Richmond II: Robby Gordon preview

NASCAR Cup Points Position: 18th (gained four spots from last week and is currently tied with RCR teammate Jeff Burton) NOTES: * This Week's Race Car at Richmond International Raceway, Chassis No. 116, was last run in the NASCAR ...

NASCAR Cup Points Position: 18th (gained four spots from last week and is currently tied with RCR teammate Jeff Burton)

NOTES:

* This Week's Race Car at Richmond International Raceway, Chassis No. 116, was last run in the NASCAR All-Star Challenge this past May at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Gordon started and finished the race (21st place), earlier than expected, after getting caught up in a wreck on lap 11. Since then, the car has been completely rebuilt.

* Dust to Glory sneak peek ... After finishing up another weekend of stock car racing, Gordon headed to Los Angeles, Calif., Wed., Sept. 8, to see the premier of the action documentary, "Dust to Glory." The film, by Brownwa Pictures, is about the Baja 1000 and is directed by Dana Brown, who also brought us the 2003 surfing documentary, "Stepping into Liquid." Gordon is one of many featured drivers in the Baja documentary. Some of the other racers included are Sal Fish, Mario Andretti, Malcolm Smith, Chad McQueen, and Ricky Johnson.

* Gordon's running the fruit, too ... Gordon will get back behind the wheel of his own No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Friday night's NASCAR Busch Series Emerson Radio 250 race at RIR, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. EDT and will broadcast LIVE on TNT, MRN and XM Radio.

* Listen and watch ... The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. EDT Sat., Sept. 11, and will broadcast LIVE on TNT, MRN and XM Radio. Qualifying for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 is scheduled to start at 3:10 p.m. EDT Fri., Sept. 10, and will broadcast LIVE on SPEED, MRN and XM Radio.

Team Cingular Quotes:

R. Gordon on racing at Richmond International Raceway earlier this year:

"Team Cingular had a great qualifying effort [sixth place] at Richmond the last time we were there. It was my best start there since I came on board with RCR in 2001.

"We had good practices the entire weekend, too, so we were all feeling good going into Saturday night, but then we got the mysterious flat tire on the first lap of the race and that sent us from the front of the pack to the back, one lap down. We rebound and got that lap back, but all of that happened in the first 15 laps of the race. When that much goes down in such a short period of time, it was distracting for all of us. We had to regroup and regain focus, but Richmond is definitely one of the tracks where you don't want to get back into a double-digit position with a three or a four in front of it, because the leader will be on your tail and in front of you before you know it. That early-race incident really seemed to set the pace for us the remainder of night. After that, I cut another tire down and hit the wall, then fell short on gas a little later, but I was luckily on pit road and still made it to the pit stall. We just seemed to lose our rhythm too early on in the game."

R. Gordon on Chassis No. 116:

"We ran 116 at Lowe's in the All-Star race earlier this year. It was a good car that I actually didn't want to run that night. I wanted to run another car I really liked, that was faster during the test session at the track. Luckily, the guys didn't listen to me, because it turned out to be a really good car, but then the usual domino effect happened and I got ran over. After that, the guys stripped the car and rebuilt it to get it ready for this weekend. It pulled its weight and was a strong car that could have led to a strong finish in May, but instead all of us called it a night a little earlier than we would've liked. It will be good this weekend, but it is going to be tighter quarters on Richmond's .75-mile track compared to Lowe's 1.5-mile."

C. Andrews on racing at Richmond International Raceway:

"Richmond is one of my favorite tracks and I always look forward to going there. I think Saturday night is going to be very exciting for the fans and the competitors. We all want to see how it all plays out, but I also think there is going to be some conservative driving, as well. It's short track racing and that is good news to some, but not so good for others who are in contention right now to be in The Chase.

"An interesting reoccurrence I've observed about Robby and the entire Cingular Wireless racing team this year is the second time seems to be the charm for us. If you look at all the tracks we have visited twice so far this year, we always come home with a better finish the second time around. I hope Richmond keeps up that type of continuity for us. I definitely could go without any type of replays from our last visit there."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Robby Gordon , Mario Andretti , Chad McQueen , Ricky Johnson