Homestead: Robby Gordon race report

Gordon Closes Season with "Satisfying" 14th-place Finish HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (November 21, 2005) -- Robby Gordon capped a long weekend and a long year with a 14th-place finish in NASCAR's final 2005 race Sunday at Homestead-Miami ...

Gordon Closes Season with "Satisfying" 14th-place Finish

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (November 21, 2005) -- Robby Gordon capped a long weekend and a long year with a 14th-place finish in NASCAR's final 2005 race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Before flying to Homestead to climb aboard his Jim Beam Chevrolet, Gordon finished 14th in class in his Red Bull Trophy Truck in the grueling Baja 1000.

While Sunday's 400-mile race in South Florida marked the end of one season, Gordon looked at it as the start of something new.

"Our team has grown up a lot in the last two months," NASCAR's only owner-driver said. "We struggled with some pretty serious engine problems in September and October, but in the last two races (eighth at Phoenix and 14th at Homestead) we proved to ourselves and a lot of others that we have a team capable of competing at this level.

"Next year started today for us, and I am very happy with what we accomplished the last two weeks of the year. It gives us something to look forward to in 2006 and it's a credit to our employees who never gave up all season long. The work started a long time ago on ways to improve this program for next season, and when we roll out in Daytona in February I think people will see a very different Robby Gordon Motorsports."

After Paul Menard practiced and qualified the Jim Beam Chevrolet, Gordon started last in the 43-car field due to a driver change. Despite an ill-handling car for most of the 400 miles, he was able to spend the majority of his night inside the top 20, eventually finishing one-spot ahead of series' champion Tony Stewart.

"Paul (Menard) did a great job for us on Friday and Saturday, and I'm thankful that he agreed to help us out so that I could run the 1000. Paul and I like our set ups a bit different, so while the car was good for him during practice, it was a little tight most of the day for me. Greg (Erwin) and Frank (Kerr) were able to adjust on it and we got pretty good when the sun went down. Track position was the key, and if we could have picked up spots by taking two tires or by beating guys off pit road I know we had a car good enough to run up front, but those opportunities never came."

Homestead was the second consecutive event the team ran DEI engines.

"I can't thank Richie Gilmore, Teressa Earnhardt and everyone at DEI enough for helping us out. They gave us great engines two weeks in a row, and I hope they also enjoyed seeing us run up front."

-rgm-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Robby Gordon , Paul Menard , Jim Beam