Dover II: Robby Gordon preview

* This Week's Race Car at Dover International Speedway is Chassis No. 105, which helped Gordon obtain a 12th-place, finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Gordon also had strong back-to-back runs with the same car in March, helping...

* This Week's Race Car at Dover International Speedway is Chassis No. 105, which helped Gordon obtain a 12th-place, finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Gordon also had strong back-to-back runs with the same car in March, helping Team Cingular get their best finish this season at Darlington Raceway, finishing fourth after starting 29th. The weekend before, Gordon and crew finished 17th with the same car in Atlanta, and then went on to finish 19th at Bristol (March) and Richmond (May).

* K. Earnhardt and ESGR team up for RCR ... Kerry Earnhardt will return to the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend at Dover to race the No. 29 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Chevrolet for RCR in the Stacker 200 presented by YJ Stinger Saturday, Sept. 25. Earnhardt will race the same car Tony Stewart raced to a second-place finish at California Speedway and Ricky Craven also drove to 11th-place at Chicagoland. Earnhardt will be driving the No. 29 ESGR Chevrolet as part of a joint venture between ESGR and RCR to bring together some of NASCAR's biggest stars for a five-race salute to America's supportive employers of National Guardsmen and Reservists. In addition to Earnhardt, Stewart and Craven, other drivers who have piloted or have yet to pilot the No. 29 ESGR car include Bobby Labonte (11th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway) and Kevin Harvick is scheduled to run the No. 29 ESGR November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

* Tune in ... the MBNA America NASCAR Cup race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 26, and will broadcast LIVE on TNT, MRN and XM Radio. Qualifying for the MBNA America 400 is scheduled to start at 2:40 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 24, and will broadcast LIVE on TNT, MRN and XM Radio.

Team Cingular Quotes:

Robby Gordon on racing at Dover International Speedway:

"I had a love-hate relationship with the No. 31 Cingular Chevrolet at Dover earlier this year. It was back and forth between loose and tight throughout the race. We were mainly loose, but so was everyone else because of the rain that visited the track the day before and the morning of the race, but we worked a good pit strategy that really got us into a good position.

"Shannon McGlamery, my spotter, did some quick thinking the last time we were at Dover and saved me and the No. 31 Chevrolet from getting caught up in a huge pileup. He told me to just stop and that is what I did and it really paid off. We went untouched and I landed inside the top 15 when many others weren't as lucky.

"We're taking a good car up there this weekend, too. It helped me get my best finish so far this year at Darlington and has really stepped up to the plate at some other tracks along the way, so that is going to be in our favor. It is definitely one of our better cars."

Chris Andrews, Team Cingular crew chief, on racing at Dover International Speedway:

"At the beginning of the year we struggled on the shorter tracks like Bristol and Dover. So, we went to Bristol to test and had a really good test session there in early August. Then, we went to race at Bristol and had one of the best runs we've had all year and helped Robby post his career-best finish in a Cup car at that track. So, that is going to help us this weekend and we did learn some from our last visit to Dover. We learned what not to do and what things we need to look at to change up a bit, but we didn't have a horrible time when we were there in June, so hopefully we can just build on that and move up from there. "

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , Ricky Craven , Kerry Earnhardt