Kansas: Robby Gordon preview

NOTES: * This Week's Race Car at Kansas Speedway is Chassis No.106. It has been run in four other races this year by Gordon. The most recent run being just a few weeks ago at California Speedway, where Gordon posted a ninth-place, ...

NOTES:

* This Week's Race Car at Kansas Speedway is Chassis No.106. It has been run in four other races this year by Gordon. The most recent run being just a few weeks ago at California Speedway, where Gordon posted a ninth-place, career-best finish on the Fontana track. Gordon also raced the same car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August, where he was well on his way to a top-five finish when a blowout relegated him to 22nd (started 20th). The other 2004 runs were at Texas in March where he started 18th and finished 23rd, and at Michigan in late July (started 19th and finished 25th).

* Kansas' first was Gordon's first, too ... The first NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway was in 2001, which was Gordon's first race back with the No. 31 team after regular driver Mike Skinner stepped out of the car to have surgery. Gordon also subbed for Skinner at Loudon, Pocono, Indianapolis and Watkins Glen earlier in the season, before signing a full-time deal with RCR in November 2001.

* Team Cingular takes the stage ... Gordon and his Team Cingular crew will take part in the Third Annual Pontiac Rock 'N Race weekend at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in the greater Kansas City area Friday night, October 8. Gordon will sign autographs from 7 to 8 p.m. CDT Friday. Then, before sitting back and enjoying the show, his Team Cingular crew will welcome the musical entertainment of Night Ranger and 38 Special on stage.

* Back to Busch racing ... Gordon also will be competing as a driver and team owner in the NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 Saturday, Oct. 9, behind the wheel of the No. 55 Robby Gordon Motorsports Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet. This weekend will be Gordon's first time back behind the wheel of the No. 55 Chevrolet since his win at Richmond International Raceway last month.

* Tune in ... The Banquet 400 NASCAR Cup race is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, Oct. 10, and will broadcast LIVE on NBC, MRN and XM Radio. Qualifying for the Banquet 400 is scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 8, and will broadcast LIVE on SPEED, MRN and XM Radio.

Team Cingular Quotes:

Robby Gordon on racing at Kansas Speedway:

"An ill-handling race car started the race for us last year at Kansas, but the longer runs were kind to us as the No. 31 Cingular Chevrolet seemed to evolve and take to the track on the longer runs.

"Kansas really hasn't changed much since we first started racing there in 2001, it just seems to have more grip each year we go back and that is because it has had time to age. It's a bottom-groove track and the cars tend to be really tight during the race. Hopefully, we'll see two grooves Sunday, which will make for much better racing for the fans in the stands.

"Getting into turn one at Kansas is easier than getting into turn three because it tightens up on the backstretch and when you get halfway through turns three and four, it starts to automatically open up for the banking and you don't have to give the car as much steering wheel.

"Coming off of a Talladega, where RCR was so strong, I'm looking forward to this weekend. Kevin [Harvick], Jeff [Burton], and I really packed some punch Sunday and I hope that carries on to this week and throughout the remainder of the season."

Chris Andrews on racing at Kansas Speedway:

"We're taking the same car that has gotten us inside the top 10 and top five at some other races earlier this year and we'll be using the same tire that we raced at most of those tracks. In fact, the most recent run with Chassis 106 was at California Speedway last month, where Team Cingular brought home a ninth-place finish. It was actually something like what happened to us this past weekend at Talladega. We didn't get the qualifying position we were looking for, but within the first half of the race we were inside the top 10. This also is the same car we took to Indy and had a great run there before a late-race tire blowout relegated us from third to 22nd."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Robby Gordon
Teams Robby Gordon Motorsports