Robby Gordon would have been a great guest for the TLC TV show "Snapped" last weekend at New Hampshire. After an early race bump from Greg Biffle that spun the No. 31 RCR Chevy, Gordon came over the radio and told crew chief Chris Andrews, "I am...
Robby Gordon would have been a great guest for the TLC TV show "Snapped" last weekend at New Hampshire. After an early race bump from Greg Biffle that spun the No. 31 RCR Chevy, Gordon came over the radio and told crew chief Chris Andrews, "I am going to wreck him."
Gordon exacted his revenge forty laps later, but in his over zealousness he also collected the Chase for the Championship cars of Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield.
"I felt I got wrecked on purpose," Gordon said. "That's what led to the situations that continued to pile on from there. Between me and Greg there is no issue, I talked to him. I consider him a fierce competitor and a good friend of mine
"The biggest thing I am sorry about is collecting Jeremy and Tony."
Gordon also came under fire for allegedly pushing one tour reporter and cursing another.
"Nothing happened in post race," said Gordon. "I did not push Claire B. Lang (tour reporter with XM Satellite Radio) after the race. Did I give somebody the salute sign? Yes. Was it to all the media? No, it was to one individual. She got moved a little bit, maybe, but it was not an intentional shove."
Ms. Lang further cleared up the situation, by commenting to the media that contrary to several reports she did not recall Gordon pushing her.
For Gordon, it has been a frustrating year. Despite several races where Gordon looked poised to win, the results have not materialized for the No. 31 team. He has only five top-five finishes, and 14 results of 20th of worse. He is 22nd in NEXTEL Cup series points.
Gordon has been placed on probation by car owner Richard Childress for the remainder of the 2004 season.
"Many athletes have made mistakes in their careers and would take back the negative things they've said or done if they could," said Childress. "As a result of his actions last weekend in New Hampshire, I have placed Robby on probation for the rest of the season.
"I would like to apologize to all of the fans, the media, and the teams. I also would like to publicly apologize to Cingular Wireless for being placed in this situation. If there is one positive, I think this can make Robby understand that there is more to racing than just being aggressive. In this sport today, one action can affect many people's lives on the track and beyond it, as well."
It's not good news for the 35-year old California native, who has not been resigned to drive the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet next year. Gordon describes himself as a "free agent" looking for a ride.
He is not expected to return to the 31 team in 2005.