Gordon Finishes 22nd at the Monster Mile Dover, DE (September 22, 2008) - Starting in the 41st position for Sunday's Camping World RV 400, Robby Gordon and the No. 7 Menards team knew they had their work cut out for them at...
Gordon Finishes 22nd at the Monster Mile
Dover, DE (September 22, 2008) - Starting in the 41st position for Sunday's Camping World RV 400, Robby Gordon and the No. 7 Menards team knew they had their work cut out for them at the racetrack appropriately deemed "The Monster Mile." With great teamwork and a little bit of luck, the team came away with a 22nd place finish that secured them a spot in the top-35 in owner's points.
When the first caution flag fell on Lap 2, the No. 7 decided to stay out. With only one green flag lap run, it was just too early to see how the car would handle on a long green flag run. The second caution flag flew on Lap 11, and the No. 7 pitted for two tires and no adjustments - aimed to pick up valuable track position. This strategy played out as Gordon restarted in 29th position, and Gordon exclaimed "that worked out good."
During the course of the green flag run, Gordon was a little too tight in the middle. He patiently waited until the next opportunity came to make changes, which occurred on Lap 64 when the No. 78 blew a right front tire. The No. 7 pitted for 4 tires and a track bar adjustment, aimed at helping repair Gordon's tight condition.
When the race resumed, Gordon fought to stay on the lead lap for the majority of the run. The leaders were fast in clean air and eventually lapped the No. 7 on Lap 114.
Gordon had trouble on Lap 161 when he and the No. 26 made contact. Gordon spun but managed to keep his car off of the wall. He came down pit road, and the crew changed all four tires and sent him back out.
Gordon lost another lap on Lap 256 when he had to make an unscheduled pit stop under green after he felt a strong vibration and then realized he had a right rear flat.
The No. 7 Menards Dodge fought hard to recover from these unfortunate situations. As the race progressed, the team took advantage of every pit stop and made only minor adjustments to perfect the car's handling. With just 60 laps remaining in the race, Gordon was running lap times faster than the leaders.
When the checkered flag fell on Sunday afternoon, Gordon brought his No. 7 Menards Dodge home in the 22nd position.
"We were able to improve our position steadily throughout the race and anytime you finish in the top-25 at a track as tough as Dover has proven to be, it's a pretty good day," Gordon said. "In a race with this many cautions, you consider yourself fortunate to be in one piece at the end. We showed great teamwork, avoided major problems and earned a solid finish. If we wouldn't have spun nor had a flat tire, I am confident that we would have finished on the lead lap."
The No. 7 team remains 35th in the Sprint Cup owner's point standings after Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway. Next weekend, Gordon and his team head to Kansas Speedway for the Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman. Prior to the race in Kansas, the No. 7 team will have a two-day test at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for the upcoming race next month. Sunday's race broadcast will air on ESPN, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio beginning at 2:00pm (EST).