car. He also had a strong run in the Fruit of the Loom Busch car that weekend -- finishing 7th, and again in the fall after leading several laps eventually finishing 15th despite cutting a right front tire and experiencing an engine misfire late in the running.

* Loud and clear ... tune your scanner to 469.4500 to hear what's happening during the race

* Lights on ... The Saturday race will be run under the lights at Darlington for the first time in NASCAR's oldest tracks history.

* Impound ... Darlington will be a impound race

* Testing ... The Fruit of the Loom No. 7 Chevrolet is tested Wednesday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for the Nextel All-Star race and Coca Cola 600 later this month

* Purple and Gold ... Harrah's returns with Jim Beam as a associate sponsor for this week's event

Robby Gordon's quotes going into Darlington

"Last week I was less than optimistic going to Talladega. Looking at the quality cars on the entry list and seeing the numbers that our plate motor was putting out on the dyno, we knew it was going to be close. We missed the field by less than two hundreths of a second. It was very disappointing since we did everything we knew how and picked up about a half a second from practice and got so close to making the field. I knew we had a great car that would have drafted well -- I wish we re fhave had a chance to show it.

This week we are feeling much more optimistic again. While the last several weeks have not been very fruitful for Robby Gordon Motorsports there have been some posititve changes going on that give us reason to smile.

It's no secret that we made a change at the crew chief position. Greg Erwin has joined our team and we are excited to have him. I had the opportunity to work with him last year at RCR, and before that while we were both at Sabco in the late 90s. We connect very well and I know his experiecne and knowledge will be a strong asset to our organization.

Menard continues to work on all aspects of the engine program and while some people may not see it, they truly have come a long way in a very short period of time. I'm optimistic about the package they are bringing this week. They have found quite a bit more low-end torque which should help us get off the corners better at Darlington and also the short tracks like Bristol and Martinsville. I have had very few complaints on our mile-and-a-half motors.

As a driver I head to Darlington with confidence. Some of our strongest perfomances came last year in both the Cup and Busch cars at a track which many consider to be one of the toughest to drive. The main focus will be to qualify for the race but we also want to run well on Saturday night. One of the biggest keys during qualifying is not to overdrive turn one. You run basically the middle groove during qualifying but during the race you end up running by the wall. Since this is a impound race the big challenge this weekend will be to bolt on the setup that will allow us to do both.

There are some other changes going on behind the scenes at RGM that are going to make us a better organization. We continue to enhance our staff in all areas that need enhancements. We have added a internal markeing/licensing person, Steve Williams, who is working very hard on our merchadise programs. We should be seeing new Jim Beam, Harrah's and Fruit of the Loom products very soon. With the help of Success Computer Consulting out of Minneapolis we are improving our IT infastructure which should help our internal logistics. Our pit-crew continues to workout and practice everyday and they are getting faster and stronger. They are patiently waiting for their moment to shine.

As everything starts coming together in the next couple of months for our team I'm conviced that I won't be the only one that will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel."

-rgm-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Steve Williams , Jim Beam
Teams Williams , Robby Gordon Motorsports