Robby Gordon Las Vegas Qualifying Notes and Quotes

Three up and three down for Team Gordon in first round qualifying this season. Today's lap of 31.717 seconds placed Robby Gordon's Menards Ford Taurus 12th in the field for Sunday's CarsDirect 400 in Las Vegas. Gordon improved his time ...

Three up and three down for Team Gordon in first round qualifying this season. Today's lap of 31.717 seconds placed Robby Gordon's Menards Ford Taurus 12th in the field for Sunday's CarsDirect 400 in Las Vegas. Gordon improved his time considerably from practice to qualifying, and like last week at Rockingham, gained almost a half of a second. The key to Gordon's lap was freeing up the car in what team engineer Doug Louth called, "a moderate gamble." What he meant was there was a risk of possibly over-shooting the boundary and making the car too loose. But as Gordon explained, the risk wasn't as risky as it might have seemed.

Quotes: ROBBY GORDON "We struggled early today, but the car kept getting better. Every time we came in to make changes the car responded positively. When we made our last run on sticker tires before qualifying I knew we had something, even though the car was still too tight. I sat down with Doug Louth and Fred Graves and we decided to loosen the car up quite a bit for qualifying. Doug said it was a little bit of a gamble, but I said, "Lets do it, we won't be too bad off, I think it's exactly what we need. "On the lap, I drove it in deeper than I had all day into turn one. The car started to push, so I had to back out of it a tad. After that though, the lap was very comfortable. I wasn't on edge at all; it was smooth and solid. It's a big relief, anytime you qualify on the first day it makes Saturday a productive day for race setups. Always learning, that's the plan. I'm looking forward to having a good race, this track can be a lot of fun if your car is competitive."

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon