R. Gordon Charlotte race notes

Robby Gordon finished 38th Sunday in the UAW GM 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway after getting loose in the marbles on the high line of the track and crashing while trying to overtake Dick Trickle on lap 184. Gordon was running in the top-20 at...

Robby Gordon finished 38th Sunday in the UAW GM 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway after getting loose in the marbles on the high line of the track and crashing while trying to overtake Dick Trickle on lap 184. Gordon was running in the top-20 at the time and was just beginning to feel comfortable with his Wolf Man Duracell/TurtleWax Menards Ford. Through the first four pit stops, crew chief Mark Tutor made changes to help free up the car and the changes were gradually working. He struggled in the early goings of every stint until his tires reached their optimal temperatures, but generally once he was ten laps removed from a tire change he would begin gaining positions. Gordon ran as high as 17th after starting 25th.

ROBBY GORDON "It's a bummer the week ended like this. We weren't good on our first run from the green, but we worked on it and it started to really come to me. I was having fun out there and I think we had a good shot at the top-ten. As far as the accident is concerned, I went a little too far on the high side of the #60 car. I got into the marbles and the backend of my car came around. We were tight early on and Mark (Tutor) kept working with me to free it up, which we did do. It wasn't good initially on our stints until the tires heated up and I'd lose a little ground. But once they were hot, and especially after the last stop, I could really drive it hard.

"I feel bad for everyone that worked hard to get to this race and make us as competitive as were all week. A good result would've gone far for us. Really, it was my fault for trying to push a pass where I should've been a little more patient. Still, I hope nobody on this team hangs their head because we've made big gains in our program since Richmond. We have a couple of weeks until we surface again at Rockingham and we're going to keep standing on it so we can finish 1999 with positive momentum for next year."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dick Trickle , Robby Gordon