Robby Gordon Victim of Early Race Wreck at Martinsville MARTINSVILLE, Va., April 3, 2006 -- A nightmare of a day unfolded early at Martinsville Speedway for Robby Gordon Motorsports when Gordon and the No. 7 Menards/Pittsburgh Paints...
Robby Gordon Victim of Early Race Wreck at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va., April 3, 2006 -- A nightmare of a day unfolded early at Martinsville Speedway for Robby Gordon Motorsports when Gordon and the No. 7 Menards/Pittsburgh Paints Chevrolet became an unlucky victim of an incident involving six other competitors less than two laps into Sunday's DIRECTV 500 and ultimately finished 43rd.
As Gordon checked up to avoid the slower cars ahead, the No. 8 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. was hit from behind causing him to make contact with Gordon and the domino melee effect ensued. Spinning around in turn one after contact with Reed Sorenson, Gordon brought his car to pit road for three subsequent pit stops to assess and repair the damage.
"They started checking up in front of me," Gordon said. "Dale didn't have anywhere to go and ran into the back of us and then I got into the back of the No. 41. I was trying to get away from him. I saw it coming. They all started backing up and a bunch of us got torn up. We assessed the damage, and the guys did a good job of fixing it."
Less than a couple of hundred yards after exiting his pit stall on lap eight, a plume of smoke enveloped the car and Gordon headed to the garage.
"DEI has given us great power and support all season," Gordon said. "When I spun around in turn one and ended up going backwards, the engine stalled and turned over backwards which caused the irreparable damage."
With less than 20 laps on the board, Gordon and crew packed up dejected and headed home.
"I just got put in the old sandwich and didn't even go a lap and a half," Gordon said. "When you're out this early it's a huge disappointment. We had high hopes for this weekend. We felt this would be one of our best results and bam, we let another good one slip away from us but we look forward to going to Texas next week and to Phoenix after that. Those are some good race tracks that will be good for our No. 7 Chevrolet."
Although he doesn't discount the misfortune of Sunday's event and weeks past, Gordon would rather focus on future qualifying efforts, his return to the speedways and the strength of an organization which has demonstrated its capability of competing for a victory against the best in the elite Nextel Cup circuit.
"You make your own luck," Gordon said. "We qualified 27th, and that put us back there. We've got to get our qualifying game up a little bit more. But I feel good about our race cars and this team, and I'm really looking forward to Texas and unloading the same car that was such a strong contender at Atlanta for the win just a few weeks ago."
Attempting an Atlanta reprise deep in the heart of Texas, Gordon and the No. 7 Jim Beam Black Chevrolet team will travel to the Lone Star State for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 on April 9. Tune in to racing action at 1:30 p.m. CST on FOX television and at 1 p.m. on PRN radio affiliates nationwide.