Michigan: Robby Gordon preview

NOTES: * This Week's Race Car at Michigan International Speedway (Chassis No. 103) has been entered in nine races since the beginning of the 2003 season with eight out of the nine runs concluding inside the top 25 and twice inside the top 10....

NOTES:

* This Week's Race Car at Michigan International Speedway (Chassis No. 103) has been entered in nine races since the beginning of the 2003 season with eight out of the nine runs concluding inside the top 25 and twice inside the top 10. The car has run in only two races so far this year at California Speedway where Gordon finished in 12th place and at Lowe's Motor Speedway where Gordon started and finished 20th. Two of the runs in 2003 included both Michigan races where Gordon finished 22nd in June and sixth in August.

* Testing it out ... Gordon and the No. 31 Cingular Wireless team tested at Michigan April 20 and 21 in preparation for the DHL 400.

* Third time could be a charm for K. Earnhardt ... This weekend at Michigan, Kerry Earnhardt will get behind the wheel of the No. 33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Monte Carlo to make his third start for RCR this season. Earnhardt's inaugural race in the No. 33 Chevrolet was at Talladega Superspeedway in April where he was running just outside the top 10 when his day ended prematurely after being spun out by another car. He also competed in the NASCAR All-Star Open where he, again, was wrecked but still managed to finish 24th.

* Gordon to be guest on NASCAR call ... This upcoming Tues., June 22, Gordon is scheduled to be the featured guest on the weekly NASCAR Teleconference, starting at 11:55 a.m. ET to discuss his return to Sonoma, Calif., where he grabbed his first victory in 2003 at Infineon Raceway.

* Double time again this weekend ... Gordon will run his No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Meijer 300 NASCAR Busch Series race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway in Mitchell, Ky. The race is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on FX, MRN and XM Radio. Gordon is currently 13th in the Busch Series standings.

* Cal Wells Charity Event in Sonoma ... Gordon will take part in the Cal Wells' charity event to benefit the Eldridge Foundation and developmentally-disabled adults June 24 at the Veterans Building in downtown Sonoma, Calif. Gordon, Wells and Ricky Craven will be present to sign autographs and meet with attendees from 6:30 to 7 p.m. PST.

* Catch the action ... the DHL 400 NASCAR Cup race will broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday, June 20, on Fox, MRN and XM Radio. Qualifying for the DHL 400 will broadcast live at 3 p.m. ET Friday, June 18, on SPEED, MRN and XM Radio.

Team Cingular Quotes:

Robby Gordon on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"We tested at Michigan in April and got some pretty positive feedback. I am taking the same car I raced there last year. It's the same car that helped me get my best start and finish at Michigan last time we raced there in August, so I am hoping to improve those stats more this weekend."

On past weekend at Pocono:

"I am glad we made another step up in the standings after Pocono. We had a good run, but there were some questionable calls that I think we all got squared away at the end of the race.

"I am sorry about what happened with Ryan [Newman]. He is a very talented driver and I respect him greatly. I just got pushed down too low on the track onto the curb and it made me loose, causing me to swing up into him. I didn't mean to do that. I was just trying to save my race car and unfortunately bumped him in the process."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Ricky Craven , Kerry Earnhardt