Richmond II: Robby Gordon race report

Robby Gordon Finishes 19th Saturday Night in Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 9, 2006) -- While others carefully tip-toed around under the lights at Richmond International Raceway attempting to secure their place inside the top 10 in points and a...

Robby Gordon Finishes 19th Saturday Night in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 9, 2006) -- While others carefully tip-toed around under the lights at Richmond International Raceway attempting to secure their place inside the top 10 in points and a berth to the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Robby Gordon was looking to secure his first win as a team owner at the site of his first NASCAR Busch Series victory.

Starting Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 in the 36th position, Gordon had 400 laps to get his chance at visiting victory lane. He was also looking to gain back his position within the top 25 in points.

Long green-flag runs worked in Gordon's favor as tire pressures built up and the handling came to him, but his car would not go on new tires and with each restart he lost several positions and valuable track position.

With none of the adjustments that crew chief Greg Erwin threw at the car helping to alleviate Gordon's woes early in a run, Gordon headed to pit road on lap 262 for two tires and gain valuable track position. Restarting in the ninth position, it became obvious that the gamble would not pay off. Gordon lost positions quickly and eventually fell one-lap down to the leader on lap 308.

He ended the night in the 19th position, one-lap down, his 14th top-20 run of the 2006 season.

"We just couldn't gain any ground this weekend," said a dejected Gordon. "The car was backwards on the restarts and it took a good 30 laps or so before we could race anyone. We came in late in the race and took two tires to gain some ground and that definitely turned out to be the wrong decision.

"The over-the-wall guys did an amazing job tonight though. We gained positions all night on pit road and that definitely was our saving grace. We came to Richmond looking to gain back points that we had lost over the last two weeks and they definitely helped to keep us from losing any more."

Gordon and the No. 7 Jim Beam Chevy will look to continue to improve their position in the points as the team heads to New Hampshire International Speedway for the Sylvania 300, site of Gordon's first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win. Catch coverage of the action from the 1-mile oval on Sunday, September 17 at 12:30 p.m. EDT on TNT. Radio coverage can be heard on national MRN affiliates beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

-credit: teamgordon

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Greg Erwin , Jim Beam