ROBBY GORDON "There wasn't a whole lot of grip out there once the tires went away and they'd go away pretty quickly. That's just the way this track (Rockingham) is. To get around there and be competitive I was having to slide it, and ...
ROBBY GORDON "There wasn't a whole lot of grip out there once the tires went away and they'd go away pretty quickly. That's just the way this track (Rockingham) is. To get around there and be competitive I was having to slide it, and unfortunately that got me. I tried a ton of different lines to help the tires and I also tried to watch what the leaders and guys like Earnhardt were doing when I ran next to them. In some cases it would help, but we just didn't have the car those guys had. I followed Dale (Earnhardt) and ran his high line for awhile which helped, but only for a short period of time. By the later stages of a run it didn't matter what line I was taking, it was like we were ice racing up in Wisconsin with John Menard.
"I'm frustrated by crashing, but at the same time maybe I'm not. My job is to go out there and drive hard, which is what I did. I have no desire to ride around all day and let people take me left and right. That does nothing for anyone. My apologies to the guys at the shop who are going to have to work a little harder to get that car back together, they deserved more than the finish we had on paper. But I feel the worst for our sponsors and potential sponsors who maybe just saw a crash and that's it. The reality is that if I don't go out and give 110% we're not going to get better.
"The other thing is, I felt in pretty good control out there even though I was sliding. There were a couple of scary moments, but those were mostly leaving turn four and you learn the limits with each moment like that. When I came out of turn two, it snapped around without warning. For one hundred and something laps (154) I went through that corner loose and nothing bad happened. I take the blame for sure, but it wasn't like I decided to do something radical leaving that corner. It was just another lap and for whatever reason it came around on me and I couldn't save it. Seriously, if I had to bet on hitting the wall, which I wouldn't anyway, it would have been out of four, not two.
"So there you go. Next up is Phoenix and we'll be ready to run hard just like we were this weekend."